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Juan Carlos Gonzalez Zamora vs Thomas Luther
Carlos Torre Memorial Open (2003), Merida MEX, rd 6, Dec-17
Slav Defense: Exchange Variation. Symmetrical Line (D14)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-21-04  ConLaMismaMano: What is this? There must be some kind of mistake...
Jul-20-06  Dr. Funkenstein: Both sides were so unhappy with their opening, they must have decided to try something else
Jul-20-06  nikolaas: I guess they had agreed to a draw before the game and decided to have some fun.
Jul-20-06  filipecea: Whaaaat????
Jul-20-06  JohnBoy: What a waste of time and space. This game should be removed from the database. Get something interesting like Navara's recent crush of Macieja (which you won't find here today...).
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: I can retreat.
Oh yeah?! I can retreat too!!
Jul-20-06  LoFarkas: Now that's shameless, if they actually played it like this...
Jul-20-06  thesonicvision: funny, but immoral- especially in
tournament chess. i'm sure
a TD never got the chance to observe
this game during the competition.

<shadowmaster: Some info on this tourney from the TWIC website: "he XVI Carlos Torre Memorial takes place in Merida in the Yucatan region of Mexico 12th-20th December 2003. 6 Round Swiss followed by a knockout. The top 12 in the Swiss qualified and were joined by Alexei Dreev, Boris Gelfand, Valery Filippov and Liviu-Deter Nisipeanu. Surprisingly Yuniesky Quezada (who beat both Gelfand and Filippov) won the event. Knockout has 2 90 minute games followed if needed by 2 15 minute games followed by sudden death 5 minute games.">

this was obviously a prearranged draw
agreement from both sides.

Premium Chessgames Member
  An Englishman: Good Evening: The most bizarre game in history might be Murphy-Endon (0-1), which can be found in Samuel Beckett's novel Murphy. Methinks that Mr. Luther and Mr. Gonzalez-Zamora took that game as their inspiration.

Come to think of it, Murphy-Endon would be ideal for next year's April Fool's Game of the Day.

Jun-12-08  Xeroxx: Nice Symmetrical Line.
Jan-03-09  WhiteRook48: "the whole point of chess is to retreat"
Apr-05-09  WhiteRook48: <Opening of the day> This game is bizarre
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: If pawns could move backwards, they would have played 10.d2 d7 as well.
Sep-01-13  kingfu: The forgot to finish the game.

10. c4 untakes d5 c6 untakes d5

11. c4-c2 c6-c7

12. Nf3-f1 Nf6-f8

Unshake hands. Go back to the bar. Pitcher of mojitos to center of table. Pitcher of margaritas by pitcher of mojitos. Start over.

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