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Berkeley, CA

Lone Pine 1976 Original Scoresheets

SM Nick deFirmian vs. SM Yasser Seirawan

Louis D. Statham
Master Chess Tournament
Result: Draw, Round #5, Board #25
Thursday, March 11th, 1976

Note: This scoresheet scan is in black & white...

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"The Game"

SM Nick deFirmian vs. SM Yasser Seirawan

Louis D. Statham
Master Chess Tournament
Lone Pine, CA
Round #5, Board #25
Time Control: 45 // 2 & 1/2
March 11, 1976

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  1. d4 d6

  2. Nf3 g6

  3. c4 Bg7

  4. g3 e5

  5. Nc3 Nc6

  6. d5 Nce7

  7. Bg2 h6

  8. 0-0 f5

  9. e4 Nf6

  10. Ne1 0-0

  11. Nd3 fe

  12. Ne4 g5

  13. Qe2 Bf5

  14. Bd2 Qd7

  15. Bc3 Bg4

  16. f3 Ne4

  17. Qe4 Bf5

  18. Qe2 b5

  19. Nb4 a5

  20. Nc6 Nc6

  21. dc Qc6

  22. cb Qb6

  23. Kh1 Rae8

  24. Rad1 a4

  25. Qc4+ Be6

  26. Qa4 Ra8

  27. Qe4 Ba2

  28. f4 Draw

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Before they were both Grandmasters they were just Nick
& Yasser and good friends of mine. Here we have a sharp
game in the "KID" (via transposition) that ends peacefully
in a draw (mutual respect I'm sure). Besides, there was
always a big pool game after the rounds were over and
a good dinner had by all. I'm sure bloodshed was spilt
on the pool table! (if not a random beer by those over
twenty-one).

Both original scoresheets are in very good shape (they
remained boxed & fully protected for over twenty-seven
years). Both scoresheets are fully signed by deFirmian
and Seirawan (matched set pair). Suitable for framing... :-)

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