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Jozsef Szen vs Adolf Anderssen
"Tis The Szen" (game of the day Dec-23-2004)
London (1851), London ENG, rd 2, Jun-??
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Szen Variation (B44)  ·  1-0



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Dec-23-04  aw1988: A complicated game, with a terrible pun.
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  cu8sfan: <with a terrible pun> True, but it must be awfully hard to find a Xmas related pun every day all through December. They're doing a good job, I think.
Dec-23-04  dac1990: Tommorrow, I'll bet, will have "The Night Before Christmas" or something relevant.
Dec-23-04  clendenon: Maybe the knight before Christmas.
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  tpstar: White really kept his cool throughout the game - he must be a Szen Master.
Dec-23-04  fred lennox: Of course one value to 0-0 is to strengthen the f2(7), the weakest sq. which remains vulnerable to black as it snarles his pieces. His rooks remain passive. He tried to activate the queens rook in Anderssen-like fashion but failed.
Dec-23-04  platonov: What Szen means in english? In hungarian, it means 'Coal'
Dec-23-04  Castle In The Sky: Tis the Szen to be Jolie?
Dec-23-04  InspiredByMorphy: Szens greetings everyone.
Dec-23-04  EnglishOpeningc4: This game is horrible!!! How is this the game of the day? It just proves that giving away material is worse than giving up tempo.
Dec-23-04  GreenDayGuy: This game wasn't that bad. There was some really nice play and tactical manuevers.
Dec-23-04  EnglishOpeningc4: Anderssen was just sacrificing for the heck of it
Dec-23-04  Skylark: I have to agree. A lot of the pawns lost were just thrown away by Anderssen, without much justification. However, what with previous GOTD's, this one is brilliant in comparison. :(
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  patzer2: Szen's 16. Bc4! is a very good defensive move to parry Anderssen's dangerous initiative and force simplifications favoring White.
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  patzer2: The pun based on the lyric "tis the season to be jolly" from "Deck the Halls" is OK. Perhaps it can serve as a reminder to enjoy the season with family and friends.

According to, "Deck the Halls is based on an old Welsh tune, known back in the 1700s. Mozart was known to enjoy playing the song. The words were added in America in the 1800s."

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  kevin86: This is not the best game,it is OK,but not better-too bad the games have to conform with puns,instead of fitting the pun to a good game.

Did anyone head of the man who applied for a truck driver's job at a playing card company? So he could haul the decks!!

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  Honza Cervenka: It is quite interesting to see such a modern line in such an old game. In modern times 8...Nf6 is more usual and it is played very often even at the top level of modern chess (for example, see Leko vs Svidler, 2004 ) but 8...Be6 is playable too if you can trust to Bent Larsen: Carlos Lopez vs Larsen, 2000

Anderssen's aggressive plan with early d5 (which is in general correct idea and desirable objective in all lines of Sicilian with early e5) was too ambitious here and it was calmly and precisely refuted by Szen. I would not call this game bad at all!

Jul-27-09  Knight13: 19...Be7 and then castle, goddang it! Wide open game with the king in the center wth Anderssen!

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