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Michael Rohde vs Zsuzsa Polgar
"Rohde's Scholar" (game of the day Aug-04-2012)
Reshevsky Memorial (1992), New York, NY USA, rd 5, Jul-??
English Opening: King's English Variation. Three Knights System General (A27)  ·  1-0


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Mar-24-06  lentil: subtract a hundred years from the date and it all makes sense!
Jul-21-07  srinivas6195: advance of kingside pawns seemed good
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  Whitehat1963: Wild game!

<subtract a hundred years from the date and it all makes sense!>


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  JohnBoy: An extremely fun game and should be GotD. "Rhode to success".
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  perfidious: In Rohde vs Browne, 1992, played just before this game, Black tried 9....g4, but I can't help the feeling that if he's forced into such a concession, this whole line with 5....h6 and 6....g5 is too loosening.

<JohnBoy> may well be right, and the only reason I'm not sure I agree is that this game could easily be a Sunday puzzle. As <lentil> noted long ago, this classic attacking game could have been played in the nineteenth century.

Aug-04-12  RookFile: No doubt black's play was suspect, but it took very creative and insightful play by Rhode to bring this out.
Aug-04-12  PaulLovric: Hello again Susan. Long time no kibitz....From your profile, "...refused to defend her title in 1999 against Xie Jun, because she believed the conditions were unfair." Did you face a lot of negativity from the chess world and or the media, as Bobby Fischer did when he did a similar thing in 1974? Was 1999 not a good year for you?
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  FSR: Funny. Just last night I was thinking about Rohde puns. (OK, I´m weird.) Sadly, he hasn´t played Daniel John King. I was hoping for ¨King of the Rohde.¨
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  FSR: What a great game! Somehow I´d never seen it. Definitely something you´d expect to see in Napier´s book <Paul Morphy and the Golden Age of Chess>, not in a late-20th century game between GMs. Incidentally, Rohde´s king also knows how to dance - with greater success than Polgar´s here. DeFirmian vs Rohde, 1989 Somewhere floating around my house I have a copy of a game of Eugene Martinovsky´s (possibly from the 1979 U.S. Open) where his king ventured out to the fourth rank in the opening. As I recall, it began 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.dxc5 e6 4.a3 Bxc5 5.b4 Bxf2+!? (Martinovsky later recommended 5...Ne4!) 6.Kxf2 Ne4+ 7.Ke3 Qf6 8.Kxe4 d5+ 9.Ke3 Qxa1. The game only lasted another 20 moves, ending of course with an attack on the king - by White!
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  perfidious: <FSR> That wild snippet of Martinovsky's reminds me of this classic (Chigorin vs H Caro, 1898).

This game was published at the time in Chess Life, I think. It may also have made Informator, but I'm not sure-almost all my books are packed away.

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  JohnBoy: Nice calls, <perf> & <FSR>. I'll try to put 5...Ne4 in my bag of tricks.

Being a west-coast player in my OTB days, I never met Rhode. Todd Lunna told me that he is great at spotting two & three move combos. Have either of you guys played him?

Now we need "Rhode schooled"...

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  perfidious: <JohnBoy> Actually, I've played both players in this game; my second encounter with Rohde was a few weeks after this game, and I played Susan Polgar in the US game/15 only a few days before this tournament.

Many years ago, also played Todd Lunna at the Amateur Team East event in Somerset, NJ-think it was in 1987.

Aug-04-12  Llawdogg: Wow! Romantic chess lives!
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  FSR: <JohnBoy> I never played Rohde, but he´s obviously a great tactician, even by GM standards.
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  kevin86: What was wrong with Ms Polgar? She led with her king like a boxer leading with the jaw.
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  talisman: this is one wild ass chess game.
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  xthred: What a flurry towards the end.
Aug-04-12  Mudphudder: If I hadn't seen the names of the players, I might have guessed that this was a game between two 1200 rated players.
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  Cemoblanca: That was a brutal game! ;0)
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  Honza Cervenka: 17...Ne5 was a howler. Why not simply 17...Ke7? Also Rohde missed much better 13.Bd3.
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  Cemoblanca: <Honza Cervenka: 17...Ne5 was a howler. Why not simply 17...Ke7? Also Rohde missed much better 13.Bd3.>

Well, at the first glance 17...Ke7!? (I should give ?!!?, because it's a risky & at the same time an interesting move) looks a bit dangerous, but after 18.Qf7+ Kd8 black hasn't much to worry about, for example: 19.Qxg7 Re8! 20.Qf6+ Ne7 21.Nf2 d6 22.Bd2 g4! 23.0-0-0 Qc6! 24.c5!? g3! 25.Nd3 g2! & we've a razor-sharp position! That's all for now! I hope I'll come back to this later & try to put more color in it! Now I'm tired! ;0) Cheers!

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  Jim Bartle: You can try to invent puns using Michael Rohde all day, but you'll never come close to "Michael Rohde Boat Ashore," Rohde vs Seirawan, 1988
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  Cemoblanca: <Jim Bartle> Ahahahaha!!! You're right Jim! This 1 is beyond my human imagination! :D
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  chancho: 30.Rf5+ looks simpler, no?
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  chancho: Ok... 30.Bd2+ is better.

30...Kb6 31.Rb1+ Bb3 32.Rxb3#

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