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Larry Evans 
Larry Melvyn Evans
Number of games in database: 619
Years covered: 1946 to 2002
Last FIDE rating: 2470
Highest rating achieved in database: 2530
Overall record: +240 -126 =250 (59.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      3 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (46) 
    E81 E72 E80 E98 E69
 Nimzo Indian (34) 
    E46 E42 E54 E40 E55
 Sicilian (32) 
    B21 B76 B28 B44 B32
 Grunfeld (22) 
    D85 D84 D78 D97 D92
 Ruy Lopez (22) 
    C93 C96 C84 C98 C76
 English (15) 
    A17 A15 A13 A12 A10
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (87) 
    B93 B92 B90 B50 B81
 King's Indian (42) 
    E60 E98 E97 E70 E92
 Sicilian Najdorf (35) 
    B93 B92 B90 B94 B95
 Nimzo Indian (22) 
    E46 E58 E56 E54 E57
 Modern Benoni (20) 
    A56 A67 A78 A79 A62
 English, 1 c4 c5 (19) 
    A36 A37 A30 A34 A35
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Larry Evans vs Reshevsky, 1963 1/2-1/2
   Larry Evans vs H Opsahl, 1950 1-0
   Ray Charles vs Larry Evans, 2002 0-1
   Larry Evans vs Bisguier, 1959 1-0
   Larry Evans vs B Berger, 1964 1-0
   K Smith vs Larry Evans, 1972 0-1
   Taimanov vs Larry Evans, 1954 0-1
   Larry Evans vs C Pilnick, 1946 1-0
   E Levin vs Larry Evans, 1946 0-1
   Larry Evans vs Benko, 1975 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   55th US Open (1954)
   50th US Open (1949)
   Rosenwald 1954/55 (1954)
   56th US Open (1955)
   U.S. Championship (1966)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Lone Pine (1975)
   US Championship (1974)
   52nd US Open (1951)
   Buenos Aires (1960)
   US Championship (1972)
   Wertheim Memorial (1951)
   US Championship 1958/59 (1958)
   49th US Open (1948)
   Amsterdam Interzonal (1964)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1952 Evans-Steiner US championship match by crawfb5
   US Championship 1974 by Phony Benoni
   US Championship 1972 by Phony Benoni
   1954 US Championship by crawfb5
   US Championship 1973 by Phony Benoni
   US Championship 1980 by suenteus po 147
   1951 US Championship by crawfb5
   1951 Wertheim Memorial by crawfb5
   US Championship 1963/64 by suenteus po 147

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(born Mar-22-1932, died Nov-15-2010, 78 years old) United States of America

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Larry Melvyn Evans was born in Manhattan, New York. He achieved the IM title in 1952, and the GM title in 1957. He was US champion five times: 1951, 1952, 1961/2, 1968 and 1980, the last with Walter Shawn Browne and Larry Christiansen. He won the US Open four times, and was a member or captain of nine Olympiad teams. He was also a prolific chess author and columnist.

Wikipedia article: Larry Evans

 page 1 of 25; games 1-25 of 619  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. E Levin vs Larry Evans  1-051 1946 47th US OpenB72 Sicilian, Dragon
2. Larry Evans vs Santasiere 0-149 1946 47th US OpenC27 Vienna Game
3. Larry Evans vs G Kramer  0-142 1946 47th US OpenD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
4. Larry Evans vs C Pilnick 1-029 1946 Marshall Club ChampionshipC13 French
5. Larry Evans vs G Kramer  ½-½41 1946 47th US OpenE17 Queen's Indian
6. Bisguier vs Larry Evans 1-040 1946 47th US OpenC49 Four Knights
7. Larry Evans vs R Byrne  0-154 1946 47th US OpenE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
8. Larry Evans vs W Adams  0-133 1946 47th US OpenD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Larry Evans vs S E Almgren 0-132 1946 47th US OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
10. E Levin vs Larry Evans 0-133 1946 47th US OpenC54 Giuoco Piano
11. A Spitzer vs Larry Evans  0-161 1946 47th US OpenD85 Grunfeld
12. K Forster vs Larry Evans  1-052 1946 47th US OpenD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
13. Larry Evans vs A Sandrin 1-034 1946 47th US OpenC56 Two Knights
14. M Aleman Dovo vs Larry Evans  ½-½12 1946 47th US OpenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
15. Larry Evans vs E McCormick  1-044 1946 47th US OpenC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
16. R Byrne vs Larry Evans  1-037 1946 47th US OpenC34 King's Gambit Accepted
17. Larry Evans vs H Gordon ½-½13 1946 47th US OpenA00 Uncommon Opening
18. H Steiner vs Larry Evans  1-040 1946 47th US OpenD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
19. Larry Evans vs A Colon  0-131 1947 US OpenE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
20. R Warner vs Larry Evans 0-121 1947 U.S. Junior ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. Larry Evans vs O Ulvestad  0-123 1947 US OpenD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. Yanofsky vs Larry Evans 0-130 1947 US OpenB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
23. O Ulvestad vs Larry Evans  ½-½47 1948 USA-chC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
24. Santasiere vs Larry Evans  0-135 1948 USA ChampionshipC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
25. G Kramer vs Larry Evans  ½-½22 1948 USA-chA12 English with b3
 page 1 of 25; games 1-25 of 619  PGN Download
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  perfidious: The irony is that, while in poker or chess, when you start to make a name for yourself, you're on the way to a career, in blackjack, when you achieve the same, it means you're on the way out-via the side door.
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  waustad: I just noticed his obit on L Kavalek's page. I always like his articles in Chess Life back when I was still active. RIP
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  wordfunph: "Ang on Evans" by Bobby Ang aka <bang>..

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  talisman: happy birthday Larry!
Mar-22-11  Penguincw: Happy Birthday Larry Melvyn Evans!I like your last move in Larry Evans vs Reshevsky, 1963. Reshevsky actually fell for that.
Apr-18-11  LIFE Master AJ:
Apr-18-11  LIFE Master AJ: R.I.P. sir.

(I met him a few times, I mght even have his autograph somewhere.)

May-24-11  Abdooss: Cory Evans , is Larry Melvyn Evans 's son.
May-24-11  Abdooss:
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  wwall: I believe Cory Evans is Larry D. Evans (the other Evans) son and not this Larry M. Evans. Here is my blog on Evans

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  Caissanist: This YouTube video seems to confirm that Cory was Larry D. Evans' son:
Jan-13-12  gezafan: There is a game cited by Evans in a book and an article illustrating the play of two Bishops and a broken pawn structure vs B + N and a sound pawn structure. It's against Santasiere and it's a Scotch in which Evans plays black. Does anyone have the complete score of this game. I think it was played in the early 1950s.
Jan-13-12  gezafan: Until now I was not aware that Larry Evans had passed away. I was sad to hear of it.

I always enjoyed his chess column in Chess Life. I read two of his books, Chess Beginner to Expert and New Ideas in Chess. I thought they were very good and I learned from them.

I think that Evans's game against Opsahl was a thing of beauty. For anyone who hasn't seen this game it's well worth looking at.

Why don't we start listing all of Evans's contibutions here? For example, we can list all of his books. That way people who want to access material by him will know what to look for.

RIP Larry Evans

Mar-22-12  Penguincw: R.I.P. Evans. Let Larry Evans vs Reshevsky, 1963 be your best game.
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  talisman: R.I.P. Larry...happy birthday.
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  HeMateMe: Mom, there's a typo on my birth certificate!
Jan-15-13  Parbrahman: Buenos Aires 1960. To finish ahead of Fischer, Larry Evans introduced him to a beautiful prostitute. It worked. Fischer couldn't concentrate and finished 13th in a field of 20. Evans shared 4th to 7th place.
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  Interbond: Evans had a reputation for beeing a pawngrabber. I want to see a typical pawngrabbing Evans game. Any suggestion?
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  Phony Benoni: <Interbond> This is the first example that springs to mind. There may be better.

K Smith vs Larry Evans, 1972

Mar-22-13  Llawdogg: RIP Larry
Aug-01-13  Penguincw: ♔ Quote of the Day ♔

"Something Bobby once told me: 'Winning feels like you're sucking blood from the other guy's neck!' As if sharing a ghoulish secret, he asked if I felt the same way. I said no. "

--- Larry Evans

Sep-05-13  Penguincw: Quote of the Day

< "The better player will win with either color, but it takes longer with Black." >

-Larry Evans

Being the better player helps, but draws happen pretty often.

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  MarkFinan: I'm looking for a game by this player, and I can't remember who he was playing, when the game was played, nothing really! I just know it was a brilliant draw against another master of roughly the equal strength and it really, really should be in his notable games because I'm sure all you hard core chess aficionados on this site must know *that game!* It's a game that you wouldn't forget (unlike me lol) because it's just a brilliant game of attacking chess. I'll dig deeper, I'll find it somewhere but if im ringing any bells for ANYONE!!!!!!!!! I'd appreciate it if you could point me in the right direction? 😃
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  MarkFinan: R Byrne vs Larry Evans, 1965

This game should be amongst this players notable games, because win or lose. It's a classic 😃

Sep-28-14  MissScarlett: According to Bill Wall, Evans's brother was killed in action in WW2 as part of a bomber crew. If true, does anyone know the details?
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