Robert Byrne Sacs the Poisoned Pawn and a Bishop as Evans Takes the Gambit

Robert Byrne Sacs the Poisoned Pawn and a Bishop as Evans Takes the Gambit

NM GreenLaser
Dec 5, 2010, 12:00 AM |
9 | Opening Theory

Robert Byrne was born April 20, 1928 in New York City. He won the United States Championship in 1972, won seven medals representing the US nine times in the Olympiads from 1952-1976, played in three Interzonals placing as high as third (1973), and reached the Candidates in 1974.
Byrne made IM at the Helsinki Olympiad in 1952 with a bronze medal performance on board three. He made GM at Buenos Aires 1964 with a third place finish behind Keres and Petrosian.
Byrne was a philosophy professor who eventually became a chess professional. From 1972-2006, he was the chess columnist for The New York Times.
In the following game, Byrne faced the recently deceased Larry Evans in the US Championship in 1965. The field consisted of eleven top American players and Duncan Suttles of Canada. Bobby Fischer won eight out of eleven games to score 8.5 and come in clear first. Against his top three competitors, Fischer scored only a half a point. He lost to Byrne (7.5) and Reshevsky (7.5), while drawing with Addison (6.5). Evans scored only 5/11 to tie with Benko for places 8-9. The Byrne-Evans game has interested me since I saw the game and the postmortem take place. The two players and others from the event could not save Black. However, with 45 years years of time and additional games played in the line, I am able to report how Black can do better.

 

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