Pan-American Chess Congress, Hollywood CA (1945) — Crosstables

The current <CG> collection of games for this tournament was done by <crawfb5> and can be found here:

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chesscollection?cid=1023967

For my reconstruction, I used the “official” name of the tournament – as from their tournament notice bulletin:

http://www.chessdryad.com/articles/Hollywood1945/Hollywood1945.pdf

There is a lot of coverage of this tournament to be found on Winter’s site:

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/extra/hollywood.html

where he shows many excerpts from the Oct 1945 issue of Chess Review

About 3/4 of the way down Winter’s article can be found a link for a photo of Reshevsky, which just happens to have the CR version of the crosstable:

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/pics/cn7076_hollywood3.jpg

I’ll save you the trouble of hopping over there, and show it here:

Pan-American Chess Congress, Hollywood (1945) - xtab(click on any image to enlarge)

Now I used BRbase (aka BrasilBase or BrazilBase) to get the tournament games with round numbers included. Generally, I’ve found BRbase to be a very reliable source, on a par with CarolusChess. They have a 70 game PGN file for downloading, which can be found here:

http://www.brasilbase.pro.br/pca1945.htm

The tournament had 78 games, but Seidman was recalled early to duty and had to forfeit 2 or 3 of his games. Why 2 or 3? Well, according to the contemporaneous Chess Review sited above, Seidman forfeited two games to Kashdan and Steiner. But according to a very informative article by Jack Spence at this site:

http://www.chessdryad.com/articles/spence/spence.htm

Seidman also forfeited his last round game against Reshevsky. BRbase (and <CG>) are both missing any Reshevsky–Seidman (1945) games, so I am inclined to adopt Spence’s assertion. However, it would be nice if he had sourced this fact, especially as it is at odds with the CR publication.

Assuming this leaves 5 missing games. Now, it would be nice to have the entire tournament pairings, even if we can’t find these 5 games (there is hope, however slim, that they can be found – given that several copies of the tournament book are available at select libraries, even in NYC and LA –

http://www.worldcat.org/title/official-record-of-the-proceedings-of-the-first-hollywood-pan-american-chess-congress-los-angeles-california/oclc/5094816).

Reconstructing the pairings for the remaining missing games (again, relying heavily on BRbase) requires logic and some additional information – information which can be gathered from both the Spence article and contemporaneous issues of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle (bless ’em):

http://bklyn.newspapers.com/search/#query=hollywood+1945+chess&dr_year=1945-1945

(I’m not sure if this search link works – just go to BDE archive and look for “chess hollywood 1945” and then narrow years to 1945-1945)

For instance, the last round pairings are discussed, albeit with the implicit convention that White is mentioned first. If you’re skeptical of this, several of the pairings that do have games can be checked. Also, you can double-check the “symmetry” of the reconstructed table (i.e. the pattern of w-b-w-b, etc) when finished.

1945-08-13 -- BDE (1)1945-08-13 -- BDE (2) 1945-08-13 -- BDE (3)

I won’t go into further detail, unless provoked, to spare you. I did use so-called stub-games to keep track of where I was as the missing game’s pairing and results were reconstructed. In the end this allows me to use SCID to create both of the following RR and Swiss xtabs (the whole point of the exercise):

Pan-American
Hollywood, 1945.07
                                Ti Age Nat    Score     R F P H K R A S C A B S C
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 1: Reshevsky, Samuel           gm  33 USA  10.5 / 12   X = 1 = 1 = 1 1 1 1 1 1 1  (+9 -0 =3)
 2: Fine, Reuben                gm  30 USA   9.0 / 12   = X = = 1 = 1 1 = = 1 1 1  (+6 -0 =6)
 3: Pilnik, Herman              gm  31 ARG   8.5 / 12   0 = X = 1 = 1 = = 1 1 1 1  (+6 -1 =5)
 4: Horowitz, Albert Israel     im  37 USA   8.0 / 12   = = = X = 1 0 1 = = 1 1 1  (+5 -1 =6)
 5: Kashdan, Isaac              gm  39 USA   7.0 / 12   0 0 0 = X 1 1 1 = = = 1 1  (+5 -3 =4)
 6: Rossetto, Hector            gm  22 ARG   6.5 / 12   = = = 0 0 X 0 1 1 = = 1 1  (+4 -3 =5)
 7: Adams, Weaver                   44 USA   5.5 / 12   0 0 0 1 0 1 X = 0 0 1 1 1  (+5 -6 =1)
 8: Steiner, Herman             im  40 USA   5.5 / 12   0 0 = 0 0 0 = X 1 1 1 1 =  (+4 -5 =3)
 9: Cruz, Walter                    35 BRA   5.0 / 12   0 = = = = 0 1 0 X = 0 = 1  (+2 -4 =6)
10: Araiza Munoz, Jose Joaquin      44 MEX   5.0 / 12   0 = 0 = = = 1 0 = X 0 = 1  (+2 -4 =6)
11: Broderman, Jose                 27 CUB   3.5 / 12   0 0 0 0 = = 0 0 1 1 X 0 =  (+2 -7 =3)
12: Seidman, Herbert                24 USA   3.0 / 12   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 = = 1 X 1  (+2 -8 =2)
13: Camarena, Joaquin               25 MEX   1.0 / 12   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 = 0 X  (+0 -10 =2)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
78 games: +29 =26 -23

This first xtab can be compared against that published in Oct 1945 Chess Review. I checked, and they agree (and I do hope I got it right!).

Next, the more informative Swiss xtab:

Pan-American
Hollywood, 1945.07
                                Ti Age Nat    Score       1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9   10   11   12   13
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 1: Reshevsky, Samuel           gm  33 USA  10.5 / 12    3w+ 13b+  9w+  8b+  7w+  5b+ .... 10w+  2b=  6w=  4b= 11w+ 12b+  (+9 -0 =3)
 2: Fine, Reuben                gm  30 USA   9.0 / 12   11w+ 12b+  3w= 13b+  9w=  8b+  7w+  5b+  1w= 10b= ....  6w=  4b=  (+6 -0 =6)
 3: Pilnik, Herman              gm  31 ARG   8.5 / 12    1b- 10w+  2b=  6w=  4b= 11w+ 12b+ .... 13w+  9b=  8w+  7b=  5w+  (+6 -1 =5)
 4: Horowitz, Albert Israel     im  37 USA   8.0 / 12    6b+ .... 11w+ 12b+  3w= 13b+  9w=  8b-  7w+  5b=  1w= 10b=  2w=  (+5 -1 =6)
 5: Kashdan, Isaac              gm  39 USA   7.0 / 12   13w+  9b=  8w+  7b+ ....  1w- 10b=  2w-  6b+  4w= 11b= 12w+  3b-  (+5 -3 =4)
 6: Rossetto, Hector            gm  22 ARG   6.5 / 12    4w- 11b= 12w+  3b= 13w+  9b+  8w-  7b+  5w-  1b= 10w=  2b= ....  (+4 -3 =5)
 7: Steiner, Herman             im  40 USA   5.5 / 12    9w+  8b= ....  5w-  1b- 10w+  2b-  6w-  4b- 11w+ 12b+  3w= 13b=  (+4 -5 =3)
 8: Adams, Weaver                   44 USA   5.5 / 12   ....  7w=  5b-  1w- 10b-  2w-  6b+  4w+ 11b+ 12w+  3b- 13w+  9b-  (+5 -6 =1)
 9: Cruz, Walter                    35 BRA   5.0 / 12    7b-  5w=  1b- 10w=  2b=  6w-  4b= 11w- 12b=  3w= 13b+ ....  8w+  (+2 -4 =6)
10: Araiza Munoz, Jose Joaquin      44 MEX   5.0 / 12   12w=  3b- 13w+  9b=  8w+  7b-  5w=  1b- ....  2w=  6b=  4w= 11b-  (+2 -4 =6)
11: Broderman, Jose                 27 CUB   3.5 / 12    2b-  6w=  4b- .... 12w-  3b- 13w=  9b+  8w-  7b-  5w=  1b- 10w+  (+2 -7 =3)
12: Seidman, Herbert                24 USA   3.0 / 12   10b=  2w-  6b-  4w- 11b+ ....  3w- 13b+  9w=  8b-  7w-  5b-  1w-  (+2 -8 =2)
13: Camarena, Joaquin               25 MEX   1.0 / 12    5b-  1w- 10b-  2w-  6b-  4w- 11b= 12w-  3b- ....  9w-  8b-  7w=  (+0 -10 =2)
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Note the horizontal scroll bar! And that “….” denotes zero-scoring byes.

(The usual caveats and disclaimers apply about titles, etc as produced by SCID. I added Araiza’s age by hand, since SCID likes to name him Araiza, Jose – the name commonly used in English publications at the time. I also added Broderman’s age by hand – the tournament notice bulletin lists him as Brodermann, dob 1918.)

Now, using stub-games, it is easy to reconstruct the correct crosstables. It’s also easy to select out missing games – one just does a Header Search in SCID looking for 0-move games.

BRbase Missing Games + Forfeits

Unfortunately, and this is a big unfortunate, SCID doesn’t allow text copying of its GameList (either by cut and paste, or more sensibly by explicit “save gamelist as text” command). So I’ve had to show it to you as a graphic. We’ll try to work on that.

(I could save the missing game PGN headers and run an emacs macro, if forced)

Both <crawfb5> and myself agree on the missing games, with the exception of the pairings of two of the missing games (Araiza–Horowitz (R12) and Broderman–Araiza (R13)). My Swiss table is reconstructed to have every player has 6 games White/Black and to alternate w-b-w-b after a bye.

I didn’t reconstruct <crawfb5>’s Swiss (one’s enough for me!), but it would be interesting to compare.

 

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2 thoughts on “Pan-American Chess Congress, Hollywood CA (1945) — Crosstables

  1. You’re probably correct about the colors on the missing games. I use Smith/Jones to indicate a game where I’m unsure of color and Smith-Jones to indicate a game where I know the colors. Kind of my version of a “stub” game. 🙂

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