|Jan-30-05|| ||Darknight15: 50.-...Rb4! great! |
|Apr-01-05|| ||Runemaster: A wonderful game to go with today's game of the day, The Immortal Overprotection Game, which was composed by Kmoch. |
The amazing thing is, this (real) game is only slightly less strange than the game Kmoch made up for a joke! I presume that he lost this game first and then invented the Immortal Overprotection Game - what Nim is doing here in the opening and early middle game is just weird.
|Apr-01-05|| ||keypusher: Wow, I didn't know about this game! Thanks for pointing it out, <runemaster>. Here is an example of Petrosian doing his best Nimzowitch impression:|
J B Bednarski vs Petrosian, 1968
|Apr-01-05|| ||AgentRgent: It's games like this that remind me just how extraordinary The Master truly was!!! |
|Apr-19-05|| ||aw1988: A prime example for iron maiden's collection, if he isn't tired of hearing about it from me. The position looks similar to that Marshall game, except here it's white who elbows the rook off the table and sais "Don't worry, I shant be needing it!". |
|Apr-19-05|| ||hintza: <aw1988> Don't worry about the maiden, he's tireless! |
|Apr-19-05|| ||aw1988: <hintza> So are you! I've checked my user profile looking for "*" and most of them are your comments! |
|Apr-19-05|| ||hintza: Sorry, I'm probably just a little hyper what with all this pope business. Exciting times! There you go, another star for the collection... |
|Apr-19-05|| ||aw1988: Not any more!
(Sigh... let the immaturity begin)
|Apr-19-05|| ||tomh72000: And let it end RIGHT NOW. <hintza> Stop giving him stars you silly alter-ego... |
|Apr-19-05|| ||hintza: OK, I think I fixed it! |
|Jun-17-05|| ||rwbean: As pointed out by Alex Szabo at talkchess.com in April 2001, 54. Re2! appears to draw. I didn't believe it myself until I followed the lines through. But 50...Rb4 is still the best move, it's the only one which has any chance of winning.|
|Jun-17-05|| ||PivotalAnorak: <rwbean> could u give us some lines after 54.Re2 plz ? Should be interesting, cuz as u said, "visually" White seems to be totally lost|
|Jun-17-05|| ||rwbean: Szabo's main line starting at move 54 == move 5 is 5. Re2! Kc4 6. f4 Kxd4 7. f5 exf5
8. e6 Kd3 9. e7 Bd7 10. Kf3 d4 11. Rh2 Kc4 12. Rh8 b2 13. Rb8 d3
14. Bxb2 cxb2 15. Rxb2 a3 16. Rb7 Be8 17. Ra7 Kb3 18. Ke3 a2
19. Kxd3 Kb2 20. Rb7+ Kc1 21. Ra7 =/=. If you go to chessprogramming.org/cccsearch and search for author "Szabo" he has devised replies for all the Black alternatives suggested.|
|Jul-01-05|| ||PivotalAnorak: <rwbean> sorry for the late answer. thanx man, wow, impressive drawing line|
|Jul-02-05|| ||fgh: 50. ... Rb4!! brilliant! Maybe I should make a game collection on Nimzowitsch's best games.|
|Jul-11-11|| ||rwbean: In July 2009 and August 2010 Charles Sullivan, Mark Rawlings and Dadi Jonsson confirmed the draw at rybkaforum.net (here move 1 = move 50). This position is called "WAC 230" or "Win at Chess 230" (from "Win at Chess" by Fred Reinfeld, 1958) and Alex Szabo wrote about it in his 1984 thesis at ubc.ca. |
So if a top program can't find "the win" it's just because there isn't one!
"1...Rb4 is the only chance to win, then 2.cxb4 a4 3.b5+ Kxb5 4.Re2 c3 5.Ba3 Kc4 6.f4 Kxd4 7.f5 and now Dadi Jonsson's 7...Kd3 looks best. After that, the best I can find is 8.fxg6 Kxe2 9.g7 b2 10.g8=Q b1=Q 11.Qxc8 Qg1+ (beginning here, there are many transpositions, but they all end up in the same place) 12.Kh3 Qf1+ 13.Kg4 Qf3+ 14.Kh4 Qe4+ 15.Kh5 Qh7+ 16.Kg4 d4 17.Qc6! (This might be the only move that draws; 17.Qc4+, for instance, allows Black good winning chances). From here, one line is 17...Qf5+ 18.Kh5 d3 19.Qg2+ Qf2 20.Qe4+ Qe3 21.Qc4 Qh3+ 22.Kg6 c2 23.Kg7 Kd1 24.g6 d2 25.Qxa4 Ke2 26.Qxc2 Qd3 27.Qxd3+ Kxd3=."
|Jul-05-12|| ||Veryrusty: Regarding <rwbean>, I haven't got an engine, but it sure seems to me that Szabo's "drawing line" is a loser, because after the e6 push Black can take it off and the Rook will soon be forced to fight along.
54. Re2, Kc4; 55. f4, Kxd4; 56. f5, ef; 57. e6, Bxe6; 58. Rxe6, b2; 59. Rb6, Kd3; 60. Kf3, Kc2, forcing 61. Bxb2, cb; 62. Rc6+, Kd3; 63. Rb6, a3 followed by a2 and queens either the a or b pawn.|
What am I missing?