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Larry Melvyn Evans vs Pal Benko
"Knightmare on Mel Street" (game of the day May-30-2017)
Lone Pine (1975), Lone Pine, CA USA, rd 5, Apr-17
Queen's Gambit Declined: Charousek (Petrosian) Variation (D31)  ·  1-0


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  Jimfromprovidence: This games deserves some attention and comment. I found it through the LA Times, which used it to as the origin of its most recent Sunday puzzle, as a tribute to Evans.

It's move 24 for white, with likely a Wednesday-Thursday level of difficulty to the puzzle.

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May-08-11  Ghuzultyy: <24.f5!> is a great move and as <Jimfromprovidence> said this could be a great thursday puzzle.

24...Bxf5? 25.Nb7+! and black knight is unguarded.

24...Nxf5!? 25.Rxe6+!! fxe6 26.Rxe6+

and there are two continuations;

26...Rxe6? 27.Nxf5+ Kc7 28.Nxe6+ next is Nxg7 and h pawn will be hard to stop.

26...Kc7 27.Rxf6 gxf6 28.Nxf5
f pawn is alive in this variation but White still wins easily.

May-10-15  Howard: Jude Acers raved about this game back in a 1975 or 1976 letter that he wrote to Evans' column.
May-10-15  Howard: But why he did so is unclear. It was a good game, apparently, but not exactly anything to be raving about.

Or am I missing something ?

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  WannaBe: Gotta be one of the worst pun this year, next to Jachim Dead.

I love it!!

May-30-17  AlicesKnight: <Ghuzultyy> is right - the combination initiated by 24.f5 is fascinating - it is hard to see that White can recoup material, but the N control of d6/7 and e6/7 at move 27 decides the issue and secures the passage of the h-pawn. Good tribute to a US stalwart.
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If there had been a black piece on c7 then it would have been mate.

May-30-17  Ironmanth: Ah, Lone Pine, the site of some great tournaments in the seventies. Thanks for this game.
May-30-17  Howard: Without detracting from this game, Evans was reportedly very upset about an alleged illegal pairing he'd received at Lone Pine 1975, "courtesy" of TD Isaac Kashdan.

CL&R had something about it, including a lengthy statement from Kashdan giving his side of the story.

May-30-17  4tmac: < Larry Evans on Chess < Q. >> (1) Sylvester Katz, Kittanning: In the Lone Pine game against Benko you played 24 P-B5 p. 917 November/72 gives the impression this was a good move, but * What's the BEST Move? * < Q. > (2) I found a cook in BCE (p. 653) #147b
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  Domdaniel: What a brilliant game! And on the trail of the lonesome pine, even.

The Black Rooks are lonesome pines; the White Knights are equines urinating on the trunks.

"horseman, piss by."
(Apologies to WB yeats).

Evans Above!

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  morfishine: For some inexplicable reason, I'm always confusing Larry Evans with Larry Christiansen. There's no real reason for this, its just a tale of two Larry's


May-30-17  waustad: <morf> Two very interesting but very different players.
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  ColeTrane: "The Tale of Two Larry's" is funny, it brings to our minds the "Larry OG Kush" strain of cannabis sativa. Consensus tends to find the flavor profile of the Larry OG to be reminiscent of soap, kerosene, and diesel fuel. A truly fine variety indeed....
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  Domdaniel: < soap, kerosene, and diesel fuel> -- Is that the Curly, Larry and Moe of Dope World?
Jun-10-17  Howard: A bit surprising that CL&R didn't run this game though it did print several other games from the event. This game was regarded as undoubtedly one of the best from the tournament.
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