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Samuel Reshevsky vs Edward D Duncan
Simul, 12b (1921) (exhibition), Nugent's Dept. Store, St Louis, MO USA, Aug-25
Elephant Gambit: Paulsen Countergambit (C40)  ·  0-1


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  FSR: 17...Rxc3+! 18.bxc3 Bxa3#. As the song goes, "basically, it's as easy as pie." Even in a simul, it's surprising that Reshevsky fell for this. Note that historically guys named Samuel playing Black have won with this sort of thing, not lost: R Schulder vs S Boden, 1853 Perhaps the coolest game with this motif is the "Peruvian Immortal": E Canal vs NN, 1934
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  FSR: Oh, I see that Reshevsky was only 9 1/2 years old. I guess his blunder is forgivable, then. :-)
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  FSR: btw, if I am remembering right, MCO-11 in a footnote gives the score of a game that Gligoric lost in a simul to the Elephant Gambit in 23 moves or something.
Feb-04-08  Bobsterman3000: This is pretty confident play by black considering that it's a simul
Feb-04-08  Bobsterman3000: Oh duh now I see. Reshevsky was a kid at this time :-)

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  DarthStapler: Took me a while to realize it was black to move, then I found it and realized I had seen and commented on this game before
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  kevin86: I was looking first at 17...♗b1-rolling out the red carpet for a queen mate-but 18 ♘xb1 kills that idea. The answer is a variation of Boden's mate with a rook sacrifice instead of a queen at c3.

Clever how gave us a queen sac position without the queen to sacrifice. Instead the rook acts as a "proqueen".

Feb-04-08  TheaN: 1/1

Boden! Nuff said.

Feb-04-08  Justawoodpusher: I might even have seen this OTB.
Feb-04-08  hot pawn: Got this in about 10 seconds.
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  johnlspouge: <kevin86>, I see your point. So...when the Rc8 makes its Godfather sacrifice, it is really a proqueen.

Man, you are funny!

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  amadeus: <playground player: There's something more than usually pleasing, aethetically, about the solution to this day's puzzle. BTW, does anybody know why this opening is called the elephant?> I've read that this name (Elephant Gambit) is supposed to illustrate the role of the two bishops, which often decide how things will go in these games
Feb-04-08  general607: Mondays make me feel like I can almost play chess...
Feb-04-08  dycotiles: I've got it right, but it was rather tricky for a Monday. There is a lot of action involving the light black bishop, black's queen, etc. I can see why Reshevsky missed the mate!
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  Aurora: 17...Rxc3+ 18.bxc3 Ba3# is quite evident.
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  johnlspouge: Alright, already!!! Possibly, I am the last human on the planet to discover that this maneuver is called "Boden's mate"...
Feb-04-08  mrsaturdaypants: [I know I'm late to the game, but what the heck...]

The first thing I saw was black’s control of the b1-h7 diagonal, then that Bb1 and Qc2 would be mate. Of course that doesn’t work (Nxb1), so I looked for a way to get another piece into the action.

Rxc3+ looked appealing. 18. bxc3 is forced, and Ba3# is then obvious.

17. Rxc3+
18. bxc3 Ba3#


Feb-04-08  V Snakoto: <playground player: BTW, does anybody know why this opening is called the elephant?>

In chinese chess, the bishop equivalent is called the elephant, so this may be a reference to the dynamic bishop play that usually ensues.

Feb-04-08  GannonKnight: Why don't they just give us the answer? That was pretty easy.

And gotta love any opening with the term "Elephant Gambit."

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  patzer2: Duncan beats Reshevsky in a simultaneous exhibition with a Boden's mate after 17...Rxc3+ 18. bxc3 Ba3# to solve our "easy" Monday, Feb 4, 2008 puzzle.
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  FSR: Here's the game I mentioned above: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d5 3.exd5 e4 4.Qe2 Nf6 5.Nc3 (Korn recommends 5.d3! Qxd5 6.Nfd2 Be7 7.Nxe4 0-0 8.Nbc3 Qa5 9.Bd2 large advantage White Keres-De Agustin, Madrid 1943) Be7 6.Nxe4 0-0 7.d3 Re8 8.Bd2 Nxd5 9.0-0-0 (a la Reshevsky) Be6 10.Kb1 Nc6 11.Nc3 Bf6 12.Nxd5 Qxd5 13.c4 Qd6 14.Be3 b5 15.Qc2 Nb4 16.Qc1 bxc4 17.dxc4 Qa6 18.a3 Bf5+ 19.Ka1 Qxa3# Gligoric-Holze, simultaneous exhibition, Hamburg 1970 (given, in descriptive notation, in MCO-11, footnote m on p. 93).
Oct-25-08  Silverstrike: Isn't 7.Nxc5 possible?
Feb-10-10  waustad: How often has this pattern come up in BDG games? I've seen several by Diemer himself.
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  whiteshark: <Gilmoy: <... When he nails a downhill run, all the slalom specialists push too hard and make mistakes.>> Somebody said that slalom is the most stupid way to get from one point to another.
Dec-14-11  master of defence: In this opening, i always play 3. Nxe5 instead of 3. exd5, why if 3...dxe4 4. Bc4 Be6 5. Bxe6 fxe6 6. Qh5+ g6 7. Nxg6 Nf6 8. Qb5+
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