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Larry Evans vs Bernard Zuckerman
US Championship (1966), New York, NY USA, rd 1, Dec-11
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack Modern Line (B76)  ·  1-0



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Oct-16-10  marwanredman123: Wonderful
Dec-09-11  King Death: It's rare to see the noted theoretician Zuckerman get demolished this way.

The line opening h4-h5 is common enough in the Dragon, but White's attack with 17.e5 was finely played, and his position was so strong that he could take time to bring in the reserves with 19.Bd3 in the middle of all the fireworks.

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  wwall: So what is the losing move here? Is it a forced loss after 12...Rfc8 and now 13.h5!

Instead of 13...Nxh5, what else can Black play? If 13...gxh5, then 14.Qg5 looks strong. If Black doesn't take, then 14.hxg6.

Instead of 14...Kxg7, if 14...Nxg7, then 15.Qh6 looks like it wins.

After 19.Bd3, White threatens 20.Rxh5 gxh5 21.Qxh7+ Kf8 22.Qh8 mate.

Zuckerman, who is supposed to be Zook the Book with his encyclopedic knowledge of openings, did horrible in the event, taking last place with 3 wins, 6 losses, and 2 draws. Evans took 2nd place, behind Fischer, with 5 wins, 5 draws, and only one loss.

Mar-15-14  Albanius: Zuckerman's comment was "I saw a pawn" ie, that's all he saw. This game rewrote the book; improvements for B were found later.

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