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Larry Evans vs Anthony Santasiere
"Don't get mad, get Evans!" (game of the day Sep-18-2006)
47th US Open (1946), Pittsburgh, PA USA, rd 6, Jul-18
Vienna Game: Stanley. Frankenstein-Dracula Variation (C27)  ·  0-1



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Nov-28-05  RookFile: I love the name of this opening...
the Frankenstein - Dracula variation.


Nov-28-05  euripides: All four rooks are traded for minor pieces in this game. Any other examples of this ?
Nov-28-05  Resignation Trap: <RonB52734> I bought a used copy of the book many years ago, out east, but I forgot where or when.

Although the preliminary rounds were conducted with the swiss system, some of the second-round pairings look fishy to me.

Nov-29-05  RonB52734: As I understand it, the preliminary round was paired using the Swiss system, and the final round was a round robin. There were numerous divisions in the final, as I recall.

It was the first major USCF tournament to use Swiss pairings.

Aug-29-06  RonB52734: An analysis of this game by Bruce W Leverett, who is the games editor for the Pittsburgh Chess Club's newsletter, is available here:

Sep-18-06  think: I believe the pun is a reference to don't get mad, get glad. But what does Evans have to do with glad?

Crazy game, by the way.

Sep-18-06  ganstaman: <think: I believe the pun is a reference to don't get mad, get glad. But what does Evans have to do with glad?> Actually, it's "Don't get mad, get even." And "Evans" is almost "even."
Sep-18-06  PaulLovric: <ganstaman> correct
Sep-18-06  Castle In The Sky: Evans was only 14 and he nearly won, who was getting Evans?
Sep-18-06  RookFile: Tony Santasiere was once one of the top US players.
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  kevin86: We had a close family friend a while back who always went for the rook in the corner with his knight. To honor him-we could call this the Leonhardt Gambit-though I really can't improve on Frankie-Dracky.
Sep-18-06  Xeon46: Wacky game but great style of attack.
Sep-18-06  Tenderfoot: haha, Don't get mad get close! and <Rookfile> I agree, I think they should definitely give openings more exciting names like this. For instance, I think the Sicilian Defense-destroyer of worlds variation would be pretty intimidating. Oh, and about the game, it was pretty interesting, too.
Sep-18-06  Morphyism: The Frankenstein-Werewolf Variation is much more powerful than the Dracula. Evan's should have seen this loss coming...
Sep-18-06  mack: I'd have opted for 'Evans Above'. Never mind. White's opponent is one of the few openly gay chess players around.
Sep-18-06  hidude: nice trap
Sep-18-06  JohnBoy: <hidude> - this is hardly a trap. It is a standard opening line where black sacs an X to give white terrible developmental probs. Plus, it looks cool. I'd love to play this on either side at some point or another.
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  patzer2: With 7...f5?? Santasiere prepares to sacrifice the exchange for a lasting initiative against the under deveoped White position.

It's the sort of complex position that gives even computers problems in evaluating the complications. What chance did 14-year-old Larry Evans have against an experienced and sly tactician like Santasiere? Slim to none I suspect.

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  patzer2: Santasiere could have expedited the win with 29...Qg1+! 30. Kd2 f3! , when Black has an overwhelming attack against the exposed and helpless King.
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  Phony Benoni: The sort of crazy game you expect out of this line. There is only one even trade of pieces, when the original queens come off on move 38. White gets to queen with check and still can't save the game. And look at those Black center pawns: they remained unmoved after 1...e5, but still survived the general carnage.
Sep-12-07  whiteshark: One of wolfmaster's daily fruitless shoots....
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: It's just the normal madness in here.
Apr-15-12  erniecohen: Given the later fights in print between Evans and Santasiere over the merits of the Vienna Game (albeit a different line), I find it hilarious that Evans used it against Santasiere and lost.
Jan-22-13  jerseybob: erniecohen: I don't think those Evans-Santasiere battles were just about the merits of the Vienna, though that's how they may have started. Their dueling articles show a much deeper antipathy between the two than just a chess theory disagreement.
Dec-28-13  chesswar1000: When Santa's mad, you know you're in trouble.
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