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United States Championship Tournament

Walter Browne9/14(+6 -2 =6)[games]
Yasser Seirawan9/14(+4 -0 =10)[games]
Larry Christiansen8.5/14(+5 -2 =7)[games]
Lubomir Kavalek8.5/14(+4 -1 =9)[games]
Samuel Reshevsky8.5/14(+4 -1 =9)[games]
Leonid Shamkovich7.5/14(+4 -3 =7)[games]
Robert Byrne7/14(+1 -1 =12)[games]
Jack Peters7/14(+3 -3 =8)[games]
Anatoly Lein6.5/14(+1 -2 =11)[games]
James Tarjan6/14(+3 -5 =6)[games]
Lev Alburt6/14(+4 -6 =4)[games]
Boris M Kogan6/14(+3 -5 =6)[games]
Joel Benjamin5.5/14(+3 -6 =5)[games]
John Fedorowicz5/14(+1 -5 =8)[games]
Sergey Kudrin5/14(+3 -7 =4)[games] Chess Event Description
United States Championship (1981)

"Yasser Seirawan of Seattle and Walter Browne of Berkeley, Calif., tied for first place in the 15-player invitational United States Chess Championship here with 9-5 scores.

Each was awarded $4,500 and qualified for the interzonal competitions next year, the second stage of trials for the 1984 world championship.

Lubomir Kavalek of Reston, Va.; Larry Christiansen of Modesto Calif., and Samuel Reshevsky of Spring Valley, N.Y., tied for second place with 8 1/2-5 1/2 scores to win $2,000 each.

Since the United States is allotted only three entrants in the interzonal competition, the two <sic> will meet in a Zonal Playoff (1981) for the remaining place."

The New York Times, July 31, 1981, Section C, p. 21.

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 105  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Alburt vs A Lein  0-1661981United States ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. L Christiansen vs Alburt 1-0331981United States ChampionshipB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
3. Kavalek vs Alburt  1-0611981United States ChampionshipB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
4. Alburt vs Tarjan  1-0311981United States ChampionshipA30 English, Symmetrical
5. Alburt vs J Peters  0-1401981United States ChampionshipA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
6. Shamkovich vs Alburt 0-1631981United States ChampionshipB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
7. Kudrin vs Alburt 1-0441981United States ChampionshipB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
8. R Byrne vs Alburt  ½-½421981United States ChampionshipB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
9. Benjamin vs Alburt 0-1391981United States ChampionshipB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
10. Browne vs Alburt  1-0531981United States ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
11. Alburt vs B M Kogan  ½-½421981United States ChampionshipA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
12. Alburt vs Seirawan  ½-½261981United States ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
13. Alburt vs Fedorowicz  1-0281981United States ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
14. J Peters vs Benjamin 1-0671981United States ChampionshipB44 Sicilian
15. Benjamin vs Fedorowicz  ½-½121981United States ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
16. Benjamin vs A Lein  ½-½601981United States ChampionshipC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
17. Shamkovich vs Benjamin 1-0271981United States ChampionshipB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
18. Kudrin vs Benjamin  ½-½151981United States ChampionshipA15 English
19. Kavalek vs Benjamin  ½-½241981United States ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
20. Benjamin vs Browne 1-0601981United States ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
21. Tarjan vs Benjamin  1-0411981United States ChampionshipB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
22. B M Kogan vs Benjamin 0-1411981United States ChampionshipA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
23. Benjamin vs R Byrne  ½-½661981United States ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
24. Seirawan vs Benjamin 1-0411981United States ChampionshipA16 English
25. Benjamin vs L Christiansen  1-0611981United States ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-22-22  Ninas Husband: Thank you to whoever set up this game collection. For what it is worth, the 1977 and the 1960-61 US Championships are still missing game collections. There may be others, I have not yet had time to check. But, thanks again! :)
Nov-22-22  Ninas Husband: This tournament was held in South Bend, IN. Maybe someone should write a tournament book about this. It should be called. "Just Around the Corner from the Touchdown Jesus". :)
Nov-28-22  Ninas Husband: Let me correct myself, the 1960-61 championship has a page, but it is missing 10 games, and does not have either a crosstable or even final standings. It is the 1965 championship that does not have a games collection.

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