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

Author: Browne, Walter Shawn (1949- ) and Lubomir (Lubosh) Kavalek 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 between Lubomir Kavalek (black) and Walter Shawn Browne (in Browne's hand) ending in a 29 move draw. (In www.chessgames.com) Signed by Kavalek.

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)

Walter Shawn Browne (born January 10, 1949 in Sydney, Australia) is a grandmaster chess player. FIDE awarded him the title of International Grandmaster in 1970. He earned the International Master title in 1969 by tying for first with Renato Naranja in the Asian Zonal tournament in Singapore, where Browne represented his native Australia. This result immediately earned him an invitation to a grandmaster tournament in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he earned the grandmaster title with a tie for second behind Boris Spassky and where he defeated Lubomir Kavalek. Browne was born to an American father and Australian mother. His family moved to the New York area when he was three, and Browne moved to California in 1973. He was the most dominant American player in the immediate post-Bobby Fischer era. His accomplishments are quite considerable. Browne won the U.S. Junior Championship in 1966. In 1969, he tied for second with Bruno Parma and Arthur Bisguier, behind reigning world champion Boris Spassky, in an international tournament at San Juan, Puerto Rico, a performance that earned him the grandmaster title. He has won the U.S. championship six times, a number exceeded only by Bobby Fischer and Samuel Reshevsky. He also won the National Open eleven times, the American Open seven times, and the U.S. Open and World Open three times each. Particularly noteworthy is his three-way victory in the 1976 American Open when he tied John E. Pike, a biochemist from Kalamazoo, Michigan, who, upon learning that the open was being contested at the same hotel where he was speaking at a symposium on prostaglandins, entered the championship on a whim. Browne was a dominant presence in American chess in the 1970s and 1980s. His many international firsts include Reykjavík 1978, Wijk aan Zee 1980, Chile 1981, Indonesia 1982 (a 26-player round-robin), the 1983 New York Open, Gjovik 1983, and Naestved 1985. Most recently, he won the U.S. Senior Open in June 2005. Browne has won more Swiss system events than any other American player. He was inducted into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame in 2003. Browne tends to spend a lot of his allotted time during the opening moves and early middlegame, and consequently he often winds up in time trouble. This does lead to mistakes, even though Browne plays reasonably well in time-trouble, and good play during this phase can unsettle his opponents[1]. A world-class speed chess player, Browne in 1988 formed the World Blitz Chess Association, which has recently encountered financial trouble. Browne has been a professional poker player since 1966. He plays several times a week at the Oaks Club in Emeryville, California. On June 8-11, 2007, he won $189,960 from the World Series of Poker.


In very good condition.

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