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Leo Tolstoy vs Aylmer Maude
Yasnaya Polyana - (1906), Yasnaya Polyana RUE
King's Gambit: Accepted. Salvio Gambit (C37)  ·  1-0


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  acirce: <Geronimo> Well put. One could add the same thing about great chess.
Jun-14-04  Geronimo: LOL.
Jun-14-04  zb2cr: If 19 ... fxe5; 20 Qg7+, Ke8; 21 Qxh8+, Kd7; 22 Rg7+, Kc6; 23 Qxc8+, Kb5; 24 Rxb7+ etc.

If 19 ... Ke8; 20 Qg8+, Rxg8; 21 Rxg8+, Qf8; 22 Nxf6+, Kf7; 23 Rxf8, Kxf8; 24 Nxh7+ and White is 5 Pawns up.

Other than that, Black has to find a way of dealing with the threat of Ng6+, winning the Queen.

Yes, it's definitely a resignable game.

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  iron maiden: Hey, I'm more of a fan of the classics than you think. My friends can't figure out why I spend time reading Shakespeare and Coleridge poetry outside of school; then again, they can't see why I spend time playing chess either.
Jun-16-04  zb2cr: <iron maiden>, I recall a scene from the movie Dead Poets Society, where Robin Williams, playing the main character, tells the prep-school boys in his poetry class: "The purpose of reading poetry is to get the girls!" or words to that effect.

Of course, high school girls tend to like poets who I can't stand such as Byron or Swinburne.

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  iron maiden: Hey, that's a plus, not the deciding factor. :-)

Honestly, not even I can sound romantic reciting Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner.

Jun-16-04  zb2cr: <iron maiden>, Maybe you can! You're too young to have seen the movie "Out of Africa". It came out in 1985. There's a scene there where Robert Redford is pouring water over Meryl Streep's head in a camp out in the African bush so she can wash her hair. While doing this, he's reciting a portion of Colerige's epic.
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  e4Newman: My wife fell in love with me because I liked that movie!
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  iron maiden: Yes, my mother is crazy about that movie too. Maybe I'll watch it and see if I can get some pointers...
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  acirce: <it IS the great Russian writer> You mean the USSR Socialist Realist writer Aleksey Tolstoy? ;)
Jun-18-04  Geronimo: The line from the movie is "the purpose of language is to woo women", which is a little more poetic than "the purpose of reading poetry is to get girls". As for Tolstoy, if War and Peace didn't do it for you, try Anna Karenina -- it's a lot more digestible. There are various collections of his shorter (and IMHO vastly underappreciated) works that show Tolstoy's descriptive and psychological genius. "In the snow" is a gem. As for <zb2cr> ouch! Now I feel old, cause I certainly remember that movie!
Jun-18-04  zb2cr: <Geronimo>, On the comment re: the line from Dead Poets Society, I never claimed to recall it exactly; and you're correct, the line as stated by the Robin Williams character (Mr. Keating, I believe) sounds far better than my hazy recollection of it.

re: Tolstoy's shorter works, I particularly enjoyed "The Death of Ivan Ilyich".

Jun-18-04  Geronimo: Oh yes, that's a beautiful book!
Nov-29-04  unsound: Have just been reading Anna Karenina, and came across a reference to chess--after Levin spends a day scything grass, his brother tells him he has spent the day solving two chess problems.
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  who: 10...Qg2 should win for black
Nov-30-04  Lawrence: <who>, Junior 8 gives 10.....Qg2 an evaluation of -0.50 whereas 10.....f6 gets -0.73. (25 min eval)
Nov-30-04  Lawrence: <who>, after a longer evaluation Junior agrees with you that 10....Qg2 is the best move, eval -1.25

11.♗xf7+ ♔d8
12.♖f1 ♗h3
13.♗c4 gxh2
14.♗f4 (1 hour 25 min)

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  nikolaas: Tolstoy-Ivkoff
1 e4 e5 2 d4 exd4 3 c3 dxc3 4 Bc4 cxb2 5 Bxb2 d6 6 Qb3 Qe7 7 Nc3 Nd7 8 Nf3 Nc5 9 Qc2 Be6 10 Nd5 Bxd5 11 Bxd5 Nf6 12 O-O c6 13 Bc4 Rd8 14 Rfe1 Ne6 15 e5 dxe5 16 Nxe5 g6 17 Nxf7 Qxf7 18 Rxe6+ Kd7 19 Rd1+ Kc7 20 Be5+ Bd6 21 Rexd6 Qe7 22 Rd7+ Kb6 23 Bc7+ Kc5 24 Be2+ Kb4 25 Qb3+ Kc5 26 Qc4 mate.

Leo Tolstoy – Aylmer Maude
Yasnaya, 1909
King’s Gambit Accepted
1 e4 e5 2 f4 exf4 3 Nf3 g5 4 Bc4 Bg7 5 h4 g4 6 Ng5 Nh6 7 d4 O-O (7...f6, in a game of Morphy’s against Meek, led to a win for White ...) 8 Bxf4 d6 9 Nc3 Nc6 10 e5 (This gives away a pawn.) 10...dxe5 11 dxe5 Nxe5 12 Qxd8 Rxd8 13 Bxe5 Bxe5 14 O-O Bf5 15 Rae1 Bd4+ 16 Kh1 Rd7 17 Nd5 Kg7 18 Nf4 Rad8 19 Nh5+ Kg6 20 Ng3 Bxc2 21 Rc1 Ba4 22 Rf4 (A mistake which loses the game. Under the circumstances in which the game was played it would have been strange had Tolstoy not made a slip.) 22...Be3 23 Bd3+ Rxd3 24 Rxa4 Bxc1 25 Ra5 Rd1+ 26 Kh2 Bf4 27 Ne4 Re1 28 Ra4 Rdd1 29 Nf2 Bd6 30 Nxd1 Rxd1 and wins.’

1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Bc5 4 c3 Nf6 5 d4 exd4 6 cxd4 Bb4+ 7 Nc3 Nxe4 8 O-O Nxc3 9 bxc3 Bxc3 10 Qb3 Bxa1 11 Bxf7+ Kf8 12 Bg5 Ne7 13 Re1 d5 14 Bxd5 Qd7 15 Bxe7+ Qxe7 16 Rxe7 Kxe7 17 Qe3+ Kd8 18 Qg5+ Ke8 19 Qxg7 Rf8 20 Ng5 h5 21 Nh7 Rf5 22 Nf6+ Rxf6 23 Qxf6 Bb2 24 Bf7+ Kf8 25 Bg6+ Kg8 26 Qf7+ Kh8 27 Qh7 mate.

Are also claimed to be Tolstoy games. By the way, I think <> can safely add their names to this game.

Dec-28-05  SnoopDogg: For some reason whenever I think of Tolstoy, I think of Enemy at the Gates. Which by the way I think is the most underrated war movie at least after the millenimum. I mean at least it has the most beautiful classical music I've ever heard (Pearl Harbor being next best).
Dec-28-05  syracrophy: 19...Ke8 20.Qg8+ Rxg8 21.Rxg8+ Qf8 22.Nxf6+ Ke7 23.Nd5+ Ke8 24.Rag1 Nd7 25.R1g7! Qxg8 26.Rxg8+ Nf8 27.Nc7+ Ke7 28.Nxa8 its an easy win for white
Feb-28-09  WhiteRook48: the great Tolstoy played chess?!
Mar-11-09  Dredge Rivers: It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.

No, wait. Wrong writer!

Aug-28-12  Llawdogg: Anna Karenina!
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  HeMateMe: God will get you for this, Lev!


Feb-09-13  billyhan: And then there's Maude."
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