Isador Samuel Turover

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Isador Samuel Turover
DiedOctober 16, 1978
NationalityUnited States
OccupationChess player
Lumber mill owner
Known forDirector of the American Chess Foundation
Spouse(s)Bessie Levin

Isador (Isaac) Samuel Turover (Sochaczew,[1] 8 July[2] 1892 – 16 October 1978) was an American chess master.


Born to a Jewish family in Poland,[3] he moved to Belgium and then to the United States. He was a champion of Baltimore from 1918 to 1921, won the Washington D.C. championship in 1918 ahead of F.B. Walker and took 2nd, behind Vladimir Sournin, in the D.C. championship in 1920,[4] tied for 8th at Atlantic City 1921 (the Eighth American Chess Congress; Dawid Janowski won), tied for 4th at Bradley Beach 1928 (Abraham Kupchik won),[5] tied for 3rd at Bradley Beach 1929 (Alexander Alekhine won),[6] took 8th at New York 1931 (José Raúl Capablanca won),[7] and took 10th at Ventnor City 1944 (Jacob Levin won).[8]

Turover settled in the Washington area and had a very successful lumber business. He married Bessie Levin and had three daughters: Sylvia, Naomi and Ruth. Turover became a director of the American Chess Foundation.[9] He is also known as a chess patron and philanthropist. He sponsored Bobby Fischer's attendance in the 1962 Stockholm Interzonal.[10] Throughout his life he offered cash prizes and other good for brilliancies in chess games. For instance, in 1930, Turover gave a 500-lire brilliancy prize at the tournament in San Remo. [11] Many years later, in 1973, Turover awarded David Bronstein two magnum bottles of the finest French champagne for a brilliancy in a game against Ljubomir Ljuboevic. In 1974 he established the annual World Brilliancy Prize; the first winner was Michael Stean, who received $1,000 for his win against Walter Browne at the 21st Chess Olympiad in Nice.[12]


  1. ^ US registration card
  2. ^ The registration card says 22 July.
  3. ^ American Jewish Archives: "Turover, Isador S; b. Sochachov, Poland, July 8, 1892; d. Washington DC, Oct 16, 1978" retrieved May 24, 2016
  4. ^ "Captain Vladimir Sournin: A Russian Chess Player's Exploits in America" by Olimpiu G. Urcan Archived 20 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 July 2007. Retrieved 4 July 2007. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Name Index to Jeremy Gaige's Chess Tournament Crosstables, An Electronic Edition, Anders Thulin, Malmö, 2004-09-01
  6. ^ bradley
  7. ^ The Frank James Marshall Electronic Archive and Museum: Tournament and Match Record
  8. ^ 1944 Archived 3 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Turover, Isador S. -
  10. ^ The Skittles Room
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  12. ^ The Skittles Room

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