|Dec-10-09|| ||FSR: Hey, I see ChessGames recently added this fourth game of mine to its database, to my surprise. (I didn't submit it.) It's a very weird game. After almost getting blown off the board in the opening/early middlegame, I survived to a position where I had a bind to compensate for my pawn minus. Greg (a very strong player who got a +2 score in the 1972 U.S. Championship) then played a most uncharacteristic blunder, hanging his queen.|
|Jun-29-10|| ||Robed.Bishop: "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown." No doubt Mr. De Fotis' Queen was uneasy after Nx37+.|
|Nov-23-10|| ||benjaminpugh: Nxe7 is Monday puzzle worthy. 30...Qb6 is an epic blunder.|
|Dec-03-10|| ||FSR: <benjaminpugh> 30...Qb6 is an epic blunder.|
Indeed. It was kind of surreal. When he first played the move, it looked strong, pinning my rook and threatening ...Be3. Then I had the thought, "Huh, if I could just throw my knight away, I'd win his queen. Wait, I CAN throw my knight away - Nxe7+!" Then I thought I must be overlooking something - a strong player like DeFotis wouldn't just hang his queen like that. His queen must be guarded, right? No, it wasn't. It must be that I can't play Nxe7+ because I'm in check, right? No, I'm not in check. I couldn't for the life of me see why Nxe7+ didn't win instantly, but still couldn't believe it. I felt as though I was in a dream - it didn't seem real; I couldn't be beating a Senior Master like this, especially after he almost destroyed me in the opening/early middlegame. Finally (this whole thought process probably only took 2-3 minutes, but it seemed like forever), I played Nxe7+, but still half expected that I'd overlooked something obvious. DeFotis said "Oh my God!" and immediately resigned. I apologized for winning in such a cheap way, but he was very gracious.
|Jan-13-12|| ||JohnBoy: Check out D J Strauss vs DeFirmian, 1976 - oops!|
|Sep-17-12|| ||FSR: Good Monday puzzle after 30...Qb6.|