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John Finan Barry vs William Ewart Napier
Cambridge Springs (1904), Cambridge Springs, PA USA, rd 1, Apr-25
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Chigorin Variation (C42)  ·  0-1


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  GrahamClayton: "When making his eighth move, the Bostonian studied intently upon the position, and before he had his mind made up as to how to proceed he had wasted a full three-quarters of an hour. It was a position where there are many pitfalls in this dangerous defence, and Barry was over-cautious.

This loss of time was in itself a heavy handicap, and as he had an uphill fight on his hands for the entire day, his plight may well be imagined."

Boston Evening Transcript, April 26, 1904.

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  Phony Benoni: After 21.a3, White has a hole on b3 which Black's queen decides to use as a summer vacation home. Three times she pops in, and three times White has to reorganize his position to kick her out with Nd2.

In the end the queen has the final word, though she has to die to get it in.

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  OhioChessFan: Kind of cheesy for White to engage in the series of spite checks at the end.
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  Phony Benoni: It was round 1. The players still had excess nervous energy to work off.
May-11-15  jerseybob: Phony: 21.a3 seems forced. The move that really ruins white's q-side is 18.c3, allowing the quick Nc5/d3. Tough to choose a better 18th move for white though; since he's lost so much time in the early part of the game black already has a domineering position. Maybe 18.a4!?
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  TheFocus: Cambridge Springs Brilliancy Prizes:

First Prize ($40) - Carl Schlechter, for his game against Dr. E. Lasker in the 11th round.

Second Prize ($25) - William E. Napier, for his game against John Barry in the first round.

Third and fourth Prize ($35) - divided equally between David Janowski, for his game against M. Tschigorin in the sixth round, and to Eugene Delmar, for his game against A.B. Hodges in the fifth round.

See <American a Chess Bulletin>, November 1904, pg. 127.

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