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Walter Browne vs Vlastimil Hort
"Hort Cross Browne" (game of the day Sep-04-2019)
Venice (1971), Venice ITA, rd 9, Nov-??
Alekhine Defense: Two Pawn Attack. Lasker Variation (B02)  ·  0-1



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Jan-09-11  wordfunph: Walter Browne on this game:

"Though I had the better game for the first 32 moves, I mistakenly allowed Queens to be exchanged in severe time pressure. There is also some doubt about the accuracy of the clock we were using."

Jan-09-11  wordfunph: Lubosh Kavalek's version:

"Browne with two minutes on his clock, made a move, punched his clock, and immediately jumped up to claim that his clock had suddenly gone from two minutes to about 15 seconds. To the surprise of everyone especially Hort, the tournament director gave Browne two more minutes to the time control."

Jan-09-11  MaxxLange: this is why the TD is supposed to lurk around the boards where people are low on time.....if a player, e.g., claims that the clock is malfunctioning, then he can make a ruling based on what he has seen himself
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Rather wish the Two Pawn Attack received more attention v. the Alekhine because of the extremely aggressive nature of the variation. Browne had a curse, gift, cursed gift, and gifted curse for time pressure. A friend who saw him play during the days before digital clocks swore that Browne could make his move and stop his clock so quickly that literally no time would pass on the chess clock, not even a second.
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  al wazir: Black could have won with 51...Bf5+, which just about forces white to give up the exchange by 52. Rxf5. If instead 52. Kg3, then 52...Rg1, and now both the g-♙ and the ♘ are lost: 53. Kf3 (53. Nf3 Rxg2#) Rgxg2 54. Nf1 Rgf2+.
Sep-04-19  ACMEKINGKRUSHER: Howdy,
Well.... WALTER BROWNE and Clocks,TIME TROUBLE, and His AMAZING ABILITIES! First...ANY WSB Fan knows That Walter was known for TIME TROUBLE! Further he was a MAGICIAN when it came to BLITZ CHESS! In fact He Founded The WBCA! If you had a Question about BLITZ you could CALL HIM and HE Would Actually Pick-Up The Phone HIMSELF and answer your Question!

In reference to being able to hit the clock before it moves...IT IS POSSIBLE with a USCF Quartz Clock! If you hit the clock fast enough it would in FACT NOT MOVE. It is some sort of "DELAY Built-In The old Mechanical BHB's could not do this. Nor could The JERGERS! The quartz clock though does!

My Favorite WALTER BROWNE Story is One that I actually Witnessed For Myself at The 1989 US OPEN in CHICAGO! Walter was paired with W.E.Kengis! I went to the board that they were both assigned. CRICKETS! Neither one was there. Turns out eventually, Walter walks over to the board. Then about 5 to 10 minutes later Kengis decides to Drop Over! The Round started at least a half-hour earlier? Neither GM had a clock! The briefly said a few things and started to play anyway! Quite sometime later,one of those "Lurking" TD's came by and noticed the lack of a clock on their board and Quickly Disappeared. Minutes later he came back with a BHB Clock & did his TD Thing and divided the remaining time etc. They both played on and in no time at all got in TIME TROUBLE! Eventually with Walter's QUEEN Checking Kengis' King Mercilessly! They then AGREED TO A DRAW! As They Shook Hands...a FLAG FELL! It was THAT CLOSE!! Go WALTER!! We Miss You! ACME KING KRUSHER! p.s. I was quite pleased to Finally see it On This Site! The game is even better if you know how it really happened! IT was AWESOME TO SEE IT LIVE and in Living COLOR!!

Sep-04-19  Gilmoy: The GotD pun is from the children's rhyme:

1.a pawn e
2.a pawn e
hort cross browne

Really :)

Sep-04-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: It's a real pleasure to see a game in which the obnoxious ass Browne was undone by his own arrogance. Of all the grandmasters I saw at large open tournaments I also played in, he was the only one I disliked.

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