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Amedee Gibaud vs Frederic Lazard
"The Soul of Wit" (game of the day Mar-07-2017)
Composition (1924) (probably analysis), Paris FRA
Indian Game: Lazard Gambit (A45)  ·  0-1



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  gawain: I like it! ...Ne3 wins the queen, for if the knight is taken Black plays ...Qh4+ and Fool's mate ensues.
May-18-10  TheTamale: <Bobby Fiske>: Very good joke, actually.
May-18-10  TheFocus: <jsheedy>< Just to get in on the "better-than-Fischer" conversation, I once played a series of casual games with an old, deaf man in northwestern Connecticut who claimed he once played young Bobby to a draw. This old guy routinely beat me, but I did manage two or three wins, so I can say I beat the guy who drew against Fischer. The games with this old guy, who has died, were in the 1970's, after Fischer-Spassky, and of course I have no way of knowing if the guy was telling me the truth. He *was* a strong player, though, especially in blitz. When I lengthened the time limit, his attention span wandered and he lost.>

Did you get the old man's name? I might can verify that person as having played Bobby.

I also <knew>!!! Bobby. Just check out our adventures on the Fischer page.

May-18-10  wals: Something to relieve the pressure,

May-18-10  shatranj7: I know that "!" means a good move, "?" means a questionable move. "??" means an all out blunder, and "!!" means a brilliant move. What symbol means "any damn idiot can find the simple move in this puzzle?" Lets say......"&". 4...Ne3&.
Jul-16-10  colonel.moreau: GM Andrew Soltis had this game listed in his book of chess lists under "10 GAMES THAT (PROBABLY) NEVER HAPPENED." According to Soltis, Gibaud wrote in to B.H. Wood, the editor of English magazine Chess in 1937. Wood wrote "...he never lost a tournament game in four moves. Searching his memory he recalls a skittles game he once played against Lazard ... in which his attention momentarily distracted by his friend Muffang, he played a move which allowed a combination of this genre-but certainly not four moves after the comencement of the game..."

Soltis says that chess historian Ken Whyld discovered a footnote in BCM from Znosko-Borovsky who knew Gibaud, Lazard and Muffang as well about a curious little game in Paris: 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Bg4 3.Ne5 Nf6 4.N:g4 N:g4 5.Nd2 e5 6.h3? Ne3 0-1

Jul-16-10  markwell: Yet another game played by a gerbil.
Jul-21-10  jbtigerwolf: I read somewhere that this was the shortest tournament game. The 2 move checkmate for Black, 1.f4 e5 2.g4 ♕h4#, has not happened in tournaments, at least on record.

White's second move, Nd2, is bad, but it seems he may have been experimenting. His other 3 moves are more normal.. 4.h3 is 'normal', but loses, as shown. The best way to repair the damage is: 4.Ndf3.

If White had not resigned, then the game would have gone for 6 moves: 4.h3 ♘e3 5.dxe3 ♕h4+ 6.g3 ♕xg3#, but then it might not have been the shortest game ever.

Sep-08-10  kellmano: According to Krabbe, this never happened: game

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  Fusilli: <If White had not resigned, then the game would have gone for 6 moves> If White had not resigned, he would have preferred to lose his queen rather than being mated, surviving pointlessly for an unkown number of moves.
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  FSR: Fortunately, Z Djordjevic vs M Kovacevic, 1984 has now supplanted this fake game as the shortest decisive master game.
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  FSR: There's also Fischer vs Panno, 1970 and the zero-move World Championship losses by Fischer and Kramnik, but Djordjevic-Kovacevic is the shortest master game decided because of the position on the board rather than a forfeit or protest.
Jan-12-12  Xeroxx: ridiculous game
Feb-20-12  brankat: So, was this game a fake, or did it really happen?
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  Penguincw: If black takes, it's a mate in 2. Otherwise, the queen is lost.
Feb-20-12  waustad: Moshe Czerniak seems to have played the d4 Nd2 opening. Poking through the opening explorer finds his name several times.
Apr-27-13  DoctorD: Although Lazard's death date is given as 1948, this:

was published as a chess problem in 1951, with the note that "it could happen in a real game."

Apr-27-13  DoctorD: See also:

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  whiteshark: Edward Winter had looked into this matter in the usual fashion:

Jan-07-15  Kingcastle: How is the Knight here makes the game difficult? Cant white capture with its pawn? This is a useless Move.
Jan-07-15  Bubo bubo: <Kingcastle> Of course White can play 5.fxe3, but then he will be mated in two moves: 5...Qh4+ 6.g3 Qxg3#
Jan-15-15  Kingcastle: Thanks Bubo Bubo
Mar-07-17  andrewjsacks: Thank you, CG.
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  FSR: There are shorter decisive games than this fake game, such as:

I Skrypin vs A Glebov, 2007

Lindemann vs Echtermeyer, 1893

E Schiller vs H Pack, 1969

Z Djordjevic vs M Kovacevic, 1984

and K D Reichwald vs G Scheuerlein, 2011.

Mar-07-17  Steve.Patzer: That was quick.
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