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Lawrence Gilden
  
Number of games in database: 78
Years covered: 1959 to 1976
Last FIDE rating: 2041 (2220 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2375

Overall record: +25 -39 =14 (41.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (11) 
    B32 B56 B43 B57 B81
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C65 C96 C99 C84 C76
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (14) 
    E62 E70 E91 E84 E81
 Sicilian (10) 
    B28 B42 B43 B97 B27
 French Defense (4) 
    C18 C10 C19
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   L Gilden vs J Weber, 1972 1-0
   B Zuckerman vs L Gilden, 1974 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   US Championship (1973)
   US Championship (1974)
   Lone Pine (1972)
   61st US Open (1960)

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LAWRENCE GILDEN
(born Sep-25-1942, 79 years old) United States of America

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Lawrence Charles Gilden was born in 1942 in Washington, DC, USA. In 1961, he won the District of Columbia Open. In 1969, he won the District of Columbia championship. He was awarded the FM title in 1983.

Last updated: 2020-12-02 03:19:01

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 77  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L Gilden vs Berliner 0-125195960th US OpenA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
2. C Brasket vs L Gilden  1-016195960th US OpenC18 French, Winawer
3. K Smith vs L Gilden  1-026195960th US OpenC18 French, Winawer
4. D Rivera vs L Gilden  ½-½40195960th US OpenE29 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
5. L Gilden vs R Sprague  0-145195960th US OpenE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
6. Evans vs L Gilden  1-048196061st US OpenE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
7. L Gilden vs M Otteson  1-043196061st US OpenD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. A Spiller vs L Gilden  ½-½41196061st US OpenE70 King's Indian
9. J Sherwin vs L Gilden  1-039196061st US OpenE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
10. L Gilden vs H Gross  1-027196061st US OpenD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. J F Shaw vs L Gilden  0-140196061st US OpenE90 King's Indian
12. J Diekstra vs L Gilden  1-0571961Wch U20 prel-CE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
13. L Gilden vs R Rischette  1-0571961Wch U20 prel-CE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
14. J Minaya Molano vs L Gilden  0-1461961Wch U20 prel-CD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
15. L Gilden vs Parma  0-1411961Wch U20 prel-CE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
16. L Gilden vs U Kuettner  0-1451961Wch U20 fin-BA00 Uncommon Opening
17. E Keogh vs L Gilden  0-1491961Wch U20 fin-BB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
18. L Gilden vs J Diekstra  0-1431961Wch U20 fin-BA00 Uncommon Opening
19. H Holaszek vs L Gilden  0-1411961Wch U20 fin-BB42 Sicilian, Kan
20. L Gilden vs J Minaya Molano  0-1271961Wch U20 fin-BE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
21. A Rosino vs L Gilden  0-1431961Wch U20 fin-BA45 Queen's Pawn Game
22. L Gilden vs O Jakobsen  1-0311961Wch U20 fin-BD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
23. J R Phillips vs L Gilden  1-0341961Wch U20 fin-BD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
24. J F Shaw vs L Gilden  0-135196263rd US OpenE91 King's Indian
25. L Gilden vs E McCormick  ½-½51196263rd US OpenA04 Reti Opening
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-30-05  Caissanist: According to the ever-provocative Sam Sloan, the Asa Hoffmann character in "Searching for Bobby Fischer" is not at all like the real Asa Hoffmann--but is very much like the real Larry Gilden. If true (admittedly a big if), then it must have been very interesting to have Mr. Gilden as an opponent. Did anyone here ever play him?
Feb-14-08  MorphysMojo: Larry Gilden played in the Washington, DC area for many years while working at Central Liquor on 9th St. He would destroy most opposition in weekend swiss tournaments and could play in great coffee house style against the Sicilian. At over 2400 in the 1970s he was one of the strongest players in the DC area winning many tournaments. He also played for the "Washington Plumbers" in the first atempt at a national chess league, helping the team to win the championship of that league. Outrated often, Larry and his motley team which included: Mark Deisen, Bob Eberlein (who brought his cats with him to the games), Sam Greenlaw, Eugene Meyer, and the brilliant and dearly departed master Charlie Powell (the only Pfc. to win the armed forces championship two years in a row and VA state champ more times than one could count on one hand!) took down the other teams. A shame for chess that Gilden took the role of Philosopher as much as chess player and stopped playing competitively in the early 1980s (the last I heard). He was a real strong speed player too and this helped him when he was late for rounds in tournaments.

Gilden was an emotional player, once skipping through the tournament hall chanting: "I have a win against Walter Browne". As his position worsened he continued upbeat through the tournament hall singing merrily, "I have a draw against Walter Browne". After things got worse and he was forced to resign against Browne, he stalked through the tournament hall angrily tearing down a defenseless wall chart. Larry was nothing if not passionate and memorable.

Feb-15-08  Strongest Force: Gilden was often at the "flea-house" in Times Square NYC with other masters like Browne, Hoffman, Zuckerman, Kupchick, Branwine, Bluminfeld, with rare appearances from the likes of world poker champ and senior master Ken Smith as well as GM Larry Evans and finally 15-year-old Yasser Seirawan.
Jul-23-08  jerseybob: In answer to Caissanist, I played Gilden to an exciting but flawed 35-move draw back in the early 70s: D.C. Adult Open Rd.1, 1/2/71 White: Larry Gilden Black: Bob Hunt 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cd 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Qf3 h6 9.Bh4 Qc7 10.000 Nbd7 11.g4?! g5 12.fg Ne5 13.Qg3 hg?(Nfxg4) 14.Bxg5 Nfxg4 15.Bxe7 Qxe7 16.h4 Bd7 17.Be2 Rg8 18.Nf3 000 19.Ng5 Nh6(f6!?) 20.Qe3! f6?(Bc6) 21.Nxe6 Nhg4 22.Nd5 Qxe6 23.Qb6 Kb8 24.Qc7ch?(Nc7 or Nb4)Ka7 25.Bxa6 Bc6 26.Bxb7 Bxb7 27.Rh3! Nc4! 28.Rdd3! Nge3!29.Ra3ch Nxa3 30.Qa5ch Kb8 31.Qc7ch Ka7 32.Qb6ch Kb8 33.Qc7ch Ka7 34.Qa5ch Kb8 35.Qc7ch 1/2
Jul-28-09  Lobster: Am I mistaken in thinking Larry won a US Individual College Championship tournament? He may not have been in college at the time, but he probably would not have been the first to break the rules. I knew him sometime in the 1960s when he visited the Manhattan CC often.
Sep-21-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: <MorphysMojo>
He also played for the "Washington Plumbers" in the first atempt at a national chess league, helping the team to win the championship of that league. Outrated often, Larry and his motley team which included: Mark Deisen, Bob Eberlein (who brought his cats with him to the games), Sam Greenlaw, Eugene Meyer, and the brilliant and dearly departed master Charlie Powell (the only Pfc. to win the armed forces championship two years in a row and VA state champ more times than one could count on one hand!) took down the other teams.

<MorphysMojo>,
Here is a picture of the Plumbers and some more information on Gilden:

http://nezhmet.wordpress.com/2007/1...

Sep-02-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  SteinitzLives: He is back! Playing in the MD Quick championship yesterday, Larry, almost 70 years old, scored 4.5 - 2.5 to obtain a provisional rating of close to 2300! He has not played USCF chess in at least 21 years or more! Welcome back Larry, you wild and craaazy guy!
Sep-02-12  Strongest Force: When I knew him back in the 60's, he was much better than 2375 or an FM title. He was simply one of the best in US. Period! His "problem" was that he would rather read a book than play chess.
Jun-10-13  searchforbobby1: He is a legend! Yes he likes his chess books. Met him in the VA Senior Open in June 2013. He found his marbles and won 3 games and drew one and won the VA Senior Open. He tied with two other guys. Way to go Larry!
Jul-20-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  samsloan: Larry Gilden won the 1972 US Junior Championship in Tucson Arizona. However, due to a printing oversight, this result was never published in Chess Life. Therefore, Gilden never received credit for this important victory. Trying looking it up. You will see no result ever published for the 1972 US Junior!!
Jul-20-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gregor Samsa Mendel: If Larry Gilden was born in 1942, he would have been around 30 years old in 1972. Wouldn't he have been too old to play in the US Junior Championship that year?
Feb-15-15  Caissanist: According to Chessmaniac, Gilden won it in 1962: http://www.chessmaniac.com/early-us....
Jun-05-17  ajcampillo: I saw him this past weekend at the Virginia Senior Open. At 74, his current uscf rating is 2228. He's still one of the strongest players in the DC ares.
Dec-02-20  cameosis: middle name is charles:

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/6...

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