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Larry Melvyn Evans vs Hyman Gordon
47th US Open (1946), Pittsburgh, PA USA, rd 8, Jul-19
Anderssen Opening: General (A00)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Phony Benoni: This game is best understood in its setting.

The 1946 US Open had two parts. After an eight-round Swiss, the players were ranked in their order of finish and divided into eight- or ten-player round robin sections.

The 14-year-old Evans actually qualified for the third finals section, but two withdrawals (Georges Koltanowski and Arpad Elo) put him into the second section instead. He was in bad form, and had lost his first seven games coming into this round 8 affair.

Gordon had been doing somewhat better. He had two draws in seven games.

Given the situation, perhaps a little frivolity can be forgiven. And the mood didn't last. Evans played a more legitimate short draw in the last round, while Gordon lost horribly to the section's co-winner, Robert Byrne.

May-25-07  schnarre: <Phoney Benoni> Thanks for the background info!
May-21-09  WhiteRook48: WHAT?!?!
Nov-18-10  chesschampion11: What is this CRAZY GAME?!
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  kevin86: I nominate this game for "stupidest start" by both players.
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  Domdaniel: one of my favorite opening lines.

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