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Viktors Pupols vs Jerald Meyers
Lone Pine (1976), Lone Pine, CA USA, rd 7, Mar-13
Benoni Defense: Benoni-Indian Defense. Kingside move order (A43)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-03-05  PaulLovric: the "old" old benoni tirck
Jan-19-06  RonB52734: Amazing... White castles on move 40!
Jan-27-06  RonB52734: I spoke with Jerry Meyers, who confirmed that this is indeed his game. It was published in Chess Life magazine in the late 70s.
Aug-05-07  sneaky pete:

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"My opponent was positively beaming after making his move, since he was expecting me to resign. It is not an exaggeration to say that my next move caused him to fall off his chair. <40.0-0-0!!> The thematic move in such positions. (...) If I had shouted <CHECK!> following my 40th move, my opponent would certainly have touched his King - thereby giving the TD a headache when receiving the inevitable protests."

Viktors Pupols.

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  whiteshark: A marvellousness anecdote !!!
Thanks <sneaky pete> !!!
Feb-10-11  Dr. J: But why would Black expect resignation? White could also draw with 40 Re3+ K-whatever 41 Kd1 Rh1+ 42 Rd1.

Tim Krabbe calls this the 103rd most fantastic chess move ever.

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  wordfunph: <sneaky pete> nice story, thanks :)
May-19-12  Dr. J: Follow-up: it seems 40 Re3+ might even be good enough to win. I beat Crafty EGT with 40 Re3+ Kf6, 41 Kd1 Rd8+ 42 Kc1 Rdd2 43 Rc3 Ra2 44 Rxa2 Rxa2 45 Rc6+ Ke5 46 f3 Kd5 47 Rf6 Ke5 48 Rb6 Kd4 (may be a mistake: 48...Kf4 49 Rf6+ Ke5 might be better) 49 f4 Ke4 50 Rf6 Kd5 51 Kb1 and White eventually won.
May-29-12  Dr. J: Well, this is curious! Today Crafty EGT is playing differently: 40 Re3+ Kf6 41 Kd1 Rxf2 drawing easily.
Apr-28-13  tarashi88: 59...Ra3 (draw) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jun-17-13  tarashi88: 65. f6 (Win in 29)
Sep-30-15  QueensideCastler: What Pupils did not realise was that he could have delayed castling with a few cunning checks: 40. Re3+ ...Kf6 (perhaps Myers would have causually have played 40...Kd6 - who knows?)

40...Kd6 41. 0-0-0+ wins the rook and the game subsequently.

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  FSR: One of the lastest instances of castling ever, although Tim Krabbé managed to find two instances where Black did so on move 48. They are Somogyi vs R Black, 2002 and M Neshewat vs R R Garrison, 1994.
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