The Chessmill

Ramblings and ruminations on chess in Milwaukee,

SE Wisconsin, theUSA and the World.

The importance of opening theory is grossly overestimated. Obviously, the knowledge of opening moves comes in handy when setting up a chess game, but this knowledge alone does not bring universal happiness. After this, you still have to play chess, and for that, other things will crop up.

 — Herman Grooten

1959 - Benko Wins Again

This third running of the New Western Open once again saw Pal Benko and Robert Byrne fighting for the lead. They were running dead even until round 6, when they met. Benko won that encounter and went on to win the tournament with an unbeaten score of 7.5, giving up a draw in the final round to Byrne's fellow Indianan Martin Harrow, who finished even with Byrne at 6.5. Former French Champion Stephen Popel finished in a tie for 4-11 places with 6.0, his only two losses coming at the hands of Benko and Harrow.

Benko earned his prize money, playing each of the other top 6 finishers in the last 5 rounds. Starting in round 4, Benko played Henin, Popel, Byrne, Ulvestad, and Harrow, giving up only a draw to Harrow in the final round, long after it made any difference to anyone but Harrow, who needed a full point just to tie with Benko for the top spot.

The tournament was held once again in the Venetian Room of the Hotel Astor in Milwaukee.

1 BENKO, P. NY W51 W27 W9 W4 W5 W2 W6 D3 7.54
2 BYRNE, R. Ind. W65 W42 W16 W8 W6 L1 D4 W14 6.53
3 HARROW, M. Ind. W81 D48 W50 W41 D7 W11 W5 D1 6.532
4 HENIN, Co Ill. W64 W45 W11 L11 W15 W22 D.2 D12 6.031
5 POPEL, S. Mich. W18 W40 W34 W20 L1 W8 L3 W25 6.0.30
6 ULVESTAD, 0. Wash W30 W74 W28 W12 L2 W24 L1 W20 6.029
7 SWEIG, M. Ill. W96 W39 D31 W46 D3 D19 W26 D10 6.028
8 TUMS, J. Ill. W76 W44 W23 L2 W38 L5 W33 W19 6.027
9 VANO, E. N Y. W62 W21 L1 W33 L22 W45 W32 W24 6.027
10 POSCHEL, P: Mich. W100 D13 W49 D56 W34 W35 D14 D7 6.025
11 WASSERMAN, J. Mich. W98 W91 L4 W75 W20 L3 W54 W21 6.023
12 STEINMEYER, R. Mo W52 D56 W14 L6 D32 W47 W31 D4 5.526
13 ALLEN, J. Mo. W93 D10 W17 W25 D35 L14 D16 W42 5.525
14 SANDRIN, An. Ill. W79 W54 L12 W74 W56 W13 D10 L2 5.523
15 KAMPARS. N. Wi D84 W78 D50 W21 L4 D44 W46 W35 5.522
16 KERMAN, D. Mich, W102 W75 L2 W45 L19 W49 D13 W44 5.521
17 SCHMIDT, B. NY W72 D49 L13 W62 W46 L25 W27 W37 5.518
18 LIEPSKALNS, V. L5 W82 W86 D23 L25 W59 W57 W31 5.517
19 TAUTVAISIS, Ill. W70 L32 W30 W50 W16 D7 D25 L8 5.023
20 THEODOROVYCH, I. W105 W47 W32 L5 L11 W40 W22 L6 5.021
21 BERENT, P. Mich. W95 L9 W59 L15 W29 W28 W41 L11 5.021
22 NEDVED, K. Wis. L92 W63 W79 W62 W9 L4 L20 W56 5.021
23 KAISER, W. Minn. W77 W59 L8 D18 W43 L31 D58 W48 5.020
24 KUJOTH, R.Wis. W99 D58 D48 W29 W44 L6 W56 L9 5.020
25 BATCHELDER, W. W94 D83 W73 L13 W18 W17 D19 L5 5.020
26 SANDRIN, Al. Ill. L83 W96 W76 D32 W58 W42 L7 D30 5.019
27 PAMILJENS, J. W53 L1 L62 W63 W75 W55 L17 W54 5.019
28 ROHLAND, M. Wis. W63 W92 L6 L44 W66 L21 W64 W50 5.019
29 RUNKEL, K. Wis. D89 D57 W90 L24 L21 W63 W86 W58 5.018
30 MASON. L. Ill. L6 W106 L19 W85 D50 W74 W60 D26 5.017
31 BURGER. K. N.Y. W55 W33 D7 L35 W60 W23 L12 L18 4.520
32 O'KEEFE, J. Mich. W85 W19 L20 D26 D12 W86 L9 D34 4.519
33 ZUJUS, A. Ill. W82 L31 W39 L9 W81 W36 L8 D38 4.518
34 ROGAN, M. Ill. W67 W61 L5 W48 L10 L54 W65 D32 4.517
35 KALNINS, H. Mich. W-- D46 W43 W31 D13 L10 D37 L15 4.517
36 MEIFERT, H. Wis. W87 D43 L46 W71 D49 L33 W52 D40 4.517
37 CRAMER, F. Wis. L91 L98 W78 W77 W62 W38 D35 L17 4.517
38 SMITH, P. Calif. L39 W77 W105 W61 L8 L37 W55 D33 4.516
39 BRICKNER, S. Mich W38 L7 L33 L51 W90 W69 D45 W71 4.516
40 LACROIX, E. Wis. W68 L5 L67 W89 W64 L20 W76 D36 4,516
41 SATTERLEE, D. Ill. D73 W88 W83 L3 D55 W61 L21 D47 4 515
42 KRASZEWSKI, J. W66 L2 W99 D55 W52 L26 W70 L13 4.515
43 BERG, R. Ill. W108 D36 L35 W57 L23 W66 L44 W70 4,515
44 PALMI, A. Mich. W110 L8 W85 W28 L24 D15 W43 L16 4,514
45 HALLMAN. D. Ill. W90 L4 W102 L16 W105 L9 D39 W78 4,514
46 GOLLA, R. Ill. W111 D35 W36 L7 L17 W84 L15 W74 4.514
47 DITRICHS, R. Iowa W112 L20 D98 D81 W72 L12 W87 D41 4.512
48 SCHWARTZ, I. Ill. W86 D3 D24 L34 L87 W62 W68 L23 4.016
49 GROMBACHER, W, Ill. W80 D17 L10 W83 D36 L16 D53 D61 4,015
50 GAIGAS, L. Wis. D68 W84 D15 L19 D30 D52 W72 L28 4.015
51 TERRELL, D. Minn. L1 L53 W68 W39 D59 L57 W98 D60 4.015
52 RODIN, L, Ill. L12 W68 D57 W53 L42 D50 L36 W94 4.014
53 CELMINS, L. Mich. L27 W51 D54 L52 D88 W105 D49 D57 4.014
54 DONNELLEY, W, Ind. W101 L14 D53 D73 W76 W34 L11 L27 4.014
55 GABA, H. Mich. L31 W93 W80 D42 D41 L27 L38 W95 4.014
56 BURGAR, W. Mich.' W104 D12 W89 D10 L14 W87 L24 L22 4.013
57 FORMANEK, E. Ill. D69 D29 D52 L43 W108 W51 L18 D53 4.013
58 BANKER, G. Mo. W107 D24 L3 W98 L26 W67 D23 L29 4.013
59 BARTELS, W. Wis. W60 L23 L21 W79 D51 L18 D67 W83 4.012
60 DJORDJEVICH, S. Ill. L59 W104 D66 W88 L31 W83 L30 D51 4.011
6l WEHRY, 0. Wis. W103 L34 W92 L38 W73 L41 D88 D49 4.011
62 PALUCIUS., Be Ill. L9 W95 W27 L17 L37 L48 W89 W86 4.011
63 ROSEN, S. III, L28 L22 W1O9 L27 W82 L29 W92 W88 4.010
64 BUCKNER, J. Mo. L4 L90 W103 W106 L40 W73 L28 W87 4.010
65 MAYER, M. Ill. L2 L66 W112 W104 L86 W77 L34 W84 4.008
66 WEBSTER, P. Wis. L42 W65 D60 W69 L28 L43 D83 D76 3.512
67 LORENZ, R. Wis. L34 W107 W40 L22 D80 L58 D59 D75 3.512
68 DEBE, A. Ohio L40 L52 L51 W96 W102 W81 L48 D72 3.510
69 ADAMS, C. Ill. D57 L43 W84 L66 D98 L39 D77 W99 3.510
70 MISKIN, A, Wis. L19 L85 W101 W92 D74 W80 L42 L43 3.510
71 KOCJAN, W. Ill. D78 L89 W94 L36 L84 W101 W85 L39 3.510
72 HARTIGAN, J. Ind. L17 L86 W107 W82 L47 W92 L50 D68 3.509
73 TAYLOR, E, Minn. D41 W69 L25 D54 L61 L64 W105 D81 3.509
74 UHLMANN, R. Mich. W106 L6 W87 L14 D70 L30 W99 L46 3.509
75 CHEEK, F. Wis. W109 L16 W91 L11 L27 D98 D84 D67 3.509
76 LANDOLT, R. Wis. L8 W109 L26 W93 L54 W98 L40 D66 3.509
77 BRODERSEN, Minn. L23 L38 W95 L37 W104 L65 D69 W102 3.509
78 KARPUSKA, W. Ill. D71 L15 L37 W103 L83 W108 W80 L45 3.509
79 MILLER, R. Wis. L14 W101 L22 L59 L85 W91 W104 D82 3.509
80 CORDA, R. Wis. L49 W100 L55 W99 D67 L70 L78 W103 3.509
81 ALLEN, D. Wis. L3 D110 W108 D47 L33 L68 W90 D73 3.509
82 GRUBER, J. Wis. L33 L18 W96 L72 L63 W109 W100 D79 3 508
83 KASENGA, A. Wis. W26 D25 L41 L49 W78 L60 D66 L59 3.012
84 BRAUER, A. Mich. D15 L50 L69 W94 W71 L56 D75 L65 3.011
85 WATKINS, R. Ind. L32 W70 L44 L30 W79 D88 L71 D93 3.010
86 HILDING, D. Ohio L48 W72 L18 W102 W65 L32 L29 L62 3.010
87 SEMB, M. Minn. L36 W97 L74 W91 W48 L56 L47 L64 3.009
88 ROZKALNS, E. Wis. D50 L41 W110 L60 D53 D85 D61 L63 3.009
89 FELD, J. Ind. D29 W71 L56 L40 D100 L76 L62 W110 3.008
90 REMUS, F. Ind. L45 W64 L29 L105 L39 W97 L81 W107 3.008
91 OTTESON, W. Wis. W37 L11 L75 L87 L92 L79 W111 W97 3.008
92 VENESAAR, K. Ill. W22 L28 L61 L70 W91 L72 L63 W105 3.009
93 COOK, J. Ill. L13 L55 W100 L76 L95 D102 W101 D85 3.007
94 SPANN, J. Okla. L25 D108 L71 L84 W96 W100 D95 L52 3.007
95 NOWAK, G. Wis. L21 L62 L77 W112 W93 D99 D94 L55 3.005
96 VORPAGEL, R. Wis. L7 L23 L82 L68 L94 W112 W106 W104 3.004
97 SPANN, C. Okla. Bye L87 L106 D101 D109 L90 W107 L91 3.004
98 MEDENDORP, A. Mich. L11 W37 D47 L58 D69 D75 L51 ... 2.510
99 RUDZITIS., E. Ill. L24 W103 L42 L80 W106 D95 L74 L69 2.506
100 CRONK W Mass. L10 L80 L93 W107 D89 L94 L82 W109 2.5O5
101 KURTZ, J. Wis. L54 L79 L70 D97 W110 L71 L93 W108 2,504
102 NOREM, A. Wis. L16 W111 L45 L86 L68 D93 W109 L77 2.504
103 SCHUMANN, W. Wis L61 L99 L64 L78 D111 W110 W108 L80 2.503
104 FITZGERALD, R. Wis L56 L60 W111 L65 L77 W106 L79 L96 2.003
105 VEJROSTA, V. Ill. L20 W112 L38 W90 L45 L53 L73 L92 2.003
106 GOULD, H. ill. L74 L30 W97 L64 L99 L104 L96 W112 2.002
107 SPANN, J.Jr. Okla. L58 L67 L72 L100 W112 W111 L97 L90 2.001
108 NOWAK, A. Wis. L43 D94 L81 W110 L57 L78 L103 L101 1.503
109 CARROLL, M. Wis. L75 L76 L63 W111 D97 L82 L102 L100 1.502
110 CHRISTOFARO, A. L44 D81 L88 L108 L101 L103 W112 L89 1.501
111 SPANN, S. Okla. L46 L102 L104 L109 D103 L107 L91 Bye 1.501
112 BINGHAM, R. Wis, L47 L105 L65 L95 L107 L96 L110 L106 0.000
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