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De Fraenkell vs NN
Helsinki (1934), Helsinki FIN
English Opening: Symmetrical. Normal Variation (A34)  ·  1-0



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Feb-05-04  sac 4 mate: Yet another classic NN miniature which we all owe to his phenominally poor playing ability.
Mar-31-06  Confuse: boughloghloghloghlogh
Mar-31-06  dakgootje: and yet dear NN found an other brilliant way to lose a game
Mar-31-06  blingice: NN pwns n00bz. There is never a reason to move your knight to that square (e7). It shuts the bishop in, and it doesn't have any central control. The only move that would help black on move 4 would be 4..Nf5 or 4..Qc7. Nf5 seems better, because it controls the center, extends into white's area, and opens up the bishop's diagonal.

What amazing knight play, De[undersquare]Fraenkell!

Feb-07-10  wordfunph: <dakgootje: and yet dear NN found an other brilliant way to lose a game>


Feb-07-10  ChessKnightsOfLondon: F5, a really bright move!! Did he not even notice his pawn could be taken on C5?
Apr-14-10  Juni: Check out the opening name; English opening symmetrical, Normal variation.

If this is the normal variation, I should play that opening.

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  sea7kenp: Funny: A single Knight can't Mate a lone King, but when the board is full, no problem. :-)
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  Korora: <sea7kemp> That's how the Makruk version of Fool's Mate works.

♙'s start on their respective third ranks (and therefore do not need the two-square initial option, let alone the en passant rule patch), ♔'s start on d1 and e8, ♕'s on e1 and d8. ♕'s step one square in any diagonal direction, ♗'s step one square directly forward or one square in any diagonal direction, and there is no castling. There are complicated rules about drawn vs. won/lost endgames, but those do not figure here:

1. ♘d2 ♘d7
2. ♘c4 ♘e7??
3. ♘xd6# 1-0

Note: Black's two moves can be in either order without changing the outcome; similarly White's ♘ can move to e4.

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  FSR: I have played the Symmetrical English many times, and do not consider this variation normal.

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