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W Cooke vs Mary Rudge
"Something About Mary" (game of the day May-11-2004)
Armstrong Cup (1890), Dublin, Jan-25
Scotch Game: Classical Variation (C45)  ·  0-1



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May-11-04  weary willy: Once again, the significance of a game eludes me. So who is Mary? ... not another star of stage and screen? Cos I can't think why else this game is worth playing over.
May-11-04  Dudley: In 1890 there weren't too many grandmasters and the Scotch has not been seen much since then , until Kasparov revived it. I would say the game has historical interest and shows that there were some lady chess players even in Dublin in the 19th century.
May-11-04  kampchess: See the interesting article on women in chess on the chess cafe site
Looks like Mary was a 19th century female Kramnik in style
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  kevin86: I like the final move-a nice case of removing the guard.
May-11-04  dac1990: 25. Bxa7 was too greedy. I'm a 1300 USCF and even I know that.
May-11-04  kciredoresoj: I've never seen an ending like this one, that move was very ingenious.
May-12-04  Lawrence: Hi <kciredoresoj>, glad to see your first posting. Welcome. Is your name as difficult to pronounce as it looks? Well, not difficult for you obviously.
Feb-06-05  cade: Funny final position. Both Blacks Q and R are en prise yet she has an overwhelming win.
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  Domdaniel: < Both Blacks Q and R are en prise yet she has an overwhelming win. >

But it's the fact that White's *King* is attacked that takes priority.

I see this was played in the Armstrong, still the leading team event in Dublin. When I lived there I played in it a few times, including one season on board one.

There may be slightly more women playing now, but there's still a way to go.

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