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USA-USSR RADIO MATCH of 1945 - The United States Team

The ten chessmasters who will represent the United States in the Soviet-American Radio Match are portrayed on these pages and described below.                                                                                                     -----Chess Review Aug.-Sept. 1945

Board 1

Arnold Sheldon Denker

     Born In New York City, Feb. 21st, 1914. Played chess since he was 8 years old. The current U. S, Chess Champion has steadily increased his prowess since he fist attracted attention by winning the N. Y. State Championship in 1938. In the 1941 N. Y. title event he tied for second with Kashdan and Reshevsky. In 1942, he tied for 3rd prize in the U. S. Championship. In 1944 he won the Manhattan Chess Club title and became the No. I player in the United States by winning the national title in the 5th U. S. Championship tournament defeating Reuben Fine in a sensational game. Denker is married, has one child, lives in Forest Hills, owns hill own food distributing firm in Jamaica. Tall, athletic, talkative, friendly, photogenic, well-groomed Arnold Denker is a deservedly popular champion.

Board 2

Samuel Reshevsky

     Born in Poland, Nov. 26th, 1911, U, S. Chess Champion from 1936 to 1944. Achieved early fame as a child prodigy. At the age of 8, he began a series of electrifying simultaneous chess exhibitions throughout
Europe and the United States. Shortly after his arrival in this country he retired from public view to acquire an education. Reshevsky returned to chess as a mature youth of 20, won first prize in the Western Tournament at Tulsa, 1931. His first big success was at Syracuse, 1934. when he took first prize, ahead of Kashdan, Fine and other masters. In 1935 he made his international debut by winning the Margate Tournament, ahead of Capablanca.
     Reshevsky won the 1st U. S. Chess Championship Tournament In 1936, retained his title In the three succeeding tourneys of 1938, 1940 and 1942. He did not compete in 1944. Other Important successes: tied 3rd at Nottingham, 1936; tied 1st at Kemeri, 1937; 1st at Hastings, 1937-38; 2nd at Leningrad-Moscow, 1939; played top board for U. S. team, Stockholm 1937.
   Since 1942, Reshevsky has played little serious chess, has devoted most of his time to his work as an accountant. However, his participation in the Pan-American Chess Congress this rear will put him in good form for the match. Gifted with tremendous will-power, determination, stamina, Reshevsky's
"secret weapon" is his ability to fight back in difficult positions. Formerly a resident of New York, Grandmaster Reshevsky now lives in Roxbury, Mass., with his wife and 3 year-old daughter.

Board 3

Reuben Fine

   Born in New York City, October 11, 1914. Like Botvinnik and Reshevsky, Fine is one of the greatest living masters. He learned chess at the age of 10 and developed his strength as a Marshall Chess Club junior. At the age of 17 he won the club championship, has since won the title several times. Fine achieved national recognition by his successes in the Western Chess Association and American Chess Federation Tournaments of 1932 to 1935, and by winning matches with Steiner, Dake and Horowitz. He was a mainstay of the U. S. team at Warsaw 1935 and Stockholm, 1937.
     Fine's first important international victory was at Hastings, 1935-36, when he beat Salo Flohr and won 1st prize. He followed up with 1st prizes at Zandvoort 1936, Amsterdam 1936 (tie with Alekhine), Leningrad 1937, Moscow 1937, Margate 1937 (tie with Keres), Ostend 1937 (tie with Keres and Grob). In the three great pre-war tournaments, he ties for 3rd with Reshevsky and Euwe at Nottingham 1936, placed 2nd to Keres at Semmering 1937, tied with Keres for 1st prize in the AVRO Tourney, 1938.
Fine is one of the world's greatest lightning chess players. He won the U. S. Speed Championship (10 seconds a move) in 1942, 1942, 1944 and 1945.  
     He is also a highly successful writer on the game. Since 1941, he has lived in Washington, D. C., is now a civilian employee of the Navy Department. An accomplished linguist, he speaks Dutch, French and German. Fine was married in 1937, divorced in 1944.

Board 4

Isreal Albert Horowitz

    Born in Brooklyn, N. Y., Nov.15, 1907. Learned chess at the age of 6, led the formidable NYU team of 1926 and 1927. Horowitz's main contributions to American chess have been consistently high scoring on the U.S.  team in the chess Olympics at Prague, 1931, Warsaw 1935 and Stockholm 1937, his numerous transcontinental exhibition tours, and his editorship of CHESS REVIEW which he founded with Kashdan in 1932. His personal appearances and promotion of the game through the printed page have increased enormously the popularity of chess.
     Horowitz is an inventive, resourceful player whose lively style always makes for chess that grips the attention of spectators. He has won high prizes n many tournaments, including 1st with Kashdan at the U. S. Open 1938; 4th in the U. S. Chess Championship, 1938; tied for 3rd in the U. S. Title Tourney of 1944. He is the current N. Y. State Champion having won the title in 1943 and retained it in 1944.
     Horowitz's main recreation is playing contract bridge. He is married and lives in New York.

Board 5

Isaac Kashdan

     Born in New York City, Nov. 19, 1905. Kashdan has been an outstanding U. S. master for over twenty years. He has won the Manhattan Chess Club Championship several times; placed 2nd to Capablanca, New York 1931; 2nd to Alekhine, Mexico City 1932; 2nd to Reshevsky, Syracuse 1934. His best showing in the U. S. Championships was his tie with Reshevsky for 1st prize in 1942, although he lost the playoff match
     In international competition, Kashdan first made his mark by distinguished play in the Team Tournaments at The Hague 1928 and Hamburg 1930. Later, when he had added to his European successes, he played on the winning U. S. teams at Prague 1931, Folkestone 1933 and Stockholm 1937. In Europe he was known as "the little Capablanca." He scored firsts in Berlin, Stockholm and Gyor in 1930; tied for 4th with Flohr, Vidmar and Stoltz in the great Bled Tournament of 1931; played 2nd to Nimzovich at Frankfort 1930; 2nd to Flohr at Hastings 1931-32 and to Alekhine at London 1932.

Board 6

Herman Steiner

     Born in Czechoslovakia, April 15, 1905. Steiner took up chess in New York at the age of 16. He played on the U.S. team at The Hague, 1928, Hamburg 1930, Prague 1931, and was an important factor in its success. He has won many high prizes: 1st in the N.Y. State Championship, 1929; 1st in the Hastings Premier Reserve Tournament, 1929; 2nd to Kashdan at Gyor, 1930 and to Flohr at Brunn, 1931; first at Berlin, 1931; tied for 3rd with Fine and Dake, Mexico City, 1935; 2nd to Polland, U.S. Open at Chicago, 1937; 2nd to Fine, U.S. Open Dallas, 1940; tied for 3rr with Horowitz in the 1944 U.S. Chess Championship.
     Steiner has edited the chess column of the Los Angeles Times since 1932, has done an admirable job of organization for the U.S. Chess Federation, of which he is a vice-president. He has promoted great chess interest in Hollywood's movie colony, runs a chess club attended by many movie stars. The staging of the 1945 Pan-American Chess Congress is largely due to his efforts. His infectious good humor and winning personality make friends for him wherever he goes.
     Steiner lives with his wife and family in Hollywood, Calif.

Board 7

Albert S. Pinkus

     Born in New York City, March 20, 1903. In his early twnties, Pinkus won two important tournaments: the Hallgarten Tournament, 1925 and the Junior Masters' Tournament, 1927. In both events he outpointed Kashdan. Pinkus remained one of the country's leading players until 1932, when he embarked on a series of ten expeditions to the jungles of British Gulana and Venezuela to collect zoological and botanical specimens. In 1939 he returned to New York and resumed his chess career. He won the Manhattan Chess Club championship in 1941 and is again champion of the club, having won the title in 1945. He tied Denker for 3rd place in the U.S. Championship of 1942, placed 5th in 1944.
     Pinklus works on Wall Street as a stock-broker, lives in Brooklyn with his wife and child.

Board 8

PFC Herbert Seidman

     Born in new york City, Oct. 7th 1920. Seidman is the youngest member of the team. He has been in the Army since July, 1942. Seidman won the Intercollegiate Championship in 1941 and has won the Marshall Chess Club title three times. Seidman is married and his home is Brooklyn, N. Y.

Board 9

Abraham Kupchik

     Born in Brest-Litovsk, Russia. March 15th, 1892. The veteran of the team came to the United States in 1904 and has been an outstanding master for many years. Kupchik has won the Manhattan Chess Club Championship "fifteen or sixteen times," as he puts it, and has scored numerous firsts in the Western Tournaments and N.Y. State Championships. In two strong tournaments at Lake Hopatcong, he divided 1st prize with Marshall in 1923 and placed 2nd to Capablanca in 1926. He played on the U.S. team at Warsaw, 1935.
     Kupchik works as an accountant for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, lives in New York with his wife and family.


Board 10

Anthony Edward Santasiere

     Born in New York in 1905, Santasiere won the championship of the Marshall Chess Club at the age of 17. Since then he has won the title three more times, won the New York State Championship several times, divided first prize with Shainswit in the 1943 Ventnor City Tourney, recently annexed the U.S. Open Title at Peoria, 1945.
     Santasiere is a school teacher, an accomplished pianist, a dabbler in painting and poetry, a first-rate chef. He is the only bachelor on the team, lives in the Bronx, New York

  RESERVE TEAM:  The following players are reservists, to be called on, in the order given, if any of the primary team are unable to compete: Alexander Kevitz; Robert Willman; Jacob Levin; George Shainswit; Weaver W. Adams; Edward Lasker; Fred Reinfeld; Edward S. Jackson, Jr.; Samuel Factor; Martin C. Stark.

(sitting)  Denker,  Reshevsky,  Fine,  Horowitz,  Kashdan
(standing)  Steiner,  Pinkus,  Seidman,  Kupchik,  Santasiere