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Oliver Harcourt Labone vs NN
Birmingham (1901), Birmingham ENG
Scandinavian Defense: General (B01)  ·  1-0

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Jan-17-04  Grandpatzer: The sacrificial offers-of a Queen, which isn't accepted-a Bishop, two Rooks and a Knight make this game a real gem, but there is no indication Labone got a brilliancy prize for his effort. Does anyone know if he did or not?
May-15-06  CitricAcid13: Not Back rank mate, side file mate.
Dec-15-09
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: This could have arisen from the Elephant Gambit (our Opening of the Day), and is a good example of Tartakower's saying that a brilliancy only proves that someone blundered. This game is almost too beautiful; does anyone else wonder if perhaps this is a composed game?
Feb-19-13
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  plang: At first I thought 18 Ng6+ but after 18..hxg 19 Qxg6..Bf5 defends.
Feb-19-13
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  perfidious: Once more, NN comes a cropper in spectacular fashion: who'da thought that would happen?
Dec-20-14
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  OBIT: This game is used in the 1966-1973 TV series "Mission Impossible." It is played by the Impossible Mission Force computer in the season 2 episode "A Game of Chess."
May-19-15
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  Fusilli: <perfidious: Once more, NN comes a cropper in spectacular fashion: who'da thought that would happen?>

lol... Yes, one of those too good to be true games, whose authenticity is absolutely impossible to track.

I would have preferred 9.Bf4 instead of 9.Be3, since black's position is in shambles after the subsequent Nd6+, when he will never castle. The exchange of queens would only help white develop another piece. And O-O-O will right away bring the QR into the attack too.

Feb-07-17  Petrosianic: <OBIT: This game is used in the 1966-1973 TV series "Mission Impossible." It is played by the Impossible Mission Force computer in the season 2 episode "A Game of Chess.">

Well, more or less. The King jumps back and forth from e2 and d2, the black pawn on d3 appears and disappears, and the Black Knight on a6 never is there. But it is clearly based on the same game.

Feb-07-17  Petrosianic: <Fusilli> <lol... Yes, one of those too good to be true games, whose authenticity is absolutely impossible to track.>

What's too good to be true about it? Black is actually won at a couple of points. Instead of 13...Qxb2, Black is much better with 13...Bc5. But 15...cxd3 is what really kills him. With an immediate 15...Qxa1+, Black is still better. Those reasons alone would be sufficient to deny the game a brilliancy prize.

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