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Israel Albert Horowitz
I A Horowitz 
Number of games in database: 300
Years covered: 1928 to 1972

Overall record: +123 -75 =96 (58.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 6 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (32) 
    C83 C82 C77 C71 C84
 Sicilian (24) 
    B72 B22 B58 B74 B91
 Queen's Indian (10) 
    E17 E16 E15
 Ruy Lopez, Open (9) 
    C83 C82
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (9) 
    C98 C86 C84 C97 C99
 Caro-Kann (6) 
    B13 B18 B15 B16 B14
With the Black pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (15) 
    D51 D52 D63 D62 D61
 Ruy Lopez (15) 
    C86 C77 C83 C74 C71
 Queen's Pawn Game (13) 
    D02 D04 D00 E10
 Semi-Slav (9) 
    D45 D49 D44 D43 D46
 King's Indian (8) 
    E94 E72 E80 E70 E69
 Queen's Gambit Declined (8) 
    D30 D35 D36 D37
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   I A Horowitz vs NN, 1940 1-0
   I A Horowitz vs Plankart, 1958 1-0
   I A Horowitz vs M Pavey, 1951 1/2-1/2
   I A Horowitz vs NN, 1939 1-0
   Ed. Lasker vs I A Horowitz, 1946 0-1
   I A Horowitz vs I Gudju, 1931 1-0
   I A Horowitz vs A Kevitz, 1931 1-0
   I A Horowitz vs C W Hrissikopoulos, 1941 1-0
   I A Horowitz vs Flohr, 1945 1-0
   I A Horowitz vs F Kibbermann, 1935 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Horowitz - Kashdan Playoff (1938)
   Rosenwald 1955/56 (1955)
   US Championship (1946)
   New York 1948/49 (1948)
   Wertheim Memorial (1951)
   54th US Open (1953)
   Syracuse (1934)
   US Championship (1936)
   US Championship (1972)
   Warsaw Olympiad (1935)
   Prague Olympiad (1931)
   Stockholm Olympiad (1937)
   Dubrovnik Olympiad (1950)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   US Open 1938, Boston = 39th ACF Congress by Phony Benoni
   1951 US Championship by crawfb5
   1951 Wertheim Memorial by crawfb5
   New York International,1931 by Phony Benoni
   1945 Hollywood by crawfb5
   Horowitz - Kashdan, Play-off by Chessical
   US Open 1943, Syracuse by Phony Benoni

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(born Nov-15-1907, died Jan-18-1973, 65 years old) United States of America

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Israel Albert (Al) Horowitz was awarded the IM title in 1950 and the IA title in 1951. He was a leading player in the US during the 1930's and was US Open Champion in 1936, 1938 and 1943. In 1941 he lost a hard fought match (+0, =13, -3) with Samuel Reshevsky for the US Closed Championship (1) and he was at his best when he played for the US in the Olympiads in 1931, 1935, 1937 and 1950, scoring (+29, =19, -3). He also authored a number of books (2) and was the editor from 1933 of Chess Review and when it merged with Chess Life, Chess Life and Review - (3) until 1969. Jose Raul Capablanca originally proposed a chess column to the Sunday Times editor Lester Markel in November 1934, and Horowitz eventually became their first columnist (GM Robert Eugene Byrne succeeded him at the apex of Fischer's 1972 run to the top) of the late World Champion's proposal (4) for 10 years after 1962.

References: Wikipedia article: Israel Albert Horowitz, (1), (2) Point Count Chess, (3) Chess Life & Review, (4) (the New York Times), (5) (the New York Times).

Last updated: 2020-09-08 04:57:12

 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 300  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I A Horowitz vs Kupchik 1-03119282nd NCF CongressB57 Sicilian
2. Factor vs I A Horowitz 1-02619282nd NCF CongressA53 Old Indian
3. I A Horowitz vs O Tenner  ½-½6419282nd NCF CongressA09 Reti Opening
4. I A Horowitz vs D MacMurray 1-0101931Simul, 12bC41 Philidor Defense
5. Capablanca vs I A Horowitz 1-0591931New YorkA12 English with b3
6. I A Horowitz vs I S Turover  1-0371931New York InternationalD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. Ed. Lasker vs I A Horowitz  1-0331931New York InternationalD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
8. M Fox vs I A Horowitz  ½-½181931New York InternationalA33 English, Symmetrical
9. Dake vs I A Horowitz  0-1421931New York InternationalE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
10. Kashdan vs I A Horowitz 1-0581931New YorkA15 English
11. I A Horowitz vs Santasiere 0-1571931New YorkB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
12. I A Horowitz vs A Kevitz 1-0221931New YorkA15 English
13. I A Horowitz vs H Steiner  ½-½281931New York InternationalC71 Ruy Lopez
14. I A Horowitz vs Kupchik  ½-½311931New York InternationalC11 French
15. I A Horowitz vs Marshall 1-0501931Masters TournamentA15 English
16. I A Horowitz vs N Lie  1-0291931Prague OlympiadA35 English, Symmetrical
17. I A Horowitz vs K Sterk  1-0491931Prague OlympiadB40 Sicilian
18. I A Horowitz vs Kostic  ½-½281931Prague OlympiadA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
19. I A Horowitz vs V Marin y Llovet  1-0321931Prague OlympiadC11 French
20. I A Horowitz vs I Gudju 1-0151931Prague OlympiadB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
21. I A Horowitz vs Przepiorka 1-0601931Prague OlympiadE17 Queen's Indian
22. I A Horowitz vs Dake 1-0201933MatchE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
23. Dake vs I A Horowitz  ½-½401933MatchD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. C Bourbeau vs I A Horowitz  0-1341933Metropolitan Chess LeagueA52 Budapest Gambit
25. E Schwartz vs I A Horowitz  0-1411933Olympic Selection TournamentD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
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May-02-15  TheFocus: <Chess is a great game. No matter how good one is, there is always someone better. No matter how bad one is, there is always somebody worse> - Horowitz, I.A.
May-02-15  Petrosianic: Isn't that true of pretty much any game?
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  offramp: <Petrosianic: Isn't that true of pretty much any game?> What about noughts & crosses?
May-29-15  TheFocus: <One bad move nullifies forty good ones> - Israel Horowitz.
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  thegoodanarchist: <parisattack: Happy Birthday, Al! >

He went by "Al"? I just assumed he went by "Izzy".

Nov-15-15  parisattack: Happy Birthday, Big Al!

Fifty years on I still enjoy reading the best chess magazine ever, “Chess Review – The Picture Chess Magazine.”

I don’t know anything I more looked forward to each month as a teen than your fine periodical, especially the instructive ‘Spotlight on Openings’ and Gligoric’s awesome ‘Game of the Month.’ Thank you for bringing so much joy and entertainment to so many of us.

Alas, my moniker, from a Chess Review Spotlight on Openings, may have to go soon but I will always be greatful.

Nov-15-15  Petrosianic: Chess Life was also a pretty good magazine in those days (incredible as that seems now).
Nov-15-15  parisattack: Yes, indeed it was <Petrosianic>. Half the pages, twice (or more) the content. The old CL newspapers were excellent also - although mine are in such poor shape the pages crumble as you read them.
Nov-15-15  TheFocus: You can get those old <Chess Life>, <Chess Review> and <Chess Life & Review> on CD now.
Nov-21-15  Howard: I still have the 1975, 1976, and 1977 issues of Chess Life and Review---and browse through them quite, quite regularly ! Those were the golden years for that magazine.
Jan-18-16  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Israel Albert Horowitz!!
Nov-15-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Israel Horowitz.
Dec-09-17  reztap: Had a simul draw against him in 51or52. He was tall over six feet. A nice guys.
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  GrahamClayton: Nice portrait here:
Nov-15-18  saturn2: mulitalent
good chessplayer
good mathematican
good pianist

like armstrong
good trumpet player
winner of tour de france
first man on the moon

Nov-16-18  Granny O Doul: <like armstrong
good trumpet player
winner of tour de france
first man on the moon>

As for (b), no longer. But you can add "all-American boy" and "religious founder" (and not just ANY religion!).

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  transpose: my first chess book was his tome on chess openings. i think it was published in 1957 - ish. As a 16 year old, I remember seeing the book in a bookstore and thinking how remarkable that chess can be so systemic.

I still use it to brandish some older variations when I want to surprise an opponent.

Aug-30-19  Parachessus: Around 1967 Horowitz felt there was a potentially very promising line for White in the Center Game that goes: 1. e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.Qxd4 Nc6. Here he suggests 4.Qa4 instead of the Paulsen Attack (4.Qe3). He admits that it had been met with tournament reverses, but believed that it was due to be bolstered and that "White will enjoy the benefit of a new opening weapon."

I suggest we call it the "Horowitz Attack."

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  whiteshark: <1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. Qxd4 Nc6 4. Qa4 >

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Aug-30-19  parisattack: <transpose> I used it as a complement to MCO 10. It is a good book and, indeed, some lines since for White in the KID that I am recalling.

<whiteshark> I will try it in an email game and report back on results with the <Horowitz Attack>. I need a break from 1. P-QN3.

Aug-30-19  Parachessus: It's from his book "Modern Ideas in the Chess Openings" (1953, reprinted 1967).
Sep-02-19  steinitzfan: In one of Horowitz's books -- a small book as I recall -- there's some fascinating material on Shatranj. He didn't call it that though. I think he called it old chess or ancient chess. Anybody know what the book is? I can't remember but I would like to have the book again.
Sep-12-19  Parachessus: <steinitzfan> I am going to familiarize myself with the rules of shatranj, since it is the direct ancestor of modern chess. In Shatranj the king and queen can be placed as they are in modern chess in the opening array or they can be switched. That would be great if you were doing some chess coaching to be able to show the very limited moves of the Shatranj pieces to a student and deepen their appreciation of chess history.
Sep-28-19  steinitzfan: <Parachessus> I've heard Shatranj is a bit weak tactically, but Horowitz's endgame problems were quite interesting. Somewhere I read that a Shatranj game opens so slowly that opening systems can be pursued without much regard to what the opponent is doing.
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  Korora: <steinitzfan> One thing I noticed about Shatranj is that the ♗ can only affect the center indirectly, by guarding a piece that in turn guards a center square. But in no Chaturanga-based game is any piece, however weak, to be underestimated. In more than a thousand years in India, the Middle East, Europe, and northern Africa even the weak ♗ was doubtless vital in arranging countless checkmates, stalemates and bare Kings (the three ways to win) and in staving off countless others.

FWIW, The Best in Chess, a collection of Chess Review magazine classics up through 1965 that I have (and that I compiled a collection of games from here), includes a story set in the Old West, of two guys who investigate a legend of lost treasure for which a dying Shatranj-obsessed sixteenth century hidalgo had thoughtlessly had his two benefactors play a game. The whole point behind writing the story seemed to be to show a position that was an all-but-won game for one player in Chess but a mate in two for the other in Shatranj.

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