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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
57th US Open Tournament

Arthur Bisguier9.5/12(+8 -1 =3)[games]
James Sherwin9.5/12(+8 -1 =3)[games]
Robert Henry Steinmeyer9/12(+7 -1 =4)[games]
Robert James Fischer8.5/12(+5 -0 =7)[games]
Attilio Di Camillo8.5/12(+5 -0 =7)[games]
Edmar Mednis8.5/12(+5 -0 =7)[games]
Paul Brandts8/12(+8 -4 =0)[games]
Orest Popovych8/12(+7 -3 =2)[games]
Anthony Saidy7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Stephan A Popel7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Raymond Martin7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Edgar McCormick7/11(+7 -4 =0)[games]
Anthony Santasiere7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Ivan Theodorovich7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Henry Gross6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Derwin Kerr6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Charles C Crittenden6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Ivan Romanenko6/11(+5 -4 =2)[games]
Jeremiah F Donovan6/11(+5 -4 =2)[games]
John Hudson5.5/10(+4 -3 =3)[games]
Daniel Fischheimer5.5/10(+5 -4 =1)[games]
Jack O'Keefe5.5/10(+4 -3 =3)[games]
William Guthrie McClain5.5/10(+5 -4 =1)[games]
Bela Rozsa5.5/11(+5 -5 =1)[games]
Jose Joaquin Araiza Munoz5/9(+5 -4 =0)[games]
William M Byland4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Peter Lapiken4.5/9(+4 -4 =1)[games]
Glenn E Hartleb4.5/8(+3 -2 =3)[games]
Joaquin Medina Zavalia4.5/8(+4 -3 =1)[games]
(81 players total; 52 players not shown. Click here for longer list.)

Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
57th US Open (1956)

<57th US Open
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
July 16-28, 1956>

"Due to a surprise third round defeat by Donald Fischheimer of Chicago, U. S. Champion Arthur B. Bisguier was forced to come from behind in an exciting finish to win the U.S. Open Championship at Oklahoma City with a 9½-2½ score, tied with James T. Sherwin who also tallied 9½-2½ but placed second on Median points. Robert Steinmeyer of St. Louis, who led the field for a time, placed third with 9-3. Tied at 8½-3½ for fourth to eight place were U. S. Junior Champion Bobby Fischer (aged 13) of Brooklyn, Anthony Saidy of Douglaston, N. Y., former U. S. Junior Champion Edmar Mednis of New York City, Stephan Popel of Detroit, and Anthony DiCamillo of Philadelphia.

"Seven players, tied at 8-4 each, placed ninth to fifteenth on Median points: Anthony Santasiere of New York City, Henry Gross of San Francisco, Edgar McCormick of East Orange, Orest Popovych of Lakewood, N. J., I. Theodorovych of Toronto, Paul Brandts of New York City, and Raymond Martin of Santa Monica, Calif.

"The U. S. Women's Open Championship went to Sonya Graf-Stevenson of Los Angeles, the defending champion, with 6½-5½ score, closely followed by Mrs. Mary Selenskyof Philadelphia with 5½-6½." - Chess Life, August 5, 1956.

Interest in the first round centered in Bobby Fischer (13) vs. Albert M. Swank (78), meeting of the youngest and oldest contestants, won by Bobby. I'm sure that pairing was sheer coincidence, and that Tournament Director Georges Koltanowski had absolutely nothing to do with it. He was probably doing the pairings blindfold anyway.

For the records: One round per day except for Saturday, July 21, which was reserved for the Speed Tourney. Time control 50/2½, followed by 20/1 in succeeding time controls. Hours of play: 7:00 PM-12:00 PM, except round 12 which began at 12:00 Noon. Adjournments played off the next day, except round 12 which was played to a finish.

Site was the Civic Room, Oklahoma Biltmore, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Completely air conditioned.

,Notes>

In the following crosstable, a series of dashes (<---->) indicates an unpaired game, usually due to withdrawal. (<+>) and (<->) indicate forfeit wins and losses. (<Bye>) is a full-point bye assigned by the director, normally due to having an odd number of players.

The Original crosstable (Chess Life, August 20, 1956, p. 7) listed Herbert Avram among the 7-point scorers when he actually score 6.0. The following is a corrected version.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 Arthur Bisguier W 50 W 38 L 16 W 45 W 19 D 5 W 17 W 11 W 4 W 3 D 2 D 6 9.5 2 James T Sherwin W 77 W 27 W 55 W 33 W 22 L 3 W 16 D 4 D 5 W 9 D 1 W 14 9.5 3 Robert H Steinmeyer W 66 W 41 W 31 W 16 W 13 W 2 D 4 D 5 D 18 L 1 D 6 W 9 9.0 4 Anthony Saidy W 68 D 11 W 48 W 34 W 9 W 25 D 3 D 2 L 1 D 7 W 17 D 5 8.5 5 Attilio Di Camillo W 32 D 52 W 39 D 17 W 27 D 1 W 23 D 3 D 2 D 10 W 18 D 4 8.5 6 Edmar J Mednis W 89 W 36 D 17 D 25 D 7 W 26 D 9 D 10 W 35 W 18 D 3 D 1 8.5 7 Stephan A Popel W 80 W 42 L 33 W 59 D 6 L 11 W 31 W 29 W 16 D 4 D 8 W 20 8.5 8 Robert James Fischer W 98 D 12 D 45 W 35 D 20 D 10 D 21 D 54 W 46 W 11 D 7 W 25 8.5 9 Ivan Theodorovich W 70 W 21 D 25 W 10 L 4 W 38 D 6 W 12 W 17 L 2 W 15 L 3 8.0 10 Anthony Santasiere W 79 D 19 W 46 L 9 W 55 D 8 W 36 D 6 W 13 D 5 D 20 D 12 8.0 11 Orest Popovych W100 D 4 W 52 L 13 W 79 W 7 W 44 L 1 D 23 L 8 W 26 W 29 8.0 12 Henry Gross W 57 D 8 L 19 D 96 W 50 W 28 W 22 L 9 D 27 W 16 W 37 D 10 8.0 13 Raymond Martin W 64 W 47 D 34 W 11 L 3 W 24 L 18 W 38 L 10 D 21 W 45 W 39 8.0 14 Edgar Thomas McCormick W 99 L 18 L 79 W 88 W 62 L 19 W 28 W 39 W 26 W 44 W 22 L 2 8.0 15 Paul Brandts W 65 L 55 W 61 W 37 L 21 L 44 W 51 W 59 W 33 W 27 L 9 W 30 8.0 16 Daniel Fischheimer W 97 W 40 W 1 L 3 W 33 W 21 L 2 D 35 L 7 L 12 W 60 W 37 7.5 17 Jack O'Keefe W 76 W 60 D 6 D 5 W 28 W 22 L 1 W 33 L 9 W 23 L 4 D 19 7.5 18 Derwin Kerr W 72 W 14 W 37 L 22 D 44 W 34 W 13 W 19 D 3 L 6 L 5 D 21 7.5 19 Charles C Crittenden W 87 D 10 W 12 D 26 L 1 W 14 W 47 L 18 D 24 D 30 W 28 D 17 7.5 20 Brian E Owens W 88 L 33 W 89 W 36 D 8 L 23 W 34 D 27 W 54 W 25 D 10 L 7 7.5 21 Kenneth Ray Smith W 82 L 9 W 69 W 50 W 15 L 16 D 8 L 23 W 40 D 13 W 47 D 18 7.5 22 Geza Fuster W101 W 59 W 95 W 18 L 2 L 17 L 12 D 30 W 5 W 24 L 14 W 40 7.5 23 Joaquin Medina L 58 W 64 D 41 W 30 W 48 W 20 L 5 W 21 D 11 L 17 D 29 W 49 7.5 24 John A Hudson L 46 W 99 W 29 D 57 W 39 L 13 W 59 D 44 D 19 L 22 W 58 W 35 7.5 25 Jeremiah F Donovan W 74 W 56 D 9 D 6 W 95 L 4 L 33 W 49 W 45 L 20 W 27 L 8 7.0 26 Ivan Romanenko W 54 D 48 W 53 D 19 W 31 L 6 L 35 W 69 L 14 W 46 L 11 W 45 7.0 27 Robert Sinclair Brieger W 84 L 2 W 70 W 60 L 5 W 89 W 69 D 20 D 12 L 15 L 25 W 47 7.0 28 Jose Joaquin Araiza Munoz L 34 W 75 W 58 W 53 L 17 L 12 L 14 W 89 W 68 W 36 L 19 W 44 7.0 29 Carl R Freeman L 59 W 93 L 24 W 85 W 68 D 31 W 89 L 7 W 38 W 54 D 23 L 11 7.0 30 Glenn E Hartleb D 75 L 34 W 82 L 23 W 81 W 57 D 58 D 22 W 66 D 19 W 44 L 15 7.0 31 Boris Garfinkel W 78 W 62 L 3 W 46 L 26 D 29 L 7 L 57 D 73 W 80 W 69 W 51 7.0 32 Russell Koutz L 5 W 92 L 47 L 68 W 93 L 50 L 76 W 83 W 87 W 70 W 46 W 59 7.0 33 Jack F Shaw W 92 W 20 W 7 L 2 L 16 W 65 W 25 L 17 L 15 L 51 W 61 D 42 6.5 34 Steven J Shaw W 28 W 30 D 13 L 4 W 52 L 18 L 20 D 68 L 43 W 50 W 72 D 36 6.5 35 Peter Lapiken L 62 W 63 W 65 L 8 W 61 W 58 W 26 D 16 L 6 L 37 W 38 L 24 6.5 36 William A Bills W 93 L 6 W 73 L 20 W 60 W 45 L 10 L 46 W 52 L 28 W 68 D 34 6.5 37 Erich Watkinson Marchand W 71 W 58 L 18 L 15 W 56 L 47 D 68 W 70 W 41 W 35 L 12 L 16 6.5 38 Bela Rozsa W 67 L 1 W 62 D 79 W 57 L 9 W 42 L 13 L 29 W 53 L 35 W 58 6.5 39 Blake W Stevens W 73 D 53 L 5 W 71 L 24 W 70 D 41 L 14 D 60 W 66 W 51 L 13 6.5 40 Guthrie McClain W 94 L 16 W 68 L 95 L 69 D 51 W 64 W 58 L 21 W 41 W 57 L 22 6.5 41 Sonja Graf-Stevenson W 90 L 3 D 23 L 43 D 96 W 63 D 39 W 84 L 37 L 40 W 79 W 57 6.5 42 R F McGregor W 83 L 7 L 60 D 64 W 53 D 48 L 38 W 86 W 49 L 45 W 56 D 33 6.5 43 Robert B M Potter L 49 D 71 D 72 W 41 L 58 W 74 L 45 W 76 W 34 L 57 D 48 W 60 6.5 44 Herbert Avram L 56 W 74 W 66 W 49 D 18 W 15 L 11 D 24 W 47 L 14 L 30 L 28 6.0 45 C Fred Tears W 63 D 61 D 8 L 1 W 46 L 36 W 43 W 48 L 25 W 42 L 13 L 26 6.0 46 Dale Ruth W 24 W 49 L 10 L 31 L 45 W 75 W 95 W 36 L 8 L 26 L 32 W 68 6.0 47 Joaquin Camarena W 91 L 13 W 32 L 55 W 77 W 37 L 19 W 65 L 44 W 61 L 21 L 27 6.0 48 William M Byland W 96 D 26 L 4 W 51 L 23 D 42 W 56 L 45 L 61 W 71 D 43 D 52 6.0 49 William E Kaiser W 43 L 46 W 88 L 44 L 65 W 62 W 55 L 25 L 42 W 73 W 54 L 23 6.0 50 Thomas A Jenkins L 1 W 78 W 85 L 21 L 12 W 32 L 54 L 52 W 77 L 34 W 86 W 72 6.0 51 Richard Long Bye L 95 D 96 L 48 W 73 D 40 L 15 W 75 W 71 W 33 L 39 L 31 6.0 52 Simon Delgado W 69 D 5 L 11 W 54 L 34 D 71 L 60 W 50 L 36 D 63 W 74 D 48 6.0 53 James E Warren W 81 D 39 L 26 L 28 L 42 W 88 D 61 W 80 D 59 L 38 D 55 W 70 6.0 54 Wilmer Stevens L 26 D 91 W 81 L 52 W 82 W 79 W 50 D 8 L 20 L 29 L 49 W 69 6.0 55 P W Morrell W 85 W 15 L 2 W 47 L 10 L 69 L 49 D 74 L 79 W 67 D 53 W 71 6.0 56 Spencer H Van Gelder W 44 L 25 L 57 W 98 L 37 W 80 L 48 L 72 W 62 W 79 L 42 W 63 6.0 57 W A Thomasson L 12 W 98 W 56 D 24 L 38 L 30 W 86 W 31 L 22 W 43 L 40 L 41 5.5 58 John A Nowak W 23 L 37 L 28 W 78 W 43 L 35 D 30 L 40 W 84 W 65 L 24 L 38 5.5 59 Kamalakar Raut W 29 L 22 W 80 L 7 W 75 W 95 L 24 L 15 D 53 L 60 W 66 L 32 5.5 60 Charles Weldon Bye L 17 W 42 L 27 L 36 W 72 W 52 L 66 D 39 W 59 L 16 L 43 5.5 61 E J Van Sweden W 86 D 45 L 15 D 75 L 35 D 66 D 53 W 64 W 48 L 47 L 33 D 62 5.5 62 Re Wilcos W 35 L 31 L 38 W 97 L 14 L 49 L 74 W 93 L 56 W 64 W 77 D 61 5.5 63 Mary Selensky L 45 L 35 W 93 L 69 W 97 L 41 W 78 L 71 W 74 D 52 W 65 L 56 5.5 64 Ernest F Chace L 13 L 23 W 83 D 42 L 70 W 67 L 40 L 61 W 88 L 62 W 84 W 79 5.5 65 William Whisler L 15 W 84 L 35 W 74 W 49 L 33 W 71 L 47 D 69 L 58 L 63 W 76 5.5 66 John Rinaldo L 3 W100 L 44 L 80 W 91 D 61 W 73 W 60 L 30 L 39 L 59 W 82 5.5 67 Frances Frazier L 38 L 68 D 86 L 77 W 92 L 64 W 88 L 73 W 82 L 55 W 81 W 75 5.5 68 Lewis J Isaacs L 4 W 67 L 40 W 32 L 29 W 77 D 37 D 34 L 28 W 86 L 36 L 46 5.0 69 A M De La Torre L 52 W 90 L 21 W 63 W 40 W 55 L 27 L 26 D 65 D 72 L 31 L 54 5.0 70 E H Gill L 9 W 97 L 27 D 99 W 64 L 39 W 79 L 37 D 72 L 32 W 78 L 53 5.0 71 R F Kelly L 37 D 43 W 91 L 39 W 99 D 52 L 65 W 63 L 51 L 48 W 80 L 55 5.0 72 Ronnie Taylor L 18 D 82 D 43 L 89 W 78 L 60 W 93 W 56 D 70 D 69 L 34 L 50 5.0 73 Norval Stamm L 39 W 77 L 36 D 81 L 51 W 82 L 66 W 67 D 31 L 49 L 75 W 92 5.0 74 Arthur Bernhart L 25 L 44 W 90 L 65 W 83 L 43 W 62 D 55 L 63 W 84 L 52 D 80 5.0 75 William R Trinks D 30 L 28 W 94 D 61 L 59 L 46 W 77 L 51 L 80 W 92 W 73 L 67 5.0 76 E Forry Laucks L 17 L 89 L 98 L 83 W 94 W 87 W 32 L 43 W 86 L 81 W 91 L 65 5.0 77 Frank A Day L 2 L 73 W 84 W 67 L 47 L 68 L 75 W 78 L 50 W 85 L 62 W 86 5.0 78 Mildred Morrell L 31 L 50 W 92 L 58 L 72 W 97 L 63 L 77 W 83 W 91 L 70 W 85 5.0 79 Ben Thurston L 10 W 83 W 14 D 38 L 11 L 54 L 70 W 82 W 55 L 56 L 41 L 64 4.5 80 Fred Cramer L 7 W 86 L 59 W 66 L 89 L 56 W 90 L 53 W 75 L 31 L 71 D 74 4.5 81 Louis A Somma L 53 W101 L 54 D 73 L 30 L 84 L 82 L 88 Bye W 76 L 67 W 90 4.5 82 Armstrong Chinn L 21 D 72 L 30 W 92 L 54 L 73 W 81 L 79 L 67 W 87 W 88 L 66 4.5 83 Ralph G Houghton L 42 L 79 L 64 W 76 L 74 L 93 W 92 L 32 L 78 W 94 W 87 D 88 4.5 84 Chester A Lyon L 27 L 65 L 77 W 90 D 88 W 81 W 85 L 41 L 58 L 74 L 64 W 97 4.5 85 Charles Ames L 55 Bye L 50 L 29 W 98 L 86 L 84 W 90 L 89 L 77 W 92 L 78 4.0 86 Reed W Payne L 61 L 80 D 67 D 91 W 87 W 85 L 57 L 42 L 76 L 68 L 50 L 77 4.0 87 Jesse Davis L 19 L 88 L 99 W100 L 86 L 76 W 94 W 97 L 32 L 82 L 83 W 93 4.0 88 T E Makens L 20 W 87 L 49 L 14 D 84 L 53 L 67 W 81 L 64 W 90 L 82 D 83 4.0 89 Frederick E Bartholy L 6 W 76 L 20 W 72 W 80 L 27 L 29 L 28 W 85 ---- ---- ---- 4.0 90 James A Creighton L 41 L 69 L 74 L 84 Bye W 91 L 80 L 85 D 94 L 88 W 93 L 81 3.5 91 Thomas P Holmes L 47 D 54 L 71 D 86 L 66 L 90 L 97 Bye W 93 L 78 L 76 D 94 3.5 92 Robert Harvey L 33 L 32 L 78 L 82 L 67 W 98 L 83 W 94 W 97 L 75 L 85 L 73 3.0 93 J R Cassingham L 36 L 29 L 63 W 94 L 32 W 83 L 72 L 62 L 91 W 97 L 90 L 87 3.0 94 Charles W Payne L 40 L 96 L 75 L 93 L 76 Bye L 87 L 92 D 90 L 83 W 97 D 91 3.0 95 Marvin C Palmer Bye W 51 L 22 W 40 L 25 L 59 L 46 ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- 3.0 96 F Dennis Gibson L 48 W 94 D 51 D 12 D 41 ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- 2.5 97 Robert D Offenberg L 16 L 70 Bye L 62 L 63 L 78 W 91 L 87 L 92 L 93 L 94 L 84 2.0 98 A M Swank L 8 L 57 W 76 L 56 L 85 L 92 W102 ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- 2.0 99 Paul Ligtvoet L 14 L 24 W 87 D 70 L 71 ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- 1.5 100 G Hardesty L 11 L 66 L101 L 87 ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- 0.0 101 T L Goddard L 22 L 81 W100 ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- 0.0 102 Walter Otteson --- --- --- --- --- --- L 98 ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- 0.0

MILESTONES

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SEE ALSO: Game Collection: US Open Tournament Index.

Original collection: Game Collection: US Open 1956, Oklahoma City, by User: Phony Benoni.

 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 286  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A M Swank vs Fischer 0-143195657th US OpenB20 Sicilian
2. T Jenkins vs Bisguier  0-133195657th US OpenC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
3. Santasiere vs B Thurston 1-030195657th US OpenB64 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
4. E Marchand vs R Kelly  1-060195657th US OpenA28 English
5. P Brandts vs W Whisler  1-022195657th US OpenD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. A Di Camillo vs R Koutz  1-051195657th US OpenB56 Sicilian
7. J Hudson vs D Ruth  0-140195657th US OpenC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
8. W E Kaiser vs R Potter  1-017195657th US OpenC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
9. Mednis vs F Bartholy  1-052195657th US OpenC77 Ruy Lopez
10. J A Nowak vs J Medina Zavalia  1-037195657th US OpenE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
11. Charles W Payne vs W G McClain  0-133195657th US OpenE61 King's Indian
12. Popovych vs G Hardesty  1-028195657th US OpenB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
13. Kamalakar Raut vs Carl R Freeman  1-049195657th US OpenB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
14. J Rinaldo vs R H Steinmeyer  0-127195657th US OpenA22 English
15. J Sherwin vs Frank A Day  1-027195657th US OpenA17 English
16. Norval Stamm vs B Stevens  0-124195657th US OpenE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
17. W Stevens vs I Romanenko  0-136195657th US OpenC59 Two Knights
18. S Van Gelder vs H Avram  1-046195657th US OpenA15 English
19. Fischer vs H Gross ½-½17195657th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
20. R Brieger vs J Sherwin  0-146195657th US OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
21. W A Bills vs Mednis  0-149195657th US OpenE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
22. Bisguier vs B Rozsa  1-052195657th US OpenE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
23. C C Crittenden vs Santasiere  ½-½27195657th US OpenD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
24. S Delgado Ramirez vs A Di Camillo  ½-½48195657th US OpenD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
25. J F Donovan vs S Van Gelder  1-031195657th US OpenE91 King's Indian
 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 286  PGN Download
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