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Frank James Marshall vs Hyman Rogosin
"The Peasant's Revolt" (game of the day May-14-2008)
ch Marshall CC (1940), New York, NY USA, rd 15, Feb-25
Sicilian Defense: Wing Gambit. Marshall Variation (B20)  ·  1-0


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May-14-08  Magic Castle: The threat is Rd3. Hence, 26.... Rd8(best) 27. Rd8 Kd8 28. Ng5 and the Knight has to be sacrificed to prevent the pawn from queening. The bishop cannot move because of the threat 28. Rd3+ and a mating attack ensues.
May-14-08  YoungEd: I think that 3. ...Nc6 actually starts off the troubles. If Black doesn't want to risk the real gambit by taking on a3, it would seem better to move the e-pawn instead, using the bishop rather than the knight to guard the pawn.
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  sleepyirv: I'm more shocked by Black's rejection of opening dogma- stop messing with the knights!
May-14-08  Billy Vaughan: This is the silliest game I have ever seen ;)
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  kevin86: Sanity didn't arrive at this game until very late... White's first 14 moves were with pawns;black's first 13 were with pawns and knights. Black's only rook move was his last;the only queen move was to exchange them off the board.

White finally won this managerie;it does not deserve a place in the Chess Hall of Fame.

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  patzer2: <AgentRgent: Black should say thanks for the pawn and play 4...Nxb4.> I agree. Also, I think Black can snatch the second pawn with 3...bxa3 and still come out OK by giving back the extra pawn at the right moment.

After 10...Ngxf4?, Black is busted. Instead, 10...Nd4 offers reasonable counterplay.

Jun-16-08  Sem: Can't agree with kevin86. I grew up with the systematic opening teachings of Dr Max Euwe and this game makes a refreshing change.
Jun-27-08  Resignation Trap: I just uploaded another game where White had advanced all his pawns to the fourth rank (or beyond) by move 14, and apparently from the same event! See S Bernstein vs E B Heal, 1940 .
Aug-04-08  Sem: Thanks, Resignation Trap! As a teenager I saw the great Botwinnik live; he had come to my home town Groningen in Holland to commemorate the great tournament of 1946, the first after WW II. For that reason he played simultaneous with clock against a bunch of promising young players. One of them was Sybolt Noorda, who advanced his queen pawns against the grand old man, and got away with it (a draw).
Sep-29-11  fetonzio: is that only pawn moves by white until move 14
Dec-17-11  King Death: < YoungEd: I think that 3. ...Nc6 actually starts off the troubles...>

A better line than 3...Nc6 was played in this miniature (make of it what you will): K Shirazi vs J Peters, 1986.

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  FSR: Marshall really busted Hyman.
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  perfidious: <FSR>: It is regrettable, but your kibitz gives one pun which I strongly suspect will not pass muster, for some strange reason.
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  FSR: <perfidious> I can't imagine why not. It's the guy's name. btw, I just found out that Hacker J. Fagot has died.
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  andrewjsacks: I see nothing wrong with puns and other levity that are offered merely for the sake of wit, and do not intentionally disparage individuals, groups, etc. Just my two cents thrown in.
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  FSR: When I was in high school almost 40 years ago, one of our chess team members was thumbing through the USCF rating supplement (the school chess club was an affiliate, and thus had a copy) and happened upon the name of Hacker J. Fagot. Being high school students, we were massively amused. Apparently my standards of humor haven't evolved much. Mr. Fagot must have played tournament chess for many decades.

That reminds me of something. When a student had lacunae in his/her school day, the student was assigned to a study hall for the periods of such lacunae. One could go to the library in lieu of going to the study hall, in which event one had to fill out a slip in the library. The slip would be delivered to one's study hall "teacher," so one wouldn't be marked absent. (An unexcused absence would likely result in detention.) When I went to the library, I would endeavor to secure an extra slip when they were passed out and fill in an amusing fake name, while omitting the room number and teacher for the study hall. The librarian, trying to determine the room number and teacher so that the slip could be directed to the right place, would call out the name in question. It never seemed to dawn on her that these were fake names. One time she literally called out, "Hugh G. Rection? Is Hugh G. Rection here?" You can only imagine how much difficulty I had stifling my laughter.

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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this amusing game here:

Cheers, K

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  Alex Schindler: This is absurd. And the berserker knight capture on move ten was completely uncalled for. Did this follow a particularly strange game of truth or dare , or something?

"truth - did they *really* shower the board with gold coins? "

" alright, I'll take a dare "

" play a game without moving a piece in the first ten moves, and studiously avoid further development for as long as possible. And win. "

" done ".

Aug-09-15  Christoforus Polacco: Funny game :) I like it.
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  andrewjsacks: Hy Rogosin's son Donn was the only player to beat Fischer in the 50-board simul in Hollywood in 1964, by the way.
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  tpstar: <Yes, I'm the Horrible Example> Hilarious anecdote. :>D

26 ... Bb7? 27. Rd7#.

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  NM JRousselle: Hacker J Fagot was a professor at Loyola University in New Orleans. He was a Roman Catholic priest from France.

He was head of the Psychology Dept and an early user of computers. He was the moderator of our chess team.

He was very much beloved by every student that I talked too.

I could go on and on about Fr Fagot (pronounced Fah go). He was amazing and his passing was greatly mourned by all.

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  perfidious: <NMJRousselle....(Fr Fagot) was head of the Psychology Dept and an early user of computers....>

So long as he did not attempt to program them....(laughs)

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  NM JRousselle: Perfidious, did you know the late Fr Fagot? He was actually quite good at programming.
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  perfidious: Never met the gentleman, but with the forename Hacker, a joke on those lines was irresistible.
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