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Daniel Noteboom vs Siegfried Bernard van Mindeno
"Lowering the Boom" (game of the day Mar-11-2017)
Holland (1927)
Caro-Kann Defense: Two Knights Attack. Mindeno Variation Retreat Line (B11)  ·  1-0
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Oct-13-10  sneaky pete: An old favourite. I'm glad it finally wriggled its way into this database somehow. Some years ago I intended to submit this one and a handful of other great Noteboom games still missing, and kept postponing doing it - but I sure would have done it ... eventually.

Poor Van Mindeno. You make one small mistake (4... Bh5), as Euwe bluntly calls it, in an unoffical training game against a teenager, and get immortalised as the inventor of the Mindeno Variation Retreat Line.

I wonder at which point black's game was really lost. Is 7... Nc6 as played in some later games good enough?

Feb-26-11
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  TheTamale: A fine and fun game by today's Player of the Day. I, too, am glad it made its way to the database.
Feb-26-11
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  perfidious: <sneaky pete> While I never played 4....Bh5 in this line, preferring instead 4....Bxf3 5.Qf3 Nf6, to assess it as a mistake seems an overstatement.

In the mid 1970s, there was a neat effort published in Chess Life & Review in the line following 7....Nc6, and I wish I could remember which issue.

Jan-21-14  jerseybob: Perfidious: Check out Grefe-Commons, 1975 U.S. Chp.(0-1,23) in this database, which contains the Nc6 idea, though not the exact line you describe.
Mar-11-17  eykca: Now this is the "firecracker" I was calling for yesterday.... damn
Mar-11-17  clement41: 13 Nf7 would have been stronger but admittedly it comes with less fireworks. White rightly waits for 15...Nc6?! to be played before he goes 16 Bh6, as he had seen that a premature Bh6 would have been met with ...Nbd7, covering the Bf8. I guess 16 0-0-0 is good too, but deemed too routinely? 17 Rd1! is strong, emohasizing black's problem bishop on f8 (e.g. 17...RxR+ uncastling white is fully irrelevant here 18 KxR Nd7 19 Be6 and wins)
Mar-11-17  morfishine: Another great game polluted with a dumb game title
Mar-11-17
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  ChessHigherCat: <eykca: Now this is the "firecracker" I was calling for yesterday.... damn> Siegfried goes Boom. It seems more like a composition than a real game but either way it's extremely entertaining (more bread and circuses, CG!)
Mar-11-17
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  offramp: <ChessHigherCat: <eykca: Now this is the "firecracker" I was calling for yesterday.... damn> Siegfried goes Boom. It seems more like a composition than a real game...>

It <was> a composition. And it was written in a Daniel Notebook.

Mar-11-17
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  offramp: The greatest admirer of this game is User: fredthebear unto whom all questions should be addressed.
Mar-11-17
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  thegoodanarchist: This was an odd little game.
Mar-11-17
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  Fusilli: <morf> I think you and I are on the same page when it comes to the puns. They simply have to go.

Plus in this case I would assess the game as of terrible quality. It should have been 13.Nf7, 1-0 on the spot.

Mar-11-17
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  OhioChessFan: Right, after 14 years, cg.c is going to stop the puns because a couple people want them to. <morf> has some kind of mental issue that causes him to rant about this and pollute the site every day. It's incredibly tiresome.
Mar-11-17  ColeTrane: Yes Mr. <Ohio> I too keep waiting for <morph> to actually mention a pun he approves of -past or present- just to see where his priorities lie....
Mar-12-17
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  OhioChessFan: He had one last year that was dreadful that he submitted. Truly awful.
Mar-12-17
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  ChessHigherCat: <ColeTrane: Yes Mr. <Ohio> I too keep waiting for <morph> to actually mention a pun he approves of -past or present- just to see where his priorities lie....> I have a bilingual Swiss colleague who grew up in French-speaking Geneva but now works in German-speaking Zurich. When they asked her why she chose to send her children to the French school instead of the German one, she said: "Because it's impossible to get through life without a sense of humor". The only great (Aryan) German comedian I can think of is Hitler, who did an even more ridiculous imitation of himself than Chaplin could do!
Feb-26-18  schnarre: ...I had never seen White allowing Black to take the Knight on c3 until this game. Indeed White sacrifices a great deal, but does so effectively enough to pull ahead. ...Black's 4...Bh4 was a mistake: a waste of tempo after deploying the piece to begin with, as well as allowing White a spearhead with 6.g4. After White's 13. Rxh7 Black is on borrowed time (15...Nc6, as opposed to ...Nbd7, seems the nail in the coffin).
Feb-27-18
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  Sally Simpson: I got a chance to play that Rxh7 trick


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in a recent game. (though mine was on h2)

I'm Black. (apparently gxf2+ was expected.)


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I played it and won. I'd never pulled that trick off before and for a few days afterwards I was on cloud 8 (sic. Cloud 9 is a lottery win...this is close though. It's amazing how a silly wee win like that can put you up there. ).

Feb-27-18
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  ChessHigherCat: Rxh7 is very clever. I probably would have just played 13. Nf7. "Nf7 is playable. Take one point"
Feb-28-18  schnarre: ...<Sally Simpson> Good going!
Feb-28-18
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  keypusher: <Fusilli> <CHC> Surprisingly (to me), SF thinks that 13.Rxh7 is stronger than 13.Nf7. Both are winning, of course, but the game move is a lot more entertaining.
Jun-03-19  TheaN: <keypusher: <Fusilli> <CHC> Surprisingly (to me), SF thinks that 13.Rxh7 is stronger than 13.Nf7. Both are winning, of course, but the game move is a lot more entertaining.>

Got here via today's PotD, interesting breakup of the Bg4 line. Couldn't really get 13.Rxh7 at first either but it's a matter of ply's I guess: 13.Nf7 evaluates +5 3-ply (13....hxg6 14.Nxh8 +5), where as 13.Rxh7 evaluates +2 3-ply (13....fxe5 14.Rxh8 +2). However, at 20-ply both moves cripple the Black position to a +6.5: in the Rxh7 line, either the bishop on f8 is lost or the g-pawn promotes.

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