A Fischer equalizer… Panama’s John Evans

John Evans

John Evans (pictured right) was a member of the Panamanian national team back in the 60s and later settled in New York. He visited the Wilbert Paige Memorial in 2001 and added to the importance of the event.

Here is a game he played against none other than Robert James Fischer. The game was part of a simultaneous exhibition in Washington, DC in 1964. Thanks for Bob Ali of the Kingsmen Chess Club for getting this piece of history!

Bobby Fischer – John Evans, Washington DC (simul), 1964

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 Nc6 8.Be3 Bd7 9.f4 Qa5 10.0-0 h5 11.h3 h4 12.Qf3 Qh5 13.Qf2 Rc8 14.f5 Nxd4 15.Bxd4 e5 16.Be3 Bc6 17.Bd5 Be7 18.Rad1 Rd8 19.Bb6 Rd7 20.Rfe1 g5 21.fxg6 Qxg6 22.Rf1 Bxd5 23.exd5 Nh5 24.Qf5 Qxf5 25.Rxf5 Ng3 26.Rf2 f5 27.Ne2 f4 28.Nxg3 hxg3 29.Re2 Bd8 30.Bxd8 Kxd8 31.Re4 Rc7 ½-½ (see game)

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