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Karl August Walbrodt vs Loew
"Sweet and Loew" (game of the day Jul-15-2016)
Germany (1900)
King's Gambit: Falkbeer Countergambit. Charousek Gambit (C31)  ·  1-0



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  FSR: Wow. They've used my puns three consecutive days! Game Collection: Puns I submitted
Dec-20-12  Abdel Irada: Zis Walbrodt is no wallflower. The efficiency of his play in this game reminds me of Paul Morphy at his best (and faced by opponents on the order of Duke Karl and Count Isouard).

Meanwhile, I nominate <FSR> for the title Official Chess Punster of the 2016 Olympics.

Dec-20-12  goodevans: When I got to <10...Ke7> I thought "This isn't good. Wouldn't 10...Qf7 be preferable to committing your ♔ to be stuck in the middle whilst the white ♕ is so aggressively placed?"

Lo and behold, black played <...Qf7> one move later!

Dec-20-12  JimNorCal: Can 11. ... Qa2 be played?
Get the wK on the Dfile blocking one line at least.
Dec-20-12  Abdel Irada: Sounds reasonable, <JimNorCal>, albeit probably not enough to save Black's position. To be sure, the queen doesn't seem to have been well placed on f7, where it became an unindicted co-conspirator in the murder of its own king.
Dec-20-12  TheTamale: No way, what a fun game.

And the pun is a flexible one, because it would work regardless of who won the game. (A blow to Loew or a blow by Loew could both be implied.) Here Loew doesn't seem too suspicious of White offering all his pieces... I hear he drowned his sorrows afterwards in a case of Loewenbrau.

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  playground player: Aah--now that's chess! None of this fannying about with the Queen pawn, waiting for the other guy to make a mistake, playing for a draw...
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  kevin86: White gives up bring the king into the open...and his death.
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  GrahamClayton: Seeing that Black is known only by their surname, I think that this game was part of a 60 board simultaneous exhibition given by Walbrodt in Berlin on the 9th of December, with Walbrodt finishing with a score of +49 3 =8.

Jul-01-13  thomastonk: <GrahamClayton> Speculations and a link to Winter's Chess History. How can this go together?! ;-)

The game has been published in February, 1900 in "Deutsche Schachzeitung", p 82. Only the combination has been published in March 1900 in the "Tijdschrft van den Nederlandischen Schaakbond", p 63. So, the game was surely not played in December 1900.

Moreover, there is no indication that it has been played in a simultaneous exhibition, which the DSZ would have mentioned.

The place however seems to be correct: according to DSZ the game has been played recently in Berlin.

Black is named there "Prof. Loew". In October 1910, a "Oberstabsarzt Dr. Loew" became president of the "Berliner Schachgesellschaft" for only one year. Don't know whether these are the same person. In one collector's database I found Black called "Adolf Loew", but without a contemporary source I would not trust this information. Another online database gave Black as "Gerald Loew", but this probably points to a player who became active only 80 years later.

In general, the absence of first names or initials indicates nothing. For example, if someone took this game from "The Chess Digest" 1905, p 334-335, then he has nothing else than "Walbrodt v. Loew". However, just there another source is given: "La Strategie", 1900, p 41, and unfortunely I have no access to this one.

Mar-19-16  kubbybulin: Search: c31, yr<1920, mvs<25, wht wins, w/kibitz. One hour of great free entertainment. Thank you Chessgames!
Jul-15-16  thegoldenband: Maybe it's Peter Loew? "The tortures of the damned!"
Jul-15-16  Steve.Patzer: Got to save this one.
Jul-15-16  newhampshireboy: Achtung!
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  al wazir: <goodevans: I thought "This isn't good. Wouldn't 10...Qf7 be preferable..."> That's what I thought too.
Jul-15-16  The Kings Domain: Great attacking game with an aggrressive sacrificial style that's about 30 years out of date. It's good to see games of that stripe still being played in the post-Steinitz era. Vintage goodie.
Jul-15-16  j4jishnu: Interesting game, indeed.
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  kevin86: Greed is correctly and quickly punished!
Jul-15-16  ajile: lol

I always thought the premise of the Falkbeer for Black was to give back the material to gain a safe even game.

So I'm thinking Black should have a better plan than in this game.

Jul-15-16  greed and death: <kevin86: Greed is correctly and quickly punished!>


Jul-15-16  Jack Kerouac: Since this is a pun-themed exercise:
"Swing Lowe, Sweet Chariot.."
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  TheFocus: "Be careful when you jump, Karl. The wall is broad and low."
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  thegoodanarchist: Since "Loew" is pronounced more like "Layf" in German, the pun is terrible.

Actually, "oe" is pronounced like "o umlaut", and "ay" is not quite the same, but it's hard to explain without being there with you to tell you how to pronounce it.

Me? Four semesters of German in college, excellent reviews from the instructors.

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  thegoodanarchist: <FSR: Wow. They've used my puns three consecutive days! Game Collection: Puns I submitted>

Sometimes I wonder what evidence you have against the webmaster :)

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  HarryP: A delightful game. Walbrodt's first name in Pope's book on Pillsbury is Carl, not Karl. Pillsbury's record against him was 6-0-2.
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