|Oct-16-12|| ||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 à 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?
|Oct-16-12|| ||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?|
|Oct-16-12|| ||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.|
|Oct-17-12|| ||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.