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Arthur Bisguier vs Lev Alburt
Greater Boston Open (1979), Waltham, MA USA, rd 5, Oct-14
English Opening: Symmetrical. Normal Variation (A34)  ·  1-0



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May-19-15  Retireborn: In his book, Bisguier gives the site as "Greater Boston open".

Does anybody have more information (town, month, number of rounds played)?

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  perfidious: <Retireborn> All that would definitely be available in a back number of <Chess Horizons>.

Played in a few of the GBOs (not in '79, however), which in those days were held at various sites in the city and elsewhere. As late as 1982, the event was five rounds and went to four the last two times I played it (1983-84) and was held the Saturday and Sunday of Columbus Day weekend.

May-19-15  Retireborn: <perfidious> Many thanks for that. I have sent an email to the MACA asking if they have any information, but for the moment I will put October and 5 round swiss in my personal database.

Bisguier does seem to imply that it was a last round game, and that by winning it he shared first place.

May-19-15  Retireborn: Got a swift reply to my email from Hal Terrie, to whom many thanks!

From the Dec. - Jan. 1979-80 Chess Horizons: the 1979 Greater Boston Open was held Oct. 13-14 at Bentley College in Waltham. It was a five-round Swiss which drew a total of 97 players. The top section finished with three players tied for first with 4-1 scores (GMs Lev Alburt, Arthur Bisguier and NM Leonid Balmazi).

Would that all my questions were answered so quickly and fully!

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  perfidious: <Retireborn> In 1978, it was also held at Bentley.

No surprise to see Hal Terrie still kicking about; last time I was a spectator at an event, the 2012 Vermont championship, was also the last time I saw him.

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