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Prince Andrey Dadian of Mingrelia vs Ignatz von Kolisch
"The Artist Formerly Known as Prince" (game of the day Oct-16-2004)
(Wenman) (1885)
Bishop's Opening: Boden-Kieseritsky Gambit (C27)  ·  1-0



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Oct-16-04  DtO: Nice Rook sac on 23.Rxa5, leaving a7 unprotected for 24.Qa7+
Oct-16-04  ricardolopez: What a work of opening columns! A pretty game.
Could it be posible with the present techniques of chess?
Oct-16-04  DanielBryant: 14...Na5 seems obvious. Even I can see that the knight retreat is an invitation to disaster.
Oct-16-04  notsodeepthought: Great game - now whether it's an authentic game remains in question. Check the prince's page on this site to see which - er - skills he allegedly employed to come up with these brilliancies.
Oct-16-04  Calculon: Where is Mingrelia? A suburb of Pittsburgh, perhaps?
Oct-16-04  iron maiden: I think it's a province in Georgia (the country, not the U.S. state).
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  tpstar: Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called Chess. Electric word, Chess, that means forever, and that's a mighty long time, but I'm here to tell you: there's something else. Having somebody better play your games for you. Prince Andrey Dadian of Mingrelia
Oct-16-04  filipecea: wooooooow!
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  kevin86: What are citizens of Mongrelia called: Mongrels or Mongrols? Nice game by the prince-if it was not-"ghostplayed"
Oct-16-04  nopawnintended: <tpstar> I got it..funny :)
Nov-27-06  MyriadChoices: Dont let de-elevator bring you down!
Nov-27-06  Stellar King: One of the greatest (and simpilest) attack on the queenside. amazing!
Dec-05-07  sneaky pete: Leach gives the site Hamburg (aka Homberg) and the year 1867.
May-18-08  Banoboy: "notsodeepthought: Great game - now whether it's an authentic game remains in question. Check the prince's page on this site to see which - er - skills he allegedly employed to come up with these brilliancies."

Yet Kolisch was a real master and a brilliant player in his own right. He was also rich enough to not be tempted with a bribe. By 1885, however, he had not played serious chess for 18 years and was probably rusty. So I'm thinking it's a legitimate game.

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  keypusher: I'd be shocked if it was real. Still, good instructive value. <In real life, things are much harder than composition-world/In real life, you're on your own.>
Dec-23-08  WhiteRook48: Wow, Kolisch lost. Amazingly... to a royal guy!!!!
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  Bubo bubo: <<WhiteRook48> Wow, Kolisch lost. Amazingly... to a royal guy!!!!>

Kolisch "lost", but he surely got his money's worth! (Dadian is known to have paid opponents for "losing" scripted brillancies to him. Kolisch was one of the world's top players in those days, so we may safely assume that this game is such a fabrication. But since Kolisch was a wealthy man as well as a strong player, this was probably quite an expensive "win" for the notorious prince.)

Anyway, a better pun would have been <Pecunia non olet>.

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  FSR: Prince Andrey Dadian of Mingrelia always won, and always won brilliantly, even against some of the strongest players of the day. But these were all offhand games, not tournament or match games. If you think these games are legitimate, I have a nice bridge to sell you.

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