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John E Oberg vs William J Wenz
"That '70s Show" (game of the day Aug-17-2014)
Wisconsin (1977)
Alekhine Defense: Normal Variation (B03)  ·  0-1


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  Phony Benoni: So let's see. White passes up a juicy--an potentially very important-- d-pawn, preferring instead to grab an unimportant doubled pawn. Then, instead of safely taking a loose knight, he overlooks a Tuesday/Wednesday puzzle.

Yep. That's a television sitcom if I've ever seen one.

Aug-17-14  waustad: I didn't have a TV from 1968 through 1980 and didn't watch much pop cucture stuff after I got one again. As usual I'm lost. Frankly the reason I bought a TV (I'd had cable for the radio for about a year before that) was because the Met was doing the Chereau Ring.
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  HeMateMe: are Oberg and wenz actors on that show? When I saw "Wenz" I thought of George Wendt from Cheers.
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  Phony Benoni: <HeMateMe> I just scanned a list of actors and characters, and no resemblance in names to Oberg and Wenz. The only thing I can think of is that the show was set in Wisconsin in the 1970s, and so was the game.
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  FSR: <Phony Benoni> Apparently that's it.

<The series focused on the lives of a group of teenage friends living in the fictional suburban town of Point Place, Wisconsin, from May 17, 1976, to December 31, 1979.>

This game was "set" in Wisconsin in 1977.

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  offramp: One episode of the show included a shot of a chess board. I think a position from this game was on the board.
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  morfishine: A complete waste of time
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  perfidious: This pun is truly outre, and not at all amusing.
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  Once: One of those exceptions to Phony's law. Both and the game and the pun are underwhelming.

Can we extract anything interesting from this? Maybe. This is the crunch position: Black has just played 22. Rd8-e8

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I imagine that white probably stared at that Nd7 for a fair while. Why has black just taken away the protection for that knight? On d8, the black rook was covering the knight. Then the stepped to one side leaving the knight to its fate. So what gives?

You can almost hear the cogs and gears grind and clang as white tries to work this one out. He figures that black must have moved the rook to e8 for a reason.

Ah, I see it! 23. Qxd7 Rxe3 24. Rxe3 Qxc1 25. Kf2 Bxe4

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Yeuck. White is already a piece down and is now about to lose his pinned rook.

It would be at this point that white notices that he has used up a lot of time calculating 23. Qxd7, which doesn't seem to work. He has to make a different move, and quickly. That's when he decides to play his queen back to the "safety" of d1 - quite possibly a move played in haste after burning so much time on 23. Qxd7.

And we have all seen how that ended up.

The sad thing is that 23. Qxd7 does work, provided you stop the "he takes, I take" sequence at the right point. White would have been perfectly fine with 23. Qxd7 Rxe3

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And now either 24. Nf3 or 24. Nc2 would have kept a small edge for white.

I suppose we ought to applaud black for mixing it up with 22...Re8. He gave white the chance to go wrong, and white took that chance with both hands.

The other mystery in this game is why white didn't grab the d6 pawn when he had the chance. Maybe he was afraid that his knight would get stuck so far into the enemy position?

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  Once: Oops. 25...Bxd4.
Aug-17-14  Tim Delaney: <Once: ... The other mystery in this game is why white didn't grab the d6 pawn when he had the chance. Maybe he was afraid that his knight would get stuck so far into the enemy position?>

A mystery indeed. The knight is in no trouble at d6. The attack on black's Queen gives the knight time to withdraw to b5 and then c3. (If 16. Nxd6 ... Qc5; 17. Nxb7?? then Qc7 does ensnare the knight.)

White plans Nxd6 - Nb5 - Nc3 and then b3, followed by a coordinated advance of the pawn chain. I don't see an answer to this.

Aug-17-14  ColeTrane: wheres a game by Tommy Chong in the database...?

versus cheech... on april 20

Aug-17-14  posoo: URRAHONE seems to CONTENTED with demselves about dis pon. Look at benones! as tho he could do better. Cant wait to ROAL u at da perly gates!

And porfoodus? Lol aint nothin to say about dat conniving mugrel!

BUT happy returns to u all! is arryone excited for THANKSGIVING in november?!

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  kevin86: White is about to get slaughtered.
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