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Anthony Saidy
Photograph copyright © 2005 by Jimmy Yu.  
Number of games in database: 377
Years covered: 1954 to 2006
Last FIDE rating: 2300 (2326 rapid, 2283 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2532

Overall record: +154 -125 =97 (53.9%)*
   * 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 (43) 
    E80 E81 E63 E75 E92
 Nimzo Indian (19) 
    E42 E46 E45 E47 E40
 Grunfeld (14) 
    D91 D92 D71 D78 D99
 English, 1 c4 e5 (13) 
    A29 A25 A22 A23 A21
 English (12) 
    A16 A10 A14 A13 A17
 English, 1 c4 c5 (9) 
    A30 A36 A33 A39 A32
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (62) 
    B57 B94 B56 B93 B58
 King's Indian (29) 
    E62 E80 E67 E63 E70
 Sicilian Najdorf (17) 
    B94 B93 B98 B92 B91
 Caro-Kann (15) 
    B18 B12 B10 B11 B13
 Modern Benoni (10) 
    A61 A62 A63 A73 A65
 English, 1 c4 c5 (7) 
    A30 A33 A34
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Callinan vs Saidy, 1968 0-1
   Saidy vs K Commons, 1974 1-0
   Bisguier vs Saidy, 1963 0-1
   Saidy vs H Karner, 1973 1-0
   Saidy vs C Brasket, 1972 1-0
   Saidy vs Suttles, 1966 1-0
   Saidy vs Silman, 1989 1/2-1/2
   Fischer vs Saidy, 1957 1/2-1/2
   Saidy vs Spassky, 1973 1/2-1/2
   Saidy vs H Davis, 1960 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   US Championship (1974)
   Lone Pine (1972)
   56th US Open (1955)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   58th US Open (1957)
   US Championship (1966)
   57th US Open (1956)
   San Antonio (1972)
   Tallinn (1973)
   55th US Open (1954)
   Lone Pine (1976)

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

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(born May-16-1937, 82 years old) United States of America

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Anthony Fred Saidy was born in Los Angeles. 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 was awarded the title of International Master in 1969. Saidy's best U.S. Championship result was clear 4th place in 1974. 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 won the third Canadian Open in 1960. That same year he helped the US Team win the World Student Championship in Leningrad. Saidy is the author of The Battle of Chess Ideas (1972) and co-author (with Norman Lessing) of The World of Chess (1974).

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.

In 2000, Saidy retired as an L.A. County doctor specializing in tuberculosis. 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: 2019-12-07 04:39:39

 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 377  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Saidy vs J Sherwin  1-044195455th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
2. Larry Evans vs Saidy 1-023195455th US OpenE17 Queen's Indian
3. Saidy vs J L Marks  1-032195455th US OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Saidy vs V Berzzarins  1-049195455th US OpenD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. Santasiere vs Saidy  0-142195455th US OpenA00 Uncommon Opening
6. A Turner vs Saidy  1-050195455th US OpenE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
7. Saidy vs R H Steinmeyer  0-131195455th US OpenD72 Neo-Grunfeld,, Main line
8. Saidy vs C Henin  0-131195455th US OpenA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
9. J B Holt vs Saidy  0-143195556th US OpenA80 Dutch
10. Saidy vs C Wallace  1-049195556th US OpenE46 Nimzo-Indian
11. P Brandts vs Saidy  1-051195556th US OpenE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
12. Saidy vs Mark Eucher  1-068195556th US OpenA90 Dutch
13. A Turner vs Saidy  0-136195556th US OpenA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
14. Saidy vs I Rivise  1-044195556th US OpenE97 King's Indian
15. I Zalys vs Saidy  0-133195556th US OpenA65 Benoni, 6.e4
16. Saidy vs Rossolimo  ½-½37195556th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
17. Berliner vs Saidy  0-144195556th US OpenB50 Sicilian
18. Saidy vs Reshevsky  0-121195556th US OpenA32 English, Symmetrical Variation
19. Saidy vs C Pilnick  1-051195556th US OpenE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
20. A Kaufman vs Saidy  ½-½391955New YorkB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
21. Saidy vs J Gore  1-0401955Marshall CC-ch 5556E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
22. Saidy vs Santasiere 1-0321955Marshall CC-ch 5556A09 Reti Opening
23. Saidy vs M Green  1-0421956New YorkA07 King's Indian Attack
24. Tal vs Saidy 1-0441956UppsalaB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
25. Saidy vs Popovych  ½-½39195657th US OpenE60 King's Indian Defense
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May-16-09  WhiteRook48: Happy birthday!
Dec-27-09  ozmikey: His "Diary of a Chess Master" chapter in that book he co-authored with Lessing is still an absolute classic, a real insight into the day-to-day world of professional tournament chess from the point of view of someone just outside the top echelon. I even downloaded a file of the games from Netanya 1973 so as to follow Saidy's "story" a bit better!

The rest of that book ain't bad either, especially Lessing's chapter on coffeehouse chess.

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  whiteshark: "What if one took a minor Capablanca, grafted onto him a strong will to win, and added all the interim opening knowledge as elaborated by the Soviet school? Some would posit, an invincible chess machine. But no - one would have merely a studious Capablanca who tried harder. Of such stuff, heroes today cannot be made."

-- Anthony Saidy (on Karpov)

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  wordfunph: Anthony Saidy: Do you think chess will be played in the moon?

Mikhail Tal: Yes. But I am afraid there will also be FIDE in the moon.

Jan-20-11  Whitehat1963: In his book The March of Chess Ideas, Saidy used chapter titles like "The Joy of Invention" and "The Psychology of Magic" to characterize the playing styles of specific players (Bronstein and Tal in the above examples.)

I wonder, if we were to update his book today, what titles might we come up with to characterize the following players:

Rybka 4

May-16-11  WhiteRook48: I don't think NASA would spend enough money to play chess on the moon.
Nov-06-11  Karpova: C.N. 7345

About 'Bobby Fischer Against the World' (Liz Garbus, 2011) where chess history "experts" are interviewed on the topic of insanity:

<Anthony Saidy: ‘Victor Korchnoi claimed to have played a match with a dead man and he even provided the moves.’

Asa Hoffmann: ‘Rubinstein jumped out of the window because the fly was after him.’

Anthony Saidy: ‘Steinitz in late life thought he was playing chess by wireless with God Almighty – and had the better of God Almighty.’

Asa Hoffmann: ‘Carlos Torre took all his clothes off on a bus.’>

Final remark from Edward Winter:

<And since the theme is insanity, an uncomfortable question arises: can such groundless public denigration of Steinitz and others be considered the conduct of a rational human being?>


May-16-12  LoveThatJoker: Happy Birthday, Dr. Saidy!


May-16-12  Llawdogg: Happy Birthday Saidy!
May-16-12  BlackSheep: Happy 75th Doc .
Aug-14-12  Cemoblanca: "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."

I am terribly jealous & at the same time I am ready to adopt you Mr. Saidy! :D

Oct-17-12  PinnedPiece: Recently I watched "Bobby Fischer against The World" (checked out from the library) and was pleased to see that many of the folks who knew and played Fischer, were the storytellers in the documentary.

Dr. Saidy was a major feature of the film, in my judgement, and I really began to enjoy those times when he explained who and what Bobby Fischer was....his genius, his flaws, his collapse. The documentary spends a lot of time on the 1972 Spassky match, which Saidy was very involved in.

Larry Evans also provides many insights.


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  brankat: Happy Birthday Dr.Saidy!
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.
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  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.
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