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Max Pavey
Number of games in database: 57
Years covered: 1939 to 1956
Overall record: +24 -17 =16 (56.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

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MAX PAVEY
(born Mar-05-1918, died Sep-04-1957, 39 years old) United States of America

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Max Pavey was born in Boston. Whilst a student in Scotland he won the Scottish Championship in 1939. US Lightning Champion in 1947 and New York State Champion in 1949 he was a member of the US team that traveled to Moscow in 1955. He won the 1952-53 and 1955-56 Manhattan Chess Club championship. His best over the board achievement was probably the defeat of Paul Keres in 1954. He passed away in Mt. Sinai Hospital in 1957 after a long battle with leukemia.

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 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 57  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Aitken vs M Pavey  0-149 1939 SCO-chB54 Sicilian
2. M Pavey vs H Rossetto  ½-½41 1947 La Plata-New York radio mD66 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
3. J F Donovan vs M Pavey  0-124 1948 49th US OpenD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. O Ulvestad vs M Pavey  1-056 1948 49th US OpenD23 Queen's Gambit Accepted
5. M Pavey vs H Daly  1-032 1948 49th US OpenB32 Sicilian
6. M Pavey vs G Kramer  1-040 1948 49th US OpenA06 Reti Opening
7. W Shipman vs M Pavey  0-130 1948 49th US OpenC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
8. C F Rehberg vs M Pavey  0-139 1948 49th US OpenD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
9. M Pavey vs Kashdan  0-157 1948 49th US OpenA12 English with b3
10. M Pavey vs C Pilnick  1-039 1948 49th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
11. M Pavey vs W M Byland  1-035 1948 49th US OpenC17 French, Winawer, Advance
12. M Pavey vs Larry Evans  ½-½25 1948 49th US OpenA12 English with b3
13. Bisguier vs M Pavey  0-138 1948 49th US OpenC77 Ruy Lopez
14. W Adams vs M Pavey  1-029 1948 49th US OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. M Pavey vs Shainswit  1-035 1951 New York, USA ChD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
16. M Pavey vs A Simonson  1-036 1951 New York, USA ChA52 Budapest Gambit
17. Santasiere vs M Pavey  0-128 1951 New York, USA ChA16 English
18. I A Horowitz vs M Pavey ½-½78 1951 New York, USA ChE17 Queen's Indian
19. M Pavey vs A Mengarini  1-030 1951 New York, USA ChD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. M Pavey vs Seidman  ½-½47 1951 New York, USA ChA52 Budapest Gambit
21. M L Hanauer vs M Pavey  ½-½35 1951 New York, USA ChA22 English
22. M Pavey vs S Bernstein  ½-½14 1951 New York, USA ChD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
23. Reshevsky vs M Pavey  ½-½37 1951 New York, USA ChD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. Pinkus vs M Pavey 1-0102 1951 New York, USA ChD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. Larry Evans vs M Pavey  ½-½28 1951 New York, USA ChE72 King's Indian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-01-04  kostich in time: Pavey was once champion of Scotland anda minor US master from the early nineteen fifties. He is famous for two things. In the early fities, Fischer played in a simul against him-probably Bobbys first game against a master. Secondly, he played against Keres in the 1955 US-USSR match. Despite the fact that he was seemingly hopelessly outclassed, he actually managed to win one game of the 4 game set.
Mar-05-05  pazzed paun: <kostich in time> ANY comments about the Lincoln was ... controversy? MAX PAVEY played in the Moscow 1956 tournament-he had a great quote that went something like-the Russians maybe better prepared in the opening but Americans can win by fighting spirit and imagination in the middlegame. substitue MASTER for Russian AND AMAETUER for AMERICAN -and this should be some good advice for 1400 level players for spend years trying to memorise openings 25 moves deep or study worthless "opening statistics"!
Apr-03-05  dafish298: most notable for his victory over fischer!
Apr-05-05  pazzed paun: <dafish298> beating Petrosian in 1955 is a bigger achievement than beating Fischer in 1956!
Sep-15-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  BobbyBishop: Where is this game you speak of Pazzed? There's only one game listed with him vs Tigran and he seems to have lost it.
Apr-17-06  TheNextBobbyFischer: were is the game where Max Pavey beat fischer?
Apr-17-06  sneaky pete: <TheNext> Fischer vs M Pavey, 1956.
Sep-10-10  Eastfrisian: A well known player, but I can't find any photo of him.
Jul-01-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: The win over Fischer notwithstanding, I fear Mr. Pavey will always suffer from negative immortality due to this game: I A Horowitz vs M Pavey, 1951
Apr-16-12  RookFile: He did ok in this game:

M Pavey vs Keres, 1954

Aug-17-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: from the book The Unknown Bobby Fischer by Donaldson & Tangborn..

<Death claimed Max Pavey on September 4, 1957 at the age of 39 after a long confinement in the Mt. Sinai Hospital. Leukemia and coronary complications "with a suspicion of radium intoxication" were the causes ascribed for his untimely passing.>

rest in peace, master Pavey..

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