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Robert Gruchacz vs Eric Schiller
New York Junior Championship (1970), New York, NY USA, rd 1
Sicilian Defense: 2.b3 Variation (B20)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Dec-16-06  Maynard5: This game includes some rather incredible blunders, from players who both went on to become quite successful. 31.... Rxd6? throws away Black's advantage (31. ... Rxc4 ), but White then responds with 32. Rxd6? instead of 32. cxd6. The best that can be said of this game is that both players were very young at the time: Robert Gruchacz (1953-2006), Eric Schiller (b. 1955 ).
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  Eric Schiller: I was just a low-rated 14-year old at the time, Gruch was much higher rated and more experienced. I guess I was scared to lose the b-pawn and give him a strong passer. It took me many years before I was finally able to beat him, in 1986.
Dec-20-06  Maynard5: Eric -- I hope you didn't take the comment personally. Actually, I have read several of your articles, and believe that you deserve a great deal of credit for your lifelong commitment to chess. In re: the other player. It was very unfortunate that Robert Gruchacz died this past year; he was only in his early fifties. He, like you, was a fine player and a fine person.
Jun-27-07  Fourpointo: Why doesn't anyone take the queen!? I'm sure there's good reason but I don't see it. Shouldn't it win a piece for whoever does? Someone please explain.

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