The Chessmill

Ramblings and ruminations on chess in Milwaukee,

SE Wisconsin, theUSA and the World.

Chess players may be divided into three classes: those who don’t know the principles, and are therefore very weak; those who know the principles and are less weak; and those who know how weak the principles are, and are strong.

 — C. J. S. Purdy

North Central Open

The North Central Open was at one time the tournament championship for Region VI of the USCF. It has since become linked with the name of IM William Martz, and known by the name of the William Martz Memorial North Central Open, and now simply the Martz Memorial. When it was the Region VI championship, it travelled around Region VI from state to state, after that it settled down to a long run in Milwaukee. Now it is moved around the state by the Wisconsin Chess Association as one of the largest travelling tournaments in the WCA.

North Central Open

1970 - De Fotis Wins

Posted by Arlen on Jun 17, 2005

Master Greg DeFotis won the 1970 North Central Open with an unbeaten score of 6.5 points (out of 7). DeFotis won on tiebreaks over Dr. Orest Popovych, who also finished with 6.5. DeFotis led all the way, only getting nicked for a draw in the final round by Andrew Karklins.

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North Central Open

1959 - Brasket Takes NCO

Posted by Arlen on Jun 17, 2005

Minnesota Master Curt Brasket took the 1959 edition of the North Central Open with an unbeaten score of 6.5 points. Hans Berliner was right behind Brasket for most of the way, but the draw in their last round encounter sealed the tournament for Brasket.

Berliner had also gone undefeated, giving up the last round draw to Brasket and another draw in the fourth round to Kirby. Young Martin Harrow from Indiana put together another stellar performance to go with his finish in the Western Open earlier in 1959, scoring 6 points and going undefeated, yielding only a couple of draws, to O'Keefe in the fourth round and Kirby in the sixth.

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North Central Open

1957 - Popel, Kalme Tie

Posted by Arlen on Jun 17, 2005

This tournament was held over the Thanksgiving weekend, Nov 29 to Dec 1. Former French champion Stephen Popel, living in Detroit, tied with former US Junior champion Charles Kalme of Philadelphia for the lead (Popel winning on tiebreak) with Donald Byrne, Lajos Szedlacsek, and Curt Brasket finishing up just a half point back. Bobby Fischer played, and failed to win, finishing in 6th place. In a couple months time Fischer was to win the US Championship; in fact, this was the last US tournament Fischer played in that he failed to win.

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