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Larry Melvyn Evans vs Arthur Bisguier
USA-ch (1959), New York, NY USA, rd 9
Russian Game: Kaufmann Attack (C42)  ·  1-0


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Oct-01-08  bunkerputt: 26. Qa3+ Qe7 27. Bc6 was easy to see, as well as 26...Kg8 Bxh7+ and Rxe6. What was a little trickier was evaluating how easy the Q vs R+B endgame would be for white. These are notoriously difficult to convert in my experience. I think because of the extra pawn and the multiple black pawn weaknesses, creating a defensive fortress is impossible from the black perspective, though. So the win shouldn't be too technical. I looked for something better than Qa3+, but not finding anything, went ahead and chose it. The line I'm expecting would be 26. Qa3+ Kg8 27. Bxh7+ Rxh7 (Not 27...Kxh7 28. Rxe6 fxe6 29. Qh3+ Kg6 30. Qxe6+ and with Qxb6 white mops up the pawns) 28. Qd6 Kf7 29. Qxb6 when the a-pawn is a decisive asset.
Oct-01-08  bunkerputt: <VooDooMoves 29. Qe8+ Bxe8 30. Rxe8#> So flashy... 29. Qd8+ Be8 30. Qxe8# saves the queen and mates too. In this case, it doesn't matter, but as a practical decision, I've avoided catastrophe by not giving up material unnecessarily during a combination that halfway into turns out not to work on more than one occasion in my lifetime.
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  chrisowen: <isnt Be6 worth a plug?> i tried this one thinking it is 14. Qxb2?! and black can 0-0, however there is cxd5.
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  YouRang: A very nice puzzle! Our light-square bishop on e4 is clearly the key. Does the black queen have it pinned to our rook, or can it unleash a discovered attack on the black queen?

Opting for the latter, the only useful way to unpin the bishop is to pin the black queen, and such a pin could only come from our queen via the a3-f8 diagonal, and so 26.Qa3+ it is. Clearly black cannot play 26...Kg8, since that puts his king on a light square enabling 27.Bxh7+ & winning the queen.

That leaves black with 26...Qe7, which blocks the check but also pins the queen -- an UNPINs our bishop. Now the very pretty, but not hard to see, finish is 27.Bc6!, a discovered attack on the queen.

Really, the queen is now pinned in two directions: (1) to the king and (2) to the Be8 since moving in along the a3-f8 diagonal (such as 27...Qxa3) allows 28.Rxe8#.

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  Jimfromprovidence: This is the position after 25 Qxa7.

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Instead of the text 25...b6, I found it instructive to ascertain the impact of the three pawn moves 25...f6, 25...g6, or 25...h6. The results surprised me.

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  Phony Benoni: Just for the sake of historical accuracy, can anyone check a copy of Larry Evans' book, <Modern Chess Brilliancies>? I seem to recall the game being in that book with Larry Evans as White.
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  kevin86: I answered this one about 2/3 correct;I missed the 27 ♗xh7+ move in reply to ♔g8,but since black actually played 26...♕e7,I found the double pin after 27 ♗c6.

Third straight queen sac! A nice week!

Oct-01-08  zb2cr: Found this one quickly. Nothing to add to what has already been written.
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  ClassZPlaya: Does anyone here know any biographical or anecdotal info about "Henry D Evans"? I've never heard of him before, but his 7-0-3 in the Chessgames database and he beat Reuben Fine twice, once in 15 moves!
Oct-01-08  Funicular: white's rook is just asking for it
Bc6 is a rather obvious move.

After Qa3, Qe7, Bc6 is the logical choice

Oct-01-08  VooDooMoves: <bunkerputt> <VooDooMoves 29. Qe8+ Bxe8 30. Rxe8#. So flashy...29. Qd8+ 30. Be8 31. Qxe8# saves the queen and mates too.> It does but isn't it so much more fun to sacrifice the lady whenever you get the chance. After all, how often does one get the chance? Given the option of two mates, 1 where I need sac 4 pieces and 1 where I need to play quiet moves I will choose the former 110% of the time. Also, I find my calculalations much easier if my opponent has a limited amount of responses (as one does facing a check) rather than be surprised by a quiet move I completely missed :0)
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  gawain: Not my week, for sure. Fantastic puzzle for such a low level of difficulty. I guessed that Qa3+ was White's only winning move--what else is there?--but I simply did not see the followup.

In my defense, I only spent three or four minutes looking, then curiosity got the better of me.

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  beenthere240: I wouldn't be surprised if Henry Evans is Larry Evans.
Oct-01-08  gazzawhite: Wow, my first ever Wednesday puzzle (yes I suck). Took me less than 30 seconds too, I feel happy.
Oct-01-08  Jason Frost: Took around 20 seconds but still seems a bit difficult for Wednesday.

26. Qa3+ Qe7 27. Bc6 and black can't take the rook do to the pin.

Oct-02-08  znprdx: This is the kind of precise puzzle which reduces to: "you get it or you don't"

It is a surgical exploitation of the dismal ...b6

I was stuck on the mundane 26.Re3 since I failed to combine the two attacking themes

So I guess no matter how much you study Chess - it comes down to learning an analytical approach which can be applied so as to free yourself from not seeing even when it is crystal clear....

Gee that is a lot like life: maybe Kasparov has a point....

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  Pawn and Two: White in this game is Larry Melvyn Evans.

This game was played in the U.S. Championship 1958/59 - Rd 9.

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  Phony Benoni: <WHITE TO MOVE>:

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From Noren--Franke, East Detroit, 1983. White, a Master-level player, missed it--but by applying the knowledge from solving yesterday's puzzle, you should have no trouble!

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  Phony Benoni: <1.Bd6! Rxd6> (1...Qxd6 2.Qe8+!) <2.Qxd6!>
Jan-05-09  WhiteRook48: incredible trap! Either you lose your queen or you get checkmated.
Aug-29-10  sevenseaman: Its one of the most famous of chess endings. I may have come across it may be 10 times in the last 30 years. The fact that I still struggle to find it dismays me no end.
Apr-18-11  LIFE Master AJ:

My analysis of this game.

Apr-18-11  LIFE Master AJ: Larry Evans passed away - I should do a nice web page on him.
Feb-04-12  hdevans: To ClassZPlaya---Yes, I knew Henry D Evans and have knowledge of his Chess Playing Days. He also tap danced on Broadway with Ginger Rogers and played the piano in Washington, D.C. Somewhere there is a movie of his doing these things.
Dec-23-17  Toribio3: Larry Evans, I salute you!
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