Larry Evans, 1932-2010

Yesterday’s paper brought more sad news: the death of American chess grandmaster Larry Evans.

Mr. Evans, though never quite in the uppermost echelon of world-championship candidates, was nevertheless among the strongest players in the world for decades, and was a frequent U.S. champion. He was also a prolific and beloved author, columnist, and analyst; I have several of his books on my chess shelf, and I had followed his regular contributions to Chess Life since I was a boy. (I even got to meet him once, at a tournament at New York’s McAlpin Hotel sometime back in the early 70s.)

You can read his New York Times obituary here, and his USCF obituary here — and you can look over a few of his games here.

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