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Larry Evans

Number of games in database: 725
Years covered: 1946 to 2002
Last FIDE rating: 2470
Highest rating achieved in database: 2530
Overall record: +305 -131 =287 (62.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (54) 
    E81 E72 E80 E67 E69
 Nimzo Indian (43) 
    E46 E42 E54 E40 E59
 Sicilian (35) 
    B21 B76 B32 B23 B28
 Ruy Lopez (25) 
    C72 C84 C63 C93 C77
 Grunfeld (25) 
    D92 D85 D84 D97 D78
 King's Indian Attack (19) 
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (99) 
    B92 B93 B50 B90 B81
 King's Indian (51) 
    E60 E70 E97 E80 E67
 Sicilian Najdorf (43) 
    B92 B93 B95 B90 B94
 Nimzo Indian (24) 
    E46 E56 E59 E58 E54
 English, 1 c4 c5 (23) 
    A37 A36 A30 A34 A32
 Modern Benoni (19) 
    A78 A67 A56 A62 A57
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Evans vs Reshevsky, 1963 1/2-1/2
   Evans vs H Opsahl, 1950 1-0
   Evans vs A Bisguier, 1958 1-0
   Evans vs B Berger, 1964 1-0
   Ray Charles vs Evans, 2002 0-1
   Evans vs C Pilnick, 1946 1-0
   Taimanov vs Evans, 1954 0-1
   K Smith vs Evans, 1972 0-1
   Evans vs A Sandrin, 1946 1-0
   Evans vs Benko, 1975 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   United States Championship (1951)
   53rd US Open (1952)
   55th US Open (1954)
   United States Championship (1968)
   52nd US Open (1951)
   50th US Open (1949)
   United States Championship (1954)
   Venice (1967)
   Havana (1952)
   56th US Open (1955)
   Buenos Aires (1960)
   Capablanca Memorial (1964)
   United States Championship (1948)
   61st US Open (1960)
   Dubrovnik Olympiad (1950)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Larry's Lovely Art707p by fredthebear
   1952 Evans-Steiner US championship match by crawfb5
   US Championship 1972 by Phony Benoni
   US Championship 1974 by Phony Benoni
   1954 US Championship by crawfb5
   US Championship 1973 by Phony Benoni

   Kasparov vs Bacrot, 2004

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(born Mar-22-1932, died Nov-15-2010, 78 years old) United States of America

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Larry Melvyn Evans was born in Manhattan, New York. He achieved the IM title in 1952, and the GM title in 1957. He was US champion five times: 1951, 1952, 1961/2, 1968 and 1980, the last with Walter Shawn Browne and Larry Mark Christiansen. He won the US Open four times, and was a member or captain of nine Olympiad teams. He was also a prolific chess author and columnist.

Evans was also known for his long association with Robert James Fischer. He edited and wrote the game introductions for Fischer's classic anthology My 60 Memorable Games, and also served as Fischer's second during the 1972 candidates cycle 2.

(1) Wikipedia article: Larry Evans

(2) 2004 Chessville Interview:

Last updated: 2018-12-04 14:07:57

 page 1 of 29; games 1-25 of 725  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Evans vs C Pilnick 1-0291946Marshall Club ChampionshipC13 French
2. Evans vs A Sandrin 1-034194647th US OpenC56 Two Knights
3. Evans vs G Kramer  ½-½41194647th US OpenE17 Queen's Indian
4. E Levin vs Evans 0-133194647th US OpenC54 Giuoco Piano
5. H Steiner vs Evans  1-040194647th US OpenD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
6. Evans vs E McCormick  1-044194647th US OpenC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
7. A Bisguier vs Evans 1-040194647th US OpenC49 Four Knights
8. Evans vs R Byrne  0-154194647th US OpenE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
9. A Spitzer vs Evans  0-161194647th US OpenD85 Grunfeld
10. Evans vs G Kramer  0-142194647th US OpenD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
11. Evans vs S E Almgren 0-132194647th US OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Evans vs W Adams  0-133194647th US OpenD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. K Forster vs Evans  1-052194647th US OpenD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
14. E Levin vs Evans  1-051194647th US OpenB72 Sicilian, Dragon
15. Evans vs Santasiere 0-149194647th US OpenC27 Vienna Game
16. Evans vs H Gordon ½-½13194647th US OpenA00 Uncommon Opening
17. R Byrne vs Evans 1-037194647th US OpenC34 King's Gambit Accepted
18. M Aleman Dovo vs Evans  ½-½12194647th US OpenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
19. R Warner vs Evans 0-1211947U.S. Junior ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
20. Yanofsky vs Evans 0-130194748th US OpenB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
21. Evans vs A Colon  0-131194748th US OpenE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
22. Evans vs O Ulvestad  0-123194748th US OpenD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. Evans vs R H Steinmeyer  0-140194849th US OpenE16 Queen's Indian
24. L Frank vs Evans 0-143194849th US OpenD04 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Evans vs G Hartleb 1-046194849th US OpenC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
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May-22-15  TheFocus: <While it is more agreeable to attack than to defend, in my opinion it is easier to defend successfully than to attack successfully. The reason for this is that the stalker must find a way to sustain the initiative against all possible defenses, no matter how absurd they may appear at first blush; the defender, on the other hand need find only one adequate continuation in order to repulse the attack, as Tal pointed out. The attacker, moreover, usually commits himself to such an extent that he is in no shape to retreat or consolidate> - Larry Evans - Chess Catechism (page 134).
May-24-15  TheFocus: <It's far more important not to do anything stupid than to create brilliant combinations> - Larry Evans.
May-26-15  TheFocus: <In chess it is more important to frustrate your opponent's strategy than to be obsessed with your own> - Larry Evans.
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  GrahamClayton: At the age of just 19, Evans in 1951 won the "trifecta" - US Closed Champion, US Open Champion and US Lightning Champion. Is the the only person to have won all three titles in the same year?
Jan-27-16  Hawkman: He's a 5 time US Champ, won the US Open 4 times, and he doesn't even have his name in the index. That's pretty insulting.
Jan-28-16  Caissanist: I assume by the index you mean the pulldown menu. There seems to be a bug or something there, so I asked about that on the admin page. It's not just that someone like Evans is missing, but many of the players who <are> on there seem to be extremely marginal selections, e.g. Arthur Feuerstein, Gyula Kluger.
Feb-08-16  Hawkman: < Caissanist: I assume by the index you mean the pulldown menu. There seems to be a bug or something there, so I asked about that on the admin page. It's not just that someone like Evans is missing, but many of the players who <are> on there seem to be extremely marginal selections, e.g. Arthur Feuerstein, Gyula Kluger. > Agreed. Meier is on the pull down menu.
Mar-22-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Melvyn.
Mar-22-17  gars: Happy Birthday Larry Evans! And Happy Birthday Jan Smejkal too!
Premium Chessgames Member I always enjoyed his Chess Life columns, especially after he began occasionally mentioning Chessgames. I don't believe he ever registered an account here but it's clear he frequented us regularly.

We'll always miss you, Larry.

Mar-22-17  erasmusdurer: Happy Birthday, Larry. I enjoyed your chess columns very much. They were the first thing I always read in Chess Life. You are missed.
May-30-17  ColeTrane: Smoking some Larry OG right now son....
May-30-17  Howard: Evans technically won the U.S. championship four times, rather than five--contrary to a January, 2016 posting. The discrepancy stems from a match he played against Steiner for the title back in the 1950's. Andy Soltis' book on the history of the U.S. championship gives the details.

In other words, a match for the title doesn't really count as far as "winning" the title. Or, at least, that's how I would see it.

May-30-17  Nosnibor: In reporting this match in the " British Chess Magazine " it was stated incorrectly that Evans won by 8.5-2.5.thus not taking into account the last three games that were played. This was a challenge match by Steiner and there appears to be no formal tournament for 1952.
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  mifralu: Photo: game against T.Yepez (Ecuador) - Havana Chess Olympiad 1966

and the game

Sep-09-17  wordfunph: from Chess Monthly 1952 June..

< I Remember that one competitor came up to ask me whether I was the great Evans who invented the Evans Gambit. I was guilty of replying, "No, but the two of us are always being mistaken. The truth of the matter is that he has been living off my reputation ever since he died!"

- Larry Evans >

Feb-22-18  Howard: Evans made that "living off my reputation" comment in Boys Life magazine back in the 70's if I remember correctly.
Feb-22-18  Petrosianic: <Howard: Evans technically won the U.S. championship four times, rather than five--contrary to a January, 2016 posting.>

He won the US Championship Tournament four times and a US Championship match once, for a total of 5 US Championship victories, as claimed. That's the way they count championships that are primarily tournament based.

Although if you really wanted to split hairs, you could say that he only won a third of a title in 1980.

Feb-22-18  Howard: This just in...last night I was looking at Mueller's book on Fischer's games, and it mentioned how Fischer declined to play in the 1968 US championship. It added that Evans ended up winning it that year, for his "third US championship title".

Right on !! It was his third title--not his "fourth".

Feb-22-18  Petrosianic: <Right on !! It was his third title--not his "fourth".>

The book was wrong. You can see years and years of Larry's columns in Chess Life, calling him a 5 time US Champion, which the Editor never changed. USCF's own magazine is more official than Mueller's book.

Oct-29-20  neveramaster: Strange how Reshevsky really had Larry's number, winning 12 games to 2.
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  perfidious: Maybe not so odd as all that: very often such instances of domination by one player are explained away by the principals involved having similar playing styles, with one being stronger than the other. In my opinion, these opponents tended towards solid, yet active methods of play, with Reshevsky being indisputably the stronger player.
Mar-28-21  Z4all: 1961 photo of Larry taking on 50 boards in Van Nuys:


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  Gottschalk: Pretty and surprisingly tactical win
Larry Evans vs Hartvig Nielsen, 1950
Jun-21-23  Caissanist: In 1977 Evans, in the wake of ongoing fights with the USCF and Chess Life and Review editor Burt Hochberg, attempted to start a new organization called the "Professional Chess Association" (yes, the same name and acronym as the organization that Kasparov later founded). His first (and, so far as I know, last) PCA newsletter is an interesting bit of chess history regarding the struggles of American chess masters to make a living in the wake of the Fischer bust: .
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