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Weaver Warren Adams vs Harry Lyman
"Frankenstein Meets Dracula" (game of the day Oct-30-2017)
Boston (1946)
Vienna Game: Stanley. Frankenstein-Dracula Variation (C27)  ·  0-1


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Oct-31-06  Tenderfoot: hey everybody!! it's my birthday!!! i'm 21!!!!!! whooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
Oct-31-06  mack: Why aren't you drunk?
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  greatdane: Thanks to Chessgames for making special days even more special for a chessnick. I don't think I ever saw a game anything quite like this. Just when you beleive you have seen the strangest move real horror occurs. Spine-thrilling chess! Can you say Happy Halloween (I'm not from a "Halloween country")? Probably not. Then let me just say this: let all the chess souls of the past rest in peace - we remember and honour you all, thanks not least to the great services of this excellent site.
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  WannaBe: <greatdane: ... I don't think I ever saw a game anything quite like this. Just when you beleive you have seen the strangest move real horror occurs...>

You obviously never seen one of my games. They're real horror. :-)

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  greatdane: <WannaBe:...You obviously never seen one of my games. They're real horror. :-)> I suppose that horror implies an element of surprise - suspense requires an element of the unexpected. So if some of your games are real horror that would mean that your playing in general is quite excellent. Not so with me, most of my games are disasters, but sometimes I surprise myself (and others) playing well or even rarely winning. So in my case the element of suspense - real horror - occurs when to the surprise of everyone I appear to convert a deep understanding of tactics and strategy to a winning position - me spending most of the time after the game trying to understand why this accidentally really happened! :-)
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  Marmot PFL: Nice game. This is fun to play for black even if it isn't really sound, as theory seems to think.
Oct-31-06  Plato: Actually I'm pretty sure that current theory considers this line good for Black.
Oct-31-06  Resignation Trap: I wonder what <YouRang> has to say about today's game. After all, isn't he a member of the Adams Family ?
Oct-31-06  chessman25: The late Harry Lyman, one of the finest gentlemen in chess that I ever had the privilege to meet, was Shelby Lyman's uncle.
Oct-31-06  RookFile: Wow, I can't believe Harry got his game as game of the day. I'll tell you a story.

One day, I was a young teenager, a freshman in college. I decided I wanted to start playing chess. So, I parked my car in Boston, near the New England Aquarium, and jogged through the streets of Boston until I made it to the Boylston Chess club, which was then in its traditional location of 48 Boylston Street, Boston. Harry Nelson Pillsbury played chess at this very spot in his day.

The first person I met was Frank Ferdinand. I said I wanted to join, but had no money at the moment. Frank then introduced me to Harry. I told Harry that I wanted to join the club, but had no money at that moment to join the YMCU, which was a requirement.

So, Harry got out his checkbook, and we went down together, and he paid for my year's membership right on the spot, saying, I could pay him back later.

Me, a total stranger. That's just the type of wonderful man Harry Lyman was. And yes, when I did get the money, I did pay him back for my Bolyston Chess club membership.

They just don't make them like Harry any more.

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  Phony Benoni: <Kevin 86> <A quiz: What happened 489 years ago today? I'll give you 95 guesses.>

You seemed to have stumped everybody with that one. Why don't you write a thesis about it?

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  Infohunter: <Kevin 86> <A quiz: What happened 489 years ago today? I'll give you 95 guesses.> Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. (Just in case anyone was wondering--or cared, for that matter.)
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  WannaBe: Were those chess thesis?
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  kevin86: <PhonyBenoni> <infohunter> You were correct. Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the church wall in Wittenberg. (not to be confused with Dereck Wittenberg who shot a "Hail-Mary" that was dunked in by Mr. Charles in the 1983 NCAA basketball final).
Nov-01-06  Plato: I always confuse the two
Nov-01-06  technical draw: Thesis? I always thought it was feces. And I have been practicing trying to nail one on the wall since. What a dork!
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  perfidious: <RookFile> Few people I've known would have done as Harry did for you, but in a sense, there was nothing remarkable in it-he was simply a person of exceptional humanity and decency, and one of the best I've ever known.

Last time I visited the Boylston was in 1993, by which time it had moved to the YWCA. Do you know when it moved to Somerville?

Apr-29-12  RookFile: Web site says 2003.
Apr-29-12  RookFile: Just a random memory, but I remember actually analyzing this Frankenstein Dracula line with Harry once. What stood out in my mind was he would pretty much always disdain the ...Bxa8 capture in order to preserve the tempo for black. He would rather have white play Nxb6 and recapture (losing the pawn) but keep the tempo.
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  brankat: Thanks for the stories <RookFile>. The one about the Boylston Club membership is a true gem!
Jun-03-16  happyjuggler0: I realize that my comment is a decade late, but kevin86 from oct 31 2006's comment about 27 Rd2 loses immediately to Qa1#.
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  offramp: <Oct-31-06 kevin86: ...A quiz: What happened 489 years ago today? I'll give you 95 guesses.>

This question is slightly more appropriate this year, 11 years later.

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  FearNoEvil: Harry was a great guy, as several people have already attested on here. He taught me so many things about chess: the value of tempos, finding the truth in positions, how to attack, etc. But, he also gave me great advice about life, all when I was a teenager. I miss him, Joel Johnson
Oct-30-17  Cheapo by the Dozen: Scary attack! :)
Oct-30-17  Ratt Boy: I played in a simul against Harry once. He seemed a true gentleman.

Hey, Joel! I drove to VT once with you, like in the late 1970's, to play in the US vs. Canada Mattch. You'd gotten your Expert rating, and you joke-bragged about beating "Fish A players." I know I won my game as White in a Ruy, swarming my ♘s all over my opponent. Don't remember much else about that trip, except that we practically ran out of money for tolls. Hope you're doing well.

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