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Kurt Kaliwoda vs Albert Laustsen
2nd World Correspondence Chess Championship (1956) (correspondence), Jan-01
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack Early deviations (B75)  ·  0-1



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Apr-07-04  ughaibu: This was a correspondence game, no touch-move excuse, how can such a thing possibly happen?
Aug-28-05  gomickeylol: I'm not sure...there used to be, and there might still be (I don't play correspondance) a rule that if you send an illegal move, your opponent gets to choose which move you make of all legal ones. Thats my only theory. Also, might have gotten the score wrong...does anyone know what happened?
Aug-29-05  who: <gomickeylol> I don't think that's true. What does happen is that players are playing a few games at the same time and they might accidentally send a move they meant to play in a different game. The rule then is if the move is legal it stays. Otherwise you can play another move. See
Aug-29-05  who: If black were given the choice of white's move then 12.Nc6 is worse because it doesn't even double black's pawn.
Feb-17-09  swarmoflocusts: <who>

If we consider the merit of the two moves, we discover that while it is true that Nc6 doesn't double black's pawns, Na4 gives black those open queenside files and lots of play for the doubled pawns. It's really a matter of personal preference.

While we're on the subject, why limit yourself to a knight sacrifice? Surely some consideration must be given to Bh6 (losing the Dragon bishop for no compensation). Bc4 is also a terrible move: It loses the piece and gives black the open b-file as well.

While your suggestion is certainly one of the worst moves in the position (for white, of course), I believe that Na4 and Bc4 merit consideration as well, and I would argue that Bh6 is the losingest (if you will) of all.

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  Benzol: <gomickeylol> < might have gotten the score wrong...does anyone know what happened?>

According to Tim Harding's book on the Correspondence Chmps this score is correct. Perhaps it was a move that was meant for a different game.

Jan-20-12  ughaibu: The smoking gun, K Kaliwoda vs S Kjellander, 1956?
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  whiteshark: You were mistakenly sent the wrong moves. Ouch!
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  Benzol: <ughaibu> <The smoking gun> Could well be.

When I was compiling the 1st correspondence ch it was in this game G R Mitchell vs Purdy, 1950 which was Purdy's only loss that I found out that at move 41 Purdy had analysed the position with his pawn wrongly placed at b4.

What is a bit embarrassing too is that this game was the only win Laustsen scored in the event.

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  GrahamClayton: This wasn't the only example of Laustsen blundering in the opening in the 2nd ICCF championship - V Borsony vs A Laustsen, 1956 is even quicker!
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  whiteshark: Albert finished last in the 2nd CC Worldchampionship and his only win was against the second but last, who blundered terribly here.

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