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William Winter vs Georges Koltanowski
"The Lion in Winter" (game of the day Dec-26-2012)
Hastings (1936/37), Hastings ENG, rd 3, Dec-30
King's Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Deferred Fianchetto (E72)  ·  1-0


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Dec-26-12  pmukerji: I think i'm missing something obvious; what if black plays 26. ... Bxh5
Dec-26-12  nottogoodabeginner: the one thing I remember about Koltanowski is playing him in Atlantic City, New Jersey in a simul. I was in my early teens. Not sure how many were there but he had one draw (not me) and no losses. Then he played 2 men blindfold and won both games.
Dec-26-12  5hrsolver: great way to get the queen into the attack
Dec-26-12  JoshOvi: < <pmukerji> what if black plays 26. ... Bxh5? > Without checking with a computer I would guess simply 27.gh5 and the threat of h6 just wins the Knight on g7. Furthermore Whites position is just overwhelming. Bb5 with multiple threads is in the air and so on...
Dec-26-12  Shams: Pun king <FSR> delivers again! Oh and Winter did very well for himself too.
Dec-26-12  Abdel Irada: <Shams: Pun king <FSR> delivers again!>

Say what? Ain't *no one* punkin' <FSR>.

Dec-26-12  morfishine: In Summery: Winter Springs his attack on the Seasoned veteran, causing him to Fall on his sword
Dec-26-12  Abdel Irada: In this case, it was Koltanowski who played like the Winter King (
Dec-26-12  morfishine: <Abdel Irada> Nice write-up on the Winter King; Nice avatar too: I guess it means: "Mate In..."
Dec-26-12  Abdel Irada: Actually, it means "moral intelligence" and is the logo for my site.
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  playground player: Does anybody remember that wonderful TV show from the 60s, <Koltanowski on Chess>? Wish I could see it again!
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  The Diamond: <nottogood> -- Similar memory: Kolti visited our high school in Duluth, Minnesota when I was a teenager. He also gave a simul, also winning all but for one draw. He also did a memory stunt which impressed me enormously: we drew a big chessboard on a chalkboard. Then, while Kolti was blindfold (or at least facing in the other direction), in each of the squares we put telephone numbers, birthdates, etc., telling him what was in each square as we did so. We then picked a square on the board, and he started from there and did a knight's tour of the chessboard, and on every square the knight stopped he repeated the data in the square. It was flawless - never missed once.
Dec-26-12  Abdel Irada: <The Diamond: We then picked a square on the board, and he started from there and did a knight's tour of the chessboard, and on every square the knight stopped he repeated the data in the square. It was flawless - never missed once.>

That sounds very characteristic of a mnemonic system called "the method of loci," in which data are associated with "locations" on a mental map, and then recalled by "touring" the map.

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  Fusilli: <An Englishman> <Moves like 7...Be6 and 12...b6 no longer make an appearance in top-flight chess. Kolty was one of the few experts in the KID during the Thirties, and this game should give one a good idea of how bad the theory was back then.>

That was enlightening, <Englishman>. With the benefit of current knowledge on the KID, I could not make sense of ...b6 at all. Overall, Black's setup here looked awful, like he was asking White "Please kill me".

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  Gilmoy: <22.Qf3 23.Qh1> nimzo! hehe

and <13.f4 14.f5 15.g4 20.h4> an energetic K-side storm <against> the KID. Black missed his chance to, um, double on c :)

Dec-26-12  Steve.Patzer: I agree with pmukerji. Keep playing with 26....Bxh5 27. gxh5 Qe8
Dec-26-12  UnsoundHero: In a difficult position, instead of 11...Ne8, perhaps Kolti should try 11...Qc8 12 Kh2 b5. Might as well try to utilize the Bd7.
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  Fusilli: <Steve.Patzer: I agree with pmukerji. Keep playing with 26....Bxh5 27. gxh5 Qe8> But then 28.h6, no?
Dec-27-12  pmukerji: <Fusilli> if 28.h6 then 28. ... Qh5. If 29. hxg7 then 29. Qxh7 Rxh7 and black loses the dark square bishop but in my mind the game is still not over considering that the white king is also quite open...i would play on.
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  Fusilli: <pmukerji> Before recapturing the queen White has gxf8=Q+. Then Rxh7 and it's two pieces.
Dec-27-12  pmukerji: <Fusilli> yeah you are right. But instead of 27. ...Qe8 if black plays 27. ...Ke8 then black loses just the knight...I think.
Dec-28-12  Abdel Irada: <pmukerji: <Fusilli> yeah you are right. But instead of 27. ...Qe8 if black plays 27. ...Ke8 then black loses just the knight...I think.>

When you reach the point of "well, maybe I can cut my losses to one piece," resignation is in order.

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  Phony Benoni: Besides, I think resigning is the only way Black can hold his losses to one piece.

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Here's just one line that might happend: <28.h6 Nh5 29.Qg6+ Ke7 30.Rh7+ Bg7 31.Rxg7+ Nxg7 32.Qxg7+ Ke8 33.h7>

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Still not convinced?

<33...Qe7 34.h8Q+ Qf8 35.Qhxf8+ Nxf8 36.Qxb7>

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Alternatives are worse for Black, and this may not be optimal for White.

I'm a Quick Resigner myself, but I can admire the fighting spirit of the Never Resign School in positions where there is some fight left. But there comes a time to start putting a bad game behind you instead of needlessly suffering. A relaxed meal is better for your play in the next game than hopeless prolonged agony.

Dec-28-12  Abdel Irada: Well said, <Phony Benoni>.
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  kevin86: Good game by Winter.

Does anybody (else) remember the tv show:"Koltanowski on chess"?

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