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Albert Sandrin
A Sandrin 
Tom Woznin vs Albert Sandrin 
Number of games in database: 106
Years covered: 1944 to 1985

Overall record: +47 -36 =19 (55.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 4 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English, 1 c4 e5 (7) 
    A28 A27 A25
 Ruy Lopez (6) 
    C77 C78 C80 C84 C63
 Nimzo Indian (4) 
    E41 E44 E46 E25
 Sicilian (4) 
    B90 B80 B60 B23
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (12) 
    B32 B90 B45 B23
 Nimzo Indian (10) 
    E40 E26 E53 E24 E56
 Philidor's Defense (7) 
 King's Gambit Accepted (4) 
    C33 C35 C34
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Sandrin vs P Le Cornu, 1949 1-0
   A Sandrin vs S Rubinow, 1946 1-0
   A Sandrin vs B Schmidt, 1949 1-0
   A Sandrin vs F S Anderson, 1945 1-0
   A Sandrin vs W Adams, 1946 1-0
   A Sandrin vs J Sherwin, 1951 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   50th US Open (1949)
   52nd US Open (1951)
   United States Championship (1946)
   United States Championship (1948)
   61st US Open (1960)
   56th US Open (1955)
   54th US Open (1953)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   US Open 1949, Omaha by Phony Benoni
   US Open 1945, Peoria by Phony Benoni

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(born Apr-25-1923, died Feb-12-2004, 80 years old) United States of America

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Albert Sandrin was born April 25, 1923. As a child, his vision was damaged because he stared at the sun too much. Despite this disability, he won the 50th US Open (1949) in Omaha, Nebraska, scoring an undefeated 10-2 in a strong field that included Larry Melvyn Evans, Arthur Bisguier and Anthony Santasiere. In 1952 he enrolled in the Marshall School for the Blind, eventually becoming a piano tuner. By 1968 he was totally blind and was the #1 player on the US Braille Chess team. He won the US Braille Association Chess Championship in 1974, 1982, and 1984.

After going blind, he lived with his brother Angelo Sandrin. Both became Life Masters, Albert attaining that title before Angelo did.

Last updated: 2018-11-04 15:51:53

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 106  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Factor vs A Sandrin  0-1401944Illinois ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
2. M Finkelstein vs A Sandrin  0-141194546th US OpenC33 King's Gambit Accepted
3. B Rozsa vs A Sandrin  ½-½60194546th US OpenC41 Philidor Defense
4. A Sandrin vs F S Anderson 1-021194546th US OpenA80 Dutch
5. Santasiere vs A Sandrin  ½-½30194546th US OpenB02 Alekhine's Defense
6. R Konkel vs A Sandrin  1-041194546th US OpenC41 Philidor Defense
7. A Sandrin vs W M Byland  1-042194546th US OpenB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
8. Evans vs A Sandrin 1-034194647th US OpenC56 Two Knights
9. A Sandrin vs W Shipman 0-149194647th US OpenC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
10. E Levin vs A Sandrin  1-033194647th US OpenC58 Two Knights
11. J Levin vs A Sandrin 1-0251946United States ChampionshipD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
12. A Sandrin vs Kashdan  0-1471946United States ChampionshipB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
13. Santasiere vs A Sandrin 1-0261946United States ChampionshipC23 Bishop's Opening
14. A Sandrin vs G Kramer  0-1241946United States ChampionshipB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
15. Denker vs A Sandrin  1-0461946United States ChampionshipE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
16. A Sandrin vs W Adams  1-0451946United States ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
17. A Rothman vs A Sandrin  1-0351946United States ChampionshipE02 Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4
18. A Sandrin vs Reshevsky  0-1271946United States ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
19. H Steiner vs A Sandrin  1-0411946United States ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
20. G Drexel vs A Sandrin  0-1341946United States ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
21. A Sandrin vs I A Horowitz  ½-½391946United States ChampionshipA27 English, Three Knights System
22. A Pinkus vs A Sandrin  ½-½501946United States ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
23. A Sandrin vs W Suesman  0-1291946United States ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. A Di Camillo vs A Sandrin  0-1661946United States ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
25. A J Fink vs A Sandrin  0-1411946United States ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-05-05  latvija: I'm sorry to see that only lost games are listed. Al Sandrin was much more than that. He has the distinction of winning the 1949 U.S. Open. I don't remember if he ever won the U.S. Blind Championship. He and his brother Angelo were regulars in the Chicago chess scene.

In 1965, I played in my first USCF tournament--Memorial Day. I don't know why, but Al and his lady companion took me under wing, during the tournament. He treated me to lunch one day.

Al Sandrin would sit, at the board, with his lady companion sitting, on the side, in between. When it was time to make his move, he would announce it out loud and then move the piece. His companion would write his score. I don't remember who punched the clock.

He was a decent chap and would like to see some his wins posted.

Mar-11-05  Resignation Trap: <latvija> I can go through "my archives" to find more information about Al Sandrin. A British magazine published a short article about him about 40 years ago, and I have a really old issue of Chess Review which features him on the front cover. "My archives" are quite dusty and I have allergies, so, while this task is nostalgic, I'll probably break out in hives.
Mar-12-05  Resignation Trap: I found them quickly!

Albert Sandrin played in the US Championship in 1946 where he scored 8/18 and finished tenth

Sandrin played in the 1948 US Championship where he finished with ascore of 10.5/19 (11th-12th place)

And as <latvija> noted, he also won the 1949 US Open in Omaha

His photograph appeared on the cover of CHESS REVIEW in October 1944: "THE THINKER". In that issue, his victory at the Illinois Championship is described in detail, as well as his win over Samuel D Factor

In the March 1965 issue of CHESS (Sutton Coldfield), Paul Hugo Little has a seven-page article on Sandrin entitled "Proud Spirit".

May-28-05  Resignation Trap: In addition to winning the 1949 US Open, he also won the first brilliancy prize for this game, with the winning move 28. f8=N#.

Albert Sandrin - Phil LeCornu
US Open, Omaha NE 1947.07.21
Round 10 English Opening A16

1. c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.cxd5 Nxd5 4.g3 g6 5. Bg2 Be6 6. Nf3 Nxc3 7. bxc3 Bg7 8. 0-0 0-0 9. d4 c6 10. e4 Bc4 11. Re1 Nd7 12. Be3 Qa5 13. Nd2 Ba6 14. Qb3 c5 15. e5 cxd4 16. cxd4 Nb6 17. Rac1 Rac8 18. Rc5 Rxc5 19. dxc5 Nd7 20.e6 Nxc5 21. exf7+ Kh8 22. Qd5 b6 23. Bd4 Nd3 24. Rxe7 Qxd2 25. Re8 h6 26. Rxf8+ Kh7 27. Rh8+ Bxh8 28. f8=N#

I'll try to upload thus game in the near future, right now I feel as sick as Kramnik.

Jul-07-05  eghagstrom: In 1980 Sandrin played first board for the U.S. team in the blind Olympiad. Seems there was an article in Chess Life, Dec. 1980, that reported the event. Subsequently that article was reprinted in the Tennessee Chess Association newsletter, Spring 2005. All of this is background for the following:

The article states: "In the following position that occurred between Sandrin (White) and Vaccani (Black). White administered a mate in two. Do you see it?" The position is: 1r2r3/3R2pp/ppk1Bp1n/2p5/P3Pp2/1RP2P2/1PK2P1P/8 w - - 0 1

I don't see it and I can't find the game. Does anyone know if the position is misprinted? Or was this just one of those pre-computer puzzles that doesn't work?

Jul-07-05  pyryk: <eghagstrom> I pasted the FEN string to chessbase and it found no forced mate in that position either.
Dec-31-05  breeliz: I played Al Sandrin at a US Open in Chicago back in the early 1980's. He had a higher rating than I did but I figured that he was blind so he should make a mistake if I complicated the position. My grand plan was to play a complicated attack game and confuse him.

What a fool I was. He sat down and the first thing I noted was that he didn't use the special chessboard for blind people with wooden pieces that locked into a base. He sat down in front of the standard chess board, took his two little fingers and found the very tips of the chessboard edge. And he immediately picked up the piece he wanted to move and plunked it right down on the square he wanted it to go to. That psyched me out right from the get-go.

I followed my plan and created a very complex position. I saw an opportunity to sacrifice some material in return for a terrific attack. I was sure that he would lose track of it all and get rolled over. I unloaded everything but the kitchen sink at him. A pretty sizeable crowd had gathered around the game because it was exciting.

Al Sandrin took every blow sent his way. He found every trap and avoided every pitfall. He patiently held his position and simplified when possible until I ran out of pieces and steam.

I was busted and resigned. He enjoyed the exciting game and told me so. I will never ever make the mistake of thinking that a blind person can't see. They see with their mind's eye.

I never saw him again and I stopped playing chess a couple of years later. I know I have the game somewhere and if I ever find it I will post it here for your pleasure.

I registered on this asite and put this note in out of respect to a fine player... Al Sandrin. He taught me a lot.

B. Corbett

Jan-16-06  sleepkid: Well, about a week ago I uploaded the game posted by Resignation Trap above (on May 28 - 05), so that Sandrin would have at least one win in the database, but apparently it hasn't made it into the system yet.

Feb-16-06  sleepkid: <> I've now twice uploaded the game posted by Resignation Trap above only for it to never make it into the database.

What's the deal?

Feb-23-06  sleepkid: (sing-a-long everybody!)

no one cares
cause they are the bomb,
they fall down stairs,
they curl their hairs,
they like to wear green underwear!

you can suggest a correction
or insult their mom,
upload a game,
create a false name,
or make all your posts completely inane!

Albert Sandrin played chess with much aplomb,
we sent you a PGN,
an interesting win,
but where is it now, did u chuck it in the bin?

click for larger view

(disco party on 64 squares)
(black to play and groove)

Apr-25-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Albert Sandrin.
Apr-26-16  Hodor: Hodor!
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  FSR: I didn't know Albert, but knew his brother Angelo, who was a very active tournament player. We played once. I was Black in a Queen's Indian/Hedgehog and got in trouble and lost a pawn. We eventually reached an ending with his queen, bishop and pawns against my queen, knight and pawns. I bet my friend Mario Spinosa a dollar that I wouldn't lose. I was inspired by an article by Bent Larsen in <Chess Life and Review> in which Larsen said that queen and knight coordinate better than queen and bishop. (Many years later, John Watson wrote that in fact this often was not the case and that it was difficult to lay down a general rule.) Sure enough, I swindled Angelo and won, concluding the game with a fatal royal fork.

Both Angelo and Albert Sandrin were Life Masters. Angelo said that Albert was much more talented, and emphasized that the 50th US Open (1949), which he had won, was very strong.

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  FSR: Little-known fact (Angelo didn't know it until I told him): the anagram of "Sandrin" is "innards."
Jun-08-22  wrap99: What a strange way to become blind -- I do not believe this was watching a solar eclipse. I think this staring at the sun might have been a competitive activity in those days when kids "made their own fun" before they watched a bunch of TV. Joseph Heller goes into the very challenging games of Follow the Leader he played as a child in the 1920s, games that, like staring at the sun, could be very dangerous as the leader would "up the ante" in an attempt to maintain his leader position.

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