09 September 2014

September 1964 'On the Cover'

Both of this month's 'On the Cover' subjects were introduced in covers from preceding months.

Left: 'U.S. Open Champion'
Right: 'U.S. Student Team Fourth'

Chess Life

Pal Benko, International Grandmaster from New York City, finished a full point ahead of the field in the 65th Annual United States Open Championship, played at the Sheraton-Plaza Hotel in Boston on August 16-29.

The announcement for the 1964 U.S. Open featured in Chess Life's July 1964 'On the Cover'.

Chess Review

The Soviet Union carried off the World Title in the Student Team Championship, held in Crakow, Poland. The team composed of B.Pele, G.Chodos, W.Sawon, E.Mnacakanian, G.Anoczin, and A.Kapengut scored 31 1/2 points out of a possible 44 in the finals. Czechoslavakia scored 29 1/2, Hungary 29, and the United States 28.

The U.S team was introduced in Chess Review's August 1964 'On the Cover'. The Soviet team includes a couple of names that I don't recognize, especially their first board, who is mentioned again beating the USA's first board Lombardy. Olimpbase (see August 1964 'On the Cover' for the link) says,

First place, and hence the proud title of World Master, was deservedly gained by the team of the Soviet Union. Several changes had been made in the team since last year. Anoshin and Kapengut were newcomers. At the first chessboard Pelc was comparatively weak, but the excellent achievements of Chodos and Mnacakanjan — who, by scoring 10 points in 11 games, obtained the best individual result of the entire championship - as well as those of Anoshin and Savon were sufficient for the team as a whole to gain the highest title of World Master.

'Pelc' is no more familiar than 'Pele'. The Statistics section of the Olimpbase coverage lists 'Pelts, Roman', a name that I finally recognize.

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