21st US Championship and World Championship Zonal; 1972
April 23 - May 15
New York, NY

                1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
 1. Byrne, R.   x  1     1   1 1 1   9 - 4
 2. Kavalek      x 1     1   1  1 1  9 - 4
 3. Reshevsky   0 0 x    1 1 1  1 1 1 1  9 - 4
 4. Evans          x   1  0 1  1 1 1  8- 4
 5. Benko           x      1  1 1  8 - 5
 6. deFotis          x  0 1  1  1   7- 5
 7. Lombardy      0 0   x  1 1 1 1 0 1  7- 5
 8. Mednis      0 0 0   1  x  1  1  1  7 - 6
 9. Bisguier      0 1  0 0  x   1 1   6- 6
10. Martz          0   0 0  x  1 1 1  6- 6
11. Kaufman     0 0 0  0 0 0    x 1 1 1  5 - 8
12. Feuerstein  0  0 0   0 0 0 0 0 x 1   3 -10
13. Horowitz    0 0 0 0 0 0 1  0 0 0 0 x 1  2-10
14. Popovych     0 0 0 0  0 0  0 0  0 x  2 -11


FIRST PLACE PLAYOFF (February, 1973)

               1  2  3  Score
1. Byrne      xx 1 1   3-1
2. Reshevsky  0 xx 1   2-2
3. Kavalek    0 0 xx   1-3

          Round by Round
           1 2 3 4 5 6
Byrne      -  1 - 1   3-1
Reshevsky   - 0 1 -   2-2
Kavalek      - 0 0 -  1-3

The playoff was necessary, since there was a three-way tie for first, but only two spots in the Interzonal were available. Byrne and Reshevsky, as the top two finishers in the playoff, played in the 1973 Interzonals.

  • As a result of this tournament, Robert Byrne qualified for the 1973 Leningrad Interzonal. Sammy Reshevsky qualified for the 1973 Petropolis Interzonal.

  • There were only two US Interzonal spots, rather than three, as in 1969, because the 1971 FIDE Congress at Vancouver, as part of a redistribution program, had removed one interzonal seat from each zone having more than one (Source: Chess Life & Review, 11/71).


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