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New York 1948/49 Tournament

Reuben Fine8/9(+7 -0 =2)[games]
Miguel Najdorf6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Max Euwe5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Herman Pilnik5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Israel Albert Horowitz4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
George Kramer4.5/9(+4 -4 =1)[games]
Arthur Bisguier4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
Isaac Kashdan4/9(+3 -4 =2)[games]
Arnold Denker2/9(+0 -5 =4)[games]
Herman Steiner1.5/9(+0 -6 =3)[games]
* Chess Event Description
New York 1948/49

In the winter of 1948, when it came to the attention of the Manhattan Chess Club that four top chess masters would be spending December in New York, a tournament was put together on short notice. The four masters in question were former world champion Max Euwe, American chess master Reuben Fine, Argentinian master Miguel Najdorf, and Swedish champion Gideon Stahlberg. Manhattan Chess Club vice-president Sidney F. Kenton organized the event, and raised $5800 in prize money to lure the players. Ståhlberg was not staying in New York long enough to participate, so he declined. His invitation went next to Samuel Reshevsky, who also declined. Argentinian chess master Herman Pilnik found out about the tournament from Najdorf and offered to fill the empty seat if he were extended an invitation. It was granted and the remaining seats went to American players: Arthur Bisguier, Arnold Denker, Israel Horowitz, Isaac Kashdan, George Kramer, and Herman Steiner. Each player received $250 for attending. The tournament was played from December 23rd, 1948 to January 2nd, 1949, allowing only two rest days, neither of which were holidays. The time control for the event was 40 moves in two hours followed by 20 moves every hour afterwards. Fine won first prize of $1000 for his amazing 8/9 finish, which by Chessmetrics' reckoning was the highest performance rating of his career. Fine defeated the tournament leader Najdorf in their round seven game, relegating him to the second prize of $750. Pilnik and Euwe split the third and fourth prizes, receiving $375 each. Although Fine had declined to participate in the world championship tournament earlier in the year, and would retire from chess in a few more years, he showed in this tournament that he was still one of the world's top players, and one of the best talents America had ever produced.

The final standings and crosstable:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Fine * 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 8 2 Najdorf 0 * ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 6½ =3 Euwe 0 ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 5 =3 Pilnik ½ 0 ½ * ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 5 =5 Horowitz 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 0 1 1 4½ =5 Kramer 0 0 0 0 ½ * 1 1 1 1 4½ =7 Bisguier ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 * ½ ½ 1 4 =7 Kashdan 0 0 ½ 0 1 0 ½ * 1 1 4 9 Denker 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 * ½ 2 10 Steiner 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ * 1½

*This collection would not have been possible without the efforts of this website:

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Steiner vs I A Horowitz 0-1851948New York 1948/49D02 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Kashdan vs Bisguier  ½-½301948New York 1948/49C86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
3. Najdorf vs Pilnik 1-0401948New York 1948/49C48 Four Knights
4. G Kramer vs Denker 1-0411948New York 1948/49B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
5. Fine vs Euwe 1-0491948New York 1948/49D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Bisguier vs Fine  ½-½311948New York 1948/49C18 French, Winawer
7. Denker vs Najdorf 0-1601948New York 1948/49D74 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O
8. Pilnik vs Kashdan 1-0281948New York 1948/49B71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
9. I A Horowitz vs Euwe ½-½151948New York 1948/49D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. H Steiner vs G Kramer  0-1391948New York 1948/49B03 Alekhine's Defense
11. Kashdan vs Denker 1-0551948New York 1948/49A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
12. Najdorf vs H Steiner  1-0301948New York 1948/49E28 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
13. Euwe vs Bisguier 1-0401948New York 1948/49D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. Fine vs Pilnik ½-½411948New York 1948/49D81 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
15. G Kramer vs I A Horowitz  ½-½811948New York 1948/49D50 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. H Steiner vs Kashdan  0-1601948New York 1948/49E49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
17. Pilnik vs Euwe  ½-½271948New York 1948/49B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
18. Denker vs Fine 0-1281948New York 1948/49E33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
19. G Kramer vs Najdorf 0-1351948New York 1948/49D97 Grunfeld, Russian
20. I A Horowitz vs Bisguier ½-½301948New York 1948/49C91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. Kashdan vs G Kramer 0-1361948New York 1948/49D19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
22. Najdorf vs I A Horowitz  ½-½421948New York 1948/49D42 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3
23. Fine vs H Steiner 1-0411948New York 1948/49D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Euwe vs Denker  ½-½261948New York 1948/49D54 Queen's Gambit Declined, Anti-Neo-Orthodox Variation
25. Bisguier vs Pilnik  ½-½401948New York 1948/49B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
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