In the last round, Mednis was paired against Freeman and won easily. Saidy played Anderson and won a hard game. So they were still tied. Witte, the only man left who had a chance of winning, played the unpredictable Lyman. A subdued and chastened player, Lyman held Witte to a draw. Since Mednis had defeated opponents in the tournament whose score was higher than the score of those Saidy had beaten, Mednis was awarded the title on the tie-breaking system employed. The 91 games that preceded the decision were characterized by an intensity and excitement which, if found in all chess tournaments, might conceivably make chess a popular American sport.