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Alexander Smitten vs Prince Andrey Dadian of Mingrelia
"Once Smitten, Twice Shy" (game of the day Nov-29-2015)
Unknown (1896)
King's Gambit: Accepted. Salvio Gambit (C37)  ·  0-1



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Apr-29-03  Xeeniner: wow! the king was chased to the other side of the board in only 22 moves!
May-01-03  Rookpawn: If you like this one, look at Edward Lasker vs George Alan Thomas, 1921 (White could have checkmated with 0-0-0, but, unfortunately for lovers of chess curiosities, chose to move only the king.)
Jul-22-03  refutor: i wonder about the authenticity of this game...white's name is "smitten" ;)
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  Sneaky: Once Smitten, twice shy =)
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  Sneaky: Hey! They used my pun for the game of the day! I'm famous! =)
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  Benzol: Congrats Sneaky. I'm not even nearly famous. :(
Dec-12-03  Alyosha Karamazov: One of the best things about is their frequent demonstration of the rollicking good time one can have in playing King's Gambit Accepted. Every game with that opening seemes to be either humorous or mind-boggling or both.
Dec-12-03  somethingstrong: white throws away a solid pawn advantage with 12. g3? allowing the queen to prance around the 2nd rank like she owns the place. furthermore, i don't understand why black doesn't play 20...Qg6++. black plays as though he sees the forced mate, yet takes 2 additional moves to drop the hammer. i guess that's 19th century chess for ya.
Dec-12-03  grozny: Take a look at Kurz vs Treybal, 1904 . It's the exact same game except Kurz played 18. d5 instead of Smitten's 18. e5. Heh.
Dec-12-03  Halfpricemidge: and one of the ideas behind sacrificing is too bring the king out closer to your own forces.
Dec-12-03  talchess2003: This game was sad.
Dec-12-03  talchess2003: < furthermore, i don't understand why black doesn't play 20...Qg6++. black plays as though he sees the forced mate, yet takes 2 additional moves to drop the hammer. i guess that's 19th century chess for ya. >

he wanted it to look fancier. Bg7+ led to a forced mate also... after Ke6 black had Bc8++, the retreating bishop mating move ;p Qg6++ was just dull.

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  Phony Benoni: Black couldn't play 20...Qg6# because of a special condition.

In an earlier game (Smitten vs Prince Dadian, 1896), Smitten had resigned with his king sitting on f1. Before this game Smitten said, "There's no way you'll do that to me again."

"Ha, you mere commoner! I can checkmate you on any square I like!"

"OK, you got me on f1 before. I dare you to checkmate me on f8 this time!"

"Pfaughh! A simple task! In fact, I will stipulate that I can only win the game by doing that; otherwise, you win."

Hey, when the Prince stipulated something, it stayed stipulated. Although I have to wonder what the ruling would have been had Smitten resigned before he got mated. Since he didn't get mated on f8, would he win the game by resigning?

Nov-18-11  Edeltalent: <Phony Benoni> 22.Kh8!! would have been a great ressource then ;-)
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  scutigera: Before we all get carried away with admiration for this unsung genius, consider the following: “Prince Andre Dadian of Mingrelia [part of present-day Georgia] (1850-1910) published many wins against well-known and usually impecunious masters of his time. At least he paid for his games….” --Hooper and Whyld, The Oxford Companion to Chess, under “Spurious Games”. Disputing this is the webpage , but Hooper and Whyld are known for the high standard of their research and Prince Dadian does not appear to have made strong showings in master tournaments, though Wikipedia ( declares him the victor of the Saint Petersburg amateur chess tournament in 1881-1882.
May-20-13  SBC: M.A. de Smitten was one of the strongest amateur players living in Tiflis when Prince Dadian was stationed there while serving in the Tsar's army. In 1888, Dadian beat him in a match +7-2=3.

I've published several more of his games vs. de Smittem between 1880-92 here:

The above link has links to 6 additional pages of little known Dadian games.

Hooper and Whyld published hearsay about Dadian with little or no hard evidence, except perhaps a biased remark by Duz-Chomirsky who held a grudge against and had a great dislike of Dadian, and what they express really makes little sense when exposed to the light. The St. Petersburg Chess Club tournaments of 1881 and 1882 (in which he suffered no losses) and a tournament in Kiev in 1900 which was the first Kiev tournament and sponsored by Dadian (Dadian came in 2nd, behind Nikolaev) are the only three tournaments he's listed as having participated. He played even against Serafino Dubois in 1880 and beat M.A. Clerc in a 5 game match in 1882.

Before dissing Dadian, Duz preambled with an explanation that Dadian invited strong players to his home because he couldn't play official games due to his station in life (although Dadian did, in fact, play in the 1st Kiev tournemant as already noted): "Dadian, as a general,... could not participate in official games, therefore he invited strong players to his home and played with them there."

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  HeMateMe: A princely pun!
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  offramp: <Jul-22-03 Sneaky: Once Smitten, twice shy =)>

That 12-year waiting list ain't gettin' any shorter.

Nov-29-15  Jack Kerouac: There is a saying.'Nothing good happens after Midnight.' In chess,' Nothing good happens when your King walks to the 4th rank or farther.'
Unless of course no Queens or rooks on the board. Then it's foraging time.
Nov-29-15  thegoodanarchist: <Sneaky: Once Smitten, twice shy =) Dec-12-03
Premium Chessgames Member Sneaky: Hey! They used my pun for the game of the day! I'm famous! =) >

More than once! You're in rare air.

<HeMateMe: A princely pun!> Good one!

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  kevin86: How about this one, mate by a piece that never moved!!
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  kevin86: Edward Lasker's game fits my criterion also.
Nov-30-15  Jim Bartle: <How about this one, mate by a piece that never moved!!>

It's like the soccer player who just taps the ball into the open net after his teammates have done all the work to create the goal.

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  Bubo bubo: Still looking for a genuine win of Prince Fake!

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