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Oswald W Rigaud vs John Grantley Cooper
Nice Olympiad qual-1 (1974), Nice FRA, rd 1, Jun-07
King's Gambit: General (C30)  ·  0-1



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Sep-13-04  RubyDragon: Oh dear oh dear oh dear... :)
Feb-22-05  raydot: I'm surprised there aren't more comments on this one. This seems like it would come up a lot in Yahoo! or Pogo, or against raw beginners. How not to beat the Falkbeer!
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  suenteus po 147: <raydot> Actually, it's because of the commonality (and perpetuity) of games like this that many people often request they be removed from the database. Any chess beginner who ends up playing the king's gambit has learned this little trap. It's nothing that needs to be studied or recorded for posterity.
Feb-23-05  raydot: I see your point, although I myself have never come across this and appreciated the heads up. Perhaps one of everything is necessary in a well-developed chess db.
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  Sneaky: I lost a game this way once.
Nov-26-05  Chopin: That has got to hurt!
Jan-22-06  cole ford: John was a maths teacher at my local college and he taught me chess for two years - but he never mentioned this game! I think he was embarassed for his opponent.
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  alexmagnus: Olympiad 1974? LOL
Oct-02-06  Runemaster: Losses like this are <de rigaud> at chess olympiads.
Dec-03-06  gl0hot: i'm playing a net correspondance game that is going like this..thankfully im black!
Jul-10-07  frank124c: I got caught in this self same trap once. I also got caught in the Fool's Mate once. And I once gave a Fool's mate to a man who was walking in the park with his wife where I was playing. He was really embarrassed to lose so quickly in front of his wife who could not contain her laughter. The point is that one can learn only through trial and error and when we do make pratfalls like this one we have to dust ourselves off and try again. The only alternative is to give up chess and maybe take up handball. The only problem is that I don't look so good with my shirt off.
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  kevin86: Contrary to popular opinion,I think this game is a necessary lesson to those who want to try "something different" in this classic opening. As the openung is not seen much anymore,the trap can still catch the uninitiated.

After all,one of the first stages of growth is to avoid pitfalls,such as this.

Jan-08-08  popski: Ah, this one is great! I was checking explorer and there is only this game with 3.fxe5.. Now I know why! :)
Jun-13-08  ravel5184: I once played 1. e4 e5 2. f4 d5 3. fxe5 but my opponent played ... dxe4. Now I know I was lucky!
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  Benzol: This game was played in Round 1 of the preliminaries. As can be imagined it was also the first one to be finished. Mr Rigaud was playing for the Dutch Antilles team which finally finished in 67th (out of 74 teams) place. It was unfortunate that he didn't win or draw any of the seven games he played in the preliminaries.
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  Domdaniel: 36 years after seeing this game in a magazine, I played a casual speed game as black: 1.f4 e5 2.e4 d5 3.fxe5 ... at which point the names Rigaud and Cooper popped up in my head and I found 3...Qh4+. Who says these things aren't instructive?
Aug-07-12  The Last Straw: This isa real ♔'s Gambit cause White is gambitting his ♔!
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  perfidious: The dirty wretch I played in the 1990s grabbed the other pawn instead at move three.

Why can't I have opponents as obliging as Mr Rigaud?

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  Sally Simpson: ***

Just had cause today to recall I won as Black in the exact same way in a 1980 league match.


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  sea7kenp: The way I see it, if black doesn't take the Pawn, White shouldn't either. 1 e4 e5, 2 f4 Bc5, 3 fxe5 Qh4+ also ends Disastrously for White.
Dec-06-20  CaptainEvans: Gutted Rigaud has just this 1 game on the database. I feel he had so much more to offer us...
May-24-21  Nosnibor: <CaptainEvans> He actually has 3 games in the database. All losses !

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