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Dann Krystall
Number of games in database: 3
Years covered: 1972 to 1974

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(born Mar-27-1954, 67 years old) United States of America

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Last updated: 2021-01-03 07:59:26

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L Christiansen vs D Krystall 1-0201972Pacific Southwest OpA04 Reti Opening
2. C N Barnes vs D Krystall  1-0271974Lone PineB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
3. D Krystall vs J Burstow 1-0191974Lone PineB32 Sicilian
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  Phony Benoni: Does anybody have more information about this player? In the book "Best of Lone Pine, 1971-1980", as well as several USCF rating lists of the early 1970s, his name is given as simply <Dan Krystall>, just one "n" and not the cutesy form of "Danny".
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  andrewjsacks: <Phony Benoni> Danny, later wishing to be called Dan, Krystall, was an L.A. area chess player. He was around 20 years old in the very late 1960s when I knew him. High class A player and sometimes Expert-rated. Played in rated tournaments around the greater Los Angeles area from somewhere around 1967 on, through at least 1972. Do not know what became of him. Am a bit surprised he was qualified for and went up to Lone Pine, but the first one or two editions of it featured some Experts, I believe.
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  andrewjsacks: <Phony Benoni> If the birthdate year for him is correct above, then so be it. I was born in 1948 and he was certainly younger than I.
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  Phony Benoni: <andrewjsacks> Thanks. He played in 1974, when a Master's rating was needed, even for juniors. I don't have a 1973 rating list, but he was about 2140 in the 1974 list and may have hit a peak at just the right moment.
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  GrahamClayton: <andrewjsacks>Do not know what became of him.

Krystall I believe retired sometime in the late 70's or early 80's, and made a competitive return to chess in the Bent Creek Winery Open in California in 2008.

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  andrewjsacks: <GrahamClayton> No idea.
Jan-07-14  MetalMan: Dann Krystall now lives in Grover Beach/Arroyo Grande area in San Luis Obispo County, with his wife of many years, Marcia. Sorry Andy, he does use the above "cutesy" spelling.
Jan-18-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: If I'm remembering correctly who he was, I was in a junior tournament with him around 1971 or so, put on by the Santa Monica Bay Chess Club. I won some age group prize ahead of Diane Saeveride and her brother, but she'd definitely zoomed past me by the time we were both at UCLA in early 1973, so maybe it was a year earlier than I think.

He got married between rounds of an American Open in Santa Monica, if memory serves, but I didn't play that year.

Aug-13-14  CrusnikAble: Dan Krystal is still a great player, he has not lost his touch! I had the privilege of watching him destroy Samuel Sevian in Fresno, California a few years ago.

Dan is a good man who brings good cheer to Chess, I think he would have been one of the best Grand Masters if he devoted his entire life to the game. Instead Dan poured his life in to his wonderful family, he is a great Dad and fun grandfather and wonderful asset to the United States Chess game.

I think Dan might be the reincarnation of Samuel Reshevsky, his game is still so strong.

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  GrahamClayton: <Cheapo by the Dozen> He got married between rounds of an American Open in Santa Monica, if memory serves, but I didn't play that year.

<Cheapo by the Dozen> You are correct - Krystall married Marcie Grant prior to the start of the third round of the 1972 Open, with the wedding ceremony taking place in the playing hall.

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