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Walter Frere vs Oscar Chajes
"Frere Giuoco" (game of the day Oct-16-2012)
New York Metropolitan tt (1923), New York, NY USA, rd 8, Mar-24
Italian Game: Giuoco Pianissimo. Canal Variation (C50)  ·  1-0


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  Phony Benoni: First of all, under current rules either White (move 30) or Black (move 29) could have claimed a draw by repetition. I imagined Chajes didn't because he was the better player and his team (Rice-Progressive) was losing the match to Frere's Newark team. Frere later commented he was repeating the position due to time pressure.

As for the pun, I imagine it's based on "Frere Jacques".

Oct-16-12  rilkefan: The (excellent) pun needs to be sung (or read as poetry) to get the meter to match - it doesn't work as well in prose.
Oct-16-12  UnsoundHero: White must have been in early time pressure. Instead of 24 Rh7+, he should play 24 Qe4 Rh8 25 Rh7+ Rxh7 26 Rxh7+ Kg8 27 Rxf7. Or 24 Qe4 Qg6 25 Rxg5 Qxg5 26 Qh7+ Kf6 27 Bh4. Black can't play without his queen.
Oct-16-12  thegoldenband: At move 12, does Black have a way to completely shut down White's dark-squared bishop la W Winter vs Capablanca, 1919?

I tried a few lines but wasn't finding anything I liked; still, if Black can simplify, he should have an easy positional win, right?

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  Once: White uses a surprisingly prosaic plan here. His queen "runs round the back" to get from the queenside to the kingside. This means we have this odd route ... Qb5-b1-h1-h5.

It looks almost comically simple, but it works. Tripling heavy pieces on the h file near the black king was only ever going to have one outcome. I didn't expect black to give away his defensive Ng6 with Nf4+. That just seems to accelerate the white attack.

Oct-16-12  xriztoz: This game is full of simple tactics! Nice lesson for beginners!
Oct-16-12  Niklaushammer: What about 16. Qxb7?
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  eternaloptimist: Frere showed a lot of patience in this game & wisely repeated moves to remedy his time trouble as <Phony> already pointed out. Immediately after Chajes committed where he was going to put his K by playing 15...0-0, Frere played 16.h4 & commenced his Kside attack & it's a nice attack indeed!
Oct-16-12  erniecohen: Okay, in my opinion this is the first decent pun in what seems like a year.
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  kevin86: The rooks roll like steam-rollers.
Oct-18-12  rilkefan: <<Niklaushammer>: What about 16. Qxb7?>

Interesting question. I tried ...Na5 but wasn't convinced. Stockfish says that's the right reply - but white is winning. In the game line, 16...Nxd5 leaves black with a slight advantage (17.Qxd5 Nd4 and white's sunk, but after 17.exd5 or Bxd5 the knight goes to e7 or d4 and white is becoming a bit uncoordinated).

After 19...Bb6, Kg7, Rg8 stockfish thinks black is fine. The game move just opens up too many lines and loses.

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