14th US Championship 1961/62 – NYC

 

Here are my working notes in an attempt to reconstruct the dates of the games. Note that <365chess > has a nice complete record of the tournament (and even <CG>’s is fairly complete):

<14th US Championship; 1961/2
December 17, 1961 - January 4(?), 1962
New York, NY>


RR xtab - http://graeme.50webs.com/chesschamps/us/1961-2.htm

Also known as the <Lessing J. Rosenwald> tournament. Played at Prince
George Hotel for the Frank J. Marshall trophy (NYT).

Twelve players in a eleven round RR, for a total of 66 games. 

[Notes:

R1  Sun  12/17    *
R2  Mon  12/18    *
R3  Tue  12/19    *
    Wed  12/20    adjournments
R4  Thu  12/21    *
    Fri
R5  Sat  12/23    *
    Sun
R6  Mon           +
R7  Tue  12/26    + 
    Wed  12/27
R8  Thu  12/28  
    Fri  12/29    adjournments
R9  Sat  12/30    *
    Sun  12/31
    Mon  1/1
    Tue  1/2
    Wed  1/3
R10 Thu  1/4      ~ (completed last night)
R11 Fri  1/5
    Sat  1/6      ? adjournments report on Mon, Mednis takes 3rd
    Sun  1/7
    Mon  1/8
   
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NYT 1961-12-17

<U.S. TITLE CHESS OPENS HERE TODAY;
  12 to Seek Marshall Trophy at Prince George Hotel

A field of twelve top players will compete in the Lessing
J. Rosenwald round-robin chess tournament which opens today at the
Prince George Hotel, 14 East Twenty-eighth Street. The United States
championship and the Frank J. Marshall Trophy will be at stake.>

Pairings were drawn the day before.
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NYT 1961-12-18 ROBERT M. LIPSYTE p45

<Loneliest Men in Sports Wage Grim Chess Warfare in Silence; 
 'Mental Football' for U.S. Title Begins Here Before 85 Disciplined Fans Who
 Take Notes and Keep Quiet

Ten miles from Yankee Stadium, in a chamber as cheery as a museum, a
dozen of the loneliest men in sport waged their silent warfare
yesterday. There were decisive plunges into enemy territory and
thrusts blocked, but the onlookers never rose to their feet or chanted
encouragement.>
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R2 NYT 1961-12-19

<ROBERT BYRNE PLAYS 12-MOVE CHESS DRAW

The first game to be completed in the second round of the United
States chess championship at the Prince George Hotel ended in a draw
last night.>
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R3 NYT 1961-12-20

<EVANS SETS BACK KRAMER IN CHESS;
 Robert Byrne Plays Draw in Third Round Here

The third round of the Lessing J. Rosenwald tournament for the United
States chess championship was fiercely contested yesterday at the
Prince George Hotel.>
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R1 NYT 1961-12-21

<EVANS BEATS TURNER IN TITLE CHESS HERE

Three unfinished games were completed last night in the United States
chess championship at the Prince George Hotel. >
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R4 NYT 1961-12-22

<Seidman Is Victor In National Chess;
 Evans Held to Draw

Herbert Seidman, the New York State champion, defeated Donald Byrne
last night in a fourth-round match of the United States chess
championship at the Prince George Hotel. >
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R5 NYT 1961-12-24

<SHERWIN DEFEATS SEIDMAN IN CHESS;
 Hearst Also Triumphs Here -- Evans, R. Byrne Draw

James Sherwin beat Herbert Seidman in the fifth round of the United
States chess championship at the Prince George Hotel yesterday. >
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R6 NYT 1961-12-27

<SEIDMAN IS VICTOR IN CHESS TOURNEY;
 State Champion Gains 7th [sic?] Round in U.S. Event

Herbert Seidman, New York State champion, defeated Raymond Weinstein
yesterday in the sixth round of the Lessing J. Rosenwald tournament
for the United States championship.>
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R6 NYT 1961-12-28

<EVANS CHESS VICTOR IN SIXTH ROUND HERE>

Note, ordering may be due to adjournment completion.
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R8 NYT 1961-12-29

<SEIDMAN DEFEATS KRAMER IN CHESS;
 Robert Byrne Victor Over Bernstein in Eighth Round

Herbert Seidman, the state champion, won his eighth-round game with
George Kramer in the Lessing J. Rosenwald tournament for the United
States chess championship at the Prince George Hotel in Manhattan
yesterday.>
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R7or8 NYT 1961-12-30

<MEDNIS CHESS DAY: WIN, LOSE, DRAW; 
 Adjourned Games Finished in U.S. Title Play Here

Edmar Mednis had a busy day yesterday at the Marshall Chess Club in
Manhattan yesterday as the contestants in the United States chess
championship devoted their time to completing previously adjourned
games.>
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R9 NYT 1961-12-31

<WEINSTEIN HOLDS EVANS TO A DRAW

Larry Evans, the leader with a score of 5 1/2 -- 1 1/2, was held to a
draw yesterday by Raymond Weinstein in the ninth round of the United
States chess championship at the Prince George Hotel.>
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R10 NYT 1962-01-05

<CHESS GAIN MADE BY ROBERT BYRNE
 Evans' Lead Cut to Point in U.S. Tourney Here

 Robert Byrne defeated James Sherwin in the completion of an adjourned
 game last night and moved to within a half-point of the leader, Larry
 Evans, in the United States chess championship at the Prince George
 Hotel.>
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R11 NYT 1962-01-06  Sports S15

<Evans Regains U.S. Chess Title After Robert Byrne Plays Draw>
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R11 NYT 1962-01-08

<MEDNIS TIES FOR THIRD; Takes Game With Weinstein Adjourned in U.S. Chess>

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* * * * * 

<Benko -- Seidmann (R7) 0-1> is missing. <365chess> has a stub, with 1.d4.

Because it's the only stub game in the tournament, I'm inclined to think that 
Benko forfeited, but that's largely speculation at this point.]

 

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