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Joseph G Gallagher vs Stuart C Conquest
"The English Conquest" (game of the day Mar-09-2014)
BCF-ch (1988), Blackpool ENG, rd 11, Aug-12
King's Gambit: Accepted. Fischer Defense (C34)  ·  0-1

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Mar-09-14
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Wow. Just wow. The 5.h4 and 6.Ng1 line vs. the Fischer Defense to the KGA consistently leads to positions where both players have to forget everything they ever learned about positional play and simply wade into the mayhem. And this is Mayhem with a capital M.
Mar-09-14  wouldpusher: I was thinking 30. ♖e8+ ♔f6 31. fxe5+ ♗xe5 (or ... dxe5) 32. ♖e6+ ♔g7 33. ♕g4+ would have been a different conquest.
Mar-09-14
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  offramp: Is there a historical event called The English Conquest?

Very wild game. In the KGA white gives up a pawn so as to surrender the initiative. It's a useless opening.

Mar-09-14  shivasuri4: <woodypusher>, after 30.Re8+, Kd7 is likely the best move. Then play might continue 31.Qd1 Nc4+ 32.Kd3 (Ke2 Qf2+ leads to the same line) Qd4+ 33.Ke2 Qf2+ with at least a draw for Black. He might even win. In this line, if 31.fxe5, 31...Bc1+ 32.Kc3 (Kd4 falls to Qd4#) Qd4+ 33.Kb3 Qb2+ 34.Kb5 b5+ 35.axb5 axb5+ 36.Kd3 Qd4#.
Mar-09-14  RedShield: <Is there a historical event called The English Conquest?>

Not really, but the alternative was taken:

G Norman vs Colle, 1927

Mar-09-14  morfishine: Exciting game! This should be the standard for GOTD: pieces en prise all over the place with both sides attacking and defending at the same time

Too bad the pun doesn't make sense: both players are from the UK. Now if one player was from France (or even better, Normandy) and the other from the UK, and the French player happened to win, then you might have something

*****

Mar-09-14
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  Once: Sometimes the king's gambit reminds me of Hollywood's attempts to do history. Not entirely accurate, but a whole heap of gratuitously violent fun.

Think 300 with painted on abs, the sequel to 300 with historically suspect timelines, John Wayne as a centurion or Maximus Decimus Meridius as an Australian pretending to be a Spaniard pretending to be a Roman.

Hey, that gives me an idea. Adopt a gravelly voice:

My name is the King's Gambit,
Father of the double king's pawn openings,
Squanderer of castling rights,
Begetter of the immortal game,
Father to a murdered f pawn,
Husband to a sacrificed queen,
And I will have chessboard fun, in this game or the next.

Mar-09-14
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  thegoodanarchist: Definitely a battle that is worthy of GOTD status.
Mar-09-14
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  playground player: King's Gambit Accepted--the saloon's batwing doors fly open with a crash, and in comes Lee Van Cleef with fire in his eyes....
Mar-09-14
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  AylerKupp: <Once> Well, John Wayne did play Genghis Khan in "The Conqueror", one of the most absurd movies ever made with some of the worst acting ever. A movie which, however, partly redeems itself by having some of the unintentionally funny lines ever. Here is a link to the full movie if you ever have about 2 hours with nothing to do: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAPo....

One of my favorite lines from Genghis Khan's mother to Genghis Khan: "I did not suckle thee so you would become Tatar meat!". Or John Wayne to Susan Hayward in his best western drawl: "My head says no but my heart says take thee, Tatar woman!" or something to that effect. I'm laughing as I type this remembering the movie.

Mar-09-14
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  offramp: I know that film well! The humour of it is slightly tarnished by many of the cast dying young of cancer! The filming was done in the Nevada Desert.

John Wayne's worst film was The Green Berets.

Mar-09-14  Jim Bartle: You evidently have not seen "Big Jake."
Mar-09-14
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  Once: Then again there was Tony Curtis as a Viking. Yonder is da castle of my fadder...
Mar-09-14
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  Richard Taylor: I met Stuart Conquest he came out here to NZ. Gave a good talk. Won most of the tournaments he played in - probably won them all...He showed some interesting games he had played.
Mar-09-14  mrsaturdaypants: <Once>, your comment piqued my interest. Seems it's slightly exaggerated. (Still a good story, though.)

http://www.snopes.com/quotes/signat...

Mar-09-14  WhiteRook48: What happens if 28 fxe5?
Mar-10-14  Strelets: <AylerKupp> "The Conqueror" had a pretty brutal aftermath too. Filmed downwind from an above-ground nuclear testing site in St. George, Utah, 91 of the 220 people who worked on it had developed some form of cancer within 25 years of its 1956 release. Among them were director Dick Powell, miscast star John Wayne (likely exacerbated by his Tal-like consumption of cigarettes), female lead Susan Hayward, and supporting players Agnes Moorhead, John Hoyt, and Pedro Armendáriz.
Mar-10-14
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  thegoodanarchist: < Strelets: <AylerKupp> "The Conqueror" had a pretty brutal aftermath too. Filmed downwind from an above-ground nuclear testing site in St. George, Utah, 91 of the 220 people who worked on it had developed some form of cancer within 25 years of its 1956 release. Among them were director Dick Powell, miscast star John Wayne (likely exacerbated by his Tal-like consumption of cigarettes), female lead Susan Hayward, and supporting players Agnes Moorhead, John Hoyt, and Pedro Armendáriz.>

And pro-nuclear folk wonder why the general public live in terror of anything nuclear...

Mar-10-14
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  kevin86: Blacik gives up two rooks and is rewarded with a king chase to mate.
Mar-10-14  Strelets: <thegoodanarchist> St. George, UT is about 140 miles (which I think is something like 220 km) from the Nevada Test Site in Nye County, Nevada. On May 19, 1953, a 32-kiloton atomic device codenamed Harry was detonated as a part of Operation Upshot-Knothole. Filming began on "The Conqueror" within a year-a much shorter period of time than the respective half-lives of strontium-90, iodine-131, cesium-137 and other isotopes detected.
Mar-10-14
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  perfidious: <AylerKupp: One of my favorite lines from Genghis Khan's mother to Genghis Khan: "I did not suckle thee so you would become Tatar meat!".....I'm laughing as I type this remembering the movie.>

I'm laughing as I read this--unbelievable.

Mar-10-14
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  thegoodanarchist: <Strelets: <thegoodanarchist> St. George, UT is about 140 miles (which I think is something like 220 km) from the Nevada Test Site in Nye County, Nevada.>

Holy cow - I've been to Nye County! Fortunately the half-life of Sr-90 is 28.79 years, and Cs-137 about 30.2 years. Not to mention weather for the last 60+ years has been dispersing the fission products.

The iodine is no big deal - half life of 8 days. It was all gone by the time filming started, decayed to a gas (Xenon) and therefore diluted by the atmosphere.

But the Sr daughter is also radioactive, yttrium-90, which then decays quickly with a half-life of 64 hours, and that decay releases over 2MeV of energy. So the daughter Zirconium nuclei would have been ripping into those folks' lung tissue for decades, ionizing much in their paths. Yikes.

<On May 19, 1953, a 32-kiloton atomic device codenamed Harry was detonated as a part of Operation Upshot-Knothole.>

That op name sounds like innuendo to me!

Mar-10-14
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  Once: <mrsaturdaypants> A fascinating link - many thanks! It turns out that it is another of those lines that were never said in a movie, along with "Beam me up, Scotty", "Play it again, Sam" and "No, Luke I am your father"!
Mar-11-14  TheBish: Interesting that Gallagher, in his 1993 "Winning with the King's Gambit" (published five years after this game) gives the same line as this game through 21 moves. He improves on this game in the book with 22. Re3 (slight advantage to White).
Mar-11-14  The Last Straw: <WhiteRook48> 28.fxe5 ♕xb2+ is not very encouraging, but I'm not really sure actually.
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