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Roy C Ervin
Number of games in database: 50
Years covered: 1970 to 1985
Last FIDE rating: 2395

Overall record: +20 -18 =12 (52.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (8) 
    B70 B40 B94 B57 B75
 King's Indian (5) 
    E67 E90 E82
 Sicilian Dragon (4) 
    B75 B70 B78 B72
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (6) 
    C03 C02 C19 C09 C00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   R Ervin vs D J Strauss, 1976 1-0
   Browne vs R Ervin, 1977 0-1
   R Ervin vs Silman, 1975 1-0
   Saidy vs R Ervin, 1976 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lone Pine (1971)
   Lone Pine (1977)
   Lone Pine (1974)
   Lone Pine (1976)
   Lone Pine (1972)
   Lone Pine (1975)

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(born Jan-04-1951, died Nov-03-2001, 50 years old) United States of America

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Roy Carl Ervin was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Santa Monica. He was a FIDE master who earned one IM norm at Lone Pine in 1977 (he played in Lone Pine in 1975, 1976, 1977, and 1978). In 1974, he represented the United States in the World Student Team Olympiad. In 1976 he won the Bagby Memorial (Northern California Championship), and tied for first in the Stamer Memorial in San Francisco. He died in Red Bluff, California.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 50  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L Day vs R Ervin  1-022197071st US OpenB02 Alekhine's Defense
2. R Ervin vs R C Newbold  1-0491971Lone PineB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
3. A Mengarini vs R Ervin 1-0111971Lone PineC03 French, Tarrasch
4. R Ervin vs E W Marchand  1-0451971Lone PineA07 King's Indian Attack
5. R Ervin vs R Johnson  1-06219719th Canadian OpenB57 Sicilian
6. A Zeidaks vs R Ervin  0-12619719th Canadian OpenC00 French Defense
7. Z Vranesic vs R Ervin  1-06419719th Canadian OpenD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. R Ervin vs E Durrant  1-04619719th Canadian OpenB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
9. Benko vs R Ervin ½-½7919719th Canadian OpenD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. R Ervin vs S Wuntschek  1-04519719th Canadian OpenC51 Evans Gambit
11. A Karklins vs R Ervin  1-0291972Lone PineC02 French, Advance
12. R Ervin vs W Goichberg  1-0501972Lone PineB72 Sicilian, Dragon
13. R Ervin vs G Berner  0-1701972Lone PineB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
14. P Manetti vs R Ervin ½-½481972Lone PineA84 Dutch
15. A Savage vs R Ervin  0-1451972Lone PineC27 Vienna Game
16. R Ervin vs P Cleghorn  0-1371972Lone PineC57 Two Knights
17. J A Grefe vs R Ervin  1-0461973Lone PineC12 French, McCutcheon
18. R Ervin vs C N Barnes 1-0301974Lone PineB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
19. R Ervin vs Browne  0-1331974Lone PineB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. R Ervin vs P Cleghorn  1-0291974Lone PineB75 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
21. M Damjanovic vs R Ervin  ½-½531975Lone PineB08 Pirc, Classical
22. R Ervin vs I Bilek  1-0461975Lone PineB27 Sicilian
23. V Liberzon vs R Ervin  1-0431975Lone PineB08 Pirc, Classical
24. L Shamkovich vs R Ervin 1-0311975Lone PineC78 Ruy Lopez
25. R Ervin vs Denker  0-1321975Lone PineB10 Caro-Kann
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-16-11  drnooo: well somebody should start some comments here: he was a very good player and should not be treated like some damn ghost. I didnt know him but surely there are plenty here who did.
Dec-25-13  Murky: Okay, will do, drnooo.

I knew Roy Ervin. His first chess rating was over 2100 UCSF. I first met him at the California Junior Championship in Los Angeles, 1968 or 1969. Jacqueline Piatigorsky, who was sponsoring the tournament, was walking about, and I made a dumb comment about what could she possibly know about chess. Roy straightened me out on that point. "She could probably beat you". And he was right.

In the early 70s I'd see Roy at the Santa Monica chess club, and then in the San Francisco bay area. Roy had real talent for the game, but he was close to poverty, and didn't have normal middle class options. So he tried to make it as a chess master. Money was thin, his life was ragged, and he ran into some bad people.

Despite a rough life which left him crazed, he preserved a sense of humor. Somehow a rumor spead of Roy Ervin's death, so in 1987 a tournament was held in his memory at the Mechanics Institute Chess Club in San Francisco. That was motivation enough for Roy, and he showed up to play in the tournament.

It's been more than a decade that he's gone now. Rest in Peace, Roy Ervin.

Jul-09-15  wrap99: Thanks for the comments <Murky>. I played as a very low-rated player with disposable income, many five minute games with Roy (I got 5, he 1; also, he gave me rook odds with no problem -- I was a 15-year-old 1300 player) in SF at the Palace Hotel in 1976. He was a lowkey guy and as far as I could tell, a nice person. One of the best things to me about chess is the people you meet and the connections to others who have known them, sometimes, as in this case, across nearly half a century or even because I corresponded with Ed. Lasker, connections with people who were active in chess 150 years ago.
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  docbenway: I had no idea Roy was gone since 2001 though I'm not surprised. When I got the Chico Chess Club going again in the early 1990s he'd show and crush us all while complaining that his head hurt and he couldn't see straight from smoking mulberry leaves and snorting cleaning products that he kipped from the kitchen at the half way house he was staying in. I'd give him rides home on club nights and one time he leaned forward from the back seat and in a level voice asked if I could tell him of a good way to kill himself. I looked at him in the rear view mirror to see this neutral, expectant look on his face, waiting for the straight dope on how to get out of this world. R.I.P.
Jul-10-15  wrap99: <docbenway> Very sad that someone would do something that would be so bad for one's brain as snorting cleaning products (don't think mulberry leaves is a great idea either) but I read Artie Lang's autobio and when he was going through withdrawal he would do crazy stuff to try to stop it. As trivial as this sounds, Roy was also a fairly tall, good-looking guy on top of his obvious intellectual ability and if he had gotten help, he could have had the world on a string.
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  andrewjsacks: <Murky> Fine comments and tribute. We were lucky to have Roy in the Southern California area. Talented player, troubled guy.
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  MissScarlett: <Somehow a rumor spead of Roy Ervin's death, so in 1987 a tournament was held in his memory at the Mechanics Institute Chess Club in San Francisco. That was motivation enough for Roy, and he showed up to play in the tournament.>

Did he play or just show up threatening to play!? But it's true this tournament did take place - and it was no Mickey Mouse event. It was won by the untitled (later GM) Darcy Lima scoring 10/13, with Douglas Root and Jeremy Silman in joint second, both earning their final IM norms.

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  zanzibar: Last night I spent a few moments trying to locate a photo of him on the web, to no avail.

Can anybody provide a link to one?

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