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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Marc Fonaroff
"The Nutty Professor" (game of the day Jul-16-11)
Casual Game (1918)  ·  Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Hedgehog Variation (C62)  ·  1-0
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May-19-16  dTal: I got it including not playing 21 nf7+ but 21 Qe5. But its Capa's play leading up to this that is a dream. Wish I could understand and play Chess to even a fraction of this level.
May-19-16  thegoodanarchist: < FSR: I tried to nominate <Foning It In> as a pun for this game, but got an error message saying that the game had already been Game of the Day. Kind of weird, since other games (such as W So vs Nakamura, 2015 - <Mate Me in St. Louis> and <Black Knights Matter>) have been GOTD more than once with different puns.>

Yeah, I have posted about a similar problem, where sometimes puns get reused but if I unknowingly duplicate a pun I get an error message saying it is already used.

The rules are applied inconsistently

May-19-16  1.e4effort: Beautiful.
May-19-16  saturn2: 20 f4 is not the solution but I dont think it weakens white's position. 20..Bxb2 21 e5 f6 and white still is attacking.
May-19-16  wooden nickel: here's how to slip up
20.Nh6+ Kh8 21.Nxf7+ Qxf7 22.Qxe5 Qxf2+ 23.Kh1 Qf1+


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May-19-16
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  Sally Simpson: One of the classics.

Black must have thought Capa had blundered when he played 18....Rd1


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This one is up there with Morphy at the Opera. Both were 'friendly' games.

May-19-16
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  Fusilli: <saturn2: 20 f4 is not the solution but I dont think it weakens white's position. 20..Bxb2 21 e5 f6 and white still is attacking.>

In that case 22.Qb3+ wins the bishop, right? Black has to play 21...g6 to stop the mate.

May-19-16  Gregor Fenrir: Beautiful combination, but after 18. Bxe5 black should play 18.... Qa5! (attacks bishop and threatens a mate in one.) Then game could continue 19.Bc3 Bxc3 20.bxc3 Rg6 (only move) 21.Ne7+ Kh8 22.Nxg6+ hxg6.
May-19-16  JohnDMaster: No credit. One of my favorite Capa games I have memorized and show to my students.the entire game is instructive.
May-19-16  Tuan9371: Wow! A nice game
May-19-16
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  kevin86: Capa was able to carry out a win, despite a surprise move by opponent.
May-19-16
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  zanzibar: The original source, from Helms' NY Evening Post article, is available for viewing here:

https://zanchess.wordpress.com/2016...

May-19-16
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  zanzibar: <Sally><Black must have thought Capa had blundered when he played 18....Rd1>

Or he thought,

"What the heck?! Hmmm... let me think...

I don't see it, but I'll bite - this has got to be good."

May-19-16
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  Peligroso Patzer: Got this instantly! ... but only because it's a well-known game.

I can only speculate how I would have done if given the position without the players' names. That would have been the better test of my pattern recognition.

May-19-16
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  zanzibar: <I can only speculate how I would have done if given the position without the players' names. That would have been the better test of my pattern recognition.>

I checked for the game over at <ChessTempo>, it's not there. I wonder if I should submit it to Richard.

It would be interesting to see what ratings it would get when presented as an anonymous position/problem.

May-19-16
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  northernfox: WooHoo! I got Monday through Thursday this week. The streak should end tomorrow.
May-19-16
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  Peligroso Patzer: <Zanzibar *** I checked for the game over at <ChessTempo>, it's not there. ***>

It was a casual game, so it may be missing from some databases, but it has been widely published due to the elegance of its concluding combination.

The historical context of the game has sometimes been reported inaccurately, as detailed by Edward Winter, here: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

May-19-16
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  zanzibar: <Peligroso> yes, you're right. I forgot that <CT> only takes master games.

Too bad, it's a great problem.

Wonder if there's a GM game with the motif revisited?

* * * * * *

As for Winter's article, it's a good ref for the game, and I linked it in my blog post.

May-19-16  erixn: I got this one fairly easily - but probably only because I had just gone over the GOTD with a back rank mate motif quite similar to this game. Good choice, CG!
May-19-16
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  chrisowen: I rash h6 huffles check hive kinship h8 hoofhelds then e5 queen elegys rig hive e5 line effort f7 flogheld wins e5 effigy rig hive then piece plus duo foot men front bid gift guff i helddive 18...Rd1 do deft o oo deli pita a5 it is aether bed it edict hive bid ives buy i pitabuns 18...Q5 level then bid gob gobble boggle why men vide then down i d1 do deft o oo deli vs throws then white win event jim plod dink winch h6 huffles check kinship h8 hoofhelds then e5 queen elegys rig ive then e5 line effort f7 flogheld wins cow blink victor glide cob vs coys queens c7 clogheld dive e5 effort f7 flogheld wins rise rush it ars hog ive hog glints vim vigours tiff foot five fit ok ive ogle jim jive jip moped it pod pin ive then do i ply dink key whims wobble be cove e5 effort f7 flogheld wins beck call cove voice vim by vigour yum quip e5 elegys rig hive then piece plus duo foot men front bid live for won i be proof lyre e5 pluck effort by fly cutoff bid deem i duffle vote mens cot by cod bun go fluffs lid i d1 do deft o oo deli pita 5a it is aether glides vim ive vote chubb engorge line f5 fences horses whoosh gives h6 huffles then kinship h8 heldhives bids e5 elegys rig hive e5 effort knight f7 flogheld bind e5 piece plus duo foot men front bug bog goof give gibbet blog gog i d1 do deft o oo deli pita a5 it is aether glide level then bid gives win whoosh horse h6 huffles check kinship h8 heldhives then e5 effort bid rev off bish e5 effort then by f7 floghelds wins e5 elegys rig hive then duo foot men plus bid get piece fronts win bid dutiful ive lip food for thought exactly i et it aloof ive gets f5 fences bid fronts lip deem try done bid door for dive beset line block job jog on cup cinch cutoff lip deem by devious bid ploy f5 fences lines fluffs bid i d1 do deft o oo deli pita a5 it is aether hive by got bid level line e5 wins effort hive bid low find by c7 clogheld bids e5 piece front plus duo foot mens win then done boot 20.Nh6+ hovel huffle ho hob hock hod flurry it's good ive then hoe bid down hoof hog hoh hoi pull o vine hog i d1 do deft o oo deli pita a5 it is aether glide give mins vote level bid im hock homily votes h6 honours hope hop pogo pins horde vs host hot hovel house how hoy bid horse h6 huffles hubsmen hogtied it ok ive ogle then by f7 flogheld line e5 piece then duo foot men plus e5 key vet horse hungoff hippies humbugs humdrum hewests win hoothut het up then hunt tooth thought though hut thunk i d1 do deft o oo deli pita a5 it is aether glide give mins vote ghost ghoul fish flush flesh hog hung i d1 do deft o oo deli pita a5 it is aether ive nt mins vote gets hoofs huffle divide into fifths f7 flogheld line e5 piece then duo foot men front fine fife bid huffle f7 fengshui;
May-19-16
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  chrisowen: boot 20...Kh8 21.Qxe5 Qxe5 22.Nxf7+ hush by flogheld ive then bids vs flogheld hive by forceoff then bids wins e5 effot f7 flogmind vote give then piece plus duo foot men fronts win junior com flow ji ruck e5 elegys rig hive mofti joker cups cinch bind bid i d1 do deft o oo deli pita a5 it is aether ive get then mins votes bid cull miff flume cove core jive e5 piece plus duo foot men front off hire plotty cosy bids nicely ovid hoof horse h6 huffles hive for won i be proof lyre e5 piece wins bell hush by dupe puzzle f7 flogheld fled it ok ive ogle bid refs we hint re emo pebbles world by i d1 do deft o oo deli pita a5 it is aether ive get buns vim bids level dink lo ment join vim vigour kinship h8 heldhives fine kims kin mend elegy riches ar i chooses wins c i jo bell ive chain boils ment vim vigour rove retowing it edict hive low clock find fine gog glows him dote conc lo kim of then jungle plume cone bid i d1 do deft o oo deli pita a5 it is aether ive nt mins vote gets level thens heel line would hush e5 ermine vote wins elines hive even lecture men jog on build bine ment refs now plows op a query i d1 do deft o oo deli pita a5 it is aether ive nt mins vote get bids level then doth bids cot cod buns lovely mins hive vote co clic i jostle goes kim of then jungle plume cone bonfire vine then dour mint vote clink rides reg his chisel reboot f7 flogheld bids lot choice then dote vide vet plumes i rememeber thin pick fine cock f5 fences cluck h6 roof jo huffles h8 heldhives kinship bid then e5 piece gives rig hive then bid riff floor fire cinch hive bid kinship h8 heldhives then e5 effort bid line e5 elegys rig hive horses whoosh f7 flogheld dink lo ment;
May-19-16  King.Arthur.Brazil: Beautiful combination! 20. Nh6+ Kh8 (forced),21.Qxe5 (win the B) Qxe5 (if not lose the piece, look g7 is pin, Qc8, 22.Nf5...), 22.Nxf7+ recover the Q and win the B, obviously Rxf7, 22.Rd8+ and mate follow. See it quickly.
May-19-16  King.Arthur.Brazil: Looking at the game, the beggining of all:
17. Rxd6!! (is more impressive! Threatening 18.Rxf6...) Rxd6 18.Bxe5 Rd1 (it is just a desperate move, cause of three threatenings the Rd6, the Qc7 indirectly and Qxg7#). 19.Rxd1 Bxe5 arriving at today problem. I guess that CAPA had all the combination in mind, when he played 17.Rxd6!
May-19-16
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Zanzibar,

"Wonder if there's a GM game with the motif revisited?"

Anticipated.

Alekhine vs Vidmar, 1911

White to play


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Revisited.

Larsen vs E Nievergelt, 1954

White to play. (a Thursday puzzle a while back.)


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May-20-16
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  zanzibar: <Sally> thanks for those examples.

I found this game also:

(White to move after 19...Red8)


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r2r2k1 /pbq2ppp/1p3b2/1B2nN2/8/1P4Q1/PB3PPP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 20

It's not exactly sharp, but has the same ideas going in both variations.

From a non-<CG> olm game:

<Takashima, B -- Allaham, M
1-0 (25) A01 1984.11
Thessaloniki olm: Thessaloniki olm (1)>

One idea missing is the WBR, but several of the other tactics are here too.

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