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Roberto Quesada Sr vs Lodewijk Prins
Havana (1952), Havana CUB, rd 13, Mar-09
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense (C55)  ·  1-0


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Nov-27-13  Karpova: Larry Evans: <At Havana 1952, one of my first great international tournaments, I learned at first hand the full meaning of Tartakower’s dictum that “you can’t win by resigning”. The Dutch master Prins was a piece down against one of the Cuban lesser lights, Quesada; his position was obviously hopeless, but he insisted on adjourning the game. When I asked Prins why he didn’t resign immediately, he replied that anything can happen. Sure enough, his opponent obliged the next day by dying of a heart attack. Such drastic solutions to the problem of saving a lost game do not readily present themselves. Nor does such a stubborn attitude endear a master to his colleagues.> ('Modern Chess Brilliancies', p. 175).

Of course, this is utter nonsense.

Later in a letter (published in C.N. 1457): <I stand corrected even though you must admit it makes a good story.>

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According to Larry Parr ('Not quicker than the mind's eye', p. 15), Evans made the mistake in <good faith>.

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  zanzibar: Larry Parr's article in defence of Evans can be found here:

Reading both makes for an interesting contrast.

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  zanzibar: And in case anybody is wondering who Larry Parr is -

< Larry Parr is a former editor of Chess Life and he has received more individual awards from the Chess Journalists of America than any other chess writer in its history.>

Since Larry Evans had a long history of writing for said magazine Parr might be considered a not-disinterested third party.

Nobody asked me, but I think Evans was clumsy in working the facts into a "good story" - and that Prins had a legitimate complaint, even if Evans acted in "good faith".

By the way, I saw "Modern Chess Brilliancies" in a used bookstore. Any recommendations / other cautions?

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  Jonathan Sarfati: A "good story" should not be at the expense of both truth and Prins' good name.
Apr-17-17  hudapri: It does make a good story. Funny opening it's simply a 2 knights down a full tempo.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Hard to believe that Evans was acting in good faith when he was a participant in the same tournament.
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