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Louis Levy
Number of games in database: 90
Years covered: 1941 to 1994
Last FIDE rating: 2275
Overall record: +33 -39 =18 (46.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Feb-10-1921, died Mar-28-2011, 90 years old) United States of America

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He was a FIDE Master in chess, and a Life Master in bridge. He is the only person known to have played Frank James Marshall, Robert James Fischer, and Gata Kamsky.

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 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 90  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Marshall vs L Levy 1-0241941Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipC12 French, McCutcheon
2. A Raettig vs L Levy 1-0221941Manhattan CC Championship. Prelim BC50 Giuoco Piano
3. Santasiere vs L Levy  0-1341941Marshall CC Championship (/42)A06 Reti Opening
4. L Levy vs H Steiner  0-1461942United States ChampionshipC29 Vienna Gambit
5. L Levy vs Reshevsky  0-1521942United States ChampionshipC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
6. L Levy vs Kashdan  0-1441942United States ChampionshipC29 Vienna Gambit
7. L Levy vs Denker 0-1121942United States ChampionshipB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
8. J Levin vs L Levy  ½-½411942Ventnor CityE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
9. L Levy vs J Moskowitz  0-1391942Ventnor CityC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
10. S Bernstein vs L Levy  1-0351942Ventnor CityD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
11. Yanofsky vs L Levy  0-1401942Ventnor CityB03 Alekhine's Defense
12. L Levy vs A Pinkus 1-0251942Ventnor CityD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
13. Shainswit vs L Levy  1-0611942Ventnor CityD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
14. L Levy vs W Suesman  ½-½631942Ventnor CityD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. L Chauvenet vs L Levy 0-1471942Ventnor CityD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
16. L Levy vs J F Donovan  0-1341942Ventnor CityD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. R Cross vs L Levy  0-139195556th US OpenB01 Scandinavian
18. L Levy vs A Kaufman  0-152195556th US OpenB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
19. L Levy vs H Seidman  ½-½34195556th US OpenB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
20. A Turner vs L Levy  ½-½47195556th US OpenD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
21. L Levy vs W Addison  0-124195556th US OpenB32 Sicilian
22. J G Sullivan vs L Levy  ½-½27195556th US OpenD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
23. L Levy vs A Suhobeck  0-138195556th US OpenC30 King's Gambit Declined
24. L Levy vs Bisguier  0-1261956Metropolitan LeagueC38 King's Gambit Accepted
25. L Levy vs N Halper  1-0801957Marshall CC-ch 1956/57D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Jul-16-07  aazqua: Louis Levy certainly is good at getting beat by some good players.
Nov-25-10  Xeroxx: Dude is still alive?
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  GrahamClayton: Levy died on the 20th of March 2011, aged 90. He would be one of the few players to have played both Frank Marshall and Bobby Fischer.
Jun-30-11  TheFocus: I submitted this game today.

L Levy vs Fischer, 1971

Dec-19-11  Xeroxx: Dude is dead?
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  Stonehenge: According to the nytimes he died on the 28th:

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Published: April 3, 2011

LEVY--Louis, chess champion, bridge life master, listed in Who's Who in the World died March 28 Los Angeles, California at age 90, survived by his wife, Gloria, children and grandchildren.

Feb-29-12  Xeroxx: wow amazing
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  Phony Benoni: Just took a quick look at the last couple of pages of Marshall games, and these players can be added to the list of common Marshall--Fischer opponents:

Sidney Norman Bernstein
Arnold Denker
Alexander Kevitz
Samuel Reshevsky
Anthony Santasiere

We don't have any games betweeen Fine and Marshall, but they surely played. And I'm sure there are others.

Among non-US players, I'll start the ball rolling with Max Euwe and Maurice Fox.

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  FSR: Levy is probably the only player ever to play Marshall, Fischer, and Kamsky - three great U.S. players from three different eras.
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  HeMateMe: This is certainly an interesting find, <FSR>. He also played Byrne, Korchnoi and Reshevsky, as well as Denker and Kashdan. He certainly got to play a bit over his head, for being a relatively low strength guy.

I wonder if a similar link (Six degrees of Bacon) exists for Morphy, and future USA champions?

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  FSR: <HeMateMe: This is certainly an interesting find, <FSR>. He also played Byrne, Korchnoi and Reshevsky, as well as Denker and Kashdan. He certainly got to play a bit over his head, for being a relatively low strength guy.>

While not in the (world) class of the players you mention, Levy was no slouch. For example, looking at the bound 1962 volume of <Chess Life>, I see that in December 1962 he had a rating of 2352. Only 13 players in the country had Senior Master (2400 and above) ratings, and 12 of them were or later became GMs or IMs.

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