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Claude Frizzel Bloodgood vs Jackson
"Smooth Criminal" (game of the day Jun-04-2019)
corr (1976) (correspondence)
Indian Game: Gibbins-Weidenhagen Gambit. Maltese Falcon (A45)  ·  1-0


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  patzer2: Even in Blitz I think I'd see 19...h6 .
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  offramp: <patzer2: Even in Blitz I think I'd see 19...h6...> I'm always amazed at how low-quality correspondence chess games are.

The players have all this time at their disposal and they can move pieces around while analysing, and they can consult any book they like - but the games are still RUBBISH!

Jun-04-19  SeanAzarin: 19... K-R1 seems incredibly obvious. And I'm only a 1500-rated player.
Jun-04-19  Honey Blend: I would have played 14. ... ♘c7 and wait to see what White's plan is, as his ♘a4 and ♗h6 look very poorly placed.
Jun-04-19  goodevans: About thirty years ago I played quite a bit of correspondence chess. Back then you didn't need to worry that your opponent might be silicon assisted.

The NCCC ( ran a league table based on a sort of perpetual Swiss system. As a newcomer I entered at the bottom and boy the opponents I got at first were true duffers. Thinking it a waste of time (and money) I almost gave up but after bashing out some short wins I soon got to play some rewarding games.

After my early experience I'm never surprised that such dreadful correspondence games have been played, only that someone has bothered to keep a record of them.

Jun-04-19  matvox: Bloodied him, good!
Jun-04-19  paavoh: For those putting down CC play, here is an excerpt from his player page:

<"In 1996 he was the 2nd highest USCF ranked player in the country (2702), just behind Gata Kamsky. His actual strength was almost certainly much less, as he is believed to have exploited the rating system by organizing chess tournaments and matches in prison against opponents who could easily be bribed, manipulated, and were at any rate far from top-level competition. From 1993 to 1999, he played 3,174 rated chess games, winning over 91 percent of them.

He participated in the 15th U.S. Correspondence Championship, which began in June, 2000, scoring 3 wins and 9 losses (he died before finishing his last game).">

Many of his games were probably not of the true CC quality, eh?

Jun-04-19  goodevans: <paavoh> I think that any criticism on this page (and on today's puzzle, Delarochette vs J Negro, 1983, which is also a correspondence game) is directed at the loser(s).
Jun-04-19  paavoh: Hi <goodevans>, sure. However, even the winner here seems second-rate at best. Top CC is way better (and way above my league).
Jun-04-19  goodevans: <paavoh> As per your first post it may well be that he used nefarious means to inflate his rating.

Such means were never available to me when I played CC but I do admit to the fairly common practice when playing many games simultaneously of slowing down particular games. Doing that let me hold onto third spot in the NCCC league table for a few months. Eventually this caught up with me and I rapidly plummeted out of the top 10.

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  Breunor: Black is up with about -1.25 with 19 h6. White must move the queen away from the defense of the pawn at h5, so black plays 20 Nxh5 with a solid lead.
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