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Adrian L McAuley vs Edmar Mednis
55th US Open (1954), New Orleans, LA USA, rd 1, Aug-02
French Defense: Advance Variation. Main Line (C02)  ·  1-0

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Mar-22-13  howlwolf: I think this is the Adrian McAuley who for so long dominated Louisiana chess. Here he gets a gm scalp. It is a shame he only has four games in the data base. I think we can rule out the game from the 1860s as being his, perhaps his grandfather's. I was just starting my brief tournament chess career as he was ending his. I think he was just rated in the 2100s at that point but that was when a strong expert was probably equal to a 2300 player today. I would like to see more of his games on the site. This win over Mednis is impressive.
Mar-22-13
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  perfidious: <howlwolf> Mednis had no title at the time this game was played, and only made GM in 1980.
Mar-22-13  howlwolf: Perfidious, Point taken. But Mednis was clearly already pretty strong as his draws with Portisch and Tringov and a win over Donald Byrne that occurred not long after this Open would attest. Never knew that New Orleans hosted a U.S. Open. I am a little bit surprised since our reputation is more for partying than intellectual activities.
Sep-30-13  smurph: Jude Acers mentions this McAuley in his memoir which was online but I can't seem to find it.He is pretty complimentary towards him.
Feb-22-21
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  NM JRousselle: Adrian McAuley still holds the record, winning the La championship 9 times (two players have 6 titles, another has 5). He dominated Louisiana chess for many years. When I joined the USCF in 1972 (the Fischer year), he was one of only 3 experts in Louisiana. It's difficult to say how strong he was at his best. Based upon discussions I had with folks who knew him, I'd say master strength, 2300 give or take.

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