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Victor Leonard Wahltuch vs Harold Godfrey Cole
"Old King Cole was a Harried Old Soul" (game of the day Jul-03-2010)
Hastings (1919), Hastings ENG, rd 8, Aug-19
Slav Defense: General (D10)  ·  1-0



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  Phony Benoni: Er, did mean "soul", didn't you? Or is there some kind of subtle pun about feet in here?
Jul-03-10  cuppajoe: <Phony> Or fish?
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  adamico: Maybe they wrote "sole" simply because it is spelled in the same way as "Cole?"
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  Once: Against weak defence, this sort of chess can be devestating. Black allows white to park his knight on e5 and bolster it with both d4 and f4. Then the rook lift Rf1-f3-h3 to create crude threats along the h file.

Black rushes to exchange pieces to relieve the pressure, but this just serves to emphasise the strength of white's rooks.

If only chess was always this easy...

Jul-03-10  ounos: Ah, some things only work in puzzles :)

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If only the e6 pawn was missing!

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Jul-03-10  ounos: Seeing the continuation, I'm surprized black didn't parry d5 with e5:

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Jul-03-10  Chessmensch: Black's play was very poor for this to be GOTD.
Jul-03-10  falso contacto: I hate closed games.
Jul-03-10  David2009: Nice pun! To redress the balance, see H G Cole vs W Winter, 1919 "Cole Heats up Winter".

<Chessmensch: Black's play was very poor for this to be GOTD.> Yes but the pun made up for this, accurately summarising the course of the game.

<ounos: Seeing the continuation, I'm surprized black didn't parry d5 with e5:>

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Seems a robust defence. Can anyone find a win against Crafty End Game Trainer? CraftyEGT link: to play <ounos'> variation out.

Jul-03-10  Starf1re: David2009: It's not that robust a defence. The eval us about +1.5 . I played it out to a mate, it starts with white's knight eating the pawns at e4 and f5
Jul-03-10  Starf1re: it continues like this, 26) g3 e8 27) xf5 Qd7 28)g3 exd5 29)f5 f8 30) Qa5 Qc8 and so on
Jul-03-10  falso contacto: Another pun: I hate klosed games.
Jul-03-10  WhiteRook48: this game was boring
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  chrisowen: Deliberate ode fiddle the opening. 5..Bg7 runs into a stone wall cottaging double protection on e5. Rook f3 refer standard lift I shoot kingside, hackoff no hrow it zealously combine rook and knight (can rope in marlinspike g4 if you wish). Cole porters swinging king up he goes scaling f7. Qc3 rounds it off near enough, trade bent angle f6 pawn fabric unravel. Good Victor 46..Rc4 calm every cad finish.
Jul-03-10  waustad: <cuppa>Yeah. I thought that there was something fishy about the pun.
Jul-03-10  Gotank: I think the spelling of 'Sole' may be a reference to this Shakespeare quote:

"A trade, sir, that I hope I may use with a safe conscience, which is, indeed, sir, a mender of bad soles."

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  Once: Ah, now have changed the spelling of "sole" to "soul" and our fish fantasies don't work any more.


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  kevin86: Wi5th his space problems,I'm surprised that black lasted as long as he did.

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