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Weaver Warren Adams vs Herman Steiner
"White to Play and Win" (game of the day Jun-08-2016)
48th US Open (1947), Corpus Christi, TX USA, rd 7, Aug-17
Vienna Game: Vienna Gambit. Hamppe-Allgaier-Thorold Gambit (C25)  ·  1-0
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Jun-08-16
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  WannaBe: Okay, I don't get the pun.
Jun-08-16  waustad: Several people have published things with that title. I suspect Weaver Adams is one of them. If I'm wrong, please correct me. It won't be the first time.
Jun-08-16
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  Phony Benoni: In 1940, Weaver Adams wrote a small booklet titled <White to Play and Win>, presenting analysis that White had a forced win.

The first big test came in that year's US Open. In the Championship Final Section, Adams played four games with White, The result: 0 wins, 3 losses, 1 draw.

By contrast, Adams was +4 -0 =0 with Black.

The book was not a bestseller.

Game Collection: US Open 1940, Dallas

Jun-08-16
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  WannaBe: May I be so bold as to surmise that this pun belongs to <Phony Benoni> ?

Thanks for the explanation, <Phony>. =))

Jun-08-16
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  Phony Benoni: <WannaBe> Don't look at me. I can't explain my own puns.
Jun-08-16  Octal: Allgaier Gambit lives!

On move 15 White only has a pawn for the piece, but Black doesn't have any good squares for the c8-bishop. You might not think White has enough for the piece, but you also don't really want to be Black here.

20 ... cxd6 was probably better. I don't see an immediate white win thereafter and it doesn't appear Black had any improvements from the game continuation.

Jun-08-16  Octal: (Lives in the 1940s)
Jun-08-16  Cheapo by the Dozen: <Phony Benoni>,

That book was about this very opening, no?

Jun-08-16
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  Phony Benoni: <Cheapo by the Dozen> I must correct myself here, and apologize for once again relying on memory.

The book was actually issued in 1939 by the David McKay Company, and at 169 pages was considerable more substantial than a "booklet".

Obviously I should actually look at a copy before saying anything further, but I believe it was analysis of all 1.P-K4 openings.

Jun-08-16
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  kevin86: White gains a second queen and forbids black from capturing her on loss of game.
Jun-08-16
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  kevin86: Didn't Adams write the book...and then win the game as white?
Jun-08-16  matvox: How about 'War on Steiner'?
Jun-08-16  Jack Kerouac: Is it true that the famous NN had two biographies: 'White to Play and Lose' with the sequel 'Black to Play and Lose'? Both sharing a familiar story line and still being published and read to this day....
Jun-08-16  morfishine: I always liked this game, mainly due to the quality of the opposition

<Jack Kerouac> ROFL

*****

Jun-08-16  parisattack: <Phony Benoni: <Cheapo by the Dozen> I must correct myself here, and apologize for once again relying on memory. The book was actually issued in 1939 by the David McKay Company, and at 169 pages was considerable more substantial than a "booklet".

Obviously I should actually look at a copy before saying anything further, but I believe it was analysis of all 1.P-K4 openings.>

You are probably thinking of 'Simple Chess' which is booklety...

Jun-08-16
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  Sally Simpson: HI P.B.

The White to play and Win book claimed the Bishop's Opening was win for White.

One loss with his pet opening must have kept him awake at nights for years. He missed a double Rook sac.

W Adams vs A Simonson, 1940


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White to play. Adams played 21.Bxh7+ but 21.Rxg7+ Kf8 22.Rg8+ take it on from there, the other Rook gets sacced on g8 as well.

Later Weaver was to drop The Bishop's switching his attention to the Vienna.

Jun-08-16
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  Phony Benoni: <parisattack> Yes, that's right . "White to Play and Win" analyzed the Bishop's Opening (1.e4 e5 2.Bc4) as the weapon against 1...e5. It was reviewed in <Chess Review>, April 1940, p. 64, by "F. R." (probably Fred Redinfeld, a co-editor at the time):

"...This reviewer cannot agree with the central thesis of the book, believing as he does that our knowledge of chess is still inadequate to enable us to affirm that the first move is sufficient an advantage ... to win the game.

"Neertheless, it can emphatically be said that this is an extremely interesting and readable book, packed with stimulating ideas which will help many amateurs to to vitalize and improve their play. An especially attractive feature is the great number of elegant games which are used for illustrative purposes."

>Simple Chess" seems to have first appeared in 1946, as a small, self-published booklet of 11-15 leaves which was frequently revived over the years. It advocated the Vienna (1.e4 e5 2.Nc3).

Seeing as the game is a post-1946 Vienna, the pun should probably have been <Simple Chess>.

Jun-08-16
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  Sally Simpson: Hi, P.B,

Don't worry about the pun but it could have mentioned the e-pawn. The e-pawn rarely (that is rarely as compared with an a-pawn) makes it to the promotion square. Even less in 1.e4 e5 openings.

Get any database of over 4 million games and look for a7-a8, then b7-b8 right up till h7-h8. The a-pawn comes out top, then the b-pawn, then the c-pawn.

Of course this does not look at rank changing captures which should balance things out and games where players have resigned when a promotion is imminent. But if you want to bet on what square a pawn will promote on then bet on a8.

Never done this test with the Black pawns (I do have a life) but I'd bet on a1.

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