|Apr-05-12|| ||YoungEd: White tanks so many pieces that it's hard to tell if 18 xb7+ is a wonderful spite check, or just another blunder! :)|
|Apr-05-12|| ||King Death: There was a variant called giveaway chess that we played when I was a junior back in the 60s. Maybe White was revisiting his childhood and decided to try it in a real game!|
|Apr-05-12|| ||Cushion: Why did white resign? :)|
|Apr-05-12|| ||JoergWalter: <Cushion: Why did white resign?>|
He was not from Florida
<“Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense”>
|Apr-06-12|| ||Phony Benoni: White's basic problem is that he's playing at the US Open, an event in which daily tournament bulletins are issued. Generally, when a player hangs a piece on move 7, their first priority is to be sure the game doesn't get published. Playing against <NN> or somebody of that caliber, this isn't a big problem: you just hang on for another 15 moves. Seven-move games always get published, but random 20-movers with piece hangs don't.|
However, White is playing a GM, which means this game is 99% sure to be published no matter what. Since there is Absolutely No Chance to come back, his only course is to play such a wretchedly horrible game that the bulletin editors will retch uncontrollably over their copy of the scoresheet, rendering it unreadable.
Don't laugh. I've often seen games where Masters will deliberately play idiotic queen sacrifices in lost positions, trying to get the game rejected.
Unfortunately for White, this is round 1. The Bulletin Editors have not yet been weakened by a steady diet of meat loaf, and his Day of Infamy is destined to be preserved.
|Apr-11-12|| ||YoungEd: Thanks for the insight, <Phony Benoni>. That's very interesting! Imagine being white and finding a GM sitting across from you--pretty scary! I'd probably tank a few pieces, too.|