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Max Pavey
M Pavey 
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Number of games in database: 72
Years covered: 1939 to 1956
Overall record: +33 -19 =20 (59.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Mar-05-1918, died Sep-04-1957, 39 years old) United States of America

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Max Pavey was born in Boston. Whilst a student in Scotland he won the Scottish Championship in 1939. US Lightning Champion in 1947 and New York State Champion in 1949. He was a member of the US team that traveled to Moscow in 1955. He won the 1952-53 and 1955-56 Manhattan Chess Club championship. His best over the board achievement was probably the defeat of Paul Keres in 1954.

Pavey was a manager at a radium plant. He became ill with leukemia, likely as a result of radiation exposure. After a long battle with the disease, he died in Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York in 1957, as Lasker and Capablanca previously had.

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Last updated: 2022-07-03 20:29:58

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 72  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L H Geronimus vs M Pavey  ½-½661939SCO-chD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
2. J M Aitken vs M Pavey  0-1491939SCO-chB54 Sicilian
3. M Pavey vs R Byrne ½-½381944Manhattan CC-ch 1944/45A13 English
4. Fine vs M Pavey  1-0361945Blindfold Rapid Transit ExhibitionB03 Alekhine's Defense
5. M Pavey vs Rossetto  ½-½411947La Plata - New York Radio MatchD66 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
6. M Pavey vs W M Byland  1-035194849th US OpenC17 French, Winawer, Advance
7. W Shipman vs M Pavey  0-130194849th US OpenC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
8. M Pavey vs H Daly  1-032194849th US OpenB32 Sicilian
9. J F Donovan vs M Pavey  0-124194849th US OpenD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. M Pavey vs Kashdan  0-157194849th US OpenA12 English with b3
11. Bisguier vs M Pavey  0-138194849th US OpenC77 Ruy Lopez
12. M Pavey vs C Pilnick  1-039194849th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
13. M Pavey vs G Kramer  1-040194849th US OpenA06 Reti Opening
14. O Ulvestad vs M Pavey  1-056194849th US OpenD23 Queen's Gambit Accepted
15. W Adams vs M Pavey 1-029194849th US OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. M Pavey vs Evans  ½-½25194849th US OpenA12 English with b3
17. C F Rehberg vs M Pavey  0-139194849th US OpenD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
18. A Pinkus vs M Pavey 1-01021951USA-chD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. M L Hanauer vs M Pavey  ½-½351951USA-chA22 English
20. M Pavey vs A Mengarini  1-0301951USA-chD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Santasiere vs M Pavey  0-1281951USA-chA16 English
22. M Pavey vs Shainswit  1-0351951USA-chD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
23. M Pavey vs H Seidman  ½-½471951USA-chA52 Budapest Gambit
24. I A Horowitz vs M Pavey ½-½781951USA-chE17 Queen's Indian
25. Reshevsky vs M Pavey  ½-½371951USA-chD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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Dec-01-04  kostich in time: Pavey was once champion of Scotland anda minor US master from the early nineteen fifties. He is famous for two things. In the early fities, Fischer played in a simul against him-probably Bobbys first game against a master. Secondly, he played against Keres in the 1955 US-USSR match. Despite the fact that he was seemingly hopelessly outclassed, he actually managed to win one game of the 4 game set.
Mar-05-05  pazzed paun: <kostich in time> ANY comments about the Lincoln was ... controversy? MAX PAVEY played in the Moscow 1956 tournament-he had a great quote that went something like-the Russians maybe better prepared in the opening but Americans can win by fighting spirit and imagination in the middlegame. substitue MASTER for Russian AND AMAETUER for AMERICAN -and this should be some good advice for 1400 level players for spend years trying to memorise openings 25 moves deep or study worthless "opening statistics"!
Apr-03-05  dafish298: most notable for his victory over fischer!
Apr-05-05  pazzed paun: <dafish298> beating Petrosian in 1955 is a bigger achievement than beating Fischer in 1956!
Sep-15-05  BobbyBishop: Where is this game you speak of Pazzed? There's only one game listed with him vs Tigran and he seems to have lost it.
Apr-17-06  TheNextBobbyFischer: were is the game where Max Pavey beat fischer?
Apr-17-06  sneaky pete: <TheNext> Fischer vs M Pavey, 1956.
Sep-10-10  Eastfrisian: A well known player, but I can't find any photo of him.
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  Phony Benoni: The win over Fischer notwithstanding, I fear Mr. Pavey will always suffer from negative immortality due to this game: I A Horowitz vs M Pavey, 1951
Apr-16-12  RookFile: He did ok in this game:

M Pavey vs Keres, 1954

Aug-17-12  wordfunph: from the book The Unknown Bobby Fischer by Donaldson & Tangborn..

<Death claimed Max Pavey on September 4, 1957 at the age of 39 after a long confinement in the Mt. Sinai Hospital. Leukemia and coronary complications "with a suspicion of radium intoxication" were the causes ascribed for his untimely passing.>

rest in peace, master Pavey..

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  Chessical: It appears that he suffered from radiation poisoning as a result of expsure in his medical work.

The following article has a picture of Dr Pavey.

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  MissScarlett: A 14-year-old <Max Pavey> playing for the Brooklyn Boys High School took part in Alekhine's 50-board team simul in New York on November 8th, 1932. They lost.
Mar-05-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Max Pavey.
Dec-13-18  Caissanist: Per this article from User: SBC, Pavey's day job chemist and plant manager at the Canadian Radium and Uranium Corp. Laboratory. This was apparently the exposure that led to him developing leukemia. The article also includes several Pavey photos.
Dec-15-18  Caissanist: Link to article referred to above: .

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