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US Open 1918, Chicago = 19th Western Champ.
Compiled by Phony Benoni
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Despite the continual distration of war, the 1918 brought together possibly the strongest field so far, including a future GM, 3 IMs, and a mere United States Champion in reserve. This was largely due to the efforts of Western Chess Association Secretary Edward Lasker, who apparently had odd ideas about assembling a field to contest the title he had won twice in a row.

The "American Chess Bulletin" for November 1918 published the general conditions: two rounds on 9/22, 9/24, 9/26, 9/28; one round and adjournments on 9/23, 9/25, 9/27. Time control was a straight 20 moves in one hour. Times of play: were 9:00 A.M. to 1 P.M. and from 2:30 P.M. to 6:30 P.M.

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19th Western Championship

Chicago, Illinois
September 22-28, 1918

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 Borislav Kostic X = 1 1 = 1 1 1 = 1 1 1 9.5 2 Herman H Hahlbohm = X 0 1 = 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 7.0 3 Edward Lasker 0 1 X 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 7.0 4 John Stuart Morrison 0 0 1 X 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 7.0 5 Norman Tweed Whitaker = = 1 1 X 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 7.0 6 Lewis J Isaacs 0 0 0 0 0 X = 1 1 1 1 1 5.5 7 Wilbur Lyttleton Moorman 0 0 0 0 1 = X 1 1 = = 1 5.5 8 John Winter 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 X 1 0 0 1 5.0 9 Jackson Whipps Showalter = 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 X 1 0 1 4.5 10 John Taliaferro Beckner 0 1 0 0 0 0 = 1 0 X 0 1 3.5 11 George Gessner 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 1 1 1 X 0 3.5 12 William Stewart Gilman 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 X 1.0

Kostic's victory looks like a runaway, but it was anything but one. He did not take the sole lead until the 9th round, as Morrison started the tournament with seven straight victories. However, this number proved a hex on the rest of the players besides Kostic, as everybody who reached it promptly stopped scoring, eventually producing a four-way tie for second place at that point. It even affected last-place finisher Gilman, who lost his first seven in a row before finally winning.

Some sources refer to "N. T. Harrison". This was Norman T. Whitaker playing under a pseudonym, trying to avoid public attention while dodging the draft.

PROGRESSIVE TABLE

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 1 Kostic 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 5.5 6.0 6.5 7.5 8.5 9.5 2 Hahlbohm 1.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 4.5 5.0 6.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 3 Lasker 0.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 7.0 7.0 4 Morrison 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 5 Whitaker 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 3.5 4.5 5.0 5.0 6.0 7.0 6 Isaacs 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.5 2.5 2.5 3.5 4.5 5.5 7 Moorman 0.0 0.0 1.0 2.0 2.5 3.0 4.0 4.0 5.0 5.0 5.5 8 Winter 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 9 Showalter 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.5 2.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 4.5 10 Beckner 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.5 1.5 1.5 2.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 11 Gessner 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 3.0 3.5 12 Gilman 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0

Both tables are from the "American Chess Bulletin"

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Sources:

American Chess Bulletin, November 1918, p. 313-319; February 1919, p. 53; March 1919, p. 70.

Chess Results 1901-1920 / Gino di Felice, p. 244.

Chicago Daily Tribune, daily reports, September 24-29, 1918

New York Times, September 28, 1918

Shady side : the life and crimes of Norman Tweed Whitaker, chessmaster, by John Hilbert. Yorklyn, DE : Caissa Editions, 2000. SS

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Round 1 (Monday, September 23) [rescheduled]: ACB 1918:220
Kostic vs Ed. Lasker, 1918
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 59 moves, 1-0

Round 1 (Sunday, September 22): ACB 1918:221
N Whitaker vs J Winter, 1918 
(C22) Center Game, 30 moves, 0-1

Round 2 (Sunday, September 22): ACB 1919:70
G Gessner vs J S Morrison, 1918
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 39 moves, 0-1

Round 2 (Sunday, September 22): BDE 1918:09::26
L Isaacs vs Showalter, 1918 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 42 moves, 1-0

Round 2 (Sunday, September 22): Staatz-Zeitung, 1918.09.29
Ed. Lasker vs W Moorman, 1918
(C70) Ruy Lopez, 19 moves, 1-0

Round 2 (Sunday, September 22): ACB 1918:225
J Winter vs Kostic, 1918
(C42) Petrov Defense, 38 moves, 0-1

Round 3 (Monday, September 23): ACB 1918:226
Kostic vs W S Gilman, 1918
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 57 moves, 1-0

Round 3 (Monday, September 23): BDE 1918:09:26
J S Morrison vs Ed. Lasker, 1918 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 4 Tuesday, September 24): ACB 1918:224
J T Beckner vs Kostic, 1918
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 0-1

Round 5 (Tuesday, September 24): ACB 1918:223
Ed. Lasker vs J Winter, 1918 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 40 moves, 0-1

Round 6 (Wednesday, September 25): ACB 1919:71
J T Beckner vs J S Morrison, 1918 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 34 moves, 0-1

Round 6 (Wednesday, September 25): ACB 1918:222
Showalter vs Kostic, 1918
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7 (Thursday, September 26): ACB 1918:223
Kostic vs H H Hahlbohm, 1918
(D33) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7 (Thursday, September 26): BDE 1918:10:17; ACB 1919:53
W Moorman vs Showalter, 1918
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 42 moves, 1-0

Round 7 (THursday, September 26): ACB 1919:71
J S Morrison vs L Isaacs, 1918 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 16 moves, 1-0

Round 8 (thursday, September 26): ACB 1918:227
L Isaacs vs Ed. Lasker, 1918
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 49 moves, 0-1

Round 8 (Thursday, September 24): BDE 1918.10.05; ACB 1919:53
Showalter vs J S Morrison, 1918
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 8 (Thursday, September 26): BDE 1918:10:10; ACB 1918:223
N Whitaker vs Kostic, 1918
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9 (Friday, September 27): ACB 1918:225
Kostic vs G Gessner, 1918 
(C49) Four Knights, 43 moves, 1-0

Round 9 (Friday, September 27): BDE 1918:10:10; ACB 1918:226
Ed. Lasker vs Showalter, 1918
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 37 moves, 1-0

Round 10 (Saturday, September 28): BDE 1918:10:03; ACB 1918:224
H H Hahlbohm vs Ed. Lasker, 1918
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 44 moves, 0-1

Round 10 (Saturday, September 28): ACB 1918:225
Kostic vs W Moorman, 1918
(B01) Scandinavian, 28 moves, 1-0

Round 11 (Saturday, September 28): ACB 1918:221
J S Morrison vs Kostic, 1918
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 44 moves, 0-1

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