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Andrews vs Franciscus G Janssens
"The Skewer Lure" (game of the day Nov-04-2005)
London (1864)
Italian Game: Scotch Gambit (C55)  ·  1-0



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Nov-04-05  lopium: Ahahahazz!!! uyy, nice end!! Woah.
Nov-04-05  lentil: This would have been funnier if W had promoted to a ROOK!
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  offramp: Perhaps white did promote to a rook. The white queen is still on the board, but the other white rook has gone. If there was no other queen available white might have used an upturned rook, but since promoting to a rook is also mate - what would be the point? When it was printed in the papers the score might have been changed to PxR=Q ch.
Nov-04-05  paragon: weary_willy, the skewer that this game is named after is 11...Bc5. white 'lured' black to this skewer(of the queen and king) so he could go for mate.
Nov-04-05  paragon: offramp, both of white's rooks are still on the board. if i don't have another queen around, i just tip the pawn on its side. :)
Nov-04-05  weary willy: Hi Paragon - <the skewer that this game is named after is 11...Bc5.> That's what I meant ... when I learned to play in the years when Ray Keene was in short trousers (and what a thought that is), I thought that ...Bc5 was technically a pin - not a skewer ... but it's certainly not worth either of us getting excited about.
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  offramp: <paragon: offramp, both of white's rooks are still on the board. if i don't have another queen around, i just tip the pawn on its side. :)> Oh, yeah! I dunno how I didn't see that...

If there's no spare queen I use the top hat out of a Monopoly set.

Nov-04-05  ewenardus: A pin is when a piece of lower value cannot move because of the resulting attack on a piece of higher value; a skewer is when a piece of higher value cannot move because of the ensuing attack on a piece of lower value. So, technically speaking, this would be a pin (IMO).

As for puns, can't think of one either. What about "E's a whale of a pawn"

Nov-04-05  Ratta: Why didn't white play 14.gxh8=R# instead of 14.gxh8=Q#? :)
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  offramp: In a problem Excelsior is used when a pawn promotes after 5 consecutive moves. This is rare - to say the least - in OTB games and I have seen the term used for various pawn rushes from the 4th rank to the 8th over 5 to 10 moves.
Nov-04-05  DanRoss53: I'll annotate from the start of the trouble...

8... b6?? <8... O-O 9. ♘c3 ♘g4 10. h3 ♘f6 holds> 9. e5 d5?? <9... dxe5 10. ♕xd8+ ♔xd8 11. fxe5 ♘g4 gives White only a slight advantage> 10. ♗b5+? <10. exf6 dxc4 11. ♕e4 ♖b8 12. fxe7 ♕xe7 13. ♕c6+ is even better> 10... ♗d7?? <10... ♘d7 11. ♕xd5 ♖b8 12. e6 fxe6 13. ♕xe6 ♔f8 is much better> 11. exf6! ♗c5 <11... ♗xb5 12. ♖e1 gxf6 13. ♕xf6 ♖g8 14. f5 ♖c8 is much better> 12. ♖e1+! ♔f8? <12... ♕e7 13. ♖xe7+ ♔f8 14. ♕xc5 bxc5 15. ♖xd7 gxf6 16. ♖xd5 ♔g7 is the only chance for (temporary) survival> 13. fxg7+ Kg8
14. gxh8=Q#

Nov-04-05  CeeFoR: LoL!!!
Nov-04-05  THE pawn: An impressive game such as this one is always a nest of blunders. But, wow, that's a super «e» pawn we just witnessed.
Nov-04-05  Al Notation: A better theme? How about "Wish a pawn a star"?
Nov-04-05  kevin86: I bet when the e-pawn woke up this morning that she wouldn't dream of becoming a queen at h8! Note I said "she" because the pawn became a queen-Three ranks over is one thing,a sex change is another,lol.
Nov-04-05  DeepBlade: Greco-like play by Andrews.
Nov-04-05  dakgootje: nice game but seen it several times before...
Nov-04-05  EmperorAtahualpa: Very funny GOTD! I enjoyed it!

Can somebody explain to me in common English what is so bad about 8...b6? I don't see what is so bad about it...I do get the point of what is bad about 9...d5 though..

Nov-04-05  aerohacedor: I think the problem with b6 is that it doesn't contribute to any reasonable development strategy that I know of. It's a useless move at a crucial point in the game. Much more preferrable would be 8..a6 IMO.
Nov-04-05  weisyschwarz: <KKW> I don't know if I like 8...0-0 either, with both barrels staring down at me along the diagonals. I may be out of my league here, but what about 8...Bd6 with an eye to castling Q-side?
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  OhioChessFan: <If there's no spare queen I use the top hat out of a Monopoly set.>

Does anyone recall where the short story was that involved a Top hat from a Monopoly board being used as an extra pawn? On maybe?

Nov-05-05  patzer2: Black overlooks the equalizing 8...0-0 =. After 9...d5? (instead 9...dxe5 10. Qxd8+ offers some survival chances), White has a forced win by playing 10. exf6! or 10. Bb5+! as in the game continuation.

White boldly plays 11. exf6, ignoring the possibility 11...Bc5! pinning the Queen, because of the defensive combination starting with 12. Re1+! (defending and winning with a mating counter attack).

Jan-14-06  DeepBlade: You can gambit (give away material for advantage), but how the heck can you gambit a tactic?!

12. ..Be6 would be better?

Jul-13-06  fgh: <DeepBlade>: 12. ... Be6 is not a legal move.
Dec-22-08  WhiteRook48: Tactic Gambit, e pawn queening accepted (Eco Code F00)
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