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George Hatfeild Gossip vs Joseph E Crewe
"Motley Crewe" (game of the day Jun-21-2013)
Australian Championship (1887), Adelaide AUS, rd 1, Aug-17
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation. Traditional (B25)  ·  1-0


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Dec-22-10  acea: Nice! Just follow the white Knight.
May-30-13  optimal play: Crewe's first mistake was 4...a6? Much better is simply 4...cxd4 or alternatively 4...d5

Gossip's Queen sacrifice at 18.Qxf6+! forces mate and the game should have ended on that move.

Jun-21-13  waustad: I'd make a crack about the real Mc..., but I'll restrain myself.
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  Phony Benoni: Knowing Gossip, he probably announced mate in four--and to the whole world.

Gossip has a reputation for being a relatively weak master, most often remembered for finishing last in several Master tournaments. However, Mr. Crewe was obviously not a strong player, and even a minor Master can demolish weaker opponents in this manner.

Punwise, I might have gone for "Crewe Cut" myself, probably because I've never enjoyed Easy Listening music. (When Motley Crue is playing, it's easy to listen, and well night impossible to not listen.)

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  al wazir: Who cares about brilliancy? I would have just won the ♕ with 18. Bxf6+.
Jun-21-13  The Last Straw: It seems like black was demolished here.
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  Phony Benoni: <al wazir> Hmm, now that you mention it, 18.Bxf6+ actually mates a move quicker. Gossip must have been in Monday Queen-Sac Mode.
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  offramp: 10.Nd5 looks better than exchanging...
Jun-21-13  Abdel Irada: Gossip was unnecessarily flashy.

I don't mind someone choosing the more spectacular of two sacrifices *as long as it is no less efficient than the other*.

In this case, White's sac fails that test.

Jun-21-13  Abdel Irada: <(When Motley Crue is playing, it's easy to listen, and well night impossible to not listen.)>

Curmudgeon. ;-)

Jun-21-13  TrueFiendish: Ay lads. This would have to be another one of Gossip's paste diamonds, or "frauds" to use more accurate language. It's made up. George Hatfield Dingley Gossip was a renowned "maker up" of games.
Jun-21-13  optimal play: <TrueFiendish> Nope. This game is definitely legitimate.


The entries for this important event to the chess world of Australia closed in Adelaide on the 10th inst., with 10 nominations for the major tournament...> For the first prize, carrying with it the championship of Australia...> The result of the first day's play in the major tourney was that Gossip, of N.S.W., beat Crewe, of Victoria, with a forced mate after the 17th move in 21 moves, with a brilliant finish.>

- Border Watch (Mount Gambier, SA) issue Saturday 20 August 1887>

Jun-21-13  optimal play: This game was played in Round 1 on board 4 of the Adelaide Jubilee Intercolonial Chess Congress of 1887.


The Intercolonial Chess Congress was opened this morning by His Excellency Sir William Robinson with great éclat. The room was well-filled, the Chief Justice, the Premier, several members of the Ministry, the mayor, and a fair sprinkling of ladies being present. Mr Shuttleworth, the president of the Chess Club, delivered an able address, and the Governor, after a short speech made the first move at board No.1 and the players at once commenced business...

Crewe in his game with Gossip made a slip as early as the fourth move, and was eventually mated by a good sacrifice of the queen by Gossip.>

- The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.) issue Thursday 18 August 1887>

After 9 rounds Gossip finished 3rd with 6 ½ points and Crewe finished = 7th on 3 points.

Jun-21-13  TrueFiendish: Hmmm, though appreciative, I don't put much credence in these ancient reports, remembering that, like the Hansard of the day, these newspaper reports were not immediately published... Gossip was an excellent lobbyist. And there was nothing wrong with Crewe's fourth move...
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  morfishine: Yes, that story about Gossip was a rumor
Jun-21-13  optimal play: I'm no fan of Gossip, myself, but it's not credible he could make up a game in this tournament and feed it to a whole bunch of newspapers and get away with it. The South Australian Register (issue Thursday 18 August 1887) actually published this game in full and it is exactly as above (except of course in descriptive notation).
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  Once: The queen sac is a bit of showboating. But for full artistic content, I would like to have seen 20. dxe7+ Ke8 21. Nd6#

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Pleasing board symmetry, no?

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  kevin86: Gossip was a great player...but don't spread it around!
Jun-21-13  RookFile: 1) Black plays ....c5

2) White plays d4

3) Black fails to play ...cxd4 (what was the purpose of ...c5?)

4) White plays d5

5) Black gets slapped around.

Jun-21-13  The Last Straw: Kruza vs Kotasa, 1986
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Jun-21-13  Abdel Irada: <RookFile: 1) Black plays ....c5

2) White plays d4

3) Black fails to play ...cxd4 (what was the purpose of ...c5?)

4) White plays d5

5) Black gets slapped around.>

Sounds a right phony Benoni, it does.

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