Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Nils Johansson-Tegelman vs Ramon Rey Ardid
"Going Postal" (game of the day Apr-26-2008)
ESP-SWE Correspondence (1933) (correspondence), ?
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C98)  ·  1-0



Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 3 times; par: 47 [what's this?]

explore this opening
find similar games 44 more games of R Rey Ardid
sac: 38.Nxe5 PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You can get computer analysis by clicking the "ENGINE" button below the game.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.


Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-29-03  CapablancaRules: Here it is, Chessgames! An extraordinary game, full of violent attacks and counterattacks, often called the "Immortal Game for Correspondence"!
Dec-29-03  tayer: If 47. ... ♕x♖, then: 48. ♕e8+ ♖f8 49. ♖h8+ ♔xh8 50. ♕xf8+ ♖g8 51. ♕h6#. Also if 47. ... ♕f6, we have: 48. ♕e8+ ♖f8 49. ♗h7+ ♔h8 50. ♗f5+ ♔g8 51. ♗e6+ ♕xe6 52. ♕xe6+ ♖f7 53. ♖xg7+ ♔xg7 54. ♕h6+ ♔g8 55. ♕h8#. After 47. ... ♕e7 or 47. ... ♕d8 it comes: 48. ♖xg7+ ♔xg7 49. ♕h6+ ♔g8 50. ♕h8#. Finally, if 47. ... ♘d8, then: 48. ♕e8+ ♖f8 49. ♗h7+ ♖xh7 50. ♖xg5+ ♖g7 51. ♖h8+ ♔xh8 52. ♕xf8+ ♔h7 53. ♕xg7#

The best black can do, in other variations, seems to be getting a ♖ for its ♕.

Nov-11-04  WMD: The kind of games that computers were invented for.

41...Bf6! was the saving move. The most spectacular line then is 42.Nxf6 Rxg1 43.Kxg1 Bxh3 44.Qc7 Rg8+ 45.Nxg8 Qg4+ 46.Rg3 Qd1+ 47.Kh2 fxg3+ 48.Kxh3 Qh1+ 49.Kxg3 Qg1+ 50.Kf3 Qg4+ 51.Ke3 Qd4+ 52.Kd2 e4 53.Qxb7 Qxd3+ with a perpetual.

This would indicate that 38.Nxe5 was premature and should have been prefaced with 38.Qb2.

May-22-06  gauer: pretty!
Dec-02-06  aazqua: I can't believe this was a correspondance game - seems like there are too many holes. The motif at the end is very interesting and has shown up in a couple other games although it seems like it should be rare. The black queen needs to cover h6. Why is h6 possibly important? q-e8+ r-f8 r-h8+ k*r q*r+ r-f8 and now with h6 open white has q-h6 mate.
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Did they play this game via Pony Express? =)
Apr-26-08  sallom89: thats a nice attack by white, taking the risk of opening the king side.
Apr-26-08  PinnedPiece: Game title implies fireworks and mass casualties (a la U.S.P.S. episodes of disgruntled employees with guns from the 70s and 80s when Vietnam vets were the preferred hires, but some of whom had mental problems) however, according to <tayer: If 47. ... x, then: 48. e8+ f8 49. h8+ xh8 50. xf8+ g8 51. h6#. > .... most of the slaughter occurs after the game ends!
Apr-26-08  PinnedPiece: I don't see the downside of 41. Qxe5. Seems like white can really maintain pressure in the center that way, and both Rs are under attack.... (and one is a pinned piece...)
Apr-26-08  wouldpusher: <WMD> All's well, but 52. ♔d2? is a blunder and leads to a draw. Instead, 52. ♔e2! seems to be the winning move. 52. ... e4 53. ♗c2 ♕xc4+ 54. ♔e3 ♕xc2 55. ♘e7! ♕c1+ 56. ♔xe4 ♕e1+ 57. ♔f5! and the White ♔ marches to attack.

Very wild game.

Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: How about the "poison-pen game"?

Do I actually see a pin on a pin in the ending? After the queen moves the rook is pinned,as is the other rook- mate follows after:

48 ♖xg7+ ♔xg7 49 ♕g6+ ♔f8 50 ♖h8+ ♔e7 51 ♕e6#

Premium Chessgames Member
  Jimfromprovidence: Black thought he had trapped the rook after 41...Bg4??

click for larger view

But, after 42 Nxg5, he can't follow with 42...Bxf3 because of 43 Qh6+!, below, with forced mate.

click for larger view

Apr-26-08  Treadhead57: <WannaBe: Did they play this game via Pony Express? =)>For an explanation of "Pony Express" please see
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: <LPeristy> Game No:15 ?
Sep-16-09  WhiteRook48: remind me not to play postal chess
Oct-03-10  sevenseaman: Its a bit difficult to comprehend how this game made it to this august collection. There is no flow, no passion. If there is a relieving feature its the end motif which is quite instructive, a tool in one's chess repertoire.
Apr-27-11  alemoojen: Eu nunca tinha visto este jogo, ť sensacional, uma partida super disputada, um dos melhores jogos que eu jŠ vi...
Jul-05-11  LIFE Master AJ: Nice mating pattern.

Its been "Game of the Day," but not the POTD. (Maybe some day.)

Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Dang - I see someone beat me to this pun.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: <FSR>: Not to mention R Vokroj vs A Postl, 2000
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <Phony Benoni> Cute - reminds me of the time that I joked that these days people were even participating in health clubs by mail, referring to Postl Althletic Clubs. (It's probably defunct now, but it was a chain of athletic clubs about 20 years ago.)
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: This route to the main line Chigorin looks strange to me, but it appears to have been the favoured method in earlier days.
Premium Chessgames Member
  louispaulsen88888888: What a remarkable game! One can learn so much by studying it. Donít use your computer until you have studied it yourself. Maybe even write down some lines that you have calculated. Then if you like you can have the engine look at it. At that point you will probably find out some surprising things, such as that the spectacular looking 38.Nxe5 is inferior to Qb1! Or 38.Qb2 Or even Nxc5!? And that black could have drawn with 41...Bf6!!
Premium Chessgames Member
  louispaulsen88888888: Wouldpusher and WMD - 48...Qxd3 (instead of 48...Qh1+ ) is equal.
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any gratuitous name-calling of any members—including Admin and Owners—or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.

This game is type: CORRESPONDENCE. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
# 15.) An extremely fascinating (& complex) postal game!
from "The 100 Best Games," (of the 20th Century). by LIFE Master AJ
from positional sacrifices by rbaglini
100 best games of 20th century by Andrew Soltis
by northernsoul
by Antiochus
alex97's favorite games
by alex97
Immortal correspodence.
from bitko's collection by bitko
Immortal correspodence.
from bitko's collection by Jaredfchess
And who said Correspondence games had to be boring!
from The Greatest Games of All time 2 by addiction to chess
from positional sacrifices by zatara
FP's Yearly Best Games (pre 1950)
by FairyPromotion
Immortal Correspondence Game? Quite Possibly!
from Brilliancies By "Unknowns" by TheAlchemist
Deep calculation
from DrChopper's study games by DrChopper
by lazintata
"The Immortal Correspondence Game"
from Immortal Games by Oliveira
100 best games of 20th century by Andrew Soltis
by nakul1964
from likedones by thomasdoss
Immortal Correspondence Game candidate!?
from chess strategems ii - under construction by gauer
Ravelin's favorite games
by Ravelin
White to move, (47. '?').
from CG's neat checkmates by LIFE Master AJ
sleepyirv's favorite games
by sleepyirv
plus 25 more collections (not shown)

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us

Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC