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Weaver Warren Adams vs Harry Lyman
"Frankenstein Meets Dracula" (game of the day Oct-31-06)
Boston (1946)  ·  Vienna Game: Stanley. Frankenstein-Dracula Variation (C27)  ·  0-1
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Oct-31-06  blackjacki2: "The variation was given its name by Tim Harding in his 1975 book on the Vienna Game in which he said that the bloodthirstiness of this was such that "a game between Dracula and the Frankenstein Monster would not seem out of place.""
Oct-31-06  ChessDude33: Happy Halloween everyone! Nice game we got here.
Oct-31-06  makaveli52: that knight stayed on a8 for 15 moves!
Oct-31-06  THE pawn: That variation leads to some of the most fascinating games I've ever seen. Happy halloween to everyone!
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  syracrophy: LOL! Nice pun! :-)

But I think I had seen this pun before

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: It's amazing that people would try to navigate this variation over the board in the pre-computer age. Is Black the same gentleman who provided live commentary of the 1972 WC match?

Black's final move is remarkable in that the pawn plays no direct role in the attack, but makes the attack happen. It creates a pin of the Ng5 and cuts White's Queen off from the defense of e2, so if gxf3,Re2 is hard to beat. If White doesn't take the pawn, fxg2 and one of the pawns must "reincarnate" as Fischer once wrote in one of his own games.

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  chessmoron: So 6...g6 turn this opening to two of the most terrifying universal monsters in cinema. Excellent.
Oct-31-06  Aspirador: See also Gufeld vs U Tarve, 1969 for another "monster".
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: The Gufeld game is a nice find, <Aspirador>. To answer your question from that game, Nxc7 and Nxa8 is the "Monster Accepted." And you're right, you don't want to be on the receiving end.
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  goldfarbdj: <An Englishman: Is Black the same gentleman who provided live ccommentary of the 1972 WC match?> No, that was Shelby Lyman not Harry. (He continued doing commentaries for later matches, by the by -- I remember seeing his shows covering various Kasparov-Karpov games.)
Oct-31-06  weary willy: The Black player was actually shot and left for dead in the Vienna sewers but later brought back to life.

Btw, I'm expecting the usual parade of ill-behaved urchins at my door tonight, demanding "Trick or Treat" (or "Trickle treat", if they are particularly ignorant). I generally thank them and ask for a treat. Works wonders.

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  xenophon: the openning is terrifying for both sides and keeps on coming back from the dead
Oct-31-06  wasspwot: Ah the good old vienna game, never a dull moment.
Oct-31-06  razarahman: Does 18.Bxd4 saves for white? can any one tell
Oct-31-06  weary willy: <razarahman: Does 18.Bxd4 saves for white? can any one tell> Not sure - but it looks fun if black plays 18 ...f3+ and fxg2
Oct-31-06  PolishPentium: Why not 25 Nf7+, forking King and Bishop and winning the B outright?

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  ganstaman: <PolishPentium: Why not 25 Nf7+, forking King and Bishop and winning the B outright?>

I believe: 25. Nf7+ Kc8 26. Nxh6 Re2 wins for black. White can hardly stop 27...Na3+ and 28...Qa1#

Or it's mild chess blindness at almost 5am, so someone correct me if I'm wrong.

Oct-31-06  razarahman: ganstaman! 28 ...Q1 is not mate as 29.Kd2 leaves black queen insecure at a8
Oct-31-06  kitloveschess: risky and aggressive game.....fits the name...Frankenstein-Dracula Variation!!! happy hallowen folkz..........
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  Peligroso Patzer: <razarahman: ganstaman! 28 ...Qa1 is not mate as 29.Kd2 leaves black queen insecure at a[1]> In the line given by <ganstaman>: 25. Nf7+ Kc8 26. Nxh6 Re2, the Black Rook covers d2, so (after 26. ... Re2) Black does indeed threaten mate with 27. ... Na3+ and 28. ... Qa1#. White seems to be able to defend against this by 27. a4 (creating a flight square at a2), so Black's strongest idea in this line may be 26. ... Re1.
Oct-31-06  thegoodanarchist: One more reason to play 1d4 :)
Oct-31-06  WarmasterKron: <syracrophy> And with good reason: J Ost-Hansen vs Nunn, 1974
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  kevin86: A nice interference move at the end-black threatens 27...♖e2 if 27 ♖d2 ♖e1+ and queens

A quiz: What happened 489 years ago today? I'll give you 95 guesses.

Oct-31-06  VargPOD: So Frankenstein destroys Draco's rook and then gets his blood drained in a terrific attack by Dracula. I enjoy these gambit opening's as long as I'm watching, not playing!
Oct-31-06  mr j: this game really upset my poor Fritz... it had no idea what was going on!
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