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Cecil De Vere vs James Innes Minchin
"Valentine's Day" (game of the day Feb-14-2005)
Casual game (1871) (exhibition), London ENG, Nov-08
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Rio Gambit Accepted (C67)  ·  1-0



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Feb-14-05  mohd rafi fan: Simply beautiful - Valentine never gave him a chance!
Feb-14-05  Granite: I really enjoyed the progression of the attack from move 10 onward. First he threatens to mess him up a but, black responds passively, then a pawn is threatened, black ups the stakes and attacks the knight with his pawn. White then says - fine I want the king if you want the knight. Black declined, but then 13. Nxf7! says - I insist on the offer and binds the package up nicely. Nice game.
Feb-14-05  BlazingArrow56: Is 13. Nxg6 bad or simply less accurate?
Feb-14-05  patzer2: Looks like a demolition of pawn structure via 13. Nxf7! Also enjoyed how the followup on this deflection involved three key pins in preparation for the mate.
Feb-14-05  StudentofTal: Beautiful...
Feb-14-05  biencastrojr: Devastating!!!!
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  cu8sfan: <Devastating> I would even say Deverstating! (-:
Feb-14-05  Castle In The Sky: For a bad "Valentine's Day," but a great miniature, see Zukertort vs. de Vere.
Feb-14-05  p8riot: The St. Valentine's Day massacre! He used every piece except his Queen Rook.
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  kevin86: Anyone remember Greg Valentine-the pro wrestler? This attack was a vicious as one of his. In short,Valentines are heartless! :)
Feb-14-05  Knight13: Very good game. I like it!
Feb-14-05  Bobsterman3000: <Kevin86> Do you mean Greg "The Hammer" Valentine? LOL
Feb-14-05  ajile: well 4..Nxe4 is horrible.
Feb-15-05  CHEG: After 13 Nxg6?

13 ... fxg6 14 Qxg6+ Bg7 15 Qh7+ Kf7

Feb-15-05  BlazingArrow56: <CHEG> Then isnt 16. Bg6 mate or am I missing something?
Feb-15-05  aw1988: Nxg6 is much more accurate than Nxf7. Of course Nxf7 wins, but Nxg6 was a terrible blow. I would have played either, so long a win is brought forth. Yes, 16. Bg6 is mate.
Oct-05-06  prinsallan: Amusing position at the end with a BBQ on top ^^
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  MissScarlett: The Field, November 11th 1871, p.425:

<Game played Nov. 8, at the Westminster Chess Club, between Messrs Minchin and De Vere.>

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