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J van Rosendael vs Eduard Henri Eugene van Woelderen
"Woelderen Heights" (game of the day Nov-27-2016)
Casual game (1894), Rotterdam NED
Latvian Gambit: Fraser Defense (C40)  ·  0-1


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  Phony Benoni: Unsound it may be, I must admit to a secret love for the Latvian Gambit, especially when White indulges his taste for Negative Immortality with moves like 19.fxg5. Anybody who goes in for pawn grabbing at a time like that deserves whatever happens to them
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  offramp: Emily Bronte's elder sister Charlotte was born 200 years ago: April 21st 1816. For that reason a book has been published about the three sisters. It is called The Brontesaurus.
Nov-27-16  NewLine: And if 24.Rf2:
24.Rf2 Re1+ 25.Kg2 Rh2+ 26.Kxh2 Qh8+ 27.Kg2 Qh1#

Some jaw dropping acrobatics from her majesty!

I can't avoid comparing those romantic games to today's high level games <cough>world championship<cough>. Looks like they have had fun back then...

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  MissScarlett: White was doing fine until 19.fxg5? whereupon he fell off a cliff.
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  offramp: 19...Rxe5 is a good one. 20. fxe5 would, I think, be met by 20....Rh2+ and 21...Qh5+.
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  Chessical: <19...Rxd4!> also wins after 20. cxd4 Qd5+ 21. Rf3 gxf3+ 22. Qxf3 Rh2+
Nov-27-16  AlicesKnight: All those white P moves instead of developing the Q side - after 'castling into it'.
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  morfishine: Low quality game played by a couple of NN's; Obviously, another cart-before-the-horse game, with the author vainly trying to facillitate the failing play-on-word referencing the novel 'Wuthering Heights", but the usual lacking of the second reference dooms this sad game title to non-pun-ville, and ultimately to the Lame-O play-on-word trash bin

Enough with the positive, the following criticism is positively scathing....


Nov-27-16  Stonehenge: <morfishine>

I'm sorry, but some of us patzers do actually enjoy this kind of game. Some facts I know about this game:

* it was uploaded by a certain member (not me) who probably took the trouble of entering it move by move from a newspaper or so.

* it contained some errors, which CG eliminated.

* it can be hard to make a decent pun, especially when one's native language isn't English.

Your nasty snobbism is uncalled-for.

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  RandomVisitor: 19.Kf2 followed by Ke1 and white is winning
Nov-27-16  WorstPlayerEver: I so and so question the authenticity of this game. Seems like a fantasy game; 19. fg5 is such an obvious mistake: as if the White pawns are posing for the photographer.
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  morfishine: <Stonehenge> Sorry, but my "snobbism" is totally called for. I'm trying to educate, but people here at <CG> don't grasp what a pun actually is and just don't listen when its explained to them. And so, more garbage just gets printed here at <CG> regarding so-called "puns".

And this game is of way to low of quality to be presented as "GOTD"

Its clear the author of this horrific game title first created this monstrosity based on the players name and totally ignored such factors as quality of game

Have a nice day


Nov-27-16  WorstPlayerEver: The whole sequence make no sense for White, 19. fg5 Re5 20. Qg4 Qd5 (21. Qf3 Re2).

It's constructed to get the Rh8 to h1 so it cannot be taken by Queen (epaulette) nor King.

In other words: the mate combination is too elegant (obvious) to be true.

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  RandomVisitor: After 18...Qf7

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<+1.99/34 19.Kf2 Rh2+ 20.Ke1> Qd7 21.Be3 gxf4 22.gxf4 c5 23.bxc5 Bxc5 24.Qd3 Kb8 25.Nd2 Be7 26.c4 Ra5 27.a3 Ra6 28.Kd1 Rh3 29.Ke2 Rah6 30.d5 R6h5 31.Rab1 b6 32.Qb3 Bc5 33.Bxc5 Rxb3 34.Rxb3 Qh7 35.Bd4 Qg7 36.Rg3 Kc8 37.Rf2 Kb7 38.Nf1 c5 39.Be3 Rh1

+1.08/34 19.Qd3 Qd7 20.Be3 Qh7 21.Kf2 Qh2+ 22.Ke1 Qb2 23.fxg5 Qxa1 24.g6 Rdd8 25.Qxf5+ Kb8 26.g7 Rhg8 27.Qc2 a5 28.bxa5 Bxa5 29.Ke2 Rxg7 30.Kd3 Bxc3 31.Qxc3 Qxa2 32.Nd2 Qa6+ 33.Kc2 Qa2+ 34.Qb2 Qa4+ 35.Qb3 Qa5 36.Ne4 Rh7 37.Rf2 Qa1 38.e6 Kc8 39.Nf6 Rg7 40.Nd7 Re7 41.Ne5 Rde8 42.Kd3 Qh1 43.Rf6 Qg2 44.Qa3 Kb8 45.Qb3

0.00/34 19.Rg1 Rxd4 20.cxd4 Qd5+ 21.Kf1 Qc4+ 22.Ke1 Bxd4 23.Nd2 Qc3 24.Rb1 Rh1 25.Qb3 Rxg1+ 26.Ke2 Rg2+ 27.Kd1 Rg1+ 28.Ke2

Nov-27-16  Fanacas: morfishine games by no names can actually be quite fun. Even if they are bad games some of the most enjoyable games are bad games.
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  Check It Out: <morfishine> your criticisms of the puns and games of the day are tired. But perhaps that's just a reflection of you.

As usual, we look forward to your excellent (and correct!) puns attached to the incredible games such as you have judged them.

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  Phony Benoni: I would have to agree that, overall, this isn't a very good game. In fact, if White had played something like 19.Rh1, Black would probably have shrugged and said "Well, that didn't work!", the players would have movee on the next game, and the score sheets tossed in the trash.

But the finish makes up for a lot. I was reminded a bit of one of my favorite finishes, from I D Dorfman vs Tseshkovsky, 1978

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<53.Qc4+ Ke3+ 54.Kh3 Kf2+ 55.Qxb3 Nxg5+>

And 56.hxg5 Qh8#. Those backwards mating moves can be hard to see.

I would also agree that White made too many pawn moves. Here's a better way to play this variation. Well, maybe not that much better, but it worked:

Drake - DeLuca (Michigan, 1976

<1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Nc6 4.Qh5+ g6 5.Nxg6 Nf6 6.Qh4 Rg8 7.Nxf8 Rg4 8.Qh6 Rxe4+ 9.Be2 Nd4 10.Nc3 Rxe2+ 11.Nxe2 Qe7 12.0-0 Nxe2+ 13.Kh1 Nxc1 14.Nxh7 Nxh7 15.Raxc1 Kd8 16.Rce1 Qf7 17.Qh4+ Nf6 18.Qh8+ Ng8 19.Re2 c6 20.Rfe1>

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One of the funniest positions I have ever seen, and perhaps the only justification for preserving the score.

<20...Kc7 21.Re8 Nf6 22.Rf8 Qd5 23.Qxf6 Qxd2 24.Qd8+ Kd6 25.Rf6+ Kc5 26.Qe7+ Kb6 27.Qe3+ Qxe3 28.Rxe3 d5 29.Re8 a5 30.h4> 1-0

One can turly say that White's pawn moves were the Alpha and Omega of his game.

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