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Eugene Levin
Number of games in database: 47
Years covered: 1946 to 2001
Last FIDE rating: 2146
Highest rating achieved in database: 2200
Overall record: +21 -17 =9 (54.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born 1930) United States of America

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 47  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Gring vs Eugene Levin  0-153194647th US OpenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. P Poschel vs Eugene Levin  0-122194647th US OpenC77 Ruy Lopez
3. Eugene Levin vs Larry Evans 0-133194647th US OpenC54 Giuoco Piano
4. Bisguier vs Eugene Levin  1-039194647th US OpenC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
5. Eugene Levin vs A Sandrin  1-033194647th US OpenC58 Two Knights
6. Eugene Levin vs Koltanowski 0-147194647th US OpenC59 Two Knights
7. B Jenkines vs Eugene Levin 0-175194647th US OpenD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. Eugene Levin vs M Finkelstein  1-061194647th US OpenB15 Caro-Kann
9. Robert E Byrne vs Eugene Levin  ½-½33194647th US OpenC39 King's Gambit Accepted
10. Eugene Levin vs Santasiere  ½-½47194647th US OpenC59 Two Knights
11. Eugene Levin vs H Gordon  ½-½27194647th US OpenB32 Sicilian
12. M Aleman Dovo vs Eugene Levin  ½-½43194647th US OpenC87 Ruy Lopez
13. Eugene Levin vs Larry Evans  1-051194647th US OpenB72 Sicilian, Dragon
14. G Kramer vs Eugene Levin  ½-½31194647th US OpenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. W Adams vs Eugene Levin  0-123194647th US OpenB56 Sicilian
16. Eugene Levin vs K Forster  0-158194647th US OpenB72 Sicilian, Dragon
17. Eugene Levin vs S E Almgren  0-138194647th US OpenC53 Giuoco Piano
18. Eugene Levin vs I Rivise  0-11219542nd Pan-American Chess CongressC27 Vienna Game
19. Kashdan vs Eugene Levin ½-½361954Hollywood OpenC42 Petrov Defense
20. Larry Evans vs Eugene Levin  1-03619542nd Pan-American Chess CongressA90 Dutch
21. Eugene Levin vs S Geller 1-03219542nd Pan-American Chess CongressC00 French Defense
22. Eugene Levin vs R Smook  1-02819542nd Pan-American Chess CongressC53 Giuoco Piano
23. J Moskowitz vs Eugene Levin  1-03619542nd Pan-American Chess CongressA92 Dutch
24. Eugene Levin vs A Kaminsky  1-04419542nd Pan-American Chess CongressB07 Pirc
25. S Yarmak vs Eugene Levin  0-14019542nd Pan-American Chess CongressA04 Reti Opening
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 47  PGN Download
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  wordfunph: Eugene Levin - Champion in 1945 Scholastic Division of Pan American Tournament
Jul-10-15  zanzibar: A picture of him can be found on p29 here:

Maybe I should submit it?

Jul-10-15  zanzibar: He won 1953 Cal Open 1953 Sept 5-7 with a score of 6/7 losing only to Pafnutieff in R4.

A game against R. E. Russell of Auburn from the tournament:


[Event "California Open Championship"]
[Site "San Jose"]
[Date "1953.09.06"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Eugene Levin"]
[Black "R. E. Russell"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C02e"]
[EventDate "1953.09.05"]
[Source "Calif Chess Reporter Vol III No.2 Oct 1953, p37"]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.Qg4 cxd4 5.Bd3 Ne7 6.Nf3 Nbc6 7.O-O Ng6 8.Re1 Be7 9.Nbd2 Nb4 10.Nxd4 Nxd3 11.cxd3 O-O 12.N2f3 Bd7 13.Ne2 f6 14.Nf4 Nxf4 15.Bxf4 f5 16.Qg3 Kh8 17.Rac1 Rc8 18.h3 Rxc1 19.Rxc1 Qb6 20.Bg5 Qd8 21.Qh4 Rf7 22.Bxe7 Rxe7 23.Ng5 h6 24.Nf7+ 1-0


Jul-11-15  zanzibar: And an important last round victory against:

Robert Merton Jacobs


[Event "California Open Championship"]
[Site "San Jose"]
[Date "1953.09.07"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Robert Merton Jacbos"]
[Black "Eugene Levin"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C02e"]
[EventDate "1953.09.05"]
[Source "Calif Chess Reporter Vol III No.2 Oct 1953, p36"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bc4 Nc6 4.d4 exd4 5.O-O Be7 6.e5 Ne4 7.Bd5 Nc5 8. Bxc6 dxc6 9.Qxd4 Qxd4 10.Nxd4 O-O 11.Nc3 f6 12.exf6 Bxf6 13.Be3 Ne6 14.Rad1 Nxd4 15.Bxd4 Bf5 16.Bxf6 Rxf6 17.Rfe1 Bxc2 18.Rd7 Rf7 19.Ree7 Rxe7 20.Rxe7 Rc8 21.g4 Bg6 22.f4 Kf8 23.Rd7 Be8 24.Rd2 Bf7 25.Kf2 Bd5 26.Nxd5 Rd8 27.Rc2 Rxd5 28.Kf3 a5 29.Ke4 Ke7 30.h4 g6 31.Ke3 a4 32. Rc4 Rb5 33.Rc2 Ra5 34.Rc3 Kd6 35.Kd4 Rd5+ 36.Ke3 c5 37.Rc4 b5 38.Rc2 c4 39.Ke4 c5 40.Rf2 Rd4+ 41.Ke3 b4 42.f5 gxf5 43.Rxf5 Rxg4 44.Rh5 a3 45.bxa3 Rg3+ 46.Ke4 Rxa3 47.Rh6+ Kc7 48.Kd5 c3 49.Rc6+ Kd7 50.Rd6+ Ke7 51.Re6+ Kf7 52.Re2 Rxa2 53.Rxa2 b3 54.Rf2+ Ke7 55.Re2+ Kd7 56. Kxc5 c2 0-1


Jul-12-15  zanzibar: I believe Bill Wall talks a little about this player:

<The strongest NASA player that I knew was Dr. Eugene Levin, a 2300 rated master working at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. He is an expert on orbital debris and space tether dynamics. In 1946, he was California State Junior champion.>

Eugene Levin is a contributor to <Cal Chess Journel>, e.g. from Nov/Dec 2001:

<Eugene Levin of Sunnyvale captured sole first place in the open section, winning all four games and pocketing a $250 prize.>

where he annotates a game he had with <Ben Huan>: (p10)

There is also a video (wo sound) of his game against Evans from the 1946 US Open:

If, on the other hand, orbital debris is your thing, you can see Levin himself giving a google talk here:

Jul-12-15  zanzibar: John Donaldson talks about Eugene Levine in his essay on Mechanics Institute:

<Veteran Master
71-year-old National Master Eugene Levin of San Jose has been an active Bay Area player for many years, but he first developed as a chess player in the Los Angeles. An article by Jim Cross in the January 1950 issue of George Koltanowski's short-lived Chess Digest tells the story.

At the age of nineteen Eugene Levin is already one of the strongest players in the Southland area. He has a swashbuckling style of play, preferring wide-open positions which provide a full range for his first-class ability with combinations. Often reviving "worn-out" opening lines, with surprising success, Eugene has terminated many a game with a sharp, well-calculated tactical onslaught.

Having learned the game at the age of six from his father, Jacob Levin, he didn't start studying the game seriously until 1944. His first tournament victory came in '45 when he won first prize in the Scholastic Division of the famous Pan American Tournament. In 1946 he won the State Junior Championship and a trip to Chicago where he competed in the National Junior Championship and added another trophy to his shelf by winning first prize in the Consolation Division. Right after that he traveled to Pittsburgh along with Herman Steiner and myself to play in the US Open Tournament where he played excellent chess against some of the strongest players in the country. Eugene was a member of the victorious Metropolitan Team Champions in 1948, the Hollywood Chess Group, and still plays one of the top boards in all of their matches. At present he is President and Club Champion of the UCLA Chess Club where he has done much to further the cause of chess by promoting matches with other school and local clubs.>

One might suspect that the <Jacob Levin> mentioned as Eugene's father is this player:

Jacob Levin (kibitz #3)

but I think I will argue against that over in that player's forum.

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  Annie K.: Jacob Levin, Eugene's son contacted us with the information that his grandfather was a different Jacob Levin.
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