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James Tarjan vs Larry Christiansen
Paul Masson Open (1977), Saratoga, CA USA, rd 4, Jul-??
Bogo-Indian Defense: Grünfeld Variation (E11)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-05-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Oh my God!
May-04-09  rogl: ½-½ Really?!? Tarjan missing mate in 2. Guess he was a LITTLE bit short of time and accepted a desperate draw offer from Christiansen.
May-05-09  shalgo: According to Big Base, this game was played in the "Paul Masson Open," not "Paula." The Paul Masson Open was an annual event in Saratoga, California.
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  GrahamClayton: 37. ♘g4+ ♔h5 38. ♕g5#.
Mar-23-16  Granny O Doul: Was going to suggest an error in score, but Black is lost regardless of where the king moves at the end. In fact, ...Kh6 is the best practical chance since White then has to move his knight backwards to a relatively seldom-visited square. I remember that Chess Life ran a picture of the winners; namely these two, Dennis Fritzinger and John Grefe but I don't remember an actual story. Also Larry Evans reported on the event in his syndicated newspaper column, but the only detail I can recall is "good chess mixes with fine wine".
Mar-23-16  Granny O Doul: I can just imagine Larry C playing ...Kh6 and shrugging "draw?", with an air of "I could be a sleaze and try to put you over on time, but that's not the type of player I am".

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