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Otis Field vs Oscar Tenner
New York - (1923), New York, NY USA, Dec-??
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Polerio Defense Kieseritsky Variation (C58)  ·  0-1


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Jun-08-11  sevenseaman: An unusual K trap.

Miguel Najdorf vs NN Rafaela, 1942.

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White to move and mate in 3 moves. For the solution see game at Najdorf vs NN, 1942

Jun-08-11  scormus: <Domdaniel> Thanks, a case of cinema mimicking life, shades of "The harder they fall." Perhaps I should see it.

So a real life chess player really did .. whats that word we crazies use .... self-defenestrate. Scary!

And I thought my job was bad for the health.

Jun-08-11  Jason Frost: Jason Frost: <k.khalil: 17 ...Ne2+ (white can sacrifice queen here for a knight to prolong the game) 18. Kh1 Bxg2 19. Kxh2 Nf4+ (bishop is pinned) 20. Kh1 Qf3+
21. Kg1 Qg2#>

Looks like perpetual after 20. kg1

Jun-08-11  wals: Rybka 4 x 64

Looking good 5...Na5 =0.18.

6.d3 2nd best -1

13...Bf3 2nd best -1

14.Bf4 2nd best -1

17.Nxe4 not in top 5 -5

18.gxh3 2nd best -1

SCORE Black 1. White 8.

White checkmated 18...Nxh3#.

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  Domdaniel: <scormus> Thomas Pynchon - who attended Nabokov's literature lectures at Cornell in the 1950s - divides people in 'defenestrative' and 'transfenestrative' personality types. One jumps out of windows, the other jumps *through* them, usually shattering the glass. I'm not sure which category the guy in the Dylan song 'Can you please Crawl out of your Window?' belongs to ... non-abrasive transfenestration, maybe.

The world capital of Defenestration is of course Prague, where it happened regularly in history, often starting a war.

And we shouldn't forget the humble fianchetto, a little window for a Bishop, or a Fou, or crazy. Which is where I came in.

Jun-08-11  D4n: I think I would have played it like this:

17. ...Ne2+
18. Kh1 Bxg2+
19. Kxg2 Nf4+
20. Kg1 Nh3+
21. Kh1 Qf3#

But hey Qh3 is better a bit easier and quicker.

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  Phony Benoni: <D4n> Unfortunately, after <17...Ne2+ 18.Kh1 Bxg2+ 19.Kxg2 Nf4+ 20.Kg1 Nh3+>

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White plays <21.Kg2!>, and Black has no better than a perpetual check with the knight on f4 and h3.

Jun-08-11  stst: Order and position are critical in this attack.
17....Qh3 threatening Qxg2 doubly supported by N and B, so that either BxN or PxB does not stop Q-g2# The only way out for W is to take this Q, as sac.
18.gxh3 Nxh3# (NOT Ne2 as W can retake with Q and will not be losing in any near future!)
Jun-08-11  stst: The most inviting move: 17...Ne2 does not work, as 18.Kh1 and even 18...Bxg2
19.Kxg2 Qxe4+
does not end in cornering the K.
Hence contradicting to "Medium/Easy"
Thus one must find a new path!!
Very easy if U see it, but not really if U don't -- always the case!
Jun-08-11  Yodaman: I first saw that 17...Nh3+ lead to an easy perpetual, but I didn't see a win so I looked at 17...Bxg2 and saw that this would lead to the same perpetual, but again I didn't see a win. Then I saw that If played 17...Qh3 then the mate threat of Qxg2# from the other two lines (that could be avoided with the other two lines leaving only a perpetual) was unavoidable with this line due to 18. gxQ Nxh3#. So after seeing everything there was to see, I was disappointed that this two move checkmate didn't jump out at me a little quicker. It took maybe five minutes for me to spot which is way too long for a two move mate.
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  thegoodanarchist: got it :)
Jun-08-11  Shams: <Domdaniel: Nabokov's original novel, The (Luzhin) Defence, is very much worth reading.>

I have to second this, for any chessplayer the novel is overfull with riches.

Jun-08-11  sevenseaman: <Domdaniel> <Alekhine liked to rewrite history. Like Lenin, Nabokov and other Russians of that era, I suppose.>

One can understand a dictator's (or virtual dictator's) need to rewrite history in line with the demands of his ego; fiction writers are professional illusionists, so understandable again.

But top chess players who ruled the world via their cerebral might, feeling the need to fall back on a prop like a 'made up score'? That really confounds me.

Please do not conclude as if I have an iota of doubt in what you allege or allude to; merely groping for a rationale for the perpetration of a false impression by genuine World Champions.

Jun-09-11  aliejin: What an exaggeration!

Alekhine probably need sponsors in order to fight
world title ...

Compare the remark of a chess game
maneuvers with dictators (on purpose
USA democracy also lies all the time.....)
seems to me insane .

The Alekhine was a cunning and nothing else

Jun-09-11  scormus: <aliejin: What an exaggeration!

Alekhine probably need sponsors in order to fight
world title ... >

Yes like so many things, e.g. Haye-Klitschko press conference. Or when I complain to my wife about some report blatantly distorting the facts, she asks me if I ever do that, and I have to admit ....

Its an irregular verb ....
I present my achievements optimally
You exaggerate
He lies

Jun-14-11  Catfriend: <k.khalil> Unfortunately, in your line, White has 20.Kg1 with victory instead of 20.Kh1.
Jun-14-11  I play the Fred: Game title: The Story of O.
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  FSR: Field of Dreams.
Aug-10-12  master of defence: What happens after 17.gxf3?
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  Phony Benoni: <master of defence>: After <17.gxf3>:

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Black plays <17...Qh3> threatening 18...Qg2#. The only way White can delay this is <18.Bxf4>, but then <18...exf3> slams the door shut.

Aug-12-12  master of defence: What´s wrong with 14.gxf3? Or 16.gxf3?
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  Calli: To top it all off, the game was played at 10 seconds a move (rapid transit.) Otis Field resigned after 17...Qh3.

Helms account on this page:

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  Phony Benoni: <master of defence> After <14.gxf3>:

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<14...exf3> will give Black a winning advantage quickly enough. Black threatens mate with either 15...Qg4+ or 15...Qh3, and White will have to give up a lot of material to just delay that; for instance, 15.Kh1 Qh3 16.Rg1 Bd6 17.Rg3 Bxg3 18.Qg1 Ng4, etc.

<16.gxf3> is much more interesting, and I'm surprised nobody seems to have mentioned it previously.

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I tried for a while with The Unaided Brain, and couldn't see anything good for Black. So I turned it over to Bozo 0.5, and it cranked out the following: <16...gxf3> (threatening 17...Qh3, or 17...Nxg3 followed by a discovered check) <17.Kh1 Nxg3+ 18.fxg3> (18.hxg3 Qh3+ 19.Kg1 Qg2#) <18...f2!>

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This is the key, opening another line to White's king. White has trouble controlling both the f3 and e4 squares. One sample line <19.Rxf2 Rae8 20.Qf1 Bxf2 21.Qxf2 Re2 22.Qf1 Qe4+ 23.Kg1 Re1>.

After all that, Black will end up with queen for two knights and a pawn. That should win easily enough, but it's hardly as clear as what happened.

I doubt either player calculated these lines carefully as it was a rapid transit game. 14.gxf3 or 16.gxf3 are just moves that are instinctually avoided in such situations.

However, remember that Bozo is a 20th century relic, and today's models will probably find better lines. Not to mention today's Unaided Brains.

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  Calli: M Griesmann vs R Dubois, 1990 nearly repeated this game. White varied with 13.NC3 to no avail. The position after 11.0-0 might be hopeless.
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  Nightsurfer: The finish of this game here <Otis Field vs Oscar Tenner (1923)> is quite amazing! And it is the more amazing if one considers the fact that the game has been played conforming to the rules of <Blitz Chess>, namely <10 sec per move>!! (Please compare the corresponding source on
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