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A Holland vs Charles William Warburton
"Mull Holland Drive" (game of the day Aug-12-2006)
corr (1949) (correspondence)
Scotch Game: Scotch Gambit. Cochrane-Anderssen Variation (C44)  ·  0-1


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Aug-12-06  ajile: Actually Ne3+, NG5 Qg2++ or Ne3+, QxR Qg2++
Aug-12-06  RandomVisitor: 17.Nf3 might change things to favor White.
Aug-12-06  RandomVisitor: 15...Qxf4 was better for Black.
Aug-12-06  chessmoron: The variation is (C44) Scotch Gambit: Anderssen Counterattack.

Aug-12-06  Confuse: yeah that last position looks like crap for white. poor holland, nice charles.



Aug-12-06  blitzkriege: Very nice mating pattern. I was looking at 19. Be3, but even that fails to 19...Nxe3.
Aug-12-06  EmperorAtahualpa: I would have preferred Holland on top, but this is a nice win too. The checkmate is particularly brilliant.
Aug-12-06  dakgootje: Today i will be the one asking: can anyone explain the pun? ^^
Aug-12-06  RandomVisitor: From Wikipedia:

Mulholland Drive is a well-known road in Los Angeles, California named after engineer William Mulholland. A portion of it is also called Mulholland Highway.

The mostly two-lane, minor arterial road loosely follows the ridgeline of the Santa Monica Mountains and the Hollywood Hills, connecting two sections of the U.S. Route 101, and crossing Sepulveda Boulevard, Beverly Glen Boulevard, Coldwater Canyon Drive, and Laurel Canyon Boulevard. It offers views of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.

It is popular with hikers, horseback riders, and mountain bikers, and offers connections to other unpaved fire roads and mountain bike trails as well as a decomissioned Project Nike command post that has been turned into a Cold War memorial park.

Mulholland Drive is well known in popular culture, most recently the movie Mulholland Drive was named after the road. In the last scene of Four Rooms, Bruce Willis alludes to it. Also in the movie Hurlyburly Phil, the character played by Chazz Palminteri, dies in a car crash that takes place at Mullholland Drive. In music, it is mentioned in Tom Petty's Free Fallin' and R.E.M.'s Electrolite. The French philosopher Jean Baudrillard metaphorically describes Mulholland Drive as the "entry point for extraterrestrials" in his book, America.

The main portion of the road, from the Cahuenga Pass in Hollywood westward for past the Sepulveda Pass was originally called Mulholland Highway and was opened in 1924. It was built by a consortium of Hollywood Hills landowners hoping to make money by bringing development to the Hollywood Hills.

Aug-12-06  dakgootje: AHHHHH okay, strange that i didnt know that ^_^


Aug-12-06  guidomiguel: is it just me or does 19. ...Qxg3+ 20. Kh1, Qh3+ 21. Kg1 and now Ne3+ fail to mate because Q takes rook with check, king takes rook and pawn or bishop takes knight. I cant find the forced mate in the first few moves:(
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  patzer2: Of course instead of 15...g3=, the move 15...Qxf4! would have been immediately decisive.

Instead of 17. Rf1??, White could have turned the tables and played 17. Nf3! (as suggested by <RandomVisitor>), when 17...Bxf2+ 18. Kg2 Re8 19. Ng5! Rg7 20. Rd5! gives him winning chances.

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  patzer2: White's 5. d4?! gives Black the advantage. Better IMO is 5. c3 as in E Ghaem Maghami vs Korchnoi, 2006. Instead of 13. Nd2?, White needed to try 13. f4 Ng4 14. Qf3 g5 15. f5 Ne5 16. Qh5 g4 17. Nc3 .

Black's 13...g5! initiates an attack on the weak castled position with 14...g4! , liquidating White's f pawn and opening up the g-file, being the decisive blow.

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  patzer2: In the final position, the threat of 19...Qxg3+ is decisive. For example, play might continue 19. Ra3 Qxg3+ 20. Kh1 Nxf2+ 21. Rxf2 Qxf2 when White must surrender the Queen to avoid immediate mate.
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  kevin86: My plan is 19...♘xf2 threatening mate at h1 and g3
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  Sneaky: Possibly one of the most obscure puns ever.

I liked the game, even though White got hung up to dry I can see why he made the moves he did. It all seems reasonable unti ...g5! and then you can see that there is no stopping the kingside assault.

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  Calli: <Mulholland Drive is a well-known road in Los Angeles, California named after engineer William Mulholland.>

Mulholland was responsible for a scandal that brought a water supply to Los Angeles at the expense of farmers in Owens Valley. The scandal was the basis for the great classic movie "Chinatown". The engineer in the movie was named "Hollis Mulwray". Get it?

Aug-12-06  Marmot PFL: Warburton went many years without losing a correspondence game, although I don't remember his overall record. He wrote a book about his career which I read back when I used to play postal chess.
Dec-09-12  wildrookie: OK random visitor, we now know what Mullholand drive is. But what on earth is the pun about? How is it supposed to be funny???
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  Sally Simpson: This must be the weakest and most irrelevant pun on the site.

See the explanation of it three post above.

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  perfidious: <morf> would probably dispute you on this, <Geoff>. (laughs)
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  Sally Simpson: I am honestly just about the watch Chinatown. I've never seen it. I'll look for another chess connection. See if I can link the film to another game.
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  WannaBe: There's a movie from 2001 called Mulholland Dr., too.

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  Sally Simpson: Well I enjoyed the film.

Faye Dunaway was in it, her of the famous chess scene with Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair.

So following the logic attached to this game's pun. The pun for Fischer vs S Crown, 1964 would be 'The Malone Melon' because one of the characters in The Thomas Crown Affair was called Eddie Malone.

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  WannaBe: <Sally Simpson> The sequel, called "Two Jakes", was not as good, or commercially successful.

There was a plan for the third to complete the trilogy, but the project got shelved.

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