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George Alan Thomas vs Reginald Pryce Michell
Hastings (1919), Hastings ENG, rd 8, Aug-??
Spanish Game: General (C60)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-24-04  PizzatheHut: Is this really a draw or an incomplete game score? Agreeing to a draw as white after 3 moves of the Ruy doesn't seem too likely.
Jan-24-04  Catfriend: It's the best game ever!
Let's analyse!
1.e4!! is one of the best here, complex GM-theory considers it a good move, though a bit daring and original! 1..e5!! isn't worse! Also, very innovative! Fighting for the centre... but I think I saw it all before... 2.♘f3! is a logical continuation of the reckless attack started by e4!! it assaults black's king as proved convincingly by Adolf Andersen:) 2..♘c6! refutes white's evil plotting and wants to smite white's queenside as proved many times by GMs and even world-champs. finally, 3.♗b5!! is a strike of a genius. Tal himself copied this move several times! A very good game, and extremely important for the theory!
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  akiba82: Catfriend, you have a good sense of humor. That is a more important attribute for a chessplayer than knowing a lot of opening theory.
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  InspiredByMorphy: The hairs on my arm are standing up this game is so exciting!! What a draw! I didnt know I could accomplish a draw so easily, Ill just have to play those three moves white did.
Dec-19-04  Novice713: This is good. I don't know much opening theory, but I've found a game that consists of the first 3 moves of Ruy Lopez, which I know. I hope an audience wasn't watching this one.
Jan-09-05  DanielBryant: If so, I hope this wasn't an event for which admission was charged.
Feb-14-05  aw1988: ...thus confirming Fischer's theory that he could draw God with the Ruy.
Jan-06-06  Necessary Truths: <akiba82: Catfriend, you have a good sense of humor. That is a more important attribute for a chessplayer than knowing a lot of opening theory.>

Right, because if you have developed your sense of humor enough, you can beat anyone. Kasparov himself will just die laughing, leaving you the whole point.

I've noticed that most chessplayers neglect studying this all important aspect of the game, which is unfortunate. Like Endgame Theory, a sense of humor is crucial to winning game after game at the highest levels. For example, here is a game in which Kasparov demonstrates his crushing sense of humor in beating Judit Polgar.

Judit Polgar vs Kasparov, 1994

J'Adoube! Hahaha! Wasn't that hilarious?! I'm sure Judit thought it was so funny, that she couldn't concentrate on winning the game any longer and consequently lost.

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  Stonehenge: Probably an incomplete game score. I believe such short draws were 'not done' at the time.
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  Pawn and Two: <Stonehenge> "The Chess Games of Sir George Alan Thomas", by Roger Paige, confirms that only the above moves are available. The game score is incomplete.

This was actually a long game, drawn after 70 moves.

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  Stonehenge: Ah, thanks for the information!

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