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Charlie Chaplin vs Samuel Reshevsky
"Checkers is for Tramps" (game of the day Jun-18-2017)
New York (1923) (other), New York, NY USA
Russian Game: Modern Attack (C43)  ·  0-1



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Mar-22-04  Minor Piece Activity: It's too bad Diggitydawg isn't here to put it into one of his collections. What ever happened to Diggitydawg?
Premium Chessgames Member This game is probably a hoax;
yet it is interesting enough for us to include it. See Edward Winter's Chess Notes
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  kevin86: Rush Limbaugh once said,"A celebrity is a person who is famous for being famous".

Celebrity chess is usually bad chess;while there are a few good players,most are dog meat against even an average master.

How about this horrible idea? Celebrity firefighting,celebrity plumbing,and celebrity construction. YECCHHHH!

The other idea is just as bad;non celebrities putting on a show--oh we have that one-it's called "reality TV" double yecccchhh!!

Mar-22-04  Dillinger: Better than being famous for being loud.
Mar-22-04  TheTurk: theres a famous song of mine called
"rush limbaugh; evil blimp".
Mar-22-04  Kingsac: for real? post the lyrics!!
Mar-22-04  TheTurk: kingsac: id love to but they arent really appropriate for chess chat. -sorry guys for talking about something other than chess here.- ill email them to you if you want.
i got the record downstairs i think.
Dec-13-04  GreenDayGuy: I liked white's position until 20. g3. I think that 20. h3 would have been better. If 20... b4, then white has 21. Rd3!? leading to some interesting consequences.
Apr-14-05  RookFile: Tell you what I think Charlie
Chaplin played a great game...
for him. This is certainly a
better game than Dave Letterman
versus Kasparov or Kasparov taking
on Boris Becker.
Jan-07-06  LancelotduLac: <Rookfile> Only the game was never played ... it is a hoax. See the link above.
Sep-16-07  popski: Hoax?! Heh, upper link is hoax!
Apr-16-08  devioustalfan: let's see Charlie Chaplin was an actor. How many actors play chess? honestly!
Aug-23-09  WhiteRook48: 12 0-0-0: castling into it
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  GrahamClayton: Here is a publicity photo of Chaplin and Reshevsky from 1921:

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  HeMateMe: I don't see Chuck's moustache. Was that real, or did he just glue one on for the movies?

I daresay Chaplin was more brilliant in his field, than Sammy was in his. Charlie C. came over here from England, performing with 3 other brits as a vaudville quartet. One of the other guys also became well known as a solo performer, but was not as big as Chaplin.

Jul-08-11  Igor Egin: It was a simulateonous game. Young Sammy was only 12.
Jul-08-11  goodevans: <HeMateMe: ... I daresay Chaplin was more brilliant in his field, than Sammy was in his.>

Whilst chess ability can be measured, standings in the field of art and entertainment are largely subjective.

I'm much more a fan of Reshevky's than Chaplin's. I simply don't find his films terribly interesting. I do, however, admire the way he stood up for his beliefs against Nazism and McCarthyism.

Jun-14-14  dchrist: 17. Nxe7?! (Qe4 Bxf5 Qxf5 better)
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  moronovich: My name is Bond


Oct-02-14  MarkFinan: I think old Chappers did okay until Nxe6. Even then I doubt most of us would have done any better, plus he seemed to have a good understanding of the game.
Jun-18-17  actinia: if this game was presented to me as a modern game between two super-grandmasters, among other games to study, I would play over it, try to absorb what I could, think: "huh, that's interesting" and then move on, without ever questioning it.
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  MissScarlett: As the above link is now behind a paywall, the crux:

<A decade or so ago we noted that the following alleged game between Chaplin and Reshevsky had been published on page 414 of Sah Cartea de Aur by Constantin Stefaniu (Bucharest, 1982), with a claim (devoid of any source) that it had been won by Reshevsky in New York in 1923....>

Chess Notes, 2875

Jun-18-17  The Kings Domain: Fun game. Chaplin was a decent amateur, he held up well against the master. One wonders why he resigned, perhaps shooting had to resume and he had to drop the game. :-)
Jun-18-17  rea: "I don't see Chuck's moustache. Was that real, or did he just glue one on for the movies?"

He grew it to mock Hitler, who no one had heard of in '21, when the picture was taken.

Jun-18-17  RandomVisitor: "in his autobiography, Chaplin devotes two pages to the little prodigy of Chess and confesses not knowing how to play."

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