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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
United States Championship Tournament

Walter Browne9.5/13(+6 -0 =7)[games]
Pal Benko8/13(+3 -0 =10)[games]
Larry Evans8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Anthony Saidy7.5/13(+3 -1 =9)[games]
Samuel Reshevsky7/13(+4 -3 =6)[games]
Arthur Bisguier7/13(+2 -1 =10)[games]
John Grefe7/13(+3 -2 =8)[games]
Kenneth Rogoff7/13(+4 -3 =6)[games]
Norman Weinstein6/13(+2 -3 =8)[games]
Bernard Zuckerman5.5/13(+1 -3 =9)[games]
Andrew Soltis5.5/13(+1 -3 =9)[games]
Kim Commons5/13(+4 -7 =2)[games]
Andrew Karklins4.5/13(+2 -6 =5)[games]
Lawrence Gilden3.5/13(+3 -9 =1)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
United States Championship (1974)
The US Championship came to the City of the Big Shoulders in 1974, continuing the Any Place But New York trend which began at El Paso the previous year. In the absence of Bobby Fischer, the players represented the usual mix of Old Guard and Impudent Youngsters, to wit:

Pal Benko, Arthur Bisguier, Walter Shawn Browne, Kim S Commons, Larry Melvyn Evans, Lawrence C Gilden, John Alan Grefe, Andrew Karklins, Samuel Reshevsky, Kenneth Rogoff, Anthony Saidy, Andrew Soltis, Norman Weinstein, Bernard Zuckerman.

The story here was Old Six-Time, Walter Browne, winning his first US Championship in commanding fashion. He led from the start, never even sharing the top spot after the first round. The famous game Browne vs Bisguier, 1974 in round 9 gave him a 1.5 point lead with four rounds to go, and when nobody showed an inclination to make up ground he coasted home with four draws.

Benko tied Evans for second place by beating him in the last round. Saidy had a chance to join them, but took a short draw instead. That tendency was endemic throughout the tournament. While having 55% of the games winding up drawn wasn't that bad, having nearly half of the draws go only 20 moves or less shows a certain lack of enterprise, or perhaps boredom. Some of these guys had been playing against each other in the US Championship for fifteen or twenty years. Thing was, the youngsters caught Draw Fever as well.

The Fischer boom was bringing in some new blood, but can close with a quick mention of the old blood of Samuel Reshevsky. Aged sixty-two, he showed there was still a little fire in the tank. He started +1 -1 =6, then lost two in a row. Instead of limping home, he won his last three games to finish with a plus score.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 Pts 1 Browne * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 9.5 2 Benko ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 8.0 3 Evans ½ 0 * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 8.0 4 Saidy ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 7.5 5 Reshevsky 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1 1 0 ½ ½ 0 1 1 7.0 6 Bisguier 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 7.0 7 Grefe 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 7.0 8 Rogoff 0 ½ 0 1 0 ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 7.0 9 Weinstein ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½ 0 0 1 6.0 10 Zuckerman ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ 0 1 0 5.5 11 Soltis 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * 1 ½ 0 5.5 12 Commons ½ 0 0 0 1 ½ 0 0 1 1 0 * 1 0 5.0 13 Karklins ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 0 * 1 4.5 14 Gilden 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 * 3.5

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The US Championship (1973) was the previous tournament.

Original collection: Game Collection: US Championship 1974 by User: Phony Benoni.

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Grefe vs Browne 0-1411974United States ChampionshipB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
2. K Commons vs Bisguier ½-½191974United States ChampionshipC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
3. A Karklins vs L Gilden  1-0321974United States ChampionshipB15 Caro-Kann
4. Saidy vs Reshevsky  ½-½91974United States ChampionshipA37 English, Symmetrical
5. Evans vs B Zuckerman  ½-½641974United States ChampionshipE46 Nimzo-Indian
6. Rogoff vs Soltis  ½-½141974United States ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
7. N Weinstein vs Benko  ½-½161974United States ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
8. Bisguier vs J Grefe  ½-½301974United States ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
9. L Gilden vs Saidy 0-1551974United States ChampionshipB57 Sicilian
10. Benko vs K Commons 1-0601974United States ChampionshipE08 Catalan, Closed
11. Browne vs Rogoff 1-0411974United States ChampionshipB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
12. Evans vs N Weinstein  ½-½681974United States ChampionshipA37 English, Symmetrical
13. B Zuckerman vs Reshevsky  ½-½211974United States ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
14. Soltis vs A Karklins  ½-½151974United States ChampionshipC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
15. N Weinstein vs B Zuckerman  ½-½121974United States ChampionshipB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
16. J Grefe vs Benko  ½-½131974United States ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
17. K Commons vs Evans 0-1431974United States ChampionshipB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
18. A Karklins vs Browne  ½-½401974United States ChampionshipB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
19. Saidy vs Soltis  ½-½221974United States ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
20. Rogoff vs Bisguier  ½-½771974United States ChampionshipE08 Catalan, Closed
21. Reshevsky vs L Gilden 1-0431974United States ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
22. Soltis vs Reshevsky  ½-½121974United States ChampionshipC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
23. B Zuckerman vs L Gilden  0-1611974United States ChampionshipC19 French, Winawer, Advance
24. N Weinstein vs K Commons  0-1351974United States ChampionshipB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
25. Browne vs Saidy  ½-½701974United States ChampionshipB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-25-14  optimal play: <<<<Chess title to Browne>

CHICAGO, Sunday (AAP). — >

Walter Browne, 25, an international grandmaster and twice Australian champion, won the title of US Chess Champion on Friday when he finished with a draw in his 13th and final round of the national tournament, Associated Press reported.

He was competing against the 13 top players in the nation, excluding Bobby Fischer who declined to enter.

Browne's attitude about beating Fischer?

"I wouldn't beat him right now", he said. "I think I could beat him in an odd match, but he's better".>

- The Canberra Times (ACT) issue Monday 5 August 1974>

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