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Georges Koltanowski vs Hugh Walpole
"Colle de Sac" (game of the day Sep-09-2019)
Blindfold simul, 10b (1937) (blindfold), Keswick ENG, Feb-09
Colle System (D05)  ·  1-0



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Apr-29-05  morphynoman2: Nice.
Apr-29-05  Pawn Ambush: Why 17...g5? weakening the kingside,17...b6 with 18...Bb7 in mind looks playable. 18.Qg3 then 18...Nh5.
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  MissScarlett: Yorkshie Post, February 10th 1937, p.4:

<Hugh Walpole the novelist, was one of ten members of Keswick Chess Club whom M. Koltanowski, world's record blindfold player, played in simultaneous games yesterday. He was one of eight players beaten, two games being drawn.>

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 3...b6 or 3...c5 would have improved. Copying White's moves almost never works for Black and after 9.Bd3, the game transposed into yet another Rubinstein French that crashed and Burned.
Sep-09-19  catlover: Nice game and a fitting game title.

When Georges Koltanowski was blindfolded, he saw more of the board than I see with my eyes wide open.

Sep-09-19  Ironmanth: Sweet finish! Thanks, chessgames.
Sep-09-19  Swedish Logician: The finish reminded me of this fabulous masterpiece by Petrosian Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961
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  Lighthorse: Amazing mate for a blindfold!

When I was a kid in the 60s, there was a TV series on PBS in NY called "Koltanowski on Chess" In one episode he taught how to play blindfold. (Basically memorize each move for the first 10 and make the moves in your mind. After 10 memorize that position and go from there for the next 10 moves.)

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  playground player: <Lighthorse> I remember that show! Loved it! But I can't find any old episodes, or even clips, on Youtube. I suspect they must have recorded over the videotape to save money. That's how a lot of shows from the 50s and 60s got lost forever.
Sep-09-19  ajile: Kolty was a serious genius for sure. I started chess with the Colle but soon realized Black can play with a k-side fianchetto which ruins all of White's fun attacking chances. Probably the reason it's rarely played now at top levels. The hybrid London System brought back to popularity by Kamsky works great for White players who want to get the DSB out and still maintain the rock solid Colle type structure.
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  HeMateMe: It's a great pun.
Sep-09-19  sfm: Ten-board simul. Blindfold. This end. Stunning.
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  HeMateMe: <I suspect they must have recorded over the videotape to save money. That's how a lot of shows from the 50s and 60s got lost forever.>

Indeed. in his auto bio Pete Townshend talks about how a big Who tour in the early 70s, when the band was at his peak, was recorded at many of their venues. This was the tour/year that produced the Live at Leeds album or the Who's Next LP, their finest album. For some reason the recording studio reused all of that tape, recorded over all of the Who shows after the material for 'Leeds' was finalized. All of that great music lost forever.

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