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Dexter Thompson vs Benjamin Finegold
Ann Arbor ch-MI op (1983)
St. George Defense: General (B00)  ·  1-0

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Mar-27-08  Marmot PFL: My guess is that Dean Thompson's first name is really Dexter. Could be wrong but I doubt it.
Mar-27-08  Resignation Trap: <Marmot PFL> White was Dexter Thompson for certain, as I was in this tournament and watching this particular game in progress.
Mar-27-08  Marmot PFL: They only have one Dexter game (by that name) and he loses that? I was sure <chessgames> had his win vs. Joel Benjamin, but maybe that GM got it removed :)
Mar-28-08
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  Phony Benoni: Even worse is J Owens vs D Thompson, 1990, which is actually James Owens vs. Dexter Thompson.

It's possible that I may bear some responsibility for this confusion. When I first began compiling a database of games played in Michigan, I thought it was standard practice to use players' initials rather than full first names. When the games started circulating around, somebody somewhere must have identified "Thompson,D" with Dean Thompson, whoever he was.

It's unfortunate that this may never be fully straightened out. Dexter was probably the dominant player in Michigan during the mid-1980s, and came within a bad tiebreak and a single blunder of winning the state title three years in a row.

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