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Antonio Angel Medina Garcia vs Svetozar Gligoric
"The Bughouse Immortal" (game of the day Sep-08-2010)
Palma de Mallorca (1968), Palma ESP, rd 16, Dec-12
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Smyslov Defense (C93)  ·  0-1



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Until the Flohr-Zaitsev line became popular in the 80's, theory held that Smyslov's 9...h6 had to be played before ...Re8 and ...Bf8. This game is not typical for the lack of captures, but it is a typical example of one way to play Black. He manouvers on the Queen side with the Knight to gain space and forestall White's potential initiative, then "undevelops" the QB to its best square (17...Bc8) in preparation for a King's Indian style King side assault--look at the central pawn formation. And guess who was an expert in the KID? Well played, Gligo.
Jul-14-07  syracrophy: What was white thinking when playing 27.♕a7?? One of the worst blunders I had ever seen!
Feb-06-08  D.Observer: White resigned to make this record. Else, his queen was captured.
Jan-09-09  WhiteRook48: 27. f3 was better, even though it loses some tempo
Jan-31-09  WhiteRook48: or 27. Bc1
Jun-01-09  lost in space: Hi <WhiteRook48>, intersting proposals.

What happens after 27...f4.

Sep-08-10  scormus: Great lesson by Gligoric, in beating a Spaniard playing the Spanish game. And remarkable to go right through without an exchange or capture, even for a closed Ruy. Admittedly with some rather curious moves by W.
Sep-08-10  OBIT: Actually, if this was bughouse, White made a huge mistake by resigning. After 30. hg, his position is clearly better, with f7, h7, e6, and f5 excellent squares for pawn and bishop drops. And, if he doesn't have any pawns or bishops to drop yet, he should say to his partner, "Geez, I have made 30 moves over here! Get me some frickin' material already!?"
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  Once: Fascinating stuff, and a good lesson in how to play a cramped position. Black finds space for his pieces with undeveloping moves for his bishops, knight outposts and his major pieces still on the back rank.

Meanwhile white doesn't get advanced knight outposts, so he has more pieces to fit into his side of the board. His bishops clog up the centre of the board. But worst of all, his Qf3/ Be2 combination sticks his queen on the third rank where it is going to get harassed by black pawns and knights.

It seems that white and black had similar amounts of space, but black spread his pieces more evenly in the space that he had. White tried to cram just about everyone onto the kingside (possibly hoping to attack black's king). But it just meant that the white pieces were tripping over each others' toes.

Sep-08-10  Certhas: Tim Krabbe gives the following games:

As the longest decisive game without captures and another with the first capture on the 93rd move:

Another game was supposedly drawn after 70 moves without capture because one of the opponents invoked the 50 move rule with all pieces still on the board!

Sep-08-10  backyard pawn: <drukenknight: his opponent simply trapped the queen, any normal player would play 26 Bxg5 and no big deal.>

Good point, instead of 26 Bxg5, White choses to move the Queen to the only "safe" square available in response to 25..., Ng5. I think the Queen is lost at this point. Gligoric then proceeds to threaten a pawn fork at f4, and White's Queen is forced off the 3rd rank and is then easily ensnared.

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  kevin86: In bughouse-there is no capturing to remove a piece-the piece is immediately replaced. The replacement is either on the home square of the piece or at the descretion of the player,depending on the variation played.

Here,there were NO captures.

Sep-08-10  CapablancaFan122: No captures in 29 moves. Wow!
Sep-08-10  iamsheaf: Not a single piece exchanged and white finds his queen trapped!!
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  FSR: Nuber vs Keckeisen, 1994 is a longer decisive game with no captures.
Sep-08-10  Funicular: the really interesting part is that unlike other games, there are no captures NOR checks
Sep-09-10  rapidcitychess: <kevin86> Bughouse? Bughouse is when you play with a partner and when you capture a piece you give it to him and he is able to put it on his board instead of moving a piece.

It doesn't make sense.

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  HeMateMe: bughouse is a ton-a-fun, and a great way to work off some tension if you don't feel like playing serious chess.

BH also can stoke your combinative chops, as you have to evaluate a position based not only on standard material, but whatever your teammate is about to feed you. You might have 2 white Bishops, 3 Knights, etc...The only restriction is that a pawn you place on the board cannot immediately be put on the 8th rank, promoted to a Queen.

I've seen some amazing checkmates, especially when you have gained a tempo and are just dropping new pieces around the opposing king.

Sep-10-10  rapidcitychess: I love bughouse.

One of the fun things was is the new evaluation of pieces, which makes rooks less, and minor pieces more.

Crazy attacks are usual, king going up a square or two was characteristic of me.

I love doing that.

Aug-14-12  Cemoblanca: 27.Qa7?? Wow!! ;0) 30.Bd1 Be8! [ I can do it better my white Bishop ;0) ] & the white Queen is "Morto". ;0) Great game Gligo & RIP! :0(
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  brankat: Brilliant!
Apr-09-15  prithvimothi: Black checkmates whites queen instead of the king
Apr-26-15  hadi706: وزیرش رو توی چه تله ای انداخت
Sep-21-16  FICSwoodpusher: For those who want to learn how to play bughouse, I have started a blog. Hopefully it will be of some benefit to someone learning how to play bughouse. If you are interested, ask me for the link.
Aug-31-18  Pyke: This game is featured in one of Benjamin Finegold lectures. (

What makes it special - at least to me - is that he somewhere mentions the internet, and in particular <>!

Not in the best way, but he seems to use quite a bit; I even remember him saying that he encourages his students to look at it!

The post he refers to is: <WhiteRook48: 27. f3 was better, even though it loses some tempo>


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