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Alan Trefler vs Michael Rohde
World Open (1975), New York, NY USA
Benoni Defense: Taimanov Variation (A67)  ·  1-0


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May-03-05  wrap99: This would be Alan Trefler, possibly in the World Open which he won in 1975
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  perfidious: What wrap99 says is correct on both counts- I'm glad I wasn't in the way of Trefler's finest hour.
May-03-05  Resignation Trap: Actually, Trefler tied for first with Pal Benko.
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  perfidious: Are you sure it wasn't Nicholas Rossolimo who shared first with Trefler, just before the accident which brought about Rossolimo's death? Maybe I'm wrong....I haven't looked through most of the old CL&Rs in many a moon.
May-04-05  Resignation Trap: I checked CL&R immediately after I made my post. The 19-year old Trefler's last round defeat of Rohde (age 15) forced Benko into a must-win situation against Danny Kopec, allowing the GM to tie for first, with an 8-1 score. Rossolimo was clear third with 7.5.
Aug-07-07  OBIT: Good thing Trefler had this World Open result in 1975. If it happened today, he'd immediately have been accused of using a hidden computer.
Jun-03-10  Whitehat1963: This guy's tournament performance is the equivalent of Upset over Man o' War, or Villanova over Georgetown. Just huge!
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  perfidious: < OBIT: Good thing Trefler had this World Open result in 1975. If it happened today, he'd immediately have been accused of using a hidden computer.>

In a piece of irony, back in 1977 Trefler's younger brother (about 1750) had a nice thing going: big brother would relay moves to him in some of his games. Forget which event(s) featured this, but they got caught out somehow. Never saw Leon Trefler again after 1977 or 1978, though I believe Alan played in the '88 US Open at Boston. No doubt <Phony Benoni> can confirm this from somewhere in the maws of his inexhaustible archives.

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  Phony Benoni: <perfidious> Well, as a matter of fact:

[Event "US Open"]
[Site "Boston, Mass."]
[Date "1988.08.12"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "6"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Trefler, Alan"]
[Black "Moody, David"]
[ECO ""]
[WhiteElo "2174"]
[BlackElo "2037"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6 7.f4 Bg7 8.Bb5+ Nfd7 9.a4 0-0 10.Nf3 a6 11.Bd3 Re8 12.0-0 Nf6 13.h3 c4 14.Bb1 Nbd7 15.Nd2 Nc5 16.Qf3 Nh5 17.g4 Qh4 18.Kh2 Nf6 19.Nxc4 Nb3 20.Ra3 Nxc1 21.Nxd6 Bf8 22.Nxe8 Bxg4 23.Nxf6+ Qxf6 24.hxg4 Bxa3 25.bxa3 Nb3 26.e5 1-0

At least he was rated under 2200, so I have an excuse not to submit it to the database.

Dec-20-12  jerseybob: Perfidious: Could you elaborate on your August 16th post, with some independent verification of what you say?
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  perfidious: <jerseybob> With the principals still alive, cannot do that.
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