1981 United States Chess Championship and Zonal Qualifier (Score Sheet)

Author: Byrne, Robert Eugene (1928- ) and Larry Mark Christiansen signed

Publisher: United States Chess Federation

Location: South Bend

Year: 1981



1 page. Octavo (8 1/2" x 5 1/2") Original hand written score of the game in round ten between Larry Christiansen (white) and Robert Byrne in Byrne's hand with the result a 22 move draw. Signed by both contestants.

The 1981 United States Championship resulted in tie for first Seirawan, Browne (9); tie for third thru fifth Christiansen, Kavalek, and Reshevsky (8 1/2); sixth Shamkovich (7 1/2); seventh and eight Peters and Byrne (7); ninth Lein (6 1/2); tenth thru twelfth Alburt, Tarjan and Kogan (6); thirteenth Benjamin (5 1/2); fourteenth and fifteenth Fedorowicz and Kudrin (5)

Robert E. Byrne (born April 20, 1928) is a leading American chess player and author. He won the U.S. Championship in 1972. He was the chess columnist from 1972-2006 for the New York Times, which ran his final column (a recounting of his 1952 victory over David Bronstein) on November 12, 2006. Byrne and his younger brother Donald grew up in New York City and were among the "Collins Kids," promising young players who benefited from the instruction and encouragement of John W. Collins. Both ultimately became college professors and among the leading chess players in the country. Byrne became an International Master based on his results at the 1952 Chess Olympiad at Helsinki (silver medal on third board). In that same year he graduated from Yale University. He went on to become a professor of philosophy at Indiana University, and his academic career left him little time for chess. In 1960, Byrne returned to serious play, winning the U.S. Open and taking a gold medal on third board at the Olympiad in Leipzig. In 1964, his third-place finish at the Buenos Aires tournament (behind Tigran Petrosian and Paul Keres) made him an International Grandmaster. By the late 1960s, he was playing chess professionally. He went on to other tournament successes, notably a third place at the Leningrad Interzonal in 1973, which made him only the fourth American (after Samuel Reshevsky, Bobby Fischer, and Pal Benkő) to qualify for the Candidates tournament (part of the world chess championship process). When he became the columnist for the Times in 1972, he became less active as a player. He did, nevertheless, win tournaments at Torremolinos (1976-77), Harare (1983), and Lagos (1993). He has also been a frequent contributor to Chess Life magazine, the publication of the United States Chess Federation. He has chaired USCF's committee on masters' affairs and been one of its vice presidents. He was inducted into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame in 1994.


In very good condition.

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