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Kashdan, Isaac

Isaac Kashdan (1905-1985) was an American Grandmaster who was one of the best players in the world at his peak in the 1930's.  He was also a chess writer, founding the popular magazine Chess Review in 1933 and editing a chess column in the Los Angeles Times from 1955 to 1982.

At the 1928 Hague Olympiad, he took the gold medal for the best score on board 1.  He played on five US Olympiad teams between 1928 and 1937.  His nickname in the 1930s was “the little Capablanca.”

 He won the New York State championship in 1936 and the US Open in 1947.  In 1942, he tied for first place in the US Championship, but lost the playoff to Samuel Reshevsky.  He directed the two Piatigorsky tournaments (1963 and 1968).

 In the 1960s, he was the President of the California State Chess Federation.  

Trivia

He once appeared on Groucho Marx's TV show "You Bet Your Life" and Groucho called him "Mr. Ash Can" throughout the show. 

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