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Louis Paulsen vs John Owen
"Owen An Apology" (game of the day Sep-10-2005)
London (1862)
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0


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Jul-19-04  zb2cr: The "double sacrifice" 16 fxe5 and 17 Rxf1 is a terrific idea. If Black accepts the second sacrifice to go up by a whole Rook, 17 ... Rxf1+; 18 Bxf1 I see three variations:

(a) 18 ... d5; 19 exd6 (e.p.), Qd7; 20 Bc4+ looks like it wins Black's Queen.

(b) 18 ... Qe7; 19 Bc4+, Kh8; 20 e6+, Kg8; 21 exd7+, Qf7; 22 Bxf7+, Kxf7; 23 Qxc6 followed by Bg5 and Queening the Pawn.

(c) 18 ... Kf7; 19 Qf3+. Now some "sub-variations".

(c1) 19 ... Ke8??; 20 Qf8#. (Or 19 ... Ke7??; 20 Qf6+ driving Black into the same position.)

(c2) 19 ... Kg8; 20 Bc4+, Kh8; 21 Qf6+, Qxf6; 22 gxf6, Rg8 (only way to prevent 23 Bg7#); 23 f7! and Black will have to sac his Rook for the Pawn after it Queens, leaving White up by a clear minor piece.

(c3) 19 ... Ke6; 20 Bh3+, Kxe5 (...Ke7 leads to mate in 2 as in variation c1); 21 Bf4+! presenting Black with the unpleasant choices of 21 ... Kf6; 22 Bg5+ (mate in 3 if he takes White's Bishop or loss of Black's Queen if he doesn't) or 21 ... Kd5; 22 Qe3+, Kc4; 23 Bf1+, Kb4; 24 Qa3#.

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  akiba82: Nice analysis Zb2cr, to a pretty game.
Sep-10-05  humanehuman: poor quality game. Amateur hour.
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  Ezzy: <zb2cr> In variation (a) 20 Bc4+ Qf7 21 Qg7 mate!

Variation (b) 22 Qg7 mate!

Variation (c2) 20.Bc4+ Kh8 21.Qf7 Qg8 22.Qf6+ Qg7 23.Qxg7 mate!

Variation (c3) 19...Ke6 20.Bh3+ Kxe5 21.Qf4+ Kd4 22.Qd2+ Kxe4 23.Qe3+ Kd5 24.Bg2+ Kc4 25.Qc3+ Kb5 26.Bf1+ Ka4 27.Qa3 mate!

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  JohnBoy: <zb2cr> - this is an exchange sac, not a rook sac. Taking with 17...Rxf1+ does not leave black a rook up.

<humane> - you are way off base! I don't know if your comment is intended to be taken seriously, but this shows Paulsen as a VERY substantial player, not just Morphy's scratching post.

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  TheAlchemist: <Ezzy> Hello. Nice to see you back.
Sep-10-05  Professeur Y: No doubt about Paulsen being a player of great stature, but I think humanehuman might have been refering to his unknown opponent. Black seemed in trouble right after having initiated the series of exanchges on move 7, and as of move 10, there was no looking back for white, who won quite easily. Not a very exciting game in my opinion.
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  percyblakeney: Owen is maybe not the most well-known player of the 19th century (or playing his best game here), but he has a couple of draws and a win against Morphy: Morphy vs Owen, 1858
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  percyblakeney: ...even if the draws were in pawn odds games. He became a better player later, and Chessmetrics has a won match against Burn (then a top ten player) in 1888 as his best result.
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  JohnBoy: <Prof Y> - I wholeheartedly disagree with you. Owen got the worst of the opening, but defended fairly well. He did not stumble into any of the myriad mate threats until there was essentially no way out. You can find modern GM games which are comparable or worse. To me the lesson is in how Paulsen imposed his will with unflagging momentum. Rather impressive. This is key in chess - how to maintain initiative once established.
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  JohnBoy: Moreover, in reading Owen's bio on this site, he placed third at the tournament in which this game was played. Behind Anderssen and Paulsen. Maybe there were only three players, but I imagine this was not the case.
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  percyblakeney: Actually Owen finished ahead of some strong players in the tournament, like Steinitz and Blackburne, even if it was early in their careers:

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  Calli: A fine combo from Paulsen and good battle overall. Owen defends well but he needed to play 21...c5. Then he has c4 if Qb3+ or if Bf4 then Nf7. Its probably lost anyway, but at least the game would continue
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  kevin86: Black has a mate-saving clause in 23...♖xd8 24 ♕xe7 ♘f7} the knight guards the rook,blocks the mate threat and also the key square g5. O♔,he is lost anyway,but I loved the knight move!
Sep-10-05  I Pawn You: YES. YES!!!
THOSE are the kinds of puns I want to see. This is great. Marvelous really.

Well, see now. This whole... puns area in humor is very tricky. Dangerous, if you will (though you probably won't). I believe that in humor, there's what you would call, say...a stepping stone, and then, the punch. Even if it's a long monologue or somesuch, it's consisted of those stones and punches. This also applies to puns, only in this case (and of course, in other areas, but that's irrelevent), the stepping stone is put in your mind retroactively. What you get is solely the punch. And now, the tricky part. Between the stepping stone and the pucnh, there is a certain distance (this applies not only to puns). That distance will count for how funny the joke is (along with other factors), and will also perhaps divide it into "genres", for lack of a better word. Say, a long distance one could be considered clever. A medium could be considered witty. A short could probably be considered silly, yet still be funny. I don't really know how to realte that to puns really, but I think this one (Owen An Apology) takes a great leap of courage. Because it's either a bullseye, or extremely lame. I personally think it's the former, though I also think most people would take it as the latter. Anywho, that's it.
...for now.

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  tpstar: After losing, Black was Owen one.
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  al wazir: Black would have done better with 20...Qxd7. If 21. e5 then 21...Nd4, and now white can't play 22. Bxa8 or Bh3 because of 22...Ne2+. If 21. Bh3 then 21...Qd4+, forcing the ♕ exchange. The continuation might be 22. Qxd4 Nxd4 23. c3 Nf3+ 24. Kf2 Nd5 25. Bf4 Rd8.
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  Calli: <al wazir> Nd4 doesn't work because Qc4+ prevents the fork.
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  patzer2: White's 16. fxe5! "sacrfices" the exchange for a winning attack on the weakened kingside. Even stronger than the followup 17. Rxf1 is 17. Bxf1! Qe7 18. e6! Qxe6 19. Bc4+ .
Nov-15-07  nimh: Rybka 2.4 mp, AMD X2 2.01GHz, 10 min per move, threshold 0.33.

Paulsen no mistakes!

Owen 4 mistakes:
15...Ba6 2.47 (15...Qe7 0.61)
21...g5 3.29 (21...Rd8 1.97)
22...g4 #14 (22...Kf7 3.29)
23...Qxd8 #1 (23...Rxd8 #7)

Aug-19-08  ravel5184: Why does it say 22 ... g4 is a mate in 14 when White's best move 23. d8Q leads to at most a mate in 7?
Nov-25-10  ariel el luchador: Una gran partida de Paulsen después de filidor uno de los precursores de la escuela moderna de ajedrez y también de la hipermoderna podemos decir que esta partida es una de las 4 mejores del torneo de Londres de 1862,la jugada 2)P3CR CONTRA LA defensa owen es uno de sus sellos particulares
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