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Dan Heisman vs David L Zardus
New Jersey Open (1966), ?, rd 1, Sep-02
Caro-Kann Defense: General (B10)  ·  1-0


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Jun-20-04  DoorSmashingRampage: Please forgive my ignorance; Can someone explain to me this e.p. rule mentioned on 31.? I thought that you could only do that with a pawn.
Are there any other forms of e.p.?
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  Chessical: The comment <To threaten b4, which of course I couldn't play due to 31...Nxb3 e.p.!!> on move 31 makes no sense - a joke?. Only pawns can take ep.
Jun-21-04  zb2cr: I think the point of Heisman's comment was that as a young player, he actually believed that Knights could capture <en passant>.
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  acirce: Would be quite logical. The en passant rule is quite illogical as it is, when you think of it.. When was that possibility introduced and what were the reasons given at that time?
Jun-21-04  zb2cr: <acirce>, I believe that up until the 15th-century reforms that speeded chess up for European tastes, Pawns could only advance one square at a time. With this option added, the <en passant> rule soon became necessary.
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  Gypsy: <The en passant rule is quite illogical as it is, when you think of it.. When was that possibility introduced and what were the reasons given at that time?> The rule may seem illogical, or cludgy, but it is necessary. When the pawns got their right to jump from 2-nd to 4-th row (and from 7-th to 5-th), it became too easy to completely lock the game.
Jun-22-04  DoorSmashingRampage: Thanks, everyone, for helping me out.
I had myself questioning my knowledge of the chess rules for a little while.
Jul-02-04  zb2cr: I ran across one reference that gives the
introduction of the "en passant" rule as 1490. However, this reference is online only. I make it a habit never to trust anything I find online until I can confirm it through other sources. I'm going to continue searching.
Feb-23-05  soberknight: <zb2cr> Why should I believe you? Ha ha...
Feb-22-07  Sibahi: the final, unplayed, move looks like a problem ..
Aug-30-08  apexin: Heisman permitted himself a little joke or perhaps he didnt understand the e.p. rule? I guess we would find out if a question was asked in an interview but chances of that are minimal ;)
Apr-17-12  jasonc65: 26...Ke7 does not create a new threat, so why doesn't White simply play 27. b4?
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