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H W Russner vs Carl Walcker
"Bum's Rushher" (game of the day Jan-21-2005)
Cracow - Warsaw m (1942), Warsaw POL, Jun-28
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Modern Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  0-1



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Nov-05-04  Saruman: <aw1988> You might try Tim Krabbe's website and try to find a even longer game that you can submit here;
Jan-10-05  Minor Piece Activity: <offramp> Is this the game you were talking about earlier? You seem right, the themes are very close to if not the same as the D Byrne-Fischer game. Who was this Walcicer guy anyway? 24...Bc4 looks cool btw.
Jan-15-05  offramp: This is the game. It wouldn't surprise me if Fischer had seen it.
Jan-21-05  ajile: 5.CXD5 seems bad to me. After this move Black just piles on the pressure on D4 until White breaks. White doesn't need to relieve the pressure he gets on D5 from the C4 pawn. He can finish development and then castle.
Jan-21-05  Novice713: Look at all those captures near the end. In about 5 moves all the pieces disappear except one bishop each.
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  Sneaky: Wow, shades of D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956, that's pretty cool.
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  kevin86: The idea of sac-ing the queen to the bishop to start a combination of taking a bishop-is very much like the Fischer game of 1956!

I,especially enjoy the finish-with all of the captures on f2 leading to the loose rook being left out to dry. The two extra pawns-of course-win easily.

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  patzer2: White's 8. Bc4?! may be an opening error. Although Alekhine managed to lose with the Black pieces after 8. Bc4?! Nc6 in L Engels vs Alekhine, 1936, Smejkal seems to have improved on Alekhine's play following 8. Bc4?! 0-0 with a nice win in Pribyl vs Smejkal, 1967.

In any event, the more popular 8. Rb1, as in White's win in Bacrot vs McShane, 2004 or the draw in Peter Nielsen vs Carlsen, 2005, is a better alternative.

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  patzer2: With 20...Bc3!, Black initiates a deflection combination, to simplify and force exchange to a won endgame position, two pawns up, as described above by <kevin86>.
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  patzer2: With the Black Queen "trapped," 15...Be6! springs a brilliant defensive combination to win a pawn and the game.
Jan-21-05  Castle In The Sky: <patzer2>For your analysis above, did you mean...15.gxf3?? ♗c3+! Thanks for the input.
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  patzer2: White's 15. Kf1??, allowing 15...Be6! , was a blunder. Also losing would have been 15. gxf3?? Bc3+! (Thanks for the correction <Castle In the Sky>. I've reposted the correction here).

Instead, White needed to try 15. Ke2!?, which traps the Black Queen and retains a slight advantage after 15...Nd4+ 16. Kf1! Be6!, or 15. Qxf3 Qxf3 16. gxf3 , with drawing chances against only a slight Black advantage

May-25-05  farrooj: very nice, close to the game of the century, indeed
Jun-11-10  BobCrisp: Can anyone help wrestle the circumstances of this game from obscurity? I know it appears in Alekhine's <107 Great Chess Battles 1939-1945> (which is a compilation of some of Alekhine's annotations) but two otherwise unknown players and Cracow/Warsaw, 1942 aren't much to go on.

Three possibilities suggest themselves:

1)Cracow/Warsaw was a minor inter-city event.

2)A correspondence game.

3)Another Alekhine invention.

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  LIFE Master AJ: Nice game.
Jan-09-13  IndigoViolet: <Now, Henryk Konaszczuk (Zabrze, Poland) informs us that he has found the game on page 3 of Goniec Krakowski, 22 November 1942. It was played in Warsaw on 28 June 1942 in a match between Warsaw and Cracow. The players’ names were H.W. Russner and K.Walcker, and not Rüssher and Walcicer. K. Walcker won the championship of Cracow in 1940 and came second in 1941.>

The date has been corrected above, but why not the other details?

Mar-09-13  IndigoViolet: The title pun doesn't really work any more.
Dec-15-15  MasterCrabDreams: I'm not sure about that...
Dec-15-15  MasterCrabDreams: Bum's Rush = trailer poker
Aug-23-17  N.O.F. NAJDORF: I saw this game in the early to mid-1990s and was struck by the similarity of the move 15... Be6 to Fischer's move. The only other details I recalled were that it was played in Warsaw in 1942.

Unfortunately, I never got hold of a copy of the book over the years and, when I finally found a database of the book online, many games - including this one - were missing.

I've only just found it and it's like meeting an old friend for the first time in decades.

There are many other similarities: the opening, being a Gruenfeld Defence, white's king on f1, bishop on c4 and bishop on the a3 to f8 diagonal, threatening black's queen.

At this very moment, I have just come across a comparison of the two games, published by Edward Winter:

'Few combinations are unique, and there are often ‘variations on a theme’. A strange example is the so-called ‘Game of the Century’ won by the 13-year-old Fischer against Donald Byrne in the 1956 Rosenwald Trophy Tournament. It was a Grünfeld Defence, the climax to which came when Black ignored the attack on his queen by the white queen’s bishop and played ...Be6, with overwhelming threats to the white king at f1. Yet all that is exactly what also happened in the [above] game, played the year before Fischer was born.'

Aug-23-17  N.O.F. NAJDORF: I have only just noticed that Indigo Violet provided the same reference in 2013.

Yet I only found the article minutes ago...

Jul-01-22  newzild: The First Game of the Century!

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