Saturday, July 19, 2014

GM Arthur Bisguier, Oct. 8, 1929 - April 4, 2017

Sad to hear American Grandmaster Arthur Bisguier, proclaimed “Dean of American Chess” by USCF, died yesterday at the age of 87. The Bronx native earned his Grandmaster title in 1957, at a time when there were only 39 grandmasters. On the cusp of the Bobby Fischer Era in American chess, Bisguier won the US Championship in 1954, but it would be his only US Championship as Fischer then dominated the era even as Bisguier hit his peak.

American chess is a lot poorer now that Arthur Bisguier has left the board. 

Here’s the single game in which Bisguier defeated Bobby Fischer. It took place at the Rosenwald Tournament in 1956. Other than this win, Bisguier was able to get only one more draw off of Fischer in his career, and then was beaten 13 games in a row, which may be a record for consecutive wins by one GM over another.