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Sas vs NN
"Don't Need No Sas From You" (game of the day Aug-23-2020)
Sambor (1904)
King Pawn Game: Beyer Gambit (C21)  ·  1-0



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Aug-05-05  deadparrot: I am not very familiar with opening theory, but why nót 3. de? seems as if black cannot play 3. then due to 4. qxd8 kxd8 5.nc3
May-01-06  Autoreparaturwerkbau: Anyway you put it, black likes to play with 'King and Pawns' in the opening :)
Aug-10-07  Whitehat1963: White really sassed that king, didn't he?
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  vonKrolock: But this NN was a very weak one... 'Sas' sounds unfamiliar - maybe a Russian (Sambor is in the Ukraine) version of the hungarian surname Szász!? (but not Dr. Lajos Szász (1906-1929), who could not yet play in 1904
May-06-14  GumboGambit: It is fitting that two palindromes would offer such a symmetrical opening.
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  sea7kenp: One thing I find funny: White's Queen was en prise for three moves, yet Black didn't get the Tempo, needed to take it!
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  keypusher: <deadparrot: I am not very familiar with opening theory, but why nót 3. de? seems as if black cannot play 3. then due to 4. qxd8 kxd8 5.nc3>

Also after 5.Nd5? Be6 White would have been in pretty bad shape (6.Qa4+ Nc6 7.Ne3 Nf6 with a big lead in development and an extra pawn).

Aug-19-20  schnarre: ...Passive play doesn't pay!
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  OhioChessFan: "Don't Need No Sas From You"
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  al wazir: What kind of move is 7...Kd6? Why not just 7...Ke8 ?
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  Phony Benoni: I have to admit that I don't like games like this as GOTDs. Quick games are fine if there is some pretty play or ideas involved, but simply bludgeoning a weak player just doesn't appeal to me -- even though the final position is piquant.

The opening does remind me of a story. (No doubt apocryphal; all the good chess stories are apocryphal and wry.)

A master noticed a stranger wandering around the local chess club, and offered to play a game with him. The stranger said he didn't know how to play, but the master was insistent and finally talked hi into it. The game began:

<1,e4 e5 2.d4 d5 3.dxe5 dxe4>

At this point the master recalled the above discussion, and played:


only to see it countered by the astounding innovation


Turned out that the stranger had wandered into the club by mistake, and really didn't know how to play chess. With no idea what to do at the chessboard, he was simply copying White's moves.

Aug-23-20  Granny O Doul: Ooh la la Sas-NN!
Aug-23-20  Brenin: It's not often that I would award a checkmating move a question mark, but isn't 10 0-0-0 a more elegant finish than c3? It also develops the R, and moves the K to a safer place, just in case. Perhaps the effort of moving two pieces was too much to contemplate.
Aug-23-20  morfishine: Well, this one satisfies both components of the <CG><GOTD> checklist: (1) there's nothing instructive about this game & (2) there's nothing entertaining about the game title

Bravo, keep'm coming!

and the shorter, the better: Less of our precious time is wasted

Aug-23-20  jith1207: That's a hilarious story <Phony Benoni>.

That reminds me of how I play checkers.

The innovation brings uncontrollable laughter, master got checkmated before he got any chance to inform how the pieces move.

Aug-23-20  Muttley101: <Phony Benoni> After 4 ... K:e1 black should have retired with his 100% winning record as the person who solved chess.
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  Phony Benoni: <Brenin> Despite everything, if White had played 10.0-0-0# I would have given the game a pass. The chance to mate by castling is something that comes up once in a lifetime if you're lucky, and should not be begrudged.
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  offramp: A game that has survived like the tattiest of Dead Sea Scrolls.

We have no idea who played Black.

White was played by...who? A man or woman with either a first or last name made of two enigmatic letters (one appears twice): Sas. It is all we know of little old Sas, except that he or she was little and old.

It was probably played in Sambor in the Ukraine, but that is not certain.

And now that game, the entirety of poor Sas's career, is game of the day.

Long live the dead sea scrolls!

Aug-23-20  jith1207: Long Not Get Lost The Dead Sea Scrolls.
Aug-23-20  Granny O Doul: <PhonyBenoni> To be fair, with six separate ways to deliver checkmate you're not always going to find the most ćsthetic.

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