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Sadi Kalabar vs Isidore Censer
"Censered!" (game of the day Jan-12-2016)
1st olm final (1927), London ENG, rd 10, Jul-25
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Three Knights Variation (E21)  ·  0-1
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Jan-12-16  ndg2: The terrible, terrible Nimzo! Naturally, I like this game.
Jan-12-16  ndg2: Why not 18.Bxd6 first?
Jan-12-16  Rookiepawn: <ndg2: Why not 18.Bxd6 first?>

Same question. The BN would never reach d3 and after 18... Nc5 19. Bxc5 bxc5 there is no trace of B's attack that I can see.

Jan-12-16  technique: 18.Bxd6 Rf6 19.Bg3 g5 traps the Knight
Jan-12-16  technique: I like the game. I loved the quiet yet effective 11.Qe8 getting out of both alignment pins from the Bh4 diagonal and Rd1 file and in the same time threatening the e5 break. After 19...Nd3 Blacks's plys went like... boom! boom! boom!!
Jan-12-16  Abdel Irada: <"Then methought the air grew denser, perfumed from some unseen censer.">

Apparently my puns are horrible but consistent. According to a DuckDuckGo search, I used exactly the same quote on Gilg vs I Censer, 1927.

Jan-12-16  Abdel Irada: Although the idea of f2-f3 seems logical, White's 14. Nh4?! strikes me as dubious. Because the knight has no retreat square other than f3, he can't play this pawn advance without running into ...g5, trapping the misplaced piece.

If White wants to kick the knight off e4, he is perhaps better off with 14. Ne1 (defending g2 in case Black takes on g3).

In this light I suppose White's 15. d5?! makes a kind of sense.

Jan-12-16  ossipossi: f3 sub optimal square in Nimzo for KN?!
Jan-12-16
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  jith1207: This is an amazing ending. I tried to think of the ending as a puzzle but could not come up with that quiet pawn move to b4. And then the number of ways available for checkmating in the end or for capturing all minor pieces of White left on the board. Lovely.
Jan-12-16
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  kevin86: A nice swashbuckler! The game looks like a pirate battle.
Jan-12-16
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  Domdaniel: <AbdelIrada> - <... DuckDuckGo...> Curious. Only today I was looking up Duck Island in St James Park, London.

It seems that in the 17th century King Charles II rewarded a favourite (an importer of wine) by appointing him Governor of Duck Island.

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