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Wade Allen vs Roger Marting
Dayton (1972), Dayton, OH USA
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Beverwijk Variation (C65)  ·  1-0


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  vonKrolock: this one is from the film maker Woody Allen?!
Premium Chessgames Member It's well known that Woody Allen has an interest in chess, but I don't know if this is him. Does anybody know anything more about Woody Allen's published games?

Mar-21-04  Egghead: Allen's classic chess story "The Gossage—Vardebedian Papers" appeared a few years after this game, in Getting Even:

Apr-22-04  TheAussiePatzer: hey thanks egghead, i love woody and that correspondence spoof was classic
Apr-22-04  nikolaas: If you know that it's Woody, Why don't you change W Allen in Woody Allen?
Jun-14-04  Whitehat1963: Certainly this isn't hopeless for black?
Jun-14-04  zb2cr: <Whitehat1963>, Of course it's hopeless for Black. His only choice is whether to be down a Rook and Pawn with Queens already traded, or to be down two Rooks with a mating net nowhere in sight. This isn't Anderssen vs. Kieseritsky.

For example, if 12 ... Ke7; 13 Qxh8, Bh3 ; 14 Qxg7 (14 gxh3?? , Qd5+ ). Now what for Black? The mating trap is now defended by the White Queen, which is also threatening a check at f7, followed by a Queen swap. If 14 ... Qd5; 15 Qxf7+, Qxf7; 16 Rxf7+, Kxf7; 17 gxh3 and White is up by Rook, Knight and 3 Pawns, while Black doesn't have sufficient force left to think about a surprise mate.

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  vonKrolock: Woody Allen is a Chess fan for sure, but - any biographers in the room?! - a NY intelectual will travel to Dayton OH to play in a Tournament?!
May-11-05  fgh: 11. ... Qd7? What is this?
Jul-08-05  Shokwave: Hehe. I remember that story from "Getting Even", great stuff.
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  khense: If Woody Allen plays chess, surely he could find a better game to publish than this one.

Oct-18-07  noiselesion: What the hell, why didn't Woody Allen capture the queen on move 9???
Nov-19-07  dabearsrock1010: <noiselesion> whites in check
Mar-11-09  Dredge Rivers: This game is almost as exciting as dating your stepdaughter! :)
Jan-10-10  noiselesion: yes, of course. white is in check. should have paid more attention before saying something like that.
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