Isaac Kashdan, American Chess Grandmaster

A Career Summary with 757 Games

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About the Book

This work chronicles the chess career and games of Grandmaster Isaac Kashdan, one of the leading United States players of the 1930s (along with such notables as Fine and Reshevsky). The main body of the work examines Kashdan’s game play, with diagrams and analysis provided for many hundreds of his tournament games, match games, speed games, simultaneous exhibitions, training games and consultation games. Some games are accompanied by detailed contemporary analyses written by Kashdan and other prominent chess masters of his era. There are numerous photographs, as well as facsimiles of correspondence. Also included are tournament crosstables, and indexes of Kashdan’s opponents.

About the Author(s)

Former editor of Tennessee Chess News, Peter P. Lahde has written on Albert Beauregard Hodges, Alekhine, the Hastings tournaments, the modern United States Chess Championship, and chess in Tennessee. A retired research chemist, he lives in Nashville.

Bibliographic Details

Peter P. Lahde
Format: library binding (7 x 10)
Pages: 360
Bibliographic Info: 11 photos, facsimiles, diagrams, tables, appendices, bibliography, indexes
Copyright Date: 2009
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3296-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

Introduction      1

Part One: The Career of Isaac Kashdan

1. The Early Years

The Years 1923–1929      7

Chicago International 1926      8

The Hague Olympiad 1928      8

2. The Early Thirties

Lajos Steiner Match 1930      10

Hamburg Olympiad 1930      10

Berlin Quadrangular 1930      11

Frankfurt International 1930      11

Gyor 1930      11

Stockholm 1930      12

New York International 1931      12

Prague Olympiad 1931      12

Bled International 1931      13

Hastings Christmas Tournament 1931-32      14

London International 1932      14

Pasadena International 1932      15

Mexico City International 1932      15

A Visit to Dallas 1932      16

Early 1933      16

Folkestone Olympiad 1933      17

A Challenge to Marshall 1933      18

Resigns as Chief Editor of Chess Review      19

Plays Against 26 Teams      19

Metropolitan League Play      19

35th Western Chess Congress, Chicago 1934      20

Syracuse International 1934      20

Manhattan Chess Club Championship 1934      20

3. The Simultaneous Exhibitions      22

4. The Late Thirties

36th Western Championship, Milwaukee 1935      29

New York State Championship 1935      29

First United States Championship, New York 1936      29

37th Western Championship, Philadelphia 1936      31

New York State Championship 1936      31

Puerto Rico International 1936      32

Manhattan Chess Club Championship 1936-37      32

Stockholm Olympiad 1937      32

Manhattan Chess Club Championship 1937      34

Metropolitan League Matches 1938      35

Simonson Match 1938      35

Helen Kashdan in the United States Women’s Championship 1938      35

Second United States Championship, New York 1938      35

39th American Chess Federation Tournament,

Boston 1938      36

Horowitz Playoff Match 1938      37

New York State Championship, Hamilton 1939      37

5. The Forties

Havana International 1940      39

Third United States Championship, New York 1940      39

Lasker Memorial      40

New York State Tournament, Hamilton 1941      40

Manhattan Chess Club Formal Opening 1941      41

Fourth United States Championship, New York 1942      41

First United States Lightning Championship 1942      44

Reshevsky Playoff for the National Title 1942      45

Second United States Speed Championship 1943      48

Metropolitan Chess League 1944      48

Third United States Speed Championship 1944      49

Manhattan Championship 1944-45      49

Fourth United States Speed Championship 1945      50

Pan-American Chess Congress, Hollywood 1945      50

United States vs. USSR Radio Match 1945      50

Manhattan Speed Tournament 1945      51

Metropolitan Championship 1946      51

Swedish Speed Tournament 1946      51

United States vs. USSR, Moscow 1946      52

Sixth United States Championship 1946      52

Metropolitan Chess League 1946-47      53

A Reception for Former Champion Euwe      53

48th United States Open, Corpus Christi 1947      53

Argentina–United States Radio Match 1947      55

Manhattan Masters Tournament 1948      55

49th United States Open, Baltimore 1948      55

Seventh United States Championship, South Fallsburg 1948      56

New York International 1948-49      56

6. The Fifties

Kashdan and Family Move to California      58

52nd United States Open, Fort Worth 1951      58

Hollywood International 1952      60

Hollywood Invitational 1953      60

North vs. South California Match 1954      60

California Open 1954      61

Pan-American Chess Congress, Hollywood 1954      61

North vs. South California Match 1955      62

USSR–United States Match 1955      62

7. The Later Years

Chess Editor of the Los Angeles Times 1956      64

North vs. South California Matches 1956–1961      65

The Olympiad, Leipzig 1960      65

Remains Active      65

First Piatigorsky Cup Tournament 1963      66

Delegate to FIDE 1964      66

Second Piatigorsky Cup Tournament 1966      67

California Chess Hall of Fame      67

Lone Pine Tournaments      68

Fischer–Spassky Match 1972      68

Final Years      69

The Kashdan Legacy (by Arnold Denker)      71

Part Two: The Games of Isaac Kashdan

The Outstanding Games (listed)      75

Tournament and Match Games (1–661)      75

Simultaneous Exhibition Games (662–717)      280

United States Speed Tournament Games (718–734)      291

Informal, Consultation, Practice, etc. Games (735–758)      295

Part Three: Appendices and Indexes

Isaac Kashdan’s Overall Record

The Five Olympiads, 1928–1937      305

The U.S. Championships, 1936–1948      305

The Tournament Record      306

The Match Record      308

Metropolitan League Matches      308

Tournament Crosstables      310

Bibliography      335

Index of Players      339

Index of ECO Openings      342

General Index      345

Book Reviews & Awards

“an American chess history buff’s rapture…Lahde’s book is important, and he deserves our thanks for filling a longstanding void”—Chess Life; “for all around contributions to the game Isaac Kashdan has to rank at the very top or very close to it…has filled a huge gap in America chess literature…a first rate research job…McFarland has done its usual high quality job with excellent paper, library binding and a clear layout. Highly recommended”—IM John Donaldson (JeremySilman.com); “a beautiful tribute to one of America’s chess giants. The work, 20 years in the making, meticulously weaves together Kashdan’s life with his chess moves”—The Washington Post; “a fitting monument…wonderful”—Manchester Chess Federation; “an inspiring biography…deserves to be read”—Georgia Chess News; “this book should not be missing from the library of any lover of chess history because it is the first (and thus fundamental) biography of this great US chess player”—>Quarterly for Chess History.