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A Miller vs Irving Chernev
New York (1928), New York, NY USA
Scotch Game: Schmidt Variation (C45)  ·  0-1


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  kevin86: Irving Chernov,author of the 1000 BEST SHORT GAMES OF CHESS,has this for his collection.
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  drukenknight: funny the game ends on a N check after white could have given check w/ his N on g7.
Feb-05-04  boneheadcharles: 9. ♗xf6 is one horrible move. Was this a lightning game?
Feb-05-04  clendenon: Yes. white got struck by lightning.
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  ToTheDeath: What a silly game. Why not 7.Nxg7+?
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  Infohunter: This gamelet reprises the winning theme of A B Meek vs NN (with colors reversed), which was played eighty years earlier and which has long since become a standard "book" trap.
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  Infohunter: In my earlier kibitz I neglected to link to the game in question. Herewith the link: A B Meek vs NN, 1855
Oct-02-04  Knight13: Nice short mate game.
Oct-02-04  fgh: Wow, what such a mate.
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  aw1988: Why on earth did white resign?? He has a clear win! 10. Bxe7 Nullmove 11. Qxf3. I can't believe Miller missed it.
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  drukenknight: umm its already mate, dude.
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  aw1988: Dude, like, omigod, really?
Nov-25-04  suenteus po 147: 9.Bxf6 was White's attempt to avoid losing the bishop to the knight fork. Guess it worked out better than he hoped :)
Jun-16-05  superiorNOshow: Is it possible that Chessgames has this Miller confused with another Miller? His range goes from 1935 to 2003, With only FOUR GAMES!!! Besides, Miller is a common name. Of course this post excludes Internet research so anyone who knows anything pleas tell me.
Alexander Beaufort Meek vs NN _1885
Oct-27-07  patzerboy: This is a beautiful mate. Yeah, I know it takes some real dumb moves to get there, but LOOK at it: Both pieces involved in the mate are under attack, but as it's a double check, they are both immune. And it's very economical.

One more thing I like about it is that it comes as a complete shock, as in "Oh, by the way, it's mate."

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  FSR: Amusing finish, but with wretched play by both sides. Heaven only knows why Miller didn't play 8.Nxg7+ Kf8 9.Bh6 leaving him two pawns up. My first thought was that maybe Chernev had been very young when he played this game, but no -- he was 35. For a guy who loved chess so much and by his own account had probably played over more chess games than anyone else in history, he wasn't a very good player.
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  FSR: The game people referred to above is now at A Meek vs Adbor, 1855
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  sentriclecub: Yeah, I'm an 1100 and I saw the nightcheck on g7 for black...

[Event "ICS rated standard match"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2008.09.19"]
[Round "-"]
[White "sentriclecub"]
[Black "typerys"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1534"]
[BlackElo "1614"]
[TimeControl "900"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Bg5 Be7 6. Nf5 <Nxe4 7. Nxg7+ Kf8 8. Bh6 Kg8 9. Qg4>
typerys resigns 1-0

My game followed the first 11 halfmoves but then white had this setup

this game had this position

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I had this position

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I landed the knight check, then play Bh6 and then black resigned on move 9.

I guess black's only option is to castle instead of trying to save his bishop. I dont have Rybka on this comp, but at least now I'll remember to scan this game.

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  beenthere240: I think in the Chernev game black can play 7....Kd7. And then white is going to find himself over extended and underdeveloped.
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  beenthere240: Or. the game is a fake.
Feb-21-09  WhiteRook48: bad game for Chernev
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  Phony Benoni: This was an offhand game, played either in late 1927 or early 1928. It was published in H.R. Bigelow's column in the <New York Evening Post> on Wednesday, February 22, 1928 (the date is obscured in the copy I found, but can be deduced). White's name is given as "A. Miller".

I noticed another column about this time with Chernev mentioned as "a leading authority on checkers." Didn't save the reference, but I could probably find it again. At any rate, I think the implication is that Chernev was just beginning to focus on chess in the late 1920s, but he knew a good joke when he saw one.

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