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Mikhail Chigorin vs Lucien Didier
Paris (1900), Paris FRA, rd 4, May-22
Italian Game: Evans Gambit (C51)  ·  1-0



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Feb-16-16  psmith: Black plays on a whole Rook down against Chigorin for 15 moves. Hope springs eternal.
Feb-16-16  iking: resign only when it is the right time too ....
Feb-16-16  Sally Simpson: Hi PS Smith,

"Hope springs eternal."

Friend M Didier (all his bio says is "France." ) did have eternal hope and it paid off in the same tournament.

Here: Black (Didier) to play.

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He is already 2 pieces down but sacs the exchange and another piece to pull off a beautiful and unexpected draw.

L Rosen vs Didier, 1900

Once you have one them under your belt you never give up. Never.

Let's us stay with Didier he has some interesting stats.

In the 1901 Monte Carlo Tournament he played 13 opponents and scored just a pt.

No typo. a quarter of a point from 13 games.

Monte Carlo (1901)

I wonder if that bloke what worked out all the grades going way to Philidor's Dad if he picked up that pt or did he just search for -, 1-0 and 0-1. That pt has been in limbo. We must bring it in from the cold.

Didier ("France") has another claim to fame.

That great escape Didier pulled off meant he and Leon Rosen had to play again and that game is Game I.D. number 100,000 on

Didier vs L Rosen, 1900

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  KEG: Didier was probably just playing on momentum. Unlike his game with Rosen in Round 1 of this tournament in which he at least had an attacking combo in mind (though flawed) that wound up yielding him a draw when Rosen blundered with 22. Be4 in the position diagrammed by Sally Simpson instead of the winning 22. Nd2, here Didier didn't have a ghost of a chance after his blunder on move 23.

Didier lost this game against Tchigorin when he fell into a pin and a Knight fork on move 23. After Tchigorin played 23. NxN with Didier to recapture, the position was as follows:

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Didier would have had a playable position (his weakness being the isolated e-pawn) had he simply played 23...QxN.

But Didier played 23...RxN??? and was utterly lost after 24. Nd4!.

The balance of the game is of no interest. Didier had no compensation whatsoever for the lost Rook, and after move 35 Tchigorin had a forced mate.

A game of little or no interest.

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