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Frederic S Anderson vs Weaver Warren Adams
US Open (1941), St. Louis, MO USA, rd 6, Jul-24
Modern Defense: Mongredien Defense (B06)  ·  1-0


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  Phony Benoni: Winner of the brilliancy prize. Several players were experimenting with double fianchetto defenses at this tournament, but it doesn't seem to fit Adams' style.
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  perfidious: <PB> Are you sure Adams was Black in this tilt? (laughs)

You are quite right: this sort of stuff hardly seemed to be Adams' meat and potatoes, to put it mildly.

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  Phony Benoni: The writer in "Chess Review" (August/September 1941) did not agree with the choice of this game for the brilliancy prize.

<"Against Anderson the taciturn Bostonian played a weak "Fianchetto Defense", was soundly trounced in 17 moves. This game was awarded the brilliancy prize. Anderson certainly played well. took full advantage of Black's weak opening, but the complete lack of resistance made brilliancy neither necessary nor possible.">

And Matthew Green commenting on the game:

<"This defense has been seen once of twice in the last three decades. It will probably be seen even less in the future.">

To which I can only add that Tournament Director L. Walter Stephens, who donated the prizes, also did the judging. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 9/4/1941).

Apr-01-15  Petrosianic: L. Walter Stephens, of course, being the corrupt tournament official who gave a win to Reshevsky a year later, in a game he knew Reshevsky hadn't really won.
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  Phony Benoni: Corrupt is, I think, too strong. Imperious, yes. Incompetent, probably. But everything done with the best of motives.
Apr-01-15  Granny O Doul: What motive? His personal infallibility doctrine? I'd say "corrupt" was a mild choice of adjective.
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  Phony Benoni: Apparently, we have different ideas of what "corrupt" implies in this situation. To my mind, being "corrupt" would have meant that Stephens ruled against Denker out of personal antagonism or out of favoritism for Reshevsky.

But that appears not to have been the case. Stephens simply made a bad ruling, then refused to even consider the possibility of a mistake. That's a man who is simply out of his depth and too conceited to admit if.

It's interesting that, three rounds before the Reshevsky game, Stephens had made another questionable decision, this time in Denker's favor, even though the latter may have been at fault.

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