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Lone Pine Tournament

Tigran V Petrosian5.5/7(+4 -0 =3)[games]
Larry Christiansen5/7(+3 -0 =4)[games]
Vasily Smyslov5/7(+3 -0 =4)[games]
Oscar Panno5/7(+3 -0 =4)[games]
Miguel Najdorf5/7(+4 -1 =2)[games]
Miguel Quinteros5/7(+5 -2 =0)[games]
Tony Miles5/7(+4 -1 =2)[games]
Kenneth Rogoff5/7(+4 -1 =2)[games]
Walter Browne5/7(+4 -1 =2)[games]
Gyozo Forintos5/7(+4 -1 =2)[games]
John Grefe4.5/7(+4 -2 =1)[games]
Norman Weinstein4.5/7(+3 -1 =3)[games]
Leonid Shamkovich4.5/7(+4 -2 =1)[games]
Arthur Bisguier4.5/7(+4 -2 =1)[games]
Curt Brasket4.5/7(+4 -2 =1)[games]
Roy Ervin4.5/7(+4 -2 =1)[games]
William Martz4/7(+3 -2 =2)[games]
Pal Benko4/7(+2 -1 =4)[games]
Jack Peters4/7(+3 -2 =2)[games]
John L Watson4/7(+3 -2 =2)[games]
Jeremy Silman4/7(+4 -3 =0)[games]
Kim Commons4/7(+3 -2 =2)[games]
Michael Rohde4/7(+3 -2 =2)[games]
Ron Henley3.5/7(+2 -2 =3)[games]
Arnold Denker3.5/7(+3 -3 =1)[games]
Mark Diesen3.5/7(+2 -2 =3)[games]
Arthur William Dake3.5/7(+3 -3 =1)[games]
Peter Cleghorn3.5/7(+2 -2 =3)[games]
Marcel Sisniega3.5/7(+3 -3 =1)[games]
Edward Formanek3.5/7(+3 -3 =1)[games]
Larry David Evans3.5/7(+3 -3 =1)[games]
James Sherwin3.5/7(+3 -3 =1)[games]
* (57 players total; 25 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Lone Pine (1976)

Louis D. Statham Tournament
Lone Pine, California
March 7-13, 1976

For this sixth Statham Tournament, the rating requirements were slightly loosened, with the lower limit for adult USCF masters being dropped to 2300. A total 57 players participated, with an average rating of 2371.

The seven-round format made a return. Technically, this meant this was not a FIDE-ratable tournament, but the results were submitted anyway and the tournament rated after all. In the future, the Statham tournaments would always be nine-rounders, capable of generating FIDE title norms and ratings.

Another strong contingent of foreign grandmasters participated, led by former World Champions Tigran Petrosian and Vasily Smyslov. Oscar Panno. Miguel Quinteros, and Miguel Najdorf came from Argentina, Anthony Miles from Great Britain, and Gyozo Forintos from Hungary. The American squad featured veteran players like Walter Browne, Arthur Bisguier, and Pal Benko, but none of them would have a major impact.

In fact, Benko (two draws) and Browne (draw and loss) started poorly. By round 3, the only perfect score belonged to Leonid Shamkovich, followed at 2.5 by Petrosian, Larry Christiansen, Smyslov, Panno, Najdorf, Miles, Norman Weinstein, Bisguier, William Martz, and the veteran Arnold Denker.

Shamkovich suffered the common fate among early leaders in a Swiss System tournament: tough pairings. A draw in round four allowed Petrosian and Martz to catch him, then two losses knocked him out of contention. After five rounds, it was a five-way tie for first which included Petrosian, Martz, Smyslov, Quinteros and John Grefe. Iron Tigran then took the sole lead by beating Quinteros while Smyslov-Grefe ended in a draw and Martz lost to Panno, and kept it with a short draw in the last round when nobody was able to catch him.

Petrosian's score of 5.5-1.5 was the lowest winning total for a seven-round Statham event, and was achieved in his usual style. With White, he scored 3-0; with Black, one win and three draws that totalled 35 moves.

This version of the crosstable allows a player's color in a game to be determined. If the result (W, L, D) comes first, the player had White. If the result follows the opponent's number, the player had Black. For example, Petrosian's first three results are win with Black vs. #32, win with White vs. #19, draw with Black vs. #12.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 01 Tigran V Petrosian 32W W19 12D W14 17D W06 04D 5.5 02 Larry Christiansen W28 29W D05 04D 08D W13 D03 5.0 03 Vasily Smyslov 21W D25 27W D12 13W D11 02D 5.0 04 Oscar Panno 31W W44 14D D02 18D W17 D01 5.0 05 Miguel Najdorf 30W W43 02D D13 11L W21 22W 5.0 06 Miguel Quinteros W57 11L W24 25W W12 01L W18 5.0 07 Anthony Miles W50 20D W46 17L W14 18D W19 5.0 08 Kenneth Rogoff W52 27L W43 31W D02 19D W17 5.0 09 Walter Shawn Browne D35 26L W52 46W D19 24W W11 5.0 10 Gyozo Forintos 46D L24 47W W35 42W D22 20W 5.0 11 John A Grefe 38W W06 13L W27 W05 03D 09L 4.5 12 Norman Weinstein 47W W33 D01 03D 06L D28 30W 4.5 13 Leonid Shamkovich W56 15W W11 05D L03 02L W32 4.5 14 Arthur Bisguier 48W W49 D04 01L 07L W36 28W 4.5 15 Curt Justin Brasket 22W L13 18L D44 35W W34 25W 4.5 16 Roy C Ervin 25L W21 34W L18 32D W44 W37 4.5 17 William E Martz 24D W36 20W W07 D01 04L 08L 4.0 18 Pal Benko D26 42D W15 16W D04 D07 06L 4.0 19 John A Peters W45 01L W38 29W 09D D08 07L 4.0 20 John L Watson 51W D07 L17 24D W43 26W L10 4.0 21 Jeremy Silman L03 16L W54 33W W49 05L 38W 4.0 22 Kim S Commons L15 56W W45 42D W25 10D L05 4.0 23 Michael Rohde L49 28D D51 38W L24 41W W36 4.0 24 Ron W Henley D17 10W 06L D20 23W L09 D26 3.5 25 Arnold Denker W16 03D W26 L06 22L 45W L15 3.5 26 Mark Diesen 18D W09 25L 37D W29 L20 24D 3.5 27 Arthur Wiliam Dake 41W W08 L03 11L 45D L30 42W 3.5 28 Peter Cleghorn 02L D23 D53 39W W37 12D L14 3.5 29 Marcel Sisniega 40W L02 30W L19 26L 43W D31 3.5 30 Edward W Formanek L05 41W L29 40D W48 27W L12 3.5 31 Larry D Evans L04 54W W33 L08 36L 49W 29D 3.5 32 James T Sherwin L01 45L W56 51W D16 W42 13L 3.5 33 Nick DeFirmian W39 12L 31L L21 D50 52W 44W 3.5 34 Anthony Saidy D42 35D L16 49D W52 15L W45 3.5 35 Julius H Loftsson 09D D34 49D 10L L15 W46 40D 3.0 36 David A Berry D53 17L D39 50W W31 14L 23L 3.0 37 Peter Biyiasas 43L D47 48W D26 28L W40 16L 3.0 38 Timothy Taylor L11 57W 19L L23 54W 39W L21 3.0 39 Eugene Martinovsky 33L D48 36D L28 51W L38 49W 3.0 40 Frank Street L29 52D D50 D30 53W 37L D35 3.0 41 Craig Barnes L27 L30 Bye 43L 47W L23 50W 3.0 42 Kenneth Frey Beckman 34D D18 44W D22 L10 32L L27 2.5 43 Robert Gruchacz W37 05L 08L W41 20L L29 48D 2.5 44 David J Strauss W54 04L L42 15D W46 16L L33 2.5 45 Boris Baczynskyj 19L W32 22L 53W D27 L25 34L 2.5 46 Jonathan D Tisdall D10 53W 07L L09 44L 35L W52 2.5 47 C Bill Jones L12 37D L10 52L L41 W54 53W 2.5 48 Dennis Fritzinger L14 39D L37 56W 30L D50 D43 2.5 49 John Fedorowicz 23W 14L D35 D34 21L L31 L39 2.0 50 Yasser Seirawan 07L D51 40D L36 33D 48D L41 2.0 51 Jerald Meyers L20 50D 23D L32 L39 D53 54D 2.0 52 Rudy Blumenfeld 08L D40 09L W47 34L L33 46L 1.5 53 Tibor Weinberger 36D L46 28D L45 L40 51D L47 1.5 54 Viktors Pupols 44L L31 21L W55 L38 47L D51 1.5 55 Dennis Waterman --- --- --- 54L W56 --- --- 1.0 56 David Brummer 13L L22 32L L48 55L --- --- 0.0 57 Frank Thornally 06L L38 --- --- --- --- --- 0.0


1st - Petrosian: 5.5; $8000 2nd-10th - Christiansen, Smyslov, Panno, Najdorf, Quinteros, Miles, Rogoff, Browne, Forintos: 5.0; $1511 11th-16th - Grefe, Weinstein, Shamkovich, Bisguier, Brasket, Ervin: 4.5; $ 67

Total prize fund: $14,000

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Original collection: Game Collection: Lone Pine 1976, by User: Phony Benoni.

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 193  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Fritzinger vs A Bisguier  0-1801976Lone PineC30 King's Gambit Declined
2. Browne vs J Loftsson  ½-½561976Lone PineB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
3. de Firmian vs E Martinovsky  1-0511976Lone PineC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
4. M Rohde vs Fedorowicz  0-1351976Lone PineB06 Robatsch
5. L Christiansen vs P Cleghorn 1-0161976Lone PineA34 English, Symmetrical
6. Miles vs Seirawan 1-0601976Lone PineB08 Pirc, Classical
7. E Formanek vs Najdorf  0-1461976Lone PineB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
8. J Sherwin vs Petrosian 0-1371976Lone PineE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
9. Quinteros vs F Thornally  1-0461976Lone PineA06 Reti Opening
10. Shamkovich vs D Brummer  1-0361976Lone PineB32 Sicilian
11. J Silman vs Smyslov 0-1321976Lone PineB42 Sicilian, Kan
12. C Barnes vs Dake  0-1301976Lone PineC53 Giuoco Piano
13. Benko vs M Diesen ½-½601976Lone PineA30 English, Symmetrical
14. D Berry vs T Weinberger  ½-½361976Lone PineD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. K Commons vs C Brasket 0-1491976Lone PineD42 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3
16. Denker vs R Ervin 1-0441976Lone PineA46 Queen's Pawn Game
17. L D Evans vs Panno 0-1191976Lone PineB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
18. R Gruchacz vs P Biyiasas  1-0451976Lone PineC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
19. R Henley vs W Martz  ½-½111976Lone PineA15 English
20. C B Jones vs N Weinstein 0-1351976Lone PineB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
21. J Meyers vs J L Watson  0-1451976Lone PineA10 English
22. J Peters vs B Baczynskyj  1-0291976Lone PineB06 Robatsch
23. K Rogoff vs R Blumenfeld 1-0341976Lone PineA20 English
24. A Saidy vs K Frey Beckman  ½-½361976Lone PineD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
25. D J Strauss vs V Pupols  1-0571976Lone PineC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-19-15  Immortal Gambit: Whatever happened to twin pine?
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  perfidious: Its sponsor, Louis D Statham, discontinued it after the 1981 event. While I am unsure of the reason, Statham was then well into his seventies.
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  Benzol: The introduction to the Lone Pine (1981) tournament gives some explanation to the fate of the tournaments and their sponsor.
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  perfidious: <Paul> A group of friends, including <cehertan>, <bwarnock> and I held a double-round event at Antrim, New Hampshire in March 1982, which we dubbed <Clone Pine> to honour the better-known (and far stronger) event.
May-20-15  AsosLight: The players in the Clone version deserve a much bigger prize than the Lone version, they had to tolerate <trollious>
May-20-15  Howard: The reason it was discontinued is because Statham died, in 1982. The 1982 edition was cancelled due to his being ill, and then he died shortly later.
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  Benzol: <Clone Pine> LOL. Love it.


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  Fusilli: Wow, click on Petrosian's games and see: three of his games with the black pieces were draws in 13, 13, and 9. Then he played to win with the white pieces. (He also won his first round game with black.) This stingy strategy paid off!
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  perfidious: <Benzol> and <Fusilli>:

Saving energy paid off.

The frightening thing on looking at the crosstable is how many of these players I faced in my career--some days, I feel old!

(Browne, Weinstein, Shamkovich, Bisguier, Benko, Rohde, Evans and Taylor--also played poker with Waterman)

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  Fusilli: <perfidious> <The frightening thing on looking at the crosstable is how many of these players I faced in my career--some days, I feel old!>

Ha ha... feel proud!

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  perfidious: By the way, maybe one of our knowledgeable observers can tell us who that random player is, holding down the eighth spot in the crosstable. Always heard he was good at something other than chess.
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  HeMateMe: Forintos is number 8. Did he also play a musical instrument, or perhaps do good card tricks?
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  perfidious: On the table in text, Rogoff is eighth.

As I said, some hustler, likely. (wink, nod)

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  HeMateMe: On the table above, Rogo is no. 9.
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  Troller: <HeMateMe: On the table above, Rogo is no. 9.>

The automated standings in tables cannot be trusted. I do not know how the shared standings are specifically done, but they normally appear quite random.

For "correct" standings, especially for Swiss tournaments, if a text table (that probably reflects Sonnenborg-Berger) is available, it most likely reflect the official standings.

May-26-15  Howard: Do you mean "most" or "must" ?
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  Troller: I meant "most". Reading my post again, maybe it was not the clearest, but I think the essence can be discerned :)

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