Rossolimo won a Buick automobile. I am not sure exactly what the cost of the car was, but a stock 1955 Buick 4-door Tourback Sedan sold for $2,291 which is the equivalent of about $20,300 in today's dollars. For his second place finish Reshevsky got $1,000...about $8,892 today.
Other prizes were:
Donald Byrne $750 ($6632 today)
Larry Evans and Abe Turner $550 ($4,864 today)
5 players received $300 ($2,653 today) 9 players, including Arthur Dake received $72.23 ($638.80 today)
16 players, including William Lombardy, received $3.13 ($27.68 today)
Sonja Graf, top woman won $50 ($442.20 today)
By contrast, the top prizes in the last U.S. Open were: $8,000-4,000-2,000-1,500-1,000-800-600-500 plus $200 to a clear winner. The total prize fund last year was $50,000 compared to $5,115 (a little over $45,000 today) in 1955.
|Rossolimo (left) receives his car|
Unrelated to the Open, I stumbled on the following King's Gambit game played in the Wichita, Kansas Open in 1954. It's a Cunningham Gambit where black snatched too many Pawns and white quickly got the upper hand. The ensuing complications were enormous and, as usual, it's a good idea to play through the variations on an actual board and try to visualize all the lines.