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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Larry Gilden

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     Lawrence C. Gilden (born September 25, 1942 in Washington DC) was awarded the FM title in 1983. Although he was at one time a Senior Master (rated over 2400) his current USCF rating is 2213. 
     In 1961 he won the Intercollegiate Championship; he has also won the Washington DC championship and the New Jersey State Championship four times. Gilden played in the 1974 US Championship but finished last, scoring +3 -9 =1. His lone draw was against Larry Evans who tied with Pal Benko for second place a full point and a half behind Walter Browne. His wins were over Bernard Zuckerman, Andrew Soltis and Kim Commons. 
     For whatever reason, in the mid to late 1970s he began suffering a rating decline. He currently lives in Maryland. 
     Kingpin magazine has an old article by W.R. Hartson about the 1967 Students’ Olympiad that has an anecdote about Gilden and teammate Bernard Zuckerman. 
     Gilden's opponent in this game was Ross Stoutenborough (born 1953) from Virginia. His rating is listed at 2308, but he has been inactive since 1992. The game was pretty uninteresting up until Gilden made a speculative sacrifice on move 22 which resulted in some real complications. Stoutenborough defended reasonably well, but at move 40 made a gross blunder in a drawn position when he trapped his own Q with a move that was most likely made in time pressure.

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