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Larry Evans vs Nicolas Rossolimo
56th US Open (1955), Long Beach, CA USA, rd 12, Aug-19
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C98)  ·  0-1



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Mar-23-13  qqdos: <Leonard Barden> gives this anecdote about the above game in his column today. First prize for the 1955 US Open was a Buick. In the last round the 3 leaders were Reshevsky, Evans and Nick. This game reached an apparently drawn ending with the players stalling until the tiebreak position elsewhere clarified ... at which point Evans promptly blundered giving Nick the victory. Next day, allegedly, the pair were spotted jointly negotiating "with a used-auto dealer".
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  Phony Benoni: <qqdos> I have some doubts about that story, which I have expressed here:

R Gross vs J Bolton, 1955

Basically, as it turned out either Evans or Rossolimo would have won the car on tiebreaks, so why should Evans take the fall? Of course there may have been "other considerations" involved, but we'll likely never know.

Generally, I'm inclined to give chess players the benefit of the doubt. Makes me feel better about myself.

Mar-23-13  qqdos: <PB> Thanks for the reference. Presumably Evans decided that a certain half-share of the proceeds was better than risking a nil outcome. If his blunder was indeed uncharacteristic, as the story seems to imply, how to explain the unusual timing of his howler, and was he or was he not seen with Rossolimo the next day on a nearby used-car lot? Circumstantial, wouldn't you say Sherlock!

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