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Abraham Kupchik vs Isaac Kashdan
"Kupchik Cashed In" (game of the day Jul-11-2015)
Rice Progressive Memorial (1926), New York, NY USA, rd 5
Alekhine Defense: Normal Variation (B03)  ·  1-0

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Mar-25-07  vonKrolock: Highly interesting game in all it's phases, with a remarkable finish. <39. ♔h1>! Now Black have no satisfactory defense, maybe 39...h4 was still the relativelly best option, but then 40.♖g1 etc mantaining the threats.
Feb-04-09  A.G. Argent: Oh my God, what excellent chess. Now, I will admit to not having come across Kupchik before this so therefore I won't pretend to know anything about his over-all approach/philosophy/style but it would not be at all difficult to at least hypothesize that the great Tal mighta had a glance or two at this guy's games. At least this one. The very aggressive, damn the torpedoes, sacrificial, get-outta-my-way chess is so very prescient of Tal's style-to-be. Beginning with 35.Re5, bringing the the Rooks into the melee to wreak their Kamikaze havoc, he was just so efficiently deliberate in his mating attack it ain't EVEN funny. And of course, read 43.Qe7#.
Feb-05-09  Strongest Force: Both of these guys, along with Marshall, were top 5 in the US for many years. Also, both players were usually altra-positional players who would rather put a slow squeeze on you rather than fireworks.
Feb-19-12
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  Phony Benoni: The game was actually played in December, <1926>, during the Rice Memorial tournament. It was published in the <Brooklyn Daily Eagle> of January 6, 1927.

The mistaken date may have arisen because it was also published, with notes, in the <Chess Amateur> of 1928.

Feb-21-12
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  Phony Benoni: Well, that was a quick correction! Thanks.
Jul-06-12  LoveThatJoker: GOTD: These Rooks Are Made for Walkin'

LTJ

Mar-25-13  harish22: Great game. Black was never able to get going in this game. Could not even give even a check.
Mar-25-13
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  Phony Benoni: <A.G. Argent: I won't pretend to know anything about his over-all approach/philosophy/style but it would not be at all difficult to at least hypothesize that the great Tal mighta had a glance or two at this guy's games. At least this one. The very aggressive, damn the torpedoes, sacrificial, get-outta-my-way chess is so very prescient of Tal's style-to-be.>

Actually, it's hard to think of two players less alike than Tal and Kupchik. The latter, like any strong master, could throw the pieces around when the chance arose. But in general he prefered a patient, positional approach, and was not averse to pawn-grubbing.

Jul-11-15  RookFile: I realize Kashdan loved the two bishops, but surely at some point he might have played Bxf1 and traded off that useless bishop on a6 for a knight that later came over and helped burn his kingside down.
Jul-11-15  jith1207: I think The Simplistic move of 39.Kh1 was a beauty. If White had rushed to attack at that point, Black would have played 39..Qb1+ 40.Kg2 Bf1+ and White would have lost the Queen and the capacity to mate. Not only that, the allure of playing that move brought Black's Bishop from guarding the e6 pawn away, where White would sack his Rook to start the winning attack. That's some Positional Tactics for us from Kupchik.
Jul-11-15  Steve.Patzer: What would the continuation be after 40....Kf8?
Jul-11-15  goodevans: <Steve.Patzer: What would the continuation be after 40....Kf8?>

One possibility is 41.Be7+ Ke8 42.Bg5+ fxe6 (42...Kf8 43.Bh6+) 43.Qxe6+ Kf8 44.Bh6+ Qxh6 45.Rg8# which is a neat finish but maybe there's a quicker one.

Jul-11-15  morfishine: Kashdan lost some of the most interesting games. Nice game by Kupchik!
Jul-11-15
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  kevin86: The rook sac so neatly decoyed the queen away from defense of the second row to block her own king's escape.
Jul-11-15
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  Gypsy: <jith1207: I think The Simplistic move of 39.Kh1 was a beauty. If White had rushed to attack at that point, Black would have played 39..Qb1+ 40.Kg2 Bf1+ and White would have lost the Queen ...>

In that 'line', White K has to stay off g2, of course, because of <40.Kg2?? Qf1#>.

It seems that even after the better <40.Kf2...>, Black manages at least a perpetual.

Jul-11-15
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  Gypsy: Btw, what is the pun?
Jul-11-15  ToTheDeath: Kashdan- Cashed In
Jul-11-15
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  Penguincw: What do you call this type of checkmate? Using Game Collection: Checkmate: Checkmate Patterns, it looks closest to "Damaino Mate", but not quite.
Jul-11-15
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  Phony Benoni: <Penguincw> I'd say a Cozio; queen checks on the diagonal with escape square blocked by a friendly piece.
Jul-11-15
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  thegoodanarchist: I smell a Monday puzzle:

42. ?

Jul-11-15
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  thegoodanarchist: Maybe even 41. ? White to win
Jul-11-15
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  Phony Benoni: After <40...Kf8>


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My engine, Bozo 0.5, calls mate in eight, and keeps on sacrificing rooks all over the place. One nice line:

<41.Be7+ Ke8 42.Bd6+! Kd8 43.Rg8+!! Qxg8 44.Qh4+ Kd7 45.Qe7+ Kc6 46.Be5+! fxe6 47.Qd6#!>


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Aug-11-15  faulty: It is a pity that no one seemed to grasp the pun. the point is that the Jewish surname "Kupchik" stems from the Slavonic root for "buying/merchant" (kup..., e.g. kupit' to buy in Russian) and the pun involves both surnames: "the merchant cashed in".
Aug-11-15  Strongest Force: Thx for that knowledge faulty. It's ironic that with all the GMs and great players who got money from me (like Kupchic) (hustling and tournaments), my greatest teacher turns out to be a 8 dollar program called Shredder.

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