|Once: Maybe there is a solution to this puzzle. At first glance, 24...Bxh6 makes no sense...|
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Who would allow the knight fork 25. Nf6+ in a correspondence game? Instead of the lemon 24...Bxh6, both 24... Be5 and 24... Bh8 look perfectly fine.
So we click onto Erwin's player profile and the penny (or should that be cent?) drops. We are into Bloodgood territory again. Three of Erwin's five games are against Bloodgood. He even manages to win one of them.
For the uninitiated, Claude Bloodgood was a reasonably strong chess player and felon who found a way to inflate his grades by arranging tournaments in prison against fellow inmates. Claude's opening of choice was the grob, as we see here.
So that probably explains:
(a) why Erwin didn't play particularly well.
(b) why the game had to be played as a telecomms correspondence
(c) why it was arranged as a grob theme opening tournament.
Mind you, we should not be too rude about H Erwin. His first game in the database was in the VAPEN tournament in 1972. This was the Virginia Pentitentiary Chess Programme established by Bloodgood. And in today's game we see him in action 22 years later in 1994.
So I'm guessing that he was not put in prison for something minor, like speeding or wearing a loud tie in a public place. Mr Erwin, if you're reading this, I'm sure you are a damn fine individual and a model citizen...
More on Claude Bloodgood here:
As to the game itself, what can we say? Almost certainly chosen for the punning opportunity.