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Jacob Ost-Hansen vs John Nunn
"Frankenstein Meets Dracula" (game of the day Oct-31-08)
Teesside 1974  ·  Vienna Game: Stanley. Frankenstein-Dracula Variation (C27)  ·  0-1
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Aug-01-05  Averageguy: Even if this line gives black a dangerous initiative, many players as black dont know this line at all. They simply believe thay are being clever and playing for the "Knight fork" with 3...Nxe4 and are shocked when I play 4.Qh5, and then lose pathetically soon after with moves like 4...g6?? or 4...Ng5??
Sep-17-05  aw1988: I think the result here was 1-0, not 0-1. Before Nunn could deliver mate, he lost on time.
Jun-07-07
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  alexmagnus: What is bad about 4...Ng5?
Jun-08-07
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  Benzol: <alexmagnus> Book vs Heidenheimo, 1925 and
J Kis vs E Csato, 1993
are two possible continuations.
Dec-09-07
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  whiteshark: clue hunting #29 (<This game wards off vampires.>): if not here where else ??
Oct-31-08
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  sleepyirv: Well, I guess the king had a very scary time! (I apologize for that joke.)
Oct-31-08
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  Check It Out: This opening is crazy...and then 17 of the last 18 moves were checks by black. I wonder what the record number of checks in a row in a grandmaster game is?
Oct-31-08  Superbull: Move 26 was the best chance for white to escape. Why not 26.Qb8+ Ke7 27.Qxf8+ Kxf8 28.Raf1+ Ke7 29.Nc7... White now has two rooks for a queen and counterplay on f7.
Oct-31-08  newzild: Awesome slugfest

Oct-31-08  zb2cr: To <Superbull>,

You asked: "Why not 26.Qb8+ Ke7 27.Qxf8+ Kxf8 28.Raf1+ Ke7 29.Nc7... White now has two rooks for a queen and counterplay on f7."

Maybe because of 29. ... Qe3, threatening instant mate by ... Ng5, which forces White to sacrifice one of his Rooks to avoid the mate. This is either by 30. Rf7+ or by 30. g3.

Oct-31-08
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  Viewer Deluxe: Most likely white missed their best chance with 28. Qg3 Qh6+ 29. Qh4 where black has nothing decisive and draw is possible.

On the other hand black missed big time on their previous move: 27... Bxg2+ 28. Kg3 (28. Kxg2 Ne3+ mate in 5 29. Kh2 Qh4+ 30. Kg1 Qg4+ and mates) 28... Bxf1 with so many deadly threats.

Oct-31-08
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  kevin86: A good one,but I would have liked to see the TOMB GAME on this day. lol

How pathetic it was for white's pieces,who were all a fifty dollar cab ride away from the action. They were helpless to do anything but watch.

Oct-31-08
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  tatarch: Wow, great king hunt.
Nov-01-08  Dr. J: I fail to understand the reasoning behind <24 ... Qd4+ 25 Kh2 Ne5>. To me, much clearer seems 24 Qf2+25 Kh2 Rf5, e.g., 26 Rhe1+ Kf8 27 Qg3 Rh5+ 28 Qh3 Rxh3+ 29 Kxh3 Qf5+30 g4 Qf3+ 31 Kh4 Qf2+ 32 Kh3 Ne5. All alternatives for White seem to be easily refuted. Did I miss something?

Meanwhile, in the game variation <24 ... Qd4+ 25 Kh2 Ne5>, what happens after 26 Qxb7?

Nov-03-08  charlie2000: Yeah ,always wrong Newzild
Nov-27-08  Nullifidian: <Dr. J><Meanwhile, in the game variation <24 ... Qd4+ 25 Kh2 Ne5>, what happens after 26 Qxb7?>

Mate in 4, starting with 26. ... Ng4+!

Continues:
27. Kg3 Qf4+ 28. Kh4 (28. Kh3 Nf2#) Nf2+ 29. Pg4 Qxg4#

or

27. Kh3 Nf2+ 28. Kh2 (Kg3 Qf4#) Qh4+ 29. Kg1 Qxh1#

Jan-13-09  deadlysin: great game
Jan-15-09  WhiteRook48: why did White play this out to checkmate? Or did he not know the checkmate?
Feb-05-09
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  whiteshark: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franke... http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franke...
Apr-24-09  m0nkee1: What a grizzly game! Nunn did well to get the better of that one :)
Jun-24-10  rapidcitychess: <aw1988> Not according to John himself. In secrets of GM chess, he gives 0-1.
Oct-14-10
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  OBIT: <aw1988's> comment may have been a joke, or he may be "misremembering" something. Tim Harding is the GM who invented the name "Frankenstein-Dracula Variation" for this wild line of the Vienna. The name caught on, and later a fanciful story appeared in the December, 1978 issue of "Chess" in which an encounter between Frankenstein and Dracula took place. The game in the story followed Hansen-Nunn through 37...Qh8+. To quote from the story:

"At this point, where the Count had forced mate in his grasp, something happened which even now I do not understand. ... Was it the tiny crucifix around the neck of the white king which only now did Dracula in horror espy? Was it the morning's first ray of sunshine gleaming in through the shutters?"

Dracula then flees in the shape of a bat. The Frankenstein Monster plays 38. Kg4 and wins on time.

Oct-17-10
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  OBIT: Oh, now this is fun... the entire story mentioned in my previous post appears on the following Web page.

http://www.chessmail.com/xtras/fran...

As is duly noted at the end of the story, the game is Hansen vs Nunn, 1974, and Nunn, not being a vampire, did administer the mate. :)

Aug-17-11  ssez222: Basically after 8.Qd5 white is winning, this line seems buried for me.
Feb-09-12  symsec: better is 24...Qf2 25 Kh2 Rf5! 26 Rhe1 Kf8 ( Not 26...Ne7 27 Qb8 Bc8 28 Qc8#) 27 Qg3 (27 Qd6 Kg7 28 Qd7 Kh6 - + ) Rh5 28 Qh3 Ne5 !! ( Not 28...Rh3?) 29 Rf1 ( 29 Qh5 Qg2 #, 29 Re5 Qg2#, 29 Rg1 Nf3! 30 Kh1 Rh3 31 gh Ng1 32 Bd5 Bd5 # ) Nf3! 30 Kh1 Rh3 31 gh Qh2# 0-1
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