The US Championships Part 1: 1936

Israel Albert (IA) Horowitz 7.0/15

IA HorowitzFIDE awarded Israel Albert (IA) Horowitz the IM title in 1950 and the IA title in 1951. He was a leading player in the US during the 1930’s and was US Open Champion in 1936, 1938 and 1943. In 1941 he lost a hard fought match (+0, =13, -3) with Samuel Reshevsky for the US Closed Championship. He was at his best when he played for the US in the Olympiads in 1931, 1935, 1937 and 1950, scoring (+29, =19, -3). He also
authored many books and was the editor from 1933 of Chess Review. When it merged with Chess Life, Chess Life and Review he continued editing until 1969 and was a New York Times columnist for 20 years.

 Samuel Factor 6.5/15

Samuel FactorFormer Chicago and Illinois chess champion. He won the Western Championship (U.S. Open) in 1922 and 1930. He played Board 3 for the USA team at 1928 Chess Olympiad at The Hague.

Herman Steiner 6.0/15

hermansteinerHerman Steiner was born in Dunajska Streda, then part of Hungary (and now part of Slovakia). He settled in Los Angeles in 1932. He moved to the USA at an early age and played on 4 US Olympiad teams. He was the US Champion in 1948 (more on this later). In 1950 FIDE awarded him the IM title. He was equal first with Daniel Abraham Yanofsky in the 1942, US Open Championship. He took 1st place in the 1946 US Open. In 1945, he won the California State Championship. He was a leading chess organizer on the US West Coast and opened the Hollywood Chess Club. Regular visitors included Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Charles Boyer and Jose Ferrer.



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