The Games from the Finals of the Manhattan and Marshall Chess Club Championships, New York City, New York 1955-1956

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Author: Spence, Jack Lee (1926-1978)

Year: 1957

Publisher: Spence Limited Editions

Place: Omaha


iv+28 typescript pages on rectos only with table and indices; ii+20 typescript pages on rectos only with table and indices. Quarto (11" x 8 1/2") bound in original publisher's wrappers with spiral binding. Spence limited editions of tournament books. American tournament series number 20. (Betts: 25-243) First edition number 41 of 150 copies.

All 236 games, without notes, from the Metropolitan New York are championships. Max Pavey, Manhattan Club Champion in 1953, regained his title by scoring 13-3 in the 1955/56 renewal of the annual championship. He suffered a lone loss to Arthur Feuerstein while defeating his closest rivals William Lombardy and Albert Pinkus to insure victory. Pinkus and Lombardy share second with scores of 10.5 well ahead of the U S Champion Arthur Bisguier and 1944 American title-holder Arthur Denker. Bisguier could only early 8.5 points to tie for sith with Alexander Kevitz. Dinker, with 9-6 finished fifth behind the youthful Feuerstein a half point ahead. Pavey, slow to take the lead, gained undisputed first place at the end of nine rounds of 15. An unblemished finish was necessary to keep ahead of his nearest rivals. Feuerstein, in the lead with 8-2 at the end of ten rounds failed to maintain his early pace. Lombardy suffered a double loss in the sixth and seventh rounds but came on to finish strong. Bisguier and Denker had some rough treatment at the hands of the others. Of the others Abe Turner had the best chance. Wit four consecutive victories in the early rounds he could earn only two points in the remaining eleven for a startling reversal of form.

In contrast to the 1954/55 championship which William Lombardy and Franklin Howard staged a runaway race to the title, the 1955/56 Marshall Club Championship event was particularly hard fought from start to finish with the final results in doubt up to the final round. In the late stages Herbert Seidman, Edmar Mendis and Anthony Santasiere all had a chance at the title. Previously Eliot Hearst, Anthony Saidy and Carl Pilnick were in the running. The laurels finally fell to Seidman, a four-time winner in the past, who started out rather inauspiciously only to rally for a brilliant finish. Mednis shared second with Santasiere only half point behind the winner. The event was marred by the withdrawal of Earl Burger after only three rounds and Alexander Bernstein after eleven rounds. Their games were forfeited. This tournament is not complete as many games, including many important ones, were not available. The club did not require completed scores be turned in at the conclusion of the games; and, in many cases, the score which was turned in proved illegible.


Corners bumped, light edge wear, edges sunned else a very good copy.