Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

(If you register a free account you won't see all these ads!)
Marcel Duchamp vs Eugene Aleksandrovich Znosko-Borovsky
"Covering the Canvas" (game of the day Apr-17-2017)
Nice (1931), Nice FRA, rd 1, Mar-11
Nimzo-Indian Defense: General (E20)  ·  1/2-1/2


explore this opening
find similar games 3 more Duchamp/Znosko-Borovsky games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You can get computer analysis by clicking the "ENGINE" button below the game.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Dec-06-05  who: <ajile> if 36.Ke2 then 36...Nc4 where it's not as clear how to trade off rooks, and with rooks on the board this is presumably a draw.
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: A crying shame! White has the advantage,but cannot win because he advanced his d pawn too fast.
Dec-06-05  EmperorAtahualpa: <psmith> I think <zhentil> is suggesting 28.Bxc7 would have been better. He could very well be right.

<zhentil> Could you elaborate please? Thank you.

Dec-06-05  chesscrazy: Why did Duchamp move his bishop so nothing would be protecting the c-pawn (36.Bb4)? That's the main move I don't get.
Dec-06-05  chesscrazy: If black played Nb7 trying to chase the bishop waway hite could just move it to b6.
Dec-06-05  chesscrazy: waway is supposed to by "away" sorry
Dec-06-05  who: if you're already correcting yout post - what's hite?
Dec-06-05  chesscrazy: <who> I think I meant to type "he". Sorry about that.
Dec-06-05  chessic eric: <<EmperorAtahualpa> I think <zhentil> is suggesting 28.Bxc7 would have been better>

28.Bxc7 wins a pawn, but allows black's lone trump - the passed a-pawn - much needed mobility after 28...,Bxc7 29.Rxc7, Nd5 30.Rb7,a5 and so on. That is a much more complicated game than it has to be for white. <al wazir's> suggestion of 28.Rb8! is much more forcing, accomplishing the rook trade and eliminating the potential problems with the a pawn.

Dec-06-05  majick: Funny how there are almost as many comments on the pun as on the game itself - speaks for's creativity!
Dec-06-05  Guest1825: <majick> ok, this is only funny if you know the book, but how about, "How Not to Draw Artists" as a pun?

And is, "The Art of Making Draw" too obscure?

Dec-06-05  Bobwhoosta: A game wherein a mechanical win is presented while the player manages to follow the three laws:

1. A player will not harm an opposing piece, or through inaction allow an opposing piece to come to harm.

2. A player will follow the directives of the other player, unless this breaks the first law.

3. A player must not allow harm to come to himself, unless this breaks the first or second law.

The game name? "I Robotvinnik".

(btw, in the end position the king is not in "harm", he just can't avoid it the next turn).

Another one, in which a amazingly talented player suddenly turns into a patzer and is beaten soundly in 23 moves by a class C player. "Moronzevich".

And the third, in which a short fellow with furry feet who likes to eat several times more per day than is probably good for him travels through peril with many friends to battle the Dark Lord in a game of chess for the fate of Middle Earth.

"Lord of the Kings"

Last but not least I'd like to add that I wanted no sting on Morezevich, which is why I started off game two with the fully deserved compliment.


Dec-06-05  vinohradska: I was wondering why 21... Be4? For instance 21... Bxf3 would break the pawn structure. Was black hoping to trade to get rid of white's two-bishop strength?
Premium Chessgames Member
  al wazir: <vinohradska: I was wondering why 21... Be4? For instance 21... Bxf3 would break the pawn structure. Was black hoping to trade to get rid of white's two-bishop strength?>

The knight on e4 is well positioned. Maybe that was the reason. What I wonder is, having exchanged bishops, why didn't black play 23...Bxc5 ? If 24. dxc5, then 24...Nxc5, forking the rooks. If 24. Bxc7, then 24...Bd6 25. Rc4 (25. Bxd6 Rc1+, winning; 25. Ba5 Rc1+ 26. Ne1, and I think black has the better game) Bxc7 26. Rxc7 Rxc7 27. Rxc7 Ra8, and with the passed pawn I think black has all the winning chances.

Dec-06-05  PaulLovric: they are doing it on purpose, the gotd is late, i have to log off now.





Premium Chessgames Member
  tpstar: <PaulLovric> The USA had Daylight Savings Time 6 weeks ago. It is almost midnight right now. In a few minutes, there will be a new GOTD for 12/7.
Dec-07-05  PaulLovric: cheers <tpstar> i did not know that
Dec-07-05  vinohradska: <al wazir> yes, 23...Bxc5 is a clever move, I like it. But what about 24. Rxc7?
Dec-07-05  PaulLovric: <tpstar> in australia we have daylight savings during the summer months. what are the reasons for america having it during winter???
Apr-17-17  ColeTrane: L.H.O.Q.
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: The previous title for this game was <The Artist's Drawing>, which was a double entendre. The new title is a single entendre, a reference to the canvas that painters use. TBH, I can only think of a few canvas paintings by Duchamp. His most famous painting is on glass. Most of his art is a load rubbish thrown together, a bit like this game.
Apr-17-17  Swedish Logician: Surely Duchamp's most famous chess feat must be this:
Premium Chessgames Member
  morfishine: April Fools was two weeks ago
Apr-17-17  RookFile: Duchamp rushed this. He had a win but needed to take his time about it.
Premium Chessgames Member
  RandomVisitor: After 29...Ra8 maybe white should push the c-pawn:

click for larger view


<+5.09/40 30.c6 Ne8 31.Ba5> h6 32.Kf1 Nf6 33.Ke2 Rc8 34.c7 Nd7 35.Bb4 f6 36.Kd3 Kf7 37.Bd6 Ke8 38.Rb8 Nxb8 39.cxb8Q Rxb8 40.Bxb8 g6 41.Bc7 Kd7 42.Ba5 Kd6 43.Kc4 g5 44.Bd8 f5 45.Bf6 Kc6 46.Be5 a5 47.Bg7 h5 48.Bf6 g4 49.Bh4 f4 50.exf4 Kd6 51.Bf6 Kc6 52.Bd8 a4 53.Be7 Kd7 54.Bc5

search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No posting personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please submit a correction slip and help us eliminate database mistakes!
<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>
This game is type: CLASSICAL (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections [what is this?]
BvsN, B with pawn plus
from endgames by old coot
zz30_B:N - Realise their magic relationship
by whiteshark
December 6: The Artist's Drawing
from Game of the Day 2005 by Phony Benoni
d4 : Nimzo-Indian Defense : Classical
by ISeth
April 17: Covering the Canvas
from Game of the Day 2017 by Phony Benoni
Celebrities games
by Vischer
Another Duchamp draw
from Personalities by paultopia

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2018, Chessgames Services LLC