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Claude Frizzel Bloodgood vs B Evans
Norfolk USO Inv. (1961)
Grob Opening: Grob Gambit. Declined (A00)  ·  1-0

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Jul-11-05  InspiredByMorphy: Why help white develop with 8. ...Bxh3 ? Instead 8. ...f5 9.gxf6 Rxf6 leaves black with better development having 4 pieces developed to whites two. Not to mention white's queen knight is blocking the queen bishop.
Jul-11-05  Koster: 11..Nxd5 made no sense to me, letting white's knight have e4. What was wrong with the obvious cd5, which also makes room for the QN on c6? Black has an excellent game then with center control and a lead in development. 1.g4 might be better than it's rep, but they're are reasons GMs don't play it.
Sep-23-05  halcyonteam: better recapture d5 with pawns, centre is solid
Feb-22-06  MorphyMatt: Very instructive commentary ;-)
Apr-22-06  Whitehat1963: Here's a great little puzzle after 16...Rf8.
May-11-08  sentriclecub: Whoever came up with the smothered mate should have their name associated with it as an honor. Its a favorite weapon in my noob repertoire.
Jan-27-09  number 23 NBer: <MorphyMatt> Yep. I think I'll have to study these words of wisdom for years to fully comprehend their complexity.
Jun-05-09  chillowack: <sentriclecub: Whoever came up with the smothered mate should have their name associated with it as an honor. Its a favorite weapon in my noob repertoire.> They already have, sentriclecub: the Smothered Mate was invented by Tommy Smothers, of "Smothers Brothers" fame.
Jul-23-09  WhiteRook48: Black didn't know how to take advantage of his superior position
Aug-13-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <sentricleclub> They do - the combination with Nf7+, Nh6++, Qg8+, and Nf7# is called "Philidor's Legacy."
Feb-08-11  Llawdogg: Very nice smothered mate!
Nov-10-11
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  Nightsurfer: In many cases the GREAT SMOTHERED CHECKMATE can not be realized because the defender desperately sacrifices a Rook against that cocky Knight that is needed to realize the GREAT SMOTHERED CHECKMATE.

But in this game here < C F Bloodgood vs B Evans, Norfolk USO Inv. 1961 > that trick would not have worked after 18.Nf7+ ... please compare the diagram after that deadly swing by White Knight.


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If Black would have tried to get rid of that evil Knight by resorting to the desperate 18. ... Rxf7??, then the cool 19.Qe8+! ... (instead of the greedy and rather foolish 19.Qxf7? ...) would have done the job, please compare the diagram as follows.


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PLUS: 19. ... Rf8 20.Qxf8# 1-0


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Therefore White Knight is taboo for Black Rook after 18.Nf7+ ...


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... with the well-known consequences:

18. ... Kg8 19.Nh6++ ...


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... and on we go:

19. ... Kh8 20.Qg8+!! ...


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And the climax:

20. ... Rxg8 21.Nf7# 1-0


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... (will be continued in the post as follows!)

Nov-10-11
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  Nightsurfer: <follow-up commentary no. 1 with regard to the foregoing commentary>

... it is interesting to note that there has been - with colours reversed - a similar case 10 years after this game here < C F Bloodgood vs B Evans, Norfolk USO Inv. 1961 > , namely the case of DÉJÀ VU B Koester vs R Gralla, 1971 .

After 22. ... Nf2+! in the foregoing game B Koester vs R Gralla, 1971, Black Knight on f2 was taboo for White Rook on f1.


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If White would have tried to get rid of that evil Knight by resorting to the rather naive 23.Rxf2?? ... , that goof 23.Rxf2?? ... would have been a goof because of the weakness of the base of the camp of White Army: 23. ... Qxa1+ ...


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... PLUS: 24.Rf1 Qxf1# 0-1

Therefore Black Knight is taboo for White Rook after 22. ... Nf2+! ... in B Koester vs R Gralla, 1971 , just the same way as White Knight on f7 - with colours reversed - was taboo for Black Rook 10 years before in this game here < C F Bloodgood vs B Evans, Norfolk USO Inv. 1961 >.

... (please move on to follow-up commentary no.2!)

Nov-10-11
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  Nightsurfer: <follow-up commentary no. 2>

... in the parallel case 10 years after this game here < C F Bloodgood vs B Evans, Norfolk USO Inv. 1961 > - namely in B Koester vs R Gralla, 1971 -, the well-known consequences after 22. ... Nf2+! ... - please compare the diagram as follows - ...


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... have been as follows:

23.Kg1 Nh3++ ...


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... and on we go:

24.Kh1 Qg1+!!


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And - hypothetically - :

25.Rxg1 Nf2# 0-1


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Apart from the colours reversed: an instructive parallel case to this game here < C F Bloodgood vs B Evans, Norfolk USO Inv. 1961 > , that game B Koester vs R Gralla, 1971!

Aug-16-14  Ke2: I've never seen a PGN with variations included on this site.

It would be nice if there was an option for annotations that would bring up public domain annotations of games.

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