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Frank Melville Teed vs Eugene Delmar
New York (1896), New York, NY USA
Dutch Defense: Hopton Attack (A80)  ·  1-0



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  Phony Benoni: If this ever makes Game of the Day, I imagine the pun will be "Teed off".
Oct-02-06  LawrenceT: prinsallan: Easy. Why oh why can't I ever play against players this bad?

Play against me and you'll find what you're looking for!!!!

Oct-02-06  Castle In The Sky: This was what I call a "look" puzzle because as soon as looked at it I saw the exposed king and that the objective was to decoy the rook.
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  gawain: Very few thought-processes happen for me in "less than a second" these days but I feel sure that I, too, saw this solution in milliseconds.

I needed that--after racking my brains trying (and failing) to find the right 31st move in Razuvaev vs Lputian, 1979

Oct-02-06  RookFile: YouRang: well, in once sense, you caught me napping. You're right, it says that Paul Morphy's highest rating was 2743, although the best individual performance he could ever put together was 2686.

I guess the point is: Morphy would have taken about 1 second to see Qxh5+ and Bg6 mate coming in this game.

Maybe two seconds on a bad day.

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  Eggman: This game belongs in a collection of "dangerous diagonal" (i.e. the e1-h4 or e8-h5 diagonal) miniatures along with A Gibaud vs F Lazard, 1924, which saw this final position:

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  playground player: How wise I was to open my new account on a Monday! My solving percentage is therefore Always nice to see a master get burned by a fool's mate.
Oct-02-06  Operation Mindcrime: Not bad, I actually solved this one!

But, really, it's a common opening trap in any opening where the king-side pawns get advanced too soon. (A Black version of this exists in Bird's Opening.) There's nothing wrong with h6, but hunting down the bishop was ill-advised; g6 or nf6 would've made more sense.

Oct-02-06  greensfield: Take the Rook away from defending the mating square g6, then mate on it.
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  Brettwith2ts: I like this kind of game. Short, sweet, and straight to the point! I love chess mondays!
Oct-02-06  Trouble: easy problem today
Oct-02-06  falso contacto: ain't any good
Oct-02-06  unferth: <ianD: You are joking! nobody could be this baaaaaad.> <prinsallan: Easy. Why oh why can't I ever play against players this bad?>

Chess blindness can hit anyone. Delmar wasn't world class, but he recorded wins over Chigorin and Marshall. He must have been a fairly strong master.

Oct-02-06  CambridgeSprings1904: <RookFile> In his book "The Rating of Chessplayers, Past & Present", Arpad Elo gave Delmar a 2420 rating based on his best 5-year average, which may be realistic. In 1904, Delmar came in last place in the Cambridge Springs tournament ( However, to be fair, he was about 62 years old at the time. I think you are correct to question how ChessMetrics arrived at the rating, since their site shows Delmar's rating at 2522 in June 1904, immediately after the dismal CS1904 performance.
Oct-02-06  aazqua: This appears to be the dumb defense. And q*p certainly isn't a tough shot to find. Hard to imagine how this game survived for posterity.
Oct-02-06  LPeristy: I thought it was a bit of an easy puzzle, but then I realized it was monday. ;-)
Oct-12-06  whatthefat: <RookFile>
I've already explained to you around 10 times why chessmetrics is no use if you go as far back as Morphy, due to the scarcity of data. But just keep your head in the sand.
Feb-27-07  schnarre: <Eggman> Ah yes, that game!
Jun-18-07  beginner64: Isnt black in a clearly won situation after 5. ..Nf6? (instead of h5)
Jun-18-07  Assassinater: <Isnt black in a clearly won situation after 5. ..Nf6? (instead of h5)>

What's wrong with the simple 6. exf4 gxf4 7. Bxf4?

Feb-12-09  WhiteRook48: should NOT have played 6...Rh6
Feb-20-09  thebribri8: This is absolutely the stupidest game I have ever seen. If anyone can find me a stupider game, he shall be rewarded.
Mar-07-09  chessman95: How could anyone who plays the Dutch Defense not know the most obvious trap in it?????????????????????????????????
Mar-26-09  WhiteRook48: it could have been worse. Like: 5...fxg3 6 Qh5#
Apr-21-09  WhiteRook48: this is more common than you think
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