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Frank Wuts vs Aran Kohler
"Wuts Up" (game of the day May-11-2011)
Lost Boys Open (2001), Amsterdam NED, rd 8, Aug-18
Indian Game: Barczay Indian (A50)  ·  1-0



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May-11-11  UrVileWedge: When I was about 5, I used to play something with blinders on, especially as white. I'd never develop anything on the A, B, or C, files, at least not until I had traded off all my kingside pieces. Not sure why, I just rarely noticed they were even there.

This game reminds me somewhat of that, with white not moving anything on the Kingside until late in the game. Amazing to see it work though; a lot better than I ever managed with my brainless attacks. :)

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  Phony Benoni: Now, some are going to contend that White didn't sacrifice his queen because he got a full material equivalent for it (R+N+P). Rubbish. When a player gives away the queen, it's a sacrifice unless <all> of the following are received in return:

a) two rooks;
b) two bishops;
c) two knights;
d) the opposing queen;
e) checkmate.

Some will argue that getting eight pawns as well makes the trade even evener.

I find these unconventional games interesting. White did have Black's pieces tied up, but it sure took him a long time to unwind his own kingside.

Perhaps 14...Nxc5 wasn't necessary, but Black was losing the exchange otherwise (15.Nd6 Bxd6 16.Bxd6).

I have seen funnier positions than that after <21...Qxc8>:

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But not by much. Unusual to have seven captures on the eighth rank within 21 moves.

May-11-11  Oceanlake: Ah, to be young again!
May-11-11  sevenseaman: Frank Wuts! What a game! What belief in the sacrificing! Rare.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: I was impressed with the imagination and verve shown by both players, and it's a shame one of them had to lose.
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  HeMateMe: "Kohld Cuts"
May-11-11  Riverbeast: 53. Nd6+!

Vigilant unto the end

If white had mindlessly queened on the 53rd move, black has stalemate tricks with 53...Qxf3+ (oops!)

May-11-11  JimmyRockHound: Crazy game. White just seemed to bring the pieces out one by one: as one fell he'd bring another one out.
May-11-11  Bodul: Ivanchuk stile!
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  Morten: Strange staccato game. First black got tied down and could not get his pieces out. Then after the exchanges white had to do all sorts of twists and turns to get his remaining pieces out.

I do not understand why black would just give up his b pawn on move 25. It seems that an outside passed pawn could have been an asset - though difficult to press forward against three white pieces.

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  piltdown man: Terrific game!
May-11-11  KingV93: Daring play by White. I was a bit surprised to see him give up the LS♗ on move 37, I didn't think he would pull it off without the three pieces vs. the ♕.
May-11-11  Garech: Fantastic game - great imbalance; I'd be interesting to know whether this is a known opening variation/trap or some kind of home prep?


May-11-11  Daltivic: Wow, this was great play by white...I don't yet have the level to play a rook and a minor piece against a queen, but this is the type of game to give an idea of how it works.
May-11-11  redcircle: is this some kind of joke??
May-11-11  YoungEd: I don't understand 25...b5. Fun game overall, though!
May-11-11  Ghuzultyy: I like black's try with <52...Qg2>

If white plays <53.h8=Q??>

It is a stalemate after;


A)54.Kh4 Qg4+
B)54.Kg5 Qg4+
C)54.Kh3 Qh1+ 55.Kg4 Qf3+!

May-11-11  Clodhopper: <YoungEd: I don't understand 25...b5. Fun game overall, though!>

Ditto. This seems to give away black's one hope for victory with nothing in return.

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  kevin86: A fabulous ending. R+B+N > Q
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  Once: What a thoroughly weird game! White attacks first down the a file and then down the h file.

So what gives? Has the centre suddenly become unfashionable or what?

I particularly enjoyed the finale, where white gives a crafty knight check to avoid the stalemate trick 53...Qxf3+.

But surely this game deserved a final flourish with the GOOT move 53...Rh3

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Okay, so it's not the fastest way to mate but there's a sadistic pleasure to be had in making both the black king and the black queen utterly powerless to prevent h8=Q.

While we are being artistic, Fritzie would like to point out his own little creation:

53. Rf6+ Kxf6 54. h8=Q+ Ke6 55. Qe8+ Kf6 56. Qe7+ Kg6 57. Qg7#

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Now ain't that purty?

May-11-11  Monkeyboy56: I think we could avoid the drama of the stalemate possibility by checking with the knight on move 51, then block the queen with the knight by moving it to h5. This allows the pawn to promote and there is no stalemate in sight.

51.Ng7+ Kd6
52.Nh5 Qg1
53.Ra6+ K any
54.h8=Q and white wins easily

There is a small chance for black in this line for a stalemate if white is not careful. After the knight check the king tries to box himself in.

51.Ng7+ Kf6
52.Nh5+ Kg6
53.h8=Q??? Qh4+
54.gxh4 or Kxh4 Stalemate

Of course the correct move is:

53.Rg7+ Kh6
54.h8=Q or R#

Tommy K.

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  Robed.Bishop: 51.Nh4 looks good.
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  kevin86: Just think of this! White's king side forces didn't enter until move 22,when black's counterparts had already left the scene!
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  mistermac: This was given as a random selection. I set the original par of 91, as no-one had ever apparently done a guess-the-move on this game.

I will come back and see later by how much a few of you really good players could improve on that.

I loved this game! A lot the moves played themselves.

The possibilities of other pun names abound.

"Things go better with Kohler!".

A play on the the word Rank may be called for also.

Any improvements on "A Rank 'Owler"?

"Wut's a Rank 'Owler"?, you may well ask. To be Frank, I do not nkow.

Jan-04-13  DanielBryant: Like other commenters earlier, I don't understand 25...b5; I don't know that White has winning chances if Black doesn't give that away for free.
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