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Max Harmonist vs NN
"In Harmonist's Way" (game of the day Aug-15-2015)
Berlin (1897), Berlin GER
Vienna Game: Vienna Gambit. Main Line (000)  ·  1-0


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Feb-21-05  Whitehat1963: This guy's name is dying for a game of the day pun!
Feb-21-05  Saruman: Beware of 12.-♔g6?? 13.♕h5+ ♔f5 14.♖f1+ ♔e4 15.♕e2#.
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  Phony Benoni: The game is reprinted in the "Baltimore American" for October 1, 1899, reprinted from the "last issue of Deutsche Wochenschaft." It is given as a rook-odds game, White playing without the Ra1.

Aug-15-15  Steve.Patzer: Has that guy NN ever won a game in his more than 2 centuries of play?
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  Penguincw: <Steve.Patzer>


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  andrewjsacks: Good pun. Well done.
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  al wazir: Did NN miss 15...Bxg5 ? Or am I missing something?
Aug-15-15  consul: <al wazir>: you and I were missing Qe6 check. It took me some time to find it...
Aug-15-15  dusk: <consul> I think you understood 16... Bxg5. White cannot play Qe6 as his 16th move.
Aug-15-15  celtrusco: <al wazir: Did NN miss 15...Bxg5 ? Or am I missing something?> I found 16 Qh8+, and 17 Rf1+.
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  kevin86: White will mate on the h file or black will lose the queen. NO DOUBT.
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  offramp: <kevin86: White will mate on the h file or black will lose the queen. NO DOUBT.>

That's right. It's gonna be a rook check or a pawn kill.

Aug-15-15  Russo: Black having a flashing rook on A8 never did catch on.
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  offramp: <Russo: Black having a flashing rook on A8 never did catch on.>

That is superb. I did not notice that at first.

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  morfishine: Good Bye



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  eternaloptimist: <Russo> Actually I noticed the flashing ♖. It's actually kind of nifty. NN stands for nomen nescio in Latin ('I do not know the name'). Although in this game it could mean no knight (N is the abbreviation for knight). He essentially played w/o his ♕side ♘ & essentially w/o his ♕side ♖ as well b/c neither of them ever developed.
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  al wazir: Let's see if I understand this. After 15...Bxg5 16. Qh8+ Kf7 17. Rf1+, black can't play 17...Ke7 because of 18. Qxg7+ or 17... Kg6 because of 18. Qh5#. But what happens after 17...Bf5 ? Not 18. gxf6 because of 18...Qxh8. The continuation must be 18. Rxf5+ Ke6.

I still don't see the win. Maybe there is one there someplace, but did NN see it? Did Harmonist?

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  offramp: That ♖ on a8 is still flashing away like Screamin' Jay Hawkins at a Chinese wedding. Will it ever get tired?
Oct-30-16  ughaibu: Offramp: despite being fairy familiar with Hawkins' exaggerations, your allusion baffles me. In short, what do you mean?
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  offramp: I believe Screamin' Jay Hawkins was arrested in 1958 for indecent exposure, or flashing". I'm afraid I have forgotten the Chinese wedding part...
Oct-30-16  ughaibu: Thanks.
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