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Larry Melvyn Evans
Larry Evans 
Number of games in database: 665
Years covered: 1946 to 2002
Last FIDE rating: 2470
Highest rating achieved in database: 2530

Overall record: +272 -126 =264 (61.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 3 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (50) 
    E72 E81 E80 E66 E69
 Nimzo Indian (40) 
    E46 E42 E54 E40 E59
 Sicilian (33) 
    B21 B76 B32 B40 B44
 Grunfeld (24) 
    D85 D92 D84 D97 D96
 Ruy Lopez (23) 
    C98 C84 C93 C96 C72
 English (15) 
    A17 A15 A13 A12 A14
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (96) 
    B93 B92 B50 B95 B90
 King's Indian (47) 
    E60 E70 E67 E98 E97
 Sicilian Najdorf (39) 
    B93 B92 B90 B95 B94
 Nimzo Indian (23) 
    E46 E56 E54 E59 E58
 Modern Benoni (20) 
    A56 A67 A62 A79 A78
 English, 1 c4 c5 (20) 
    A37 A36 A30 A33 A34
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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
   Larry Evans vs Bisguier, 1959 1-0
   Ray Charles vs Larry Evans, 2002 0-1
   Larry Evans vs B Berger, 1964 1-0
   K Smith vs Larry Evans, 1972 0-1
   Taimanov vs Larry Evans, 1954 0-1
   W M Byland vs Larry Evans, 1949 0-1
   Larry Evans vs C Pilnick, 1946 1-0
   Larry Evans vs Benko, 1975 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   55th US Open (1954)
   50th US Open (1949)
   Rosenwald 1954/55 (1954)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   US Championship (1966)
   Lone Pine (1975)
   52nd US Open (1951)
   56th US Open (1955)
   US Championship (1974)
   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 1980 by suenteus po 147
   US Championship 1973 by Phony Benoni
   1962 U.S. Championship by TheFocus

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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.

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 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 665  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Larry Evans vs C Pilnick 1-029 1946 Marshall Club ChampionshipC13 French
2. Larry Evans vs A Sandrin 1-034 1946 47th US OpenC56 Two Knights
3. Eugene Levin vs Larry Evans 0-133 1946 47th US OpenC54 Giuoco Piano
4. Larry Evans vs G Kramer  ½-½41 1946 47th US OpenE17 Queen's Indian
5. H Steiner vs Larry Evans  1-040 1946 47th US OpenD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
6. Larry Evans vs E McCormick  1-044 1946 47th US OpenC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
7. Bisguier vs Larry Evans 1-040 1946 47th US OpenC49 Four Knights
8. Larry Evans vs Robert E Byrne  0-154 1946 47th US OpenE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
9. A Spitzer vs Larry Evans  0-161 1946 47th US OpenD85 Grunfeld
10. Larry Evans vs G Kramer  0-142 1946 47th US OpenD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
11. Larry Evans vs S E Almgren 0-132 1946 47th US OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Larry Evans vs W Adams  0-133 1946 47th US OpenD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. K Forster vs Larry Evans  1-052 1946 47th US OpenD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
14. Larry Evans vs Santasiere 0-149 1946 47th US OpenC27 Vienna Game
15. Eugene Levin vs Larry Evans  1-051 1946 47th US OpenB72 Sicilian, Dragon
16. Robert E 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. M Aleman Dovo vs Larry Evans  ½-½12 1946 47th US OpenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
19. R Warner vs Larry Evans 0-121 1947 U.S. Junior ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
20. Yanofsky vs Larry Evans 0-130 1947 US OpenB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
21. Larry Evans vs A Colon  0-131 1947 US OpenE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
22. Larry Evans vs O Ulvestad  0-123 1947 US OpenD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. Santasiere vs Larry Evans 0-135 1948 USA ChampionshipC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
24. Larry Evans vs R H Steinmeyer  0-140 1948 49th US OpenE16 Queen's Indian
25. L Frank vs Larry Evans 0-143 1948 49th US OpenD04 Queen's Pawn Game
 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 665  PGN Download
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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.
Mar-09-13  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
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  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

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  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.

Feb-14-14  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? 😃
Feb-19-14  MarkFinan: R Byrne vs Larry Evans, 1965

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

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  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?
Jan-21-15  Howard: Yes, I've read that before but I don't know any details.
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  TheFocus: <The hallmark of the artist is simplicity> - Larry Evans.
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  TheFocus: <While some are as loathe to trade a Bishop for a Knight as a Cadillac for a Chevrolet, others are prepared to do so without hesitation> - Larry Evans.
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  zanzibar: <The dimensions of a chessboard are not large. Space is a very relative notion. You can play on a pocket chess or on a demonstration board, but in either case you will have no more than 64 squares at your disposal. It goes without saying, that if you want to win the battle, you will need to control as much space as possible. To achieve this it is logical to use far-reaching pieces such as Bishops.> - David Bronstein
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  TheFocus: <While it is more agreeable to attack than to defend, in my opinion it is easier to defend successfully than to attack successfully. The reason for this is that the stalker must find a way to sustain the initiative against all possible defenses, no matter how absurd they may appear at first blush; the defender, on the other hand need find only one adequate continuation in order to repulse the attack, as Tal pointed out. The attacker, moreover, usually commits himself to such an extent that he is in no shape to retreat or consolidate> - Larry Evans - Chess Catechism (page 134).
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  TheFocus: <It's far more important not to do anything stupid than to create brilliant combinations> - Larry Evans.
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  TheFocus: <In chess it is more important to frustrate your opponent's strategy than to be obsessed with your own> - Larry Evans.
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  GrahamClayton: At the age of just 19, Evans in 1951 won the "trifecta" - US Closed Champion, US Open Champion and US Lightning Champion. Is the the only person to have won all three titles in the same year?
Jan-27-16  Hawkman: He's a 5 time US Champ, won the US Open 4 times, and he doesn't even have his name in the index. That's pretty insulting.
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  Caissanist: I assume by the index you mean the pulldown menu. There seems to be a bug or something there, so I asked about that on the admin page. It's not just that someone like Evans is missing, but many of the players who <are> on there seem to be extremely marginal selections, e.g. Arthur Feuerstein, Gyula Kluger.
Feb-08-16  Hawkman: < Caissanist: I assume by the index you mean the pulldown menu. There seems to be a bug or something there, so I asked about that on the admin page. It's not just that someone like Evans is missing, but many of the players who <are> on there seem to be extremely marginal selections, e.g. Arthur Feuerstein, Gyula Kluger. > Agreed. Meier is on the pull down menu.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Melvyn.
Mar-22-17  gars: Happy Birthday Larry Evans! And Happy Birthday Jan Smejkal too!
Premium Chessgames Member I always enjoyed his Chess Life columns, especially after he began occasionally mentioning Chessgames. I don't believe he ever registered an account here but it's clear he frequented us regularly.

We'll always miss you, Larry.

Mar-22-17  erasmusdurer: Happy Birthday, Larry. I enjoyed your chess columns very much. They were the first thing I always read in Chess Life. You are missed.
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