United States – Inducted 1994
Arthur Bisguier learned the game from his father, a mathematician, at the age of four. He performed impressively as a teenager, ranking third at the Bronx Empire Chess Club at 15 and placing 5th and 7th at the 1946 and 1948 U.S. Opens respectively. Since the late 1940s, he has won numerous major titles, including two U.S. Junior Championships (1948 and 1949), three U.S. Open Championships (1950, 1956, 1959), and the 1954 U.S. Championship. He represented the United States in five chess Olympiads between 1952 and 1972, winning a team silver medal in 1960. With his victory at the 1989 Senior Open (a feat he repeated in 1997 and 1998), he succeeded in winning a U.S. chess championship at every level of competition.
Proclaimed “Dean of American Chess” by the U.S. Chess Federation, Bisguier is recognized as a tireless promoter of the game. He has likely played more people than any other U.S. grandmaster, giving exhibitions at hospitals, colleges, prisons, and other locations around the country in the interest of popularizing the game. He is both a regular contributor to Chess Life and a published author. His books include 1974’s American Chess Masters from Morphy to Fischer with Andrew Soltis, and 2003’s The Art of Bisguier, a compendium of his best games from 1945-1960.