Kalme, Charles

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Charles Kalme (1939-2002) was the U.S. Junior Open champion in 1955, which was held in Lincoln, Nebraska.  In 1957 he was the U.S. Intercollegiate Chess Champion.  In 1960 he was on the winning U.S. Student Olympiad team (Lombardy, Kalme, R Weinstein, Mednis, Saidy, and Hearst).  He won a gold medal as a team member and a gold medal for his individual result on board two.  He was a chess master at age 15.  He later gave up chess and got a Ph.D. in Mathematics.  He was associate editor of Mathematical Reviews.  He was a professor of mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley.


  • 5 years ago · Quote · #1


     First of all, the event was the U.S. Junior Open, not the U.S. Junior Championship. [The U.S. Junior  Championship did not come about until 1966.] Kalme won the 10th Junior Open  title in 1955 in Lincoln, Nebraska, but he did not win it the previous year. The 9th U.S. Open Junior title winner was Ross E. Siemms, a native of Toronto, 
    Ontario, Canada, who won the title in 1954 in Long Beach, California.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #2


    Actually, it was called the U.S. Junior Championship.  The September 4, 1946 issue of Chess Life called the event the "USCF National Junior Chess Championship Tournament."  It was an invitation to the best junior players from each state.  In 1966, the USCF created the US. Junior Championship title for the top rated players to play in a round-robin, and called the previous US Junior Championship the US Junior Open.  Also, the August-September issue of Chess Review called it the US Junior Championship on the cover of the magazine and in its article on the event.

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