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Robert Forbes Combe vs Wolfgang R Hasenfuss
"Lucky Rabbit's Foot" (game of the day Jan-09-2008)
Folkestone Olympiad (1933), Folkestone ENG, rd 3, Jun-14
Benoni Defense: General (A43)  ·  0-1

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Jan-09-08
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  chessgames.com: <chessgames.com> <What kind of bad joke is this?> Perhaps we could have saved it for April 1st, but we make no apologies. It's remarkable in several ways. Obviously, it's one of the shortest games in the database. But unlike most ultra-short encounters, here both men were strong and accomplished players, competing in a real tournament. Also, it's the source of some historical controversy (see links to E. Winter et. al., earlier in the thread).

Plus, for what it's worth, the pun fits like a glove.

Jan-09-08  Gambit All: It's Game of the Day because it was from an actual event - not an off hand game - and was probably one of the shortest sanctioned games on record
Jan-09-08  Riverbeast: Game of the Minute?
Jan-09-08  TigerG: Is this the shortest game of the day there ever was?
Jan-09-08  parmetd: I have to admit if this was the april 1st game I would be laughing on the floor but as it is... quite sad.
Jan-09-08  Amarande: Another similar trap: 1 d4 Nf6 2 Bg5 c6?! 3 e3?? Qa5+ I believe this has occurred in tournament play, too.

Further extension of the motif: 1 d4 Nf6 2 Bg5 c5 3 e3!? Qa5+ 4 Nc3?? (4 Nd2 cxd4 5 Bf4 dxe3 6 Bxe3 is an unclear gambit) cxd4! and two White pieces are attacked.

The version of the 5th-rank-fork theme as shown in this game is perhaps less pleasing, mainly because of White's less natural opening play to begin with - the normal response to the Benoni being simply d5 with generally a superior game; c4 is played only later, and often never as the square is a good one for a White Knight. (It is for this reason that the Benoni is normally played today via 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 c5, Black waiting for White to declare his c-pawn's intentions first)

Jan-09-08
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  Infohunter: <Amarande: Another similar trap: 1 d4 Nf6 2 Bg5 c6?! 3 e3?? Qa5+ I believe this has occurred in tournament play, too.>

That was Z Djordjevic vs M Kovacevic, 1984, to which reference was made earlier in this thread. According to Tim Krabbé it was repeated in a game Vassallo - Gamundi, tt Spain, Salamanca 1998, but <cg> does not archive it. See this page: http://www.xs4all.nl/~timkr/records....

Jan-11-08  patzer2: Here's a neat selection of short games on utube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWDG...
Mar-23-08  Cibator: Just come across another four-mover won by Ortvin Sarapu in the Easter week-ender at Auckland, 1975:

1.e4 d6 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c3 Nxe4?? 4.Qa4 1-0

Source: Sarapu's autobiog "Mr Chess", pub. 1993.

Nov-03-09
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  Benzol: I know that some of you have but there may be kibitzers on this game that haven't seen this one played more than seventy (!) years previously. Namely Shumov vs Jaenisch, 1851

The moral seems to be never give up.
:)

Sep-20-11
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  Benzol: <Cibator> <Just come across another four-mover won by Ortvin Sarapu in the Easter week-ender at Auckland, 1975: 1.e4 d6 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c3 Nxe4?? 4.Qa4 1-0

Source: Sarapu's autobiog "Mr Chess", pub. 1993.>

Sarapu's opponent in the above post was Peter B Goffin

Sep-20-11  Resignation Trap: <Cibator> Our user <Phony Benoni> plays that line with white sometimes and calls it simply "The Stupid Trap".
Sep-21-11
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  Phony Benoni: Yes, I've pulled it off a few times. However my opponents, unlike Sarapu's, tend not to resign on move 4. Fancy that.
Apr-27-13  DoctorD: The Arbeiter Zeitung (Wien) in its issue for 16.July 1933 called this the shortest game ever played in an international tourney; would that still hold today?
Aug-05-13  notyetagm: R F Combe vs W Hasenfuss, 1933

<Riverbeast: ... Back then, the British players were all weak anyway...guys like 'Winter' and 'CHOD Alexander', the best Britain had to offer, were just a bunch of punching bags for the real players....>

Yes, Capablanca could play 100 Winters in a simul and probably score damn close to 100-0.

Aug-05-13  notyetagm: R F Combe vs W Hasenfuss, 1933

Game Collection: MINED SQUARES (++): MORE CONTROL THAN NAKED EYE 4 Nf3xe5?? Qd8-a5+! e1 ++ e5 queen fork picks up loose knight

Aug-05-13  notyetagm: R F Combe vs W Hasenfuss, 1933

Game Collection: LPDO -> LOOSE PIECES DROP OFF! (GM DR J. NUNN) 4 Nf3xe5?? Qd8-a5+! queen fork picks up the unprotected knight

Aug-05-13  notyetagm: R F Combe vs W Hasenfuss, 1933


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4 ♘f3xe5?? <loose piece>


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4 ... ♕d8-a5+! 0-1 <drops off>


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Sep-05-13  GumboGambit: Um, i think a better pun for this miniature would have been "Combe Over"
Aug-19-18
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  MissScarlett: <For Combe Hell>
Mar-09-20
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  FSR: My opponent played on, but with the same result. https://www.denverchess.com/games/v...
Mar-09-20
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  FSR: The shortest decisive game in Olympiad history, beating even the immortal O W Rigaud vs J Cooper, 1974.

Don't make too much fun of poor Combe. He played in the 1946 British Championship, where he was expected to be one of the bottom finishers. He won! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rober...

Mar-09-20  sakredkow: Probably didn't have time to even finish their smoke.
Mar-09-20
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  FSR: <notyetagm . . . Capablanca could play 100 Winters in a simul and probably score damn close to 100-0.>

An overstatement. Capablanca and Winter played five times, with Capa winning four and drawing one. https://www.chessgames.com/perl/che...

Mar-10-20  Nosnibor: It should be mentioned that Combe was exhausted as the result of an adjourned game with Simonson from the previous round which went on for twelve hours ! He also suffered with health problems.
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