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Robert Byrne vs Stephen L Jones
63rd US Open (1962), San Antonio, TX USA, rd 9, Aug-22
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran Variation (D47)  ·  0-1



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  Phony Benoni: Loose pieces drop off, even if you're a Grandmaster.

After this game, Jones was actually leading the US Open with a score of 8/9. However, in the next two rounds he lost to Bisguier and Benko to drop out of contention.

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  perfidious: Byrne's play lacked its typical incisiveness, not a good thing when facing the Meran, given that variation's potential for activity.

The trio of Byrne, Bisguier and Benko was rather a murderer's row for an ordinary master to face in three consecutive rounds.

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  FSR: <perfidious> The Killer Bs, you might say.
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  perfidious: <FSR> Just so.

There was a day when I got waxed by two of the three (Benko in rd 1 and Bisguier several rounds on), at the US G/10 or 15 event, held in Manhattan 1993.

While well past their formidable best by then, they were more than enough for your humble poster.

Aug-05-18  SVarden: GM Byrne also dropped his first round game in the 1965 US Open to little known Ralph Betza, who was an expert at best. I guess that GMs take their wins for granted in the early rounds against non-masters. But in chess, it doesn't pay to take things for granted.
Feb-09-19  drsljones: While Byrne was sitting at the board before the game, Lombardy leaned over and whispered something into his ear. Byrne waved him off saying, loud enough for me to hear, "you just don't understand psychology." After the game, Byrne was seen standing in the hallway, leaning against the wall, saying to himself over and over, "I lost to Jones."
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  Annie K.: <drsljones> Welcome to cg. Always great to hear first hand accounts from players! :)
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  HeMateMe: SL Jones and the temple of boom!
Jun-01-23  jerseybob: I trace white's troubles to 12.Re1!?, which when coupled with 14.e4!? amounts to a pawn sac, since recovering the pawn with 14.Nxd4 runs into the messy 14..Bc5. So white kicks the can with 15.Bg5, trusting his superior rating to magically produce a win. But after Jones' incisive 15..Bxg3! 16.hxg3,e5!, white is busted. Instead of going for the quick crush with 14.e4, 14.b3/Bb2 might be interesting, to concentrate on the e5 square, in which case 12. Re1 might have some meaning. But if white wants to attack, isn't 12.e4 right away a better move?

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