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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Syracuse Tournament

Samuel Reshevsky12/14(+10 -0 =4)[games]
Reuben Fine8/12(+6 -2 =4)[games]
Isaac Kashdan6.5/8(+5 -0 =3)[games]
Arnold Denker4/9(+4 -5 =0)[games]
Abraham Kupchik4/6(+3 -1 =2)[games]
Arthur William Dake2.5/5(+2 -2 =1)[games]
Israel Albert Horowitz2/5(+2 -3 =0)[games]
Anthony Santasiere2/5(+2 -3 =0)[games]
Jakob Adolf Seitz1.5/6(+1 -4 =1)[games]
Fred Reinfeld1.5/4(+1 -2 =1)[games]
Mario Monticelli1/5(+1 -4 =0)[games]
Herman Steiner1/4(+1 -3 =0)[games]
Erling Tholfsen1/8(+1 -7 =0)[games]
Jose Joaquin Araiza Munoz0/2(+0 -2 =0)[games]
Robert Elmer Martin0/1(+0 -1 =0)[games]

Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Syracuse (1934)

The tournament, organized as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the New York State Chess Association, was played at the Hotel Onondaga in Syracuse, New York.

In general, the games were begun at 7:00 P.M. with adjournments scheduled for the next day. To fit 15 rounds into a 13 day schedule, extra afternoon rounds were added on August 15 and August 20. The time control was 36 moves in two hours, followed by 18 moves in one hour.

Originally the tournament contained 16 players, but Isador Samuel Turover withdrew after losing to Arthur Dake in round 1 and the game was cancelled.

Hotel Onondaga, Syracuse, New York, 13-25 August 1934

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 1 Reshevsky * ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 12.0 2 Kashdan ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 10.5 3 Dake 0 ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 10.0 4 Fine ½ ½ ½ * ½ 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 10.0 5 Kupchik ½ ½ ½ ½ * 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 9.5 6 Horowitz 0 0 0 1 1 * ½ 0 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 8.5 7 Steiner 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ 1 1 0 1 ½ 1 1 8.0 8 Monticelli 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 ½ * ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 1 1 6.5 9 Reinfeld ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ * ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 6.0 10 Santasiere 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ * 1 1 ½ 1 1 6.0 11 Denker 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 * 0 ½ 0 ½ 5.0 12 Seitz 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 1 * 1 1 1 5.0 13 Araiza 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1 4.5 14 Tholfsen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 0 ½ * 1 3.0 15 Martin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 * 0.5

Since only 45 of the 105 games from this tournament have been located, the following list of pairings and scores is provided to help in following the action. A game that is available will be indicated by an asterisk (*). If you know of any others, please leave a note on my forum.

Round 1 (Monday, August 13): Monticelli 1/2 Steiner; Reinfeld 0 Kupchik*; Denker 0 Santasiere*; Tholfsen 0 Horowitz; Fine 1 Seitz*; Kashdan 1 Araiza*; Martin 0 Reshevsky*; Dake: Bye (win over Turover cancelled)

Round 2 (Tuesday, August 14): Steiner 0 Reshevsky*; Araiza 1 Martin; Seitz 1/2 Kashdan*; Horowitz 1 Fine*; Santasiere 0 Dake*; Kupchik 1 Denker; Monticelli 1/2 Reinfeld; Tholfsen: Bye

Round 3 (Wednesday, August 15): Reinfeld 0 Steiner; Denker 1 Monticelli*; Dake 1/2 Kupchik; Tholfsen 0 Santasiere*; Kashdan 1 Horowitz*; Martin 0 Seitz; Reshevsky 1 Araiza*; Fine: Bye

Round 4 (Wednesday, August 15): Steiner 1/2 Araiza; Seitz 0 Reshevsky*; Horowitz 1 Martin; Santasiere 0 Fine*; Kupchik 1 Tholfsen*; Monticelli 0 Dake; Reinfeld 1 Denker*; Kashdan: Bye

Round 5 (Thursday, August 16): Denker 1 Steiner*; Dake 1 Reinfeld; Tholfsen 0 Monticelli; Fine 1/2 Kupchik*; Kashdan 1/2 Santasiere; Reshevsky 1 Horowitz*; Araiza 0 Seitz; Martin: Bye

Round 6 (Friday, August 17): Steiner 1 Seitz; Horowitz 1/2 Araiza; Santasiere 1 Martin; Kupchik 1/2 Kashdan; Monticelli 0 Fine*; Reinfeld 1/2 Tholfsen; Denker 1 Dake*; Reshevsky: Bye

Round 7 (Saturday, August 18): Dake 1/2 Steiner; Tholfsen 1 Denker*; Fine 1 Reinfeld*; Kashdan 1 Monticelli*; Martin 0 Kupchik; Reshevsky 1 Santasiere*; Seitz 0 Horowitz; Araiza Munoz: Bye

Round 8 (Saturday, August 18): Steiner 1/2 Horowitz ; Santasiere 1/2 Araiza; Kupchik 1/2 Reshevsky*; Monticelli 1 Martin; Reinfeld 0 Kashdan; Denker 1 Fine*; Dake 1 Tholfsen*; Seitz: Bye

Sunday, August 19 reserved for adjournments.

Round 9 (Monday, August 20): Tholfsen 0 Steiner; Fine 1/2 Dake*; Kashdan 1 Denker*; Martin 0 Reinfeld; Reshevsky 1 Monticelli*; Araiza 0 Kupchik; Seitz 0 Santasiere; Horowitz: Bye

Round 10 (Tuesday, August 21): Santasiere 0 Horowitz; Kupchik 1 Seitz*; Monticelli 1/2 Araiza; Reinfeld 1/2 Reshevsky*; Denker 1/2 Martin; Dake 1/2 Kashdan; Tholfsen 0 Fine*; Steiner: Bye

Round 11 (Tuesday, August 21): Fine 1 Steiner*; Kashdan 1 Tholfsen*; Martin 0 Dake; Reshevsky 1 Denker*; Araiza 1/2 Reinfeld; Seitz 1/2 Monticelli; Horowitz 1 Kupchik*; Santasiere: Bye

Round 12 (Wednesday, August 22): Steiner 1 Santasiere; Monticelli 1 Horowitz; Reinfeld 1 Seitz; Denker 1/2 Araiza; Dake 0 Reshevsky*; Tholfsen 1 Martin; Fine 1/2 Kashdan*; Kupchik: Bye

Round 13 (Thursday, August 23): Kashdan 1/2 Steiner; Martin 0 Fine; Reshevsky 1 Tholfsen*; Araiza 0 Dake; Seitz 1 Denker; Horowitz 1/2 Reinfeld; Santasiere 1/2 Kupchik; Monticelli: Bye

Round 14 (Friday, August 24): Steiner 1/2 Kupchik; Monticelli 1 Santasiere; Denker 0 Horowitz; Dake 1 Seitz; Tholfsen 1/2 Araiza; Fine 1/2 Reshevsky*; Kashdan 1 Martin; Reinfeld: Bye

Round 15 (Saturday, August 25): Martin 0 Steiner; Reshevsky 1/2 Kashdan*; Araiza 0 Fine; Seitz 1 Tholfsen*; Horowitz 0 Dake; Santasiere 1/2 Reinfeld; Kupchik 1/2 Monticelli; Denker: Bye

Thanks to <Resignation Trap> and <Calli> for their help in finding these games. Although it's not complete, I hope this collection can serve as a starting point for further research. Round dates provided by daily reports in the New York Times, August 14-26.

Original collection: Game Collection: Syracuse 1934, by User: Phony Benoni.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 47  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. F Reinfeld vs Kupchik 0-1371934SyracuseB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
2. Kashdan vs J Araiza Munoz  1-0461934SyracuseC45 Scotch Game
3. R E Martin vs Reshevsky 0-1481934SyracuseE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
4. Fine vs J A Seitz 1-0661934SyracuseA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
5. Denker vs Santasiere 0-1361934SyracuseA48 King's Indian
6. J A Seitz vs Kashdan  ½-½571934SyracuseC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
7. I A Horowitz vs Fine 1-0271934SyracuseC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
8. Santasiere vs Dake  0-1421934SyracuseA25 English
9. H Steiner vs Reshevsky 0-1361934SyracuseC11 French
10. E Tholfsen vs Santasiere  0-1321934SyracuseA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
11. Santasiere vs Fine  0-1611934SyracuseA12 English with b3
12. J A Seitz vs Reshevsky 0-1321934SyracuseD02 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Denker vs M Monticelli  1-0281934SyracuseA46 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Kupchik vs E Tholfsen  1-0761934SyracuseA15 English
15. Reshevsky vs J Araiza Munoz 1-0341934SyracuseE16 Queen's Indian
16. Kashdan vs I A Horowitz  1-0411934SyracuseD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. F Reinfeld vs Denker 1-0321934SyracuseA04 Reti Opening
18. Denker vs H Steiner 1-0261934SyracuseD05 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Reshevsky vs I A Horowitz 1-0151934SyracuseD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
20. Fine vs Kupchik  ½-½301934SyracuseC11 French
21. H Steiner vs J A Seitz  1-0311934SyracuseD02 Queen's Pawn Game
22. M Monticelli vs Fine 0-1231934SyracuseB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
23. Denker vs Dake 1-0321934SyracuseA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
24. Fine vs F Reinfeld 1-0281934SyracuseD24 Queen's Gambit Accepted
25. Denker vs Fine 1-0631934SyracuseD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-14-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: In C.N. 10068, Edward Winter asked for the score of the game Monticelli - Horowitz, Syracuse, from which this position came:


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Playing Black, Horowitz missed the winning move <28...Qxa1! 29>Rxf4 Qa8+, and went on to lose.

Winter asked if the score of the game was available, and a score culled from a database appears in C.N. 10073:

[Event "Syracuse"]
[Site "Syracuse, NY USA"]
[Date "1934.08.22"]
[EventDate "1934.08.13"]
[Round "12"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Monticelli, Mario"]
[Black "Horowitz, Israel Albert"]
[ECO ""]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Nxe4 7.d4 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.c3 Be7 10.Be3 Na5 11.Nd4 Nxb3 12.axb3 Qd7 13.b4 f5 14.f3 Ng5 15.Nd2 0-0 16.f4 Ne4 17.N2b3 Rfc8 18.g4 Rf8 19.Nxe6 Qxe6 20.Nd4 Qg6 21.Nxf5 Rxf5 22.Qxd5+ Kh8 23.Qxa8+ Rf8 24.Rxa6 Qxg4+ 25.Kh1 Qe2 26.Qxe4 Qxf1+ 27.Bg1 Rxf4 28.Ra1 Rxe4 29.Rxf1 Rxe5 30.Bd4 Rg5 31.Re1 Bf8 32.Re8 Rf5 33.Bc5 Kg8 34.Kg2 g5 35.Rc8 Kg7 36.Rxc7+ Kg6 37.Rc6+ Kh5 38.b3 Bg7 39.c4 bxc4 40.bxc4 Rf4 41.Bd6 Rd4 42.b5 Kg4 43.h3+ Kf5 44.b6 Rd2+ 45.Kf1 Ke4 46.b7 Kf3 47.Bb4 Rd1+ 48.Be1 Rb1 49.Rc7 Be5 50.Rf7+ Bf4 51.c5 Ke4 52.Rxf4+ gxf4 53.c6 Ke3 54.c7 1-0

Rightfully, Winter would like to see confirmation from a written source, which will no doubt be forthcoming. There is a description of the game in the "New York Times", August 23, 1934, which fits the score exactly:

<"Monticelli turned back Horowitz in a brilliantly-played twelfth-round match The Italian adopted the Ruy Lopez, or Spanish opening, won a pawn in the middle game, and pushed his advantage to victory in fifty-four moves">

OK, almost exactly.

The blunder was published in "Chess Review" January 1935, page 5, as part of Lester A. Brand's regular column, "Mistakes of the Masters". But it surely came to light almost immediately.

While looking this stuff up, I took the opportunity to check my work on the round dates, and discovered a couple of mistakes. Specifically,

Round 8: Saturday, August 18

Round Round 10: Tuesday, August 21

I've made the necessary corrections to the tournament introductions and game metadata.

Aug-14-16  Calli: C.N. 10076 has the original publication.
Aug-14-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: Winter's network is incredible.
Oct-08-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: Another game from the tournament, submitted today:

[Event "Syracuse"]
[Site "Syracuse, NY USA"]
[Date "1934.08.17"]
[EventDate "1934.08.13"]
[Round "6"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Steiner, Herman"]
[Black "Seitz, Jakob Adolf"]
[ECO ""]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?]
[Source: "Los Angeles Times, October 7, 1934"]

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 c5 4.cxd5 cxd4 5.Qxd4 Qxd5 6.Nc3 Qxd4 7.Nxd4 a6 8.g3 Bd7 9.Bg2 e5 10.Nf3 Bc6 11.0-0 Nbd7 12.Bg5 Be7 13.Rfd1 h6 14.Bxf6 Bxf6 15.Nd5 0-0-0 16.Rac1 Kb8 17.Nxf6 gxf6 18.Nh4 Kc7 19.Bxc6 bxc6 20.Nf5 Nb6 21.Rxd8 Rxd8 22.Nxh6 Rd2 23.Nxf7 Rxe2 24.h4 Kd7 25.h5 Ke7 26.Rxc6 Rxb2 27.Rc7+ Nd7 28.Rxd7+ Kxd7 29.h6 e4 30.h7 e3 31.fxe3 1-0

Oct-09-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <PB....Playing Black, Horowitz missed the winning move <28...Qxa1! 29>Rxf4 Qa8+, and went on to lose.>

Which proves yet again the adage that in analysis, even for a strong player, the easiest moves to overlook are such retreats.

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