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Larry Evans vs Anthony Saidy
San Antonio (1972), San Antonio, TX USA, rd 15, Dec-10
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Phony Benoni: While deleting duplicates from my database, I came across a version of this game which continued until move 106. Could someone with the tournament book or other information check this out?
Dec-18-06  Craigokat: Larsen, who annotates this game in the RHM tournament book, says that the game continued from move 51. until move 106. where a draw was agreed however no further moves are provided after 51...Rxe5
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  Phony Benoni: <Craigokat> Thanks. I'll sumbit a correction with the moves I have. (I can understand why Larsen omitted them; nothing much happens.)
Dec-18-06  Resignation Trap: This game appears in <Evans on Chess> (1974) under the subtitle: LADY OR THE TIGER.

"Remember that story where a condemned man must choose between two doors? One conceals a seductive siren and the other certain death - a tiger."

"At San Antonio something like this happened to me in the last round against an old rival, Tony Saidy. With a minute on my clock I had to choose between two moves: one wins and the other probably loses. Needless to say, I chose the tiger. [Instead of 40.cxd5, "Correct is 40.Nxd5! Nxd4+ 41.Kf1 Nxb3 42.Nxb6 Rxd1+ 43.Rxd1 Rc6 44.Rd7+ Kg8 45.Be3! with good prospects".-<LME>]"

After staying up all night trying to find a way to draw, I decided the adjourned position was hopeless and booked an early flight home. How was I to know that Tony would blunder on move 46 and then prolong a well-known draw to 106 moves? [<LME>: "Right is 46...a4 47.d6 Ke6 48.Ke2 Be5."]"

"At move 60, when there was still time to make the plane, I said: 'It's a book draw.'"

"'Show me the book.'"

"'But I have a schedule to meet,' I implored."

"'Show me the schedule.'"

"With each move the draw became more obvious. Finally in exasperation Tony said 'You know, it's against the rules to talk to your opponent.'"

"'Show me the rules!' I said"

"'You never should have told him you had a plane to catch,' said the tournament director."

"Later Tony explained: 'We've played 12 games and this was the only time I've ever been a Pawn up against you. I was enjoying it too much. Sorry.'"

Jan-18-11  wordfunph: based on Chess Life & Review 1973:

The last game to finish was that between Evans and Saidy. Evans missed a win at move 40 and Saidy was winning after the adjournment but eventually an ending was reached with a book draw. Evans asked Saidy why he was slogging away at this position whereupon Saidy replied that he didn't know the book. Then Evans tried the "I've-got-a-plane-to-catch" approach but he found that Saidy wasn't really interested in the local airline schedules. When Saidy finally signed the score sheets, Evans rushed off to the airport but he was too late for his plane and had to stay another day.

Dec-21-12  RookFile: I would have been pretty annoyed if I was Saidy.

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