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Old August 17th 03, 05:27 AM
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Default Reminiscing about 1957 U.S. Open in Cleveland

In the August 15 edition of Hanken's Corner from the 2003 U.S. Open games
bulletins, Jerry Hanken reminisces about his first U.S. Open in Cleveland
(Ohio), when he was a "fresh 22-year-old kid from Cincinnati," scoring 6-6.
GM Arthur Bisguier, who played in the '57 Open, also remembers the event,
referring to it in his remarks in "A brief History of the U.S. Open," found in
the 2003 Delegates Call of the USCF. Bisguier writes: "Particularly notable was
the 1957 tournament in Cleveland, which saw the emergence of 13-year-old [sic]
Bobby Fischer [14 at the time], who tied for first with me. I drove home with
the trophy, but it was subsequently discovered that the tie-break had been
miscalculated and young Bobby was really the winner."
The tournament, held 5-17 August, drew 175 players, according to Fischer's
account, but Bisguier, writing for Chess Review, said that the event had 184
Fischer and Bisguier both tallied 10-2, but Fischer gained his total with 4
draws and 8 wins, one of which was an (unplayed) forfeit win, allegedly against
a player named D. Gregg in the first round.
The primary tie-break system used had Fischer winning, 62-61, but Bisguier
pointed out in Chess Review that he beat Fischer on two other tie-break
systems: Median-Solkoff (91-87) and Sonneborn-Berger (74-69). Bisguier said
that the primary tie-break system used was anything but satisfactory compared
to the others. He showed that Fischer received 7 tie-break points for his
unplayed forfeit win, which was more than Bisguier got for a normal win. But he
went on to say that Fischer deserved to win the championship. A true gentleman,
Arthur Bisguier!

George Mirijanian
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