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Anthony Saidy
A Saidy 
Photograph copyright © 2005 by Jimmy Yu.  

Number of games in database: 528
Years covered: 1954 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2300 (2326 rapid, 2283 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2532
Overall record: +208 -179 =140 (52.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (56) 
    E80 E81 E75 E63 E82
 Nimzo Indian (27) 
    E46 E42 E45 E20 E41
 Grunfeld (18) 
    D91 D92 D71 D94 D78
 Queen's Gambit Declined (15) 
    D35 D31 D06
 English (15) 
    A10 A16 A12 A14 A17
 English, 1 c4 c5 (15) 
    A30 A36 A33 A34 A37
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (91) 
    B57 B94 B56 B62 B87
 King's Indian (41) 
    E62 E69 E70 E80 E67
 Sicilian Najdorf (21) 
    B94 B93 B98 B92 B90
 Caro-Kann (21) 
    B18 B10 B13 B12 B14
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (13) 
    B62 B67 B63 B68 B60
 Modern Benoni (12) 
    A61 A65 A62 A75 A63
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Callinan vs A Saidy, 1968 0-1
   A Saidy vs H Karner, 1973 1-0
   A Bisguier vs A Saidy, 1963 0-1
   A Saidy vs K Commons, 1974 1-0
   A Saidy vs J Silman, 1989 1/2-1/2
   A Saidy vs C Brasket, 1972 1-0
   A Saidy vs Suttles, 1966 1-0
   Fischer vs A Saidy, 1957 1/2-1/2
   A Saidy vs K Zangerle, 1959 1-0
   E Mednis vs A Saidy, 1963 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Reggio Emilia 1967/68 (1967)
   61st US Open (1960)
   Rubinstein Memorial (1969)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Venice (1969)
   56th US Open (1955)
   60th US Open (1959)
   67th US Open (1966)
   Netanya-A (1973)
   United States Championship (1968)
   58th US Open (1957)
   57th US Open (1956)
   72nd US Open (1971)
   69th US Open (1968)
   55th US Open (1954)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   US Championship 1974 by Phony Benoni
   US Championship 1963/64 by suenteus po 147
   US Championship 1968/69 by suenteus po 147

   🏆 Bay Area International Open
   A Saidy vs T Kung (Jan-03-19) 1/2-1/2
   A Saidy vs R Polavaram (Jan-02-19) 0-1
   Naroditsky vs A Saidy (Jan-01-19) 1-0

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(born May-16-1937, 86 years old) United States of America

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International Master (1969). Anthony Fred Saidy was born in Los Angeles. He won the third Canadian Open in 1960. That same year he helped the US Team win the World Student Championship in Leningrad. From 1963 to 1965 he was a doctor with the US Peace Corps in Jamaica, but he took leave to play in the U.S. Championship, achieving a tie for 4th place in the 1963-4 edition, with Samuel Reshevsky.

Saidy won the American Open Championship in 1967, shortly after a 2nd-place finish in the Atlanta U.S. Open, and repeated that win in 1992, in a 4-way tie. He tied for second (with five others!) at Venice (1969). His best U.S. Championship result was clear 4th place in 1974.

Saidy is the author or coauthor of four chess books: 1967 U.S. Open Chess Championship: Atlanta, Georgia, with L David Truesdel (1967); The World of Chess, with Norman Lessing (1974); The Battle of Chess Ideas (1975); and The March of Chess Ideas (1994). He also published a book of political fiction: 1983: A Dialectical Novel (2013).

It was in Saidy's house near New York City that Robert James Fischer secluded himself prior to departing for Reykjavik to play in the Spassky - Fischer World Championship Match (1972). (1) Saidy was influential in persuading the reluctant Fischer to play the match.

Saidy was an L.A. County doctor specializing in tuberculosis, retiring in 2000. He is a prodigious book collector and possesses an enormous library on many subjects, including one of the largest privately owned collections of chess books in the United States.

(1) Wikipedia article: Anthony Saidy

Last updated: 2023-02-15 00:18:36

 page 1 of 22; games 1-25 of 528  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Saidy vs J Sherwin  1-044195455th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
2. Evans vs A Saidy 1-023195455th US OpenE17 Queen's Indian
3. A Saidy vs J L Marks  1-032195455th US OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
4. A Saidy vs V Berzzarins  1-049195455th US OpenD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. Santasiere vs A Saidy  0-142195455th US OpenA00 Uncommon Opening
6. A Turner vs A Saidy  1-050195455th US OpenE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
7. A Saidy vs R H Steinmeyer  0-131195455th US OpenD72 Neo-Grunfeld,, Main line
8. A Saidy vs C Henin  0-131195455th US OpenA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
9. J B Holt vs A Saidy  0-143195556th US OpenA80 Dutch
10. A Saidy vs C Wallace  1-049195556th US OpenE46 Nimzo-Indian
11. P Brandts vs A Saidy  1-051195556th US OpenE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
12. A Saidy vs M Eucher  1-068195556th US OpenA90 Dutch
13. A Turner vs A Saidy 0-136195556th US OpenA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
14. A Saidy vs I Rivise  1-044195556th US OpenE97 King's Indian
15. I Zalys vs A Saidy  0-133195556th US OpenA65 Benoni, 6.e4
16. A Saidy vs Rossolimo  ½-½37195556th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
17. H Berliner vs A Saidy  0-144195556th US OpenB50 Sicilian
18. A Saidy vs Reshevsky  0-121195556th US OpenA32 English, Symmetrical Variation
19. A Saidy vs C Pilnick  1-051195556th US OpenE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
20. A Kaufman vs A Saidy  ½-½391955New YorkB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
21. A Saidy vs J Gore  1-0401955Marshall CC-ch 5556E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
22. A Saidy vs Santasiere 1-0321955Marshall CC-ch 5556A09 Reti Opening
23. A Saidy vs M Green  1-0421956New YorkA07 King's Indian Attack
24. Tal vs A Saidy 1-0441956UppsalaB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
25. A Saidy vs O Popovych  ½-½39195657th US OpenE60 King's Indian Defense
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May-16-13  BIDMONFA: Dr. Anthony Saidy

SAIDY, Anthony

May-16-13  Sho: Neat guy. Seems like a link between America's chess past and future.
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  WannaBe: Holy crap, I took that photo in 2005?!?!
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  Benzol: He looks a bit like actor Brion James.
May-17-13  RookFile: <Whitehat1963: what titles might we come up with to characterize the following players: >

Don't know about the others, but a good one for Karpov would be "Just win, baby".

Jun-23-14  WJW147: It takes excellent craftsmen, such as the good doctor, to make great craftsmen such as Alekhine and Morphy. They crafted their skills by playing "outside the box" against good players and the excellent craftsmen of Dr Saidy's ilk. (RJF 1972)
Thanks to you, Doctor Anthony Saidy.
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  WTHarvey: Here's 14 critical positions from his games: Find the winning moves.
May-16-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Anthony Saidy.
May-16-17  TheTamale: Saidy is eighty, which rhymes. Coincidence?? I think not...
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  WannaBe: He doesn't look a day over 67 in that picture!! =)) Wow, has it been that long, already?!
May-19-18  reti: I read his book, and I wonder if he ever became an International Master.
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  WannaBe: <reti> Read the wiki link in his profile section.
Jul-16-20  Helios727: In his book BOCI, Saidy uses the word "Retiesque." I cannot find a definition for this word. What does it mean?
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  beatgiant: <Helios727> In the style or manner of Richard Reti
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  saffuna: <In the style or manner of Richard Reti>

Which means what? Not occupying the center, but attacking it instead?

Not that I am any expert, but when I read "Retiesque" I think of this famous game: Kasparov vs Karpov, 1987.

Jul-17-20  Helios727: saffuna, viewing it in context I think Saidy meant it just as you said.
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  FSR: Saidy appears to be the oldest player to defeat a GM in a tournament game at standard time controls. In Round 3 of the National Open, played sometime between June 17 and 19, 2019, Saidy, aged 82 years and 1 month, beat grandmaster Vladimir Belous (age 25). You might rejoin that Korchnoi beat Joe Gallagher in the 2012 Swiss Championship, but Korchnoi at the time was a mere lad of 81 years, 3 months, and 20 days. Korchnoi vs J Gallagher, 2012.
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  WannaBe: < WannaBe: Holy crap, I took that photo in 2005?!?!>

Holy Batman, I took that photo 15+ years ago? I've been on way to long.

I can't even count how many (online) business that have gone out of biz in those 15 years. Guess I should be happy we are still here and commenting on Dr. Saidy.

Maybe after I kick the bucket, he can give me a free autopsy. =)))

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  FSR: <WannaBe> You are Yu?
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  Fusilli: Dr Saidy played his last tournament so far in June 2019, at 82. It was the National Open in Las Vegas, a 9-round Swiss. Dr Saidy took four byes, and scored +2 =2 -1 in the five games he played. It was a strong performance, considering his opponents. You can see the crosstable on the USCF website: He went up 31 rating points.

I am guessing that the pandemic forced him to stop. I hope he gets to compete again!

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  Fusilli: <FSR: Saidy appears to be the oldest player to defeat a GM in a tournament game at standard time controls.>

Right! And then there is this: Najdorf vs Denker, 1996, and possibly other games from the same tournament... But all the players were fairly old! Belous, on the other hand, was close to turn 26 when he lost to Saidy.

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  FSR: I once won a Wikipedia auction for a chess book over Saidy. Ha!
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  Fusilli: <FSR> I didn't know there was such a thing as a <Wikipedia auction>. Care to elaborate? How much did you pay? And for which book?

Now, if it was a joke, it went totally over my head! :)

I loved <The March of Chess Ideas>, btw.

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  offramp: In this picture Mr Saidy is signing a photo for an autograph hunter.
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  FSR: <Fusilli> Sorry, I am senile. I once won an eBay auction over Saidy. Being senile, I don't remember which book.
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