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Nick de Firmian vs Michael Rohde
USA-ch (1987), Estes Park, CO USA, rd 2, Nov-??
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Matanovic Attack (B82)  ·  1-0



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Mar-08-09  Jim Bartle: This game had a wild ending.

In the time scramble Rohde played 36...exd5, to which deFirmian replied with "the strong RxK!" At the same time deFirmian's flag fell and the TD (not our TD) declared he had lost on time. DeFirmian held up the captured king and said, 'Illegal move!"

The rules apparently didn't cover this situation, but deFirmian was given a few seconds. Then Rohde knocked over his king while playing 36...Kb6, and deFirmian's flag fell AGAIN while playing 47. Be3+.

All sorts of arguments followed, with deFirmian declared the winner and Rohde protesting, though Rohde withdrew the protest the next day.

Mar-08-09  outsider: "64" in USSR commented upon this game. the author claimed that after 37. ed5,Rohde literally slammed the switch of the clock
Mar-08-09  blacksburg: <The rules apparently didn't cover this situation>

the rules don't cover someone making an illegal move in time pressure? no one thought that might happen every now and then? someone needs to hire a new rule-writer.

Mar-08-09  Jim Bartle: That's what it said in the report in Inside Chess. That was 1987, though.
Jun-29-15  ToTheDeath: Strong attack started with 19.f5!

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