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Elisabeth Paehtz vs Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko
Blindfold Chess Performance Leipzig Central Station (2001), Leipzig, Germany, Jun-14
Guatemala Defense: General (B00)  ·  1-0
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Elisabeth Paehtz vs Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko (2001)


Kibitzer's Corner
May-09-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Nightsurfer: You may doubt that this goofy game has taken place in real life? Then have a look at http://www.chessbase.de/nachrichten...: The game has taken place, for sure. And herewith some comments on that crazy thing: http://www.koenig-plauen.de/Metache... - please check out the last two pages of that German-language feature!
May-09-11  DanielBryant: Why are low quality games like this in the database?
May-10-11  SufferingBruin: <DanielBryant> Because it's the Klitschko brothers, the pics are cool, the game of chess is getting some great pub, it's a good natured contest... I mean, what's not to like? Oh, I see. The "quality" of the play. Chess needs events like these and those who object to them go soak their heads; present company included.
May-10-11  DanielBryant: I've never heard of these guys, to be fair.
May-10-11  Nietzowitsch: <DanielBryant>
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitali...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wladim...
May-10-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  tpstar: Great pictures!

You can see the final position on the right.

The Klitschko brothers showed up during Kramnik-Leko World Championship Match (2004) and those were some memorable pictures too. Surely these strong players would have done much better here with the White pieces. =)

May-12-11  SufferingBruin: <DanielBryant> Well, I was being a grouchy old patzer, to be fair. :)
Jul-07-11
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  Nightsurfer: @<DanielBryant>

Hello, <DanielBryant>, you have asked "why are low quality games like this in the database?"

There is a very good reason for doing so: The virtual fight that the Ukrainian Brothers Klitschko have battled out against Germany's Front-Lady Elisabeth Paehtz is nothing less than a contemporary document, and, since the game has been played 10 years ago, it is even a HISTORIC DOCUMENT now.

The Brothers Klitschko are living legends today - just think of the most recent win of Wladimir Klitschko against Great Britain's David Haye, please check out http://www.sportschau.de/sp/boxen/n...

Dear <DanielBryant>, please do not forget: There is a REAL WORLD outside the Ivory Tower of Chess ...

Jul-07-11  SimonWebbsTiger: Surely the reason is for the lower picture. Those guys make her look like an elf -- they are huge!
Jul-07-11  Shams: Our friends in Guatemala deserve a better namesake than this defense.
Jul-07-11  Akavall: I thought Klitschko's were better than that. I don't mean to be offensive, but for some reason I thought that they were about 1800ish at least. Apparently not.
Feb-05-12
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  hedgeh0g: In fairness to the Klitschkos, one might surmise that they were playing an outlandish opening with the hopes of making it difficult for the blindfolded master.

Of course, Black giving away a piece on move 6 does raise questions about the validity of this theory. :)

Nov-27-12  Capacorn: <Nightsurfer: Dear DanielBryant, please do not forget: There is a REAL WORLD outside the Ivory Tower of Chess ...>

Amen, Nightsurfer. As a huge fan of chess and boxing (and a few other things), I can tell you that I'm thrilled to see guys like the Klitschko brothers promote the game and bring it greater appeal. Chess needs as much publicity as possible. It should be popularized well beyond the cultish halls of the "Ivory Tower." When younger people that don't regard themselves as geeks see the co-heavyweight champions of the world play chess, they tend to see the game in a different light. They might actually find it, dare I say, "cool." (By the way, former heavyweight champ Lennox Lewis is also an avid chess player.)

Nov-27-12  Capacorn: <SufferingBruin: <DanielBryant> Because it's the Klitschko brothers, the pics are cool, the game of chess is getting some great pub, it's a good natured contest... I mean, what's not to like? Oh, I see. The "quality" of the play. Chess needs events like these and those who object to them go soak their heads; present company included.>

< Akavall: I thought Klitschko's were better than that. I don't mean to be offensive, but for some reason I thought that they were about 1800ish at least. Apparently not.>

Really, who cares what Wlad and Vitali's play looked like? It was a publicity stunt. They probably would've lost anyway, but they certainly weren't there to play a five hour contest against a blindfolded girl. They were there to support a game they love...and we're all the richer for it.

Nov-27-12  Capacorn: <SimonWebbsTiger: Surely the reason is for the lower picture. Those guys make her look like an elf -- they are huge!>

Indeed, they're big dudes. (They look like they're picking Elisabeth off the ground by the wrists like a child! lol) Vitali (left) is 6'7" and Wlad (right) is 6'6". Their fighting weights are mid-240s to low 250s, solid muscle. Not the kind of guys you'd taunt if they hang their queen....

Nov-29-12
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  Nightsurfer: <Capacorn> Thank so much for your postings, I do agree 100.000 per cent!
Aug-15-13  GumboGambit: According to Rybka . . . . . . . . .these guys should stick to boxing.
Dec-03-13
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  HeMateMe: Ali, 1963, would have dropped both of them. Of course Ali probably read at the third grade level, if he knew how to read at all, So I guess we'll give the K brothers the edge in chess.
Aug-16-14  Ke2: As Vitali Klitschko played 4... Rb8 (a novelty!), he used his pinky to slide the piece, as if to emphasize the cunning of this mysterious move.
Oct-13-17  posoo: DUNOEL BRYBUNT, da game is FON.

fulley HALF of da games in dis dattabus contain at least ONE ERROR by ONE PLAYOR. WHO IS TO JUDGE wat games are good and bad?

u do not belnog in da dattabus EITHER elephant!

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