The Amateur Eye – NY State 1938 Championship Tournament

The championship traditionally held in small cities  or townships was richly regarded for the climate and serenity having a country atmosphere.  Players wanted it that way.  They came to enjoy a holiday away from city life where chess could be played without distractions of busy streets and noisy crowds.

This event was held at Cazenovia Seminary Junior College in Cazenovia, August 6-12.  It was comprised of the closed championship, the Genesee Cup County Team Contest and open class sections for  A-B-C groups.

The closed field list included (order of finish) l. Arnold Denker,(NYC) 2. Tony Santasiere (NYC) 3. Donald MacMurray (NYC) 4. Jack Collins (Brooklyn) 5. H.D. Grossman (NYC) 6-8 Herman Helms/ Joseph Platz (NYC)/ Walter Murdock Jr. (Cazenovia)  9. Erich Marchand  (Clayton, Mo.) 10. L.H. Bryant (Binghamton) A tight race between Denker and Santasiere finish was 7.5-.5, a loss to Santasiere and draw with Grossman.  Santasiere was undefeated but yielded 4 draws.

Other results:

Genesee Cup County Team:  Onondaga 13.5-6.5 / Monroe 12.5-7.5 / Broome 12-8 / Schenectady 10-10 / Oneida 9-11 / Madison 3-17.

Class A Boris Garfinkel of Buffalo / Class B Eldorous Dayton of New Rochelle / Class C Marvin Sable of Syracuse.

At the business meeting, it was decided to hold the 1939 event at the Colgate University in Hamilton.

Some games with notes by S.S. Cohen.  (My sq/ct theory was not known.)

A. S. Denker  versus E. Marchand  QGD.

l. P-Q4  P-Q4  2. N-KB3  N-KB3  3. P-B4  P-B3  (Marchand later wrote a booklet on the Slav Defense) 4. P-K3 P-K3 5. N-B3 QN-Q2  6. B-Q3  B-Q3 7. O-O  O-O  8. P-K4  P:BP 9. B:P  P-K4

Black must have intended to arrive a this position when he played 6…B-Q3.  On the surface it looks reasonably “solid”, but a close examination will reveal that it is one of those dynamic positions in which White’s superior development and mobility must give him the upper hand.

10. B-KN5  Q-K2  11. R-K1 R-Q1  12. P-Q5 (This fine move gives White a dynamic position and space.)

12… N-N3 13. B-N3  B-KN5  14. Q-Q3  B-N5  15. QR-Q1  R-Q3  16. P-QR3  B-QR4  17. B-R2  KB:N  18. Q:B  QR-Q1  19. P-R3  N-R5

To save a Pawn, Black must give up his remaining Bishop. The object of the N move is to force White to retake with the KNP.  However, this is just how he would recapture anyway.

20. Q-N4  B:N  21. P:B  N-N3  22. P-B4  P-KR3  23. B-R4  BP:P  24. KP:P  P-KN4  25. P:KP  R/3Q2 26. P-Q6  Q-B1  27. B-KN3  N-R4  28. P-K6 P:P  29. R:P Resigns.

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