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Larry Melvyn Evans
Larry Evans 
Number of games in database: 663
Years covered: 1946 to 2002
Last FIDE rating: 2470
Highest rating achieved in database: 2530

Overall record: +271 -126 =263 (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) 
    E81 E72 E80 E69 E66
 Nimzo Indian (40) 
    E46 E42 E40 E54 E59
 Sicilian (33) 
    B21 B76 B32 B44 B28
 Grunfeld (24) 
    D85 D96 D92 D97 D84
 Ruy Lopez (23) 
    C84 C93 C98 C96 C82
 English (15) 
    A17 A15 A13 A12 A14
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (95) 
    B92 B93 B50 B95 B81
 King's Indian (47) 
    E60 E70 E98 E97 E67
 Sicilian Najdorf (38) 
    B92 B93 B90 B95 B94
 Nimzo Indian (23) 
    E46 E56 E59 E58 E54
 Modern Benoni (20) 
    A56 A67 A62 A78 A79
 English, 1 c4 c5 (20) 
    A36 A37 A30 A35 A33
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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 R Smith vs Larry Evans, 1972 0-1
   Taimanov vs Larry Evans, 1954 0-1
   Larry Evans vs C Pilnick, 1946 1-0
   Larry Evans vs Benko, 1975 1-0
   W M Byland vs Larry Evans, 1949 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   55th US Open (1954)
   52nd US Open (1951)
   Rosenwald 1954/55 (1954)
   50th US Open (1949)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   US Championship (1966)
   Lone Pine (1975)
   56th US Open (1955)
   Buenos Aires (1960)
   US Championship (1972)
   Wertheim Memorial (1951)
   US Championship 1958/59 (1958)
   Lone Pine (1978)
   49th US Open (1948)
   Amsterdam Interzonal (1964)

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

   Kasparov vs Bacrot, 2004

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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 663  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Larry Evans vs C Pilnick 1-0291946Marshall Club ChampionshipC13 French
2. Larry Evans vs A Sandrin 1-034194647th US OpenC56 Two Knights
3. Larry Evans vs G Kramer  ½-½41194647th US OpenE17 Queen's Indian
4. Eugene Levin vs Larry Evans 0-133194647th US OpenC54 Giuoco Piano
5. H Steiner vs Larry Evans  1-040194647th US OpenD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
6. Larry Evans vs E McCormick  1-044194647th US OpenC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
7. Bisguier vs Larry Evans 1-040194647th US OpenC49 Four Knights
8. Larry Evans vs Robert E Byrne  0-154194647th US OpenE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
9. A Spitzer vs Larry Evans  0-161194647th US OpenD85 Grunfeld
10. Larry Evans vs S E Almgren 0-132194647th US OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Larry Evans vs G Kramer  0-142194647th US OpenD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
12. Larry Evans vs W Adams  0-133194647th US OpenD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. K Forster vs Larry Evans  1-052194647th US OpenD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
14. Larry Evans vs Santasiere 0-149194647th US OpenC27 Vienna Game
15. Eugene Levin vs Larry Evans  1-051194647th US OpenB72 Sicilian, Dragon
16. Robert E Byrne vs Larry Evans 1-037194647th US OpenC34 King's Gambit Accepted
17. Larry Evans vs H Gordon ½-½13194647th US OpenA00 Uncommon Opening
18. M Aleman Dovo vs Larry Evans  ½-½12194647th US OpenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
19. R Warner vs Larry Evans 0-1211947U.S. Junior ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
20. Yanofsky vs Larry Evans 0-130194748th US OpenB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
21. Larry Evans vs A Colon  0-131194748th US OpenE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
22. Larry Evans vs O Ulvestad  0-123194748th US OpenD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. Santasiere vs Larry Evans 0-1351948USA ChampionshipC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
24. Larry Evans vs R H Steinmeyer  0-140194849th US OpenE16 Queen's Indian
25. L Frank vs Larry Evans 0-143194849th US OpenD04 Queen's Pawn Game
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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.
Jan-28-16  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.
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  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.

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  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.
May-30-17  ColeTrane: Smoking some Larry OG right now son....
May-30-17  Howard: Evans technically won the U.S. championship four times, rather than five--contrary to a January, 2016 posting. The discrepancy stems from a match he played against Steiner for the title back in the 1950's. Andy Soltis' book on the history of the U.S. championship gives the details.

In other words, a match for the title doesn't really count as far as "winning" the title. Or, at least, that's how I would see it.

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  Nosnibor: In reporting this match in the " British Chess Magazine " it was stated incorrectly that Evans won by 8.5-2.5.thus not taking into account the last three games that were played. This was a challenge match by Steiner and there appears to be no formal tournament for 1952.
Jul-26-17  mifralu: Photo: game against T.Yepez (Ecuador) - Havana Chess Olympiad 1966

and the game

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  wordfunph: from Chess Monthly 1952 June..

< I Remember that one competitor came up to ask me whether I was the great Evans who invented the Evans Gambit. I was guilty of replying, "No, but the two of us are always being mistaken. The truth of the matter is that he has been living off my reputation ever since he died!"

- Larry Evans >

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