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Larry David Evans
Number of games in database: 44
Years covered: 1972 to 1995
Last FIDE rating: 2315
Highest rating achieved in database: 2370

Overall record: +12 -16 =16 (45.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (8) 
    B40 B43 B27 B22 B31
 French Defense (4) 
    C05 C00 C07
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (6) 
    B90 B99 B22 B98 B93
 Sicilian Najdorf (5) 
    B90 B99 B98 B93
 Nimzo Indian (4) 
    E46 E54 E42 E41
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   U Rath vs L D Evans, 1981 0-1
   V Pupols vs L D Evans, 1976 0-1

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   Lone Pine (1976)

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(born Dec-18-1952, 68 years old) United States of America

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He is an IM (1980).

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 44  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L D Evans vs P Poschel 0-1411972USAB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
2. E Formanek vs L D Evans  ½-½37197374th US OpenB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
3. L D Evans vs E Winslow  1-031197374th US OpenB07 Pirc
4. L D Evans vs Panno 0-1191976Lone PineB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
5. V Pupols vs L D Evans 0-1281976Lone PineA58 Benko Gambit
6. L D Evans vs de Firmian  1-0351976Lone PineB22 Sicilian, Alapin
7. L D Evans vs Rogoff 0-1451976Lone PineC00 French Defense
8. D Berry vs L D Evans 1-0151976Lone PineA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
9. Fedorowicz vs L D Evans  0-1351976Lone PineA25 English
10. M Sisniega vs L D Evans  ½-½301976Lone PineB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
11. L D Evans vs T B Bennett 1-04119782nd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenC07 French, Tarrasch
12. P Littlewood vs L D Evans 1-03819782nd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
13. L D Evans vs Rantanen  ½-½6819782nd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
14. L D Evans vs S Tatai ½-½1119782nd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
15. R C Balinas vs L D Evans  ½-½1619782nd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA28 English
16. L D Evans vs A Haik ½-½6419782nd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB40 Sicilian
17. S Knott vs L D Evans  0-14419782nd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
18. Browne vs L D Evans 1-0211979PhiladelphiaA46 Queen's Pawn Game
19. L D Evans vs L Day  0-1321981Continental OpenB27 Sicilian
20. E Anbuhl vs L D Evans  0-1251981Politiken CupB22 Sicilian, Alapin
21. Petursson vs L D Evans  ½-½341981Politiken CupE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
22. L D Evans vs L Karlsson 0-1401981Politiken CupB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
23. L D Evans vs J G Nielsen  ½-½451981Politiken CupC41 Philidor Defense
24. U Jahr vs L D Evans  ½-½211981Politiken CupB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
25. V McCambridge vs L D Evans 1-0201981Politiken CupB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
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Nov-06-07  whitebeach: <Zoat> A quick Google on Larry D. Evans shows that hes still teaching chess, although he now appears to be in California.

I remember him very well from our lone meeting. Its hard to forget a person who makes two queen sacrifices against you in the same game.

On a nice spring day in 1979 I wandered into the Marshall Chess Club on 10th St. in Manhattan. A quiet afternoon: a couple of players analyzing some game, nobody much around. But there was one thirtysomething guy, same age as me, alone at a table like he might be up for a game. I asked, and he said sure. He looked familiar, but I just figured Id seen him around the club.

I drew the white pawn. The score is below. Even though it was strictly an informal pickup game, I was so awed that I wrote it down immediately afterward.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5

The Schliemann. Id been playing chess since I was six and had never faced this variation. Didnt even know its name.

4. d4 fxe4 5. Nxe5 Nxe5 6. dxe5 c6 7. Bc4 Qa5+ 8. Nc3 Qxe5

I had lost a pawn to what I later learned was an ancient trap. My opponent was playing at skittles speed, so it was obvious he was heavily booked or very good or both.

9. 0-0 d5 10. Bb3

Weak. I should have tried for play against his king in the center by 10. Re1 (10 . . . dxc4 11. Rxe4). This position would have become complicated very fast (for example, not 10 . . . Bd6 11. g3 and the threat of Bf4 gives white real prospects). But I was shaken. I had that feeling you get when you realize the opponent is much stronger than you. (My rating hovered in the mid-1900s at the time.)

10 . . . Nf6 11. f4 Bc5+ 12. Kh1 Qe7 13. f5 0-0 14. Bg5 Kh8 15. Qe2 Bd7 16. Rad1 Rae1 17. Bd5?

Suicide, but by this point I was, well, suicidal.

17 . . . cxd5 18. Nxe4 Qf7 19. Nxf6 gxf6 20. Bh6 Rg8 21. Rf4 Bc6 22. g4?

Just stumbling along. I knew I was dead lost but wanted to see how hed wrap it up. I had no clue it would be the shot he played almost instantly:

22 . . . Qc4!!

I actually saw most (though not all) of what was to come, but when youre drowning you dont look for every splinter in the stick that floats by. I grabbed the queen and hoped hed miscalculated.

23. Qxc4 e3+ 24. Rd5 e2! 25. Re4 Rxe4 26 Qxe4 e1(Q)+! 27. White resigns (27. Qxe1 Bxd5 mate).

A week or two later I was flipping through a Chess Life, saw my opponents photo above his column, The ABCs of Chess, and knew why hed looked familiar: Larry D. Evans, of course. His piece that month was on the Schliemann Variation of the Ruy.

Nov-07-07  whitebeach: Actually I meant to type (27. Qxe1 Bxd5 mates [not "mate"]), since white can interpose the queen for one last move.
Mar-13-09  centralfiles: <whitebeach> you mean 16...Rae8
17.Bxd5 cxd5
18.Nxd5 Qf7
and now the game makes sense
Apr-10-09  DIO: Just last weekend, on April 4th '09, I had the pleasure of attending a seminar by Larry D. Evans on "advanced strategy" at the chess supernationals in Nashville. He is a charismatic speaker, very knowledgeable, very approachable, very informal, and a lot of fun to watch - the kids in the audience loved him (the adults too). I later found his web site and downloaded all his articles, which will make for a very fun bedtime read. Thank you for a memorable experience Mr. Evans!
Feb-27-10  whitebeach: <centralfiles>: Just looked back at this, and yes, thanks for the correck. Even after all these years I still screw up the scoresheet. I think it comes from growing up with one notation system and switching to another later in life. Or quite possibly I would screw up in any system. Whatever the case, this little game with Evans is one I'll remember forever.
Apr-03-10  jerseybob: He used to be called Larry "the other" Evans.
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  HeMateMe: I think "Larry the Lesser" is kinda catchy.
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  Phony Benoni: I'm looking at games from the 1970 US Open in Boston in which Larry D. played, by Larry M. didn't. He won his first three games, then faced William E Martz in round 4.

It probably didn't happen, but I like to imagine Martz checking on his round 4 pairing and asking, "I didn't Evans was playing!"

May-11-11  centralfiles: <Phony Benoni>
I dont get it, explain.
May-11-11  Jim Bartle: Maybe it was tough at times to be the "other" Larry Evans, but what's it like for Sergey Kasparov?
May-11-11  Caissanist: Does Larry D. Evans' website still exist? Googling him gives mostly links to very old articles about him.
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  Phony Benoni: <centralfile> I was imagining Martz confusing him with Grandmaster Larry Melvyn Evans.
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  HeMateMe: I once beat a guy named Anatoly Carpov. It was a huge ego boost, for me!
May-11-11  I play the Fred: <"I didn't Evans was playing!">

The confusion may have come from the missing word <"know">.

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  Phony Benoni: Oh, yech. I have got to speed up my eyes or slow down my fingers.
May-12-11  centralfiles: <I play the Fred: The confusion may have come from the missing word "know"> Thats right I thought it was a pun.
Jun-12-11  mikejoseph: I studied with Larry D.Evans in the late 1970s. He was a great teacher who always stressed learning gambit play. I remember him requiring that something be sacrificed in each my tournament games. He introduced me to the Schliemann Variation of the Ruy Lopez which I still use to this day. I used it successfully in a Korchnoi simul when he was the #2 player in the world:

V.Korchnoi - M.Joseph
NYC March 20, 1979
Simultaneous Exhibition-30 Boards
Ruy Lopez - Schliemann Variation
1 e4 e5
2 Nf3 Nc6
3 Bb5 f5
4 d3 fxe4
5 dxe4 Nf6
6 Qd3 d6
7. a3 Be6
8 O-O Qd7
9 c4 a6
10 Ba4 h6
11 Nc3 Qf7
12 Nd5 g5
13 Bxg5 Nxd5
14 cxd5 hxg5
15 dxe6 Qh5
16 Qc4 g4
17 Bxc6+ bxc6
18 Qxc6+ Ke7
19 Qxa8 gxf3
20 h3 Qg6
21 g3 Rxh3
22 Resigns
All my best to you Larry if you happen to read this!

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  SteinitzLives: Larry, Maybe you want to mooch off GM Evans a little, but please resist the temptation (and insist that those you work for do too) to rid yourself of the initial D. in your name, when advertising.

The latest Chess Life for Kids (April 2013) listed "Larry Evans and the Mountain Lake Chess Camp" (there, I gave you some free advertising). I did a double-take: Larry, back from the dead? Please keep the initial D. It's a good brand and you are well known to be a very talented chess teacher/writer.

Don't let Mountain Lake Chess Camp confuse the parents who are often of questionable knowledge re: this stuff into thinking they are getting something else (and no, using the title International Master, will not give you enough separation from GM Larry M. Evans to justify dropping the D.). Know your audience (but not so much so as to confuse them and self-promote).

This probably has everything to do with the person placing the ad in Chess Life for Kids, and nothing to do with you, so please proof this stuff first, and be on guard for this kind of thing.

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  HeMateMe: Maybe it was just a topographical error?
Mar-04-15  rolloknight: I was reading his column in the May 2002 issue of Chess Life close up looks like a younger commander Will Riker from Star Trek.
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  perfidious: While not having watched much of that version of Star Trek, I played this Larry Evans many years ago and must say the thought had not occurred to me, though I agree.
Mar-04-15  Granny O Doul: Then there was Kasparian the prolific composer of studies and known to Pal Benko, for one, as "the good one".
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  MissScarlett: <This reminds me of another (very young) IM who hasn't been heard from in a very long time by the name of: Larry Evans. The story goes, he opened a art shop and sold some bogus stuff for which he was sent to jail. This was confirmed to me by his lovely wife a few years later as she told me the whole sad story when i passed her on the street one day. Her amazing model-like visage haunts me many years later as i remember how sad she became when told me the whole story.>

Josif Israel Zilber (kibitz #16)

A search for Evans in American newspapers reveals a steady trickle of articles about him as a chess teacher/player from 1976 onwards but nothing in the preceding years.

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  louispaulsen88888888: It could have been a typographical error. Not likely a topographical error.
Apr-28-20  jerseybob: <whitebeach: White:L.D. Evans

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f54. d4 fxe4 5. Nxe5 Nxe5 6. dxe5 c6 7. Bc4 Qa5+ 8. Nc3 Qxe5 9. 0-0 d5 10. Bb3 10 . . . Nf6 11. f4 Bc5+ 12. Kh1 Qe7 13. f5 0-0 14. Bg5 Kh8 15. Qe2 Bd7 16. Rad1 Rae1 17. Bd5? cxd5 18. Nxe4 Qf7 19. Nxf6 gxf6 20. Bh6 Rg8 21. Rf4 Bc6 22,g4? Qc4!! 23. Qxc4 e3+ 24. Rd5 e2! 25. Re4 Rxe4 26 Qxe4 e1(Q)+! 27. White resigns (27. Qxe1 Bxd5 mate).> God knows why I played this game over - call it Cooped up Corona Craziness - but the combo only works if white's 18th is Nxd5.

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