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Georges Koltanowski vs Karl Diller
Blindfold simul, 56b (1960) (blindfold), San Francisco, CA USA, Dec-04
Russian Game: Damiano Variation (C42)  ·  1-0



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Sep-27-04  aw1988: LOL OH MY GOD. I knew this trap when my opponent played 3...Nxe4 but i thought it was mate! Play continued 4. Qe2 Nf6 5. Nc6+ and i was suprised it didn't say I mated him. So after Be7 I just took the bishop!!!! Ridiculous!
Sep-27-04  aw1988: Most embarrasing game of my life...
Sep-27-04  Knezh: Most of Koltanowski's games in database don't last...
Sep-27-04  Knezh: Looking at this game as an example, i wonder why..
Aug-10-05  SneechLatke: Yeah...
Aug-11-05  n30: yeah yeah yeah, nobody EVER fell intro this trap and we're all super chess players. just get over yourselfs or play a few more blitz and you'd be surprised! ** angry because just stepped into exactly THAT trap :P **
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  WannaBe: Err.. I am going to guess that Diller was the one wearing blind-fold?? :-)

(I know who was doing the blind by the way, before everyone start to correct me.)

Aug-12-05  Mitch Mitchell: Why does black resign? He still has a healthy pawn structure.
Aug-12-05  MaxxLange: Probably a simul game. This is an old opening trap, don't be hating on Koltanowski because of this silly game.
Aug-12-05  Pretzel Logic: < MaxxLange >

Wasn't there a Max Lange who was famous for something?

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  TheAlchemist: <Pretzel Logic> Yes, he's famous for this: Adolf Anderssen vs Max Lange, 1859 and the resulting mating pattern, which is named after him, if I'm not mistaken
Oct-23-05  elh: Probably Max Lange is more famous for the Max Lange Attack in the 2 Kts (although I only ever get it from the Scotch Gambit).
Feb-22-06  MorphyMatt: NN vs E Fossan, 1991
Feb-22-06  MaxxLange: He was a noted player in the 19th century, and there's a well known line in the 2 Knights named after him. My handle is just a dumb joke, I don't have a point to make about him or anything. His games are nice, romantic style of play.
Feb-22-06  DCP23: I've played exactly that on ICC many times. As White, mind you.
Apr-17-06  Rajiv Herman Kramer: This is called the Russian Trap
Oct-08-06  hellstrafer: Strangely, this is the Damiano Variation of the Petroff. How come all inferior openings are named after poor Damiano? :P
Nov-18-06  schattke: This sequence was a Diller Killer.
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  playground player: This wasn't Phyllis Diller, was it?
Jun-12-09  WhiteRook48: 4...Nd6??
Sep-27-10  GRANTZIERER: Dudley: I'm in grade school.
Feb-06-13  Cemoblanca: The question is: Who was blind??? :D
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  FSR: Some of the players in Koltanowski's blind simuls were not the strongest. In this 1960 blind simul, he won 16 of his 56 games in no more than 15 moves.
Jan-11-20  cameosis: karl diller from pittsburgh (source: sports illustrated from 1960-12-19):

Dec-12-22  generror: Well if I'd play dozens of people blindfold, I'd try to end each game as soon as possible. It's perfectly legitimate to use cheap opening traps in this situation IMO.
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