USA-USSR RADIO MATCH of
U.S.A. - USSR RADIO MATCH
SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER
The U.S.A.-USSR Radio Match (CHESS REVIEW, May 1945) will be held In
September. Cabled Moscow on June 10:
"We agree to suggestion of U.S. Chess Federation, Russian War Relief,
CHESS REVIEW, to slate radio match between chess teams of U.S.A. and USSR
for September 1945 .... Our
radio engineers taking measures
to establish direct radiotelephone
communication with CHESS
REVIEW. - Ivan Papanin, Mikhail Botvinnik."
U. S. sponsors
have suggested September 1st as
the starting date, but this has not yet been agreed upon.
(Chess Review - July,
HOW THE RADIO MATCH WILL BE
In the first round, starting at 10 a.m. on
Sept.1st, the United States team will have White on the odd-numbered boards
(1,3,5, 7 and 9). In the second round, starting at 10 a.m. on Sept. 3rd, the
pairings will remain the same as in the first round but the Soviet team will
have White on the odd-numbered boards, All games will be played to a finish.
In both New York and Moscow, an official of the opposing team will
be present to check on the satisfactory operation of the rules and
procedures which have been agreed on for the match. The chief duty of these
officials will be to observe the progress of the time Control, which has
been set at forty moves in the first two and a half hours, and sixteen moves
thereafter. The method of recording the time consumed in a match of this
kind is of course more complicated than In an ordinary game where both
players are at the same table, According to present arrangements, this will
work out as follows: the American players who have the White pieces
will have their clocks started by all official as soon as the time for
beginning play arrives, When the player has made his move, be will stop his
clock, record his move on the score-sheet and then on a slip of paper. He
will hand this slip to the teller, who will process it for censorship
and transmission. When the reply to this move has come from Moscow, it will
be recorded. confirmed, made by an official at the proper table, and the
player's clock will again be started. On the boards where the American
players have the Black pieces, their clocks will not start until they have
received the first move of their opponents. At agreed intervals, the
cumulative amount of time consumed on every board will be radioed to the
As will be seen, the process of making, recording and
transmitting a move involves a considerable amount of labor and precision.
Each move passes through the hands of several people, correspondingly
magnifying the possibilities of mistake and confusion. To reduce this
difficulty to a minimum, all the moves will be translated into a special
system, known as the Udeman code. Each square is identified by it two-letter
syllable, and moves are indicated by giving the two letters representing the
square from which the piece has moved, followed by the two letters of the
square to which it has been moved.
Both sides have agreed that Mr. Derbyshire,, head of the British
Chess Federation, is to be the official referee to decide any disputes which
may possibly arise in the course of play. Thus all three great United
Nations are represented in the match.
Advertisement of the Radio Match
code" is actually the "Uedemann
equipment used was the
Mackey Radio System
USA-USSR RADIO MATCH
SEPTEMBER 1ST TO 4TH
History-Making Event to be staged
at New York's Henry Hudson Hotel
overseas telephone conversation between
Nikolai Zubarev of Moscow and Kenneth Harkness of New York. Zubarov is
Chairman of the Chess Section, USSR Society for Cultural Relations with
Foreign Countries. Harkness is Managing Editor of
and the official representative of the U. S. sponsors.
In subsequent cable exchanges it was agreed that the
time limit for each player would be 40 moves in 2½ hours and 16 moves per
hour thereafter (not including transmission time).
On August 1st, the US and USSR exchanged announcements
of their primary and reserve teams. If any of the primary team players are
unable to compete, the remainder will move up the list and substitutes will
be taken from the reserve teams, in the announced order. The U. S. teams
were nominated by a committee comprising Elbert A. Wagner, Jr., President of
the USCF, Leonard A. Meyer of the Manhattan Chess Club and Kenneth Harkness.
Much credit for making this match possible goes to
chess patron Maurice Wertheim of New York, Chairman of the Match Committee,
who agreed to underwrite a large share of the expenses. It is hoped,
however, that the cost will be met by ticket sales and the contributions of
chess devotees. The U. S. team members are playing without compensation
(other than actual expenses). The public relations department of the Society
for Russian Relief and the entire staff of
are contributing their services.
Readers within commuting distance of New York will need
no urging to attend this Chess Match of the Century. Others will be able to
read all about it in the October and November issues of
THE BIG MATCH IS ON! For four days, beginning
September 1st, the leading chess-masters of the United States and the Soviet
Union will compete for supremacy in the greatest match of all time.
Played by radio, the match will be a double round
affair. Each country will be represented by ten masters and each pair will
play two games. The official lineup is given in the box below.
Play will start each day at 10 a.m. (New York time) and
the sessions may last eight or nine hours. The first round begins September
1st and adjourned games will be completed the following day. The second
round will be finished on the 4th.
The United States team will play at New York's Henry
Hudson Hotel, 361 West 57th Street, where arrangements have been made to
enable 1000 spectators to follow the progress of the match and enjoy a big
program of entertainment.
Soviet-American Radio Chess Match of 1945 will go down in history for
- because it is the first international
sports event since the outbreak of World War II.
- because it is the first test of
strength between the two greatest chessplaying countries in the world.
Never before have teams representing the USA and USSR competed against
attracted to the event by the attendant
publicity, newspaper advertising, ticket-selling campaigns. The match will
increase enormously the popularity of chess in this country.
SPONSORS of the match (Chess Review, The American Society for Russian
Relief, the U. S. Chess Federation) have made arrangements to provide chess
fans with the treat of their lives. The Grand Ballroom of the Henry Hudson
Hotel, New York, has been booked for the four days of the match. This big
auditorium seats 1000 spectators. Here the audience will see the United
States team engage in its historic struggle and witness the transmission of
moves to Moscow on the teletype machine. From seats on the main floor, or
mezzanine gallery, they can view the progress of the games as reproduced on
ten giant chessboards, brilliantly illuminated. Each move will be announced
from the stage. Between moves, the audience will be entertained by
exhibition games, quiz contests, brief lectures, demonstrations of finished
match games and other features. A gala closing ceremony, with many notables
present, will be held on September 4th, starting at 8 p.m. The ceremony will
be followed by a special program of entertainment.
THE AGREEMENT on match dates and laying
schedule was reached last month in an
- because it is the first chess match to
be played by radio telegraphy.
- because it will give a tremendous boost
to the development of cultural ties and friendly relationships between the
two great allies of World War II.
- because it will be the most widely
publicized event and the greatest spectacle in the chess history of the
In the USSR,
where chess is the national game, the match will be page one news.
Muscovites will throng to the playing hall in Moscow to watch their team in
action. The results and games will be published in special editions and
broadcast throughout the land.
In the United States, where chess interest is growing
rapidly, the event will be given wide publicity by newspapers, radio
commentators, movie newsreels and popular magazines. Chess fans in the area
will attend the match in a body, but the general public will also be
O F F I C I A L L I N E - UP
O F I N T E R N A T I O N A L T E A M S
Board UNITED STATES
3. Reuben Fine
4. I. A.
5. Isaac Kashdan
6. Herman Steiner
7. Albert S. Pinkus
8. Herbert Seidman
9. Abraham Kupchik
10. Anthony Santasiere
(Each pair to play two games. 10½
points win match.
For reserve teams see following pages.)