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Oscar Chajes vs Rafael Blanco Estera
"Crazy Rook" (game of the day Apr-07-2016)
Havana (1913), Havana CUB, rd 8, Feb-25
Dutch Defense: Rubinstein Variation (A84)  ·  0-1



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Jun-12-04  Chesspatch: Haha, love the annotation... so many "+"'s.
Feb-06-05  Milo: Why not 45...Kxd5 46.Re5+ Kc4 47.Re4+ Rd4 ?
Feb-06-05  akiba82: <Milo> Your variation is quicker, I think Blanco was just toying with his opponent, enjoying the game.
Dec-21-05  AlexanderMorphy: lol funny looking final position!
Apr-07-16  Eusebius: Funny game at the end!
Apr-07-16  newzild: <Milo> because of 47. Rf4+
Apr-07-16  Ratt Boy: <newzild:> <Milo> because of 47. Rf4+

That's not a legal move. I think you mean 47.♖c5+.

Apr-07-16  jrpg: FWIW there's a picture of Estera with Capablanca on Corzo's page.
Apr-07-16  goodevans: Difficult to work out whether white actually messed up on the perpetual-or-stalemate plan.

There are some critical squares. <e4> seems to be one. If black can get his K to e4 (as he did in the game) then there are very few squares from which white can check without allowing the K to escape.

For that reason it seems to me that <52.Rb5+> would have made things tougher for black. Suppose black heads towards f3 as in the game then after <52.Rb5+ Kd4 53.Rb4+ Ke3 54.Re4+ Kf3> white now has <55.Rf4+> and the checks continue.

Apr-07-16  popescuag: 42. g5+ followed by cxd6 and there is no stalemate
Apr-07-16  goodevans: I missed <52.Rb5+ Kd4 53.Rb4+ Kxd5 54.Rb5+ Ke4> and the K escapes.

As I said, <e4> is a critical square!

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  thegoodanarchist: < Honza Cervenka: "Crazy rook" failed to save white.>

A good GOTD title, but not a pun.

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  thegoodanarchist: Now that I think about it, maybe it is a pun. A play on the saying "Crazy Wookie"
Apr-07-16  bachiller: <popescuag> I think you mean 41. ..,g5+ and then 42. .., cxd6, after white takes the pawn.

However, white could play 43. Rh5 and the stalemate is still there, like Monterroso's dinosaur.

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  AylerKupp: Here is an example of computer "Crazy Rook": Shredder vs Gull, 2013.
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  morfishine: This theme has always intrigued me; surely, White could've continued the checks somehow?
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  thegoodanarchist: <morfishine: This theme has always intrigued me; surely, White could've continued the checks somehow?>

53.Rc4+ seems more promising than the move played.

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  Sneaky: Another specimen for my butterfly collection Game Collection: Crazy Rooks
Apr-07-16  catlover: Blanco Estera's king runs amuck, taking all of Chajes' remaining pawns while Chajes' rook frantically gives check, begging to be captured.
Apr-07-16  RandomVisitor: After 46.Re4+

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<-M11/29 46...Kc5> 47.Re1 h6 48.Rg1 Rh3+ 49.Kg4 Kxd5 50.Rf1 Rhe3 51.Rf7 Re4+ 52.Rf4 Kd4 53.Rxe4+ Kxe4 54.Kh4 Kf3 55.Kh3 Rd2 56.Kh4 Rh2+

Apr-07-16  RandomVisitor: After 46...Kc5! 47.Rc4+ Kxd5 and now

a) 48.Rc5+ bxc5 frees a white pawn to move,

b) 48.Rd4+ Rxd4+ produces a check

in either case, the crazy rook is crazy no more.

Apr-09-16  Moszkowski012273: It's awesome how white can't play 11.g4 because of 11...Ne5
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  kevin86: Black had to at his dead best to avoid a stalemate and that nasty rook.
May-10-16  Moszkowski012273: 23...Nf4 was strong.
Dec-10-18  Saniyat24: Oscar's Rook fought like the knight whose King and Queen was murdered, alas the black King was too cunning...!
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