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Semion Alapin vs Amos Burn
"Herein Alapin Drop" (game of the day Oct-23-2020)
Karlsbad (1911), Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) AUH, rd 20, Sep-16
Formation: Queen Pawn Game: London System (D02)  ·  0-1



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: This is one of the most spectacular examples of how to obtain counterplay in the center to stop a wing attack. As you play through this game, cover up the game score and try to guess Black's 18th move.

Then try to guess his 19th.

Now the hard one: starting at move 25, Black will have the opportunity to play ...Bf5xRb1. On what move will he actually grab the Exchange?

If you get even one of these right, you've probably already seen the game.

Oct-23-20  sfm: And today's pun verdict is:..........Enjoyable! Thanks to The Englishman for the question. I hope I wouldn't have missed in in a game. It is a great move. Stockfish says it is not the best (which it says is 18.-,cxd), but Stockfish doesn't understand real chess (which is, BTW, all about creating winning chances against your opponent). I like Larsen's quote:
"It is perfectly OK if you can't calculate the result of a move. But if you did not even get the idea it is of course not so good."
Oct-23-20  SymphonicKnight: I like that sfm. What Larsen says is true, and clearly a great definition of "blunder."
Oct-23-20  Honey Blend: White could have put up a tougher fight with 35. gxf6 ♕xf6 36. ♖be1 ♕f2+ 37. ♖e2, which offers back the exchange again and the kingside attack has definitely fizzled, but with much better drawing chances.
Oct-23-20  Brenin: A very instructive game. At the end, White cannot keep the Black Q from invading at a1 without significant material loss, e.g. 42 Kb2 Qa3 mate, or 42 Qb2 Ba3, or 42 Nc2 Re2.
Oct-23-20  schnarre: ...White seemed to do little more than back-&-forth moves for no appreciable gain (that & retreating a good deal, or perhaps I'm being a little too critical).
Oct-23-20  V Geriakov: Off course any game with a rook sacrifice (albeit temporary) is brilliant but white's move 11.Qf3 seems wrong. I can't see anything wrong with white's position after 11.Nf3 (followed by 0-0, Ne5, g4-g5 etc).
Oct-23-20  newzild: Added to my Game Collection: The Best Games You've Never Heard Of.
Oct-23-20  morfishine: Nothing like some good old fashioned, swashbuckling chess to start off the day. Thank you <MissScarlett> for the game submission and those who voted for it
Oct-23-20  Ironmanth: Wow. Need more coffee and much more study of this game. Honestly the first run through was incomprehensible. Appears many deep ideas here. Thanks chessgames; y'all stay safe out there.
Oct-23-20  RoseMei: I don't understand the pun today. Explain please.
Oct-23-20  Brenin: <RoseMei>: In Engish the phrase "you could hear a pin drop" is often used to denote almost complete silence, so this is a pun on White's surname. Actually the phrase is nonsense, since you cannot hear a pin drop, though you may hear it hit the ground.
Oct-23-20  JimNorCal: <An Englishman>: " try to guess Black's 18th move. Then try to guess his 19th"

Terrific setup before playing over the game :)

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  OhioChessFan: I'm glad I didn't let the lousy pun keep me from clicking on a spectacular game.
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  Honza Cervenka: 18...e5 was bold and resourceful counter. But instead of 20...Ne8(?) it was much better to play 20...Rxg5! After the text move white could have played 21.e4 with advantage.

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