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Isaac Kashdan vs Larry Melvyn Evans
United States Championship (1948), South Fallsburg, NY USA, rd 9, Aug-19
Semi-Slav Defense: Noteboom Variation (D31)  ·  1-0



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  wordfunph: gracious loss by Evans, setting up a draw trap with 38...Rh1+
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  AylerKupp: This opening always brings back memories. Back in the mid-1960s when I was still active in chess I was playing in the LA City Chess Team Championship for high school players. There were 5 players on each team and each player played 5 games, with the sum of the scores of the 4 top-scoring players determining the team score.

All games had to be finished in one day and we had no clocks. Therefore the unusual but necessary rules under the circumstances required that each game be finished in one hour. At the end of the hour a local GM would adjudicate each unfinished game and, because he had many games to adjudicate in a limited amount of time, he simply used material as his sole adjudication criteria. If one player was a pawn ahead he was awarded the win and if material was even the game was declared drawn, unless one of the players could demonstrate that he had a likely win from the final position..

In one game I was playing a friend from another high school and we both knew that I was a better player than he was. We both also knew the adjudication "procedures". So he brazenly said to me "I'm just going to stall for an hour and the game will be adjudicated as a draw."

He was playing White. The game started 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.e3.b5 6.a4 (my friend was playing quickly because every player knows that in the QGD White can regain his gambit pawn by force, right?) 6...Bb4 7.axb5 Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 cxb5

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My friend looked at the position in horror as he realized that he could not recover the pawn, even though Black definitely has the worse game and is probably positionally busted; he's behind in development, has a bad bishop, and he's horribly weak in the dark squares. Stockfish 10 agrees, evaluating the position at d=35 at [+0.55] after 9.Ne5 Nf6 10.Qf3 Qd5 11.Qg3 Rg8 12.Be2 Nbd7 13.Ba3 ...

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But my friend did not find Stockfish's line and by the local GM's "procedures" for adjudication I had a won game. So I smiled and I told my friend "Now, stall." He was mentally defeated at this point and blundered shortly afterwards so I won the game quickly, finishing the tournament with a perfect 6-0 score. Our team won the championship.

The name of the local GM doing the adjudications was Isaac Kashdan.

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