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Georg Rotlewi vs Sergey Fedorovich Lebedev
All Russian Amateur (1909), St Petersburg RUE, rd 2, Feb-16
Queen Pawn Game: Zukertort Variation (D02)  ·  0-1


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  Phony Benoni: The Russians have just invented radio, so naturally the first event they broadcast is a chess tournament. Since the invention is still in the beta test stage, they decide not to interfere with the big international tournament. Instead, they try it out on the All Russian Amateur, with Aron Nimzowitsch providing the commentary.

Since they have also invented "Up Close and Personal" sports broadcasting, they have a little device in Rotlewi's ear so he can listen to Nimzowitsch and give his reaction on how things are working.

After <10...g5> Nimzowitsch is positively cackling. "A textbook case of a premature kingside advance! My system calls for White to counter in the centre! Coming soon to a bookstore near you."

Rotlewi thinks hard and long about how in the world he can counter in the center. He finally forces 13.e4, resigns two moves later in the face of unstoppable mate, removes the receiver from his ear, and bounces it off Nimzowitsch's head at a distance of 20 meters. Once the Russians invent baseball, Rotlewi is going to be in line for the Ivan Young Award.

Rubbing his head, Nimzowitsch announces, "Perhaps the world is not quite ready for My System. Maybe another fifteen years or so."

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  whiteshark: <Phony Benoni> We really appreciate your business of recording forgotten historical gems!! ;)

But now I wonder what advice Tarrasch would have recommended as commentator?

My guess is that it's something like 'fix ze center and attack on ze wing where you have a space advantage'.

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