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Alla Kushnir vs Larry Melvyn Evans
Lone Pine (1975), Lone Pine, CA USA, rd 1, Apr-13
Benoni Defense: Uhlmann Variation (A61)  ·  1-0



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  chancho: This game caused quite a sensation at the time. Upon hearing about Larry Evan's defeat in this game, Bobby Fischer called Pal Benko to ask him how Evans explained the fiasco.
Aug-10-07  RookFile: One tends to wonder whether the ...Qxa4 plan was such a great idea.
Sep-06-13  optimal play: <chancho> Reportedly what surprised Fischer the most was that it was a woman who beat Evans!

<<Fischer surfaced from his seclusion recently, at least by telephone, during the Lone Pine Masters' Tournament in California.

In the first round of this event, Israeli-woman player Alla Kushnir defeated American grandmaster Larry Evans.

Another American grandmaster and friend of Fischer's, Pal Benko, related that Fischer rang him to ask how come that Evans could lose to a woman!

Well, the answer lies in the game.

Kushnir develops rapidly, grasps the initiative in the centre and on the king wing, and finishes off her opponent with a beautifully co-ordinated attack of queen, rooks, knight and pawn.

It's a model game.>

- The Canberra Times (ACT) issue Wednesday 5 November 1975>

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  perfidious: <Another American grandmaster and friend of Fischer's, Pal Benko, related that Fischer rang him to ask how come that Evans could lose to a woman!>

Remember reading Fischer's comment at the time--most probably in CL&R--and being amused.

On this day, the female of the species was certainly deadlier than the male.

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  Phony Benoni: <"The real surprise of the round was the game between Alla Kushnir and Larry Evans. Evans later told me that '...Bobby even called Benko to ask how I could lose to a woman.'"> -- "Chess Life & Review, July 1975, p.416, article by David Levy.

Evans came back to finish sole second in the tournament, a half-point behind Vladimir Liberzon.

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  perfidious: <PB....Evans came back to finish sole second in the tournament, a half-point behind Vladimir Liberzon.>

Swiss Gambit, don't you know.

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