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Weaver Warren Adams vs Walter Shipman
"Waltership Downed" (game of the day Nov-05-2019)
USA-ch (1948), South Fallsburg
French Defense: McCutcheon. Lasker Variation (C12)  ·  1-0

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Nov-05-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: Yay! A two-name pun! (That both names are for the same player detracts not a whit.)
Nov-05-19
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  andrewjsacks: Fine idea for pun. Very well done.
Nov-05-19  dumbgai: Pretty crazy game, featuring 6 total queens over the course of the game.
Nov-05-19
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: A pun worthy of the game, and a game worthy of the pun. You weaved quite a warren of adamant wordsmanship!
Nov-05-19
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  al wazir: 31. Rc8+ Bc6 wins faster: 32. Rxc6+ bxc6 33. Qxc6+ Nc5 34. e6 d3 35. e7 d2 36. Rf1 d1=Q 37. Rxd1 Qxd1+ 38. Kh2 Qd2 39. e8=Q Qf4+ 40. Kh3 Qf5+ 41. Kg3 Qd3+ 42. Qe3, and black is out of checks.
Nov-05-19  spingo: <Cheapo by the Dozen: Yay! A two-name pun! (That both names are for the same player detracts not a whit.)>

I think the idea is that Watership Down was written by an Adams: Richard Adams. The name "Warren" helps out, of course.

Nov-05-19  goodevans:


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When Adams chose to trade Qs with <41.Qxd5+> he maybe thought Shipman would resign immediately in the face of a hopeless endgame. But Shipman saw hope, playing on for another 17 moves and gaining another Q in the process.

<41.Qb6+> would probably have brought about a quicker resignation, e.g. 41...Ka2 42.Rd2+ Kxa3 43.Qb2+ Ka4 44.Rd4+, winning Q for R. On the other hand it would have deprived us of Shipman's valiant attempt to rescue the game.

Nov-05-19  Ironmanth: Jeez! Incredible game; first time seeing it! Recall Walter Shipman, and his daughter Judith, at many a World and New York Open in the eighties and nineties. RIP, Walter - a gentleman and a scholar.
Nov-05-19
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  lproyect: Fascinating to see that this game was played in South Fallsburgh, a village in the heart of the Borscht Belt. In 1948, there must have been some basis for a chess tournament. Those were the days...
Nov-05-19
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  perfidious: Back in the 1970s, a friend gave me a bunch of back numbers of <Chess Review>, the oldest of which featured Adams on the cover bearing the description: Apostle of Aggression, following his win of the US Open in 1948 at Baltimore.

It was curious really that this event was even held outside NY City, which I believe was the only time from its inception in 1936 until sometime in the 1970s.

Walter was a decent fellow; we met numerous times at events during the 1980s, but only once at the board, a relatively quiet draw.

Nov-05-19
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  Check It Out: Exciting game. I had the feeling that white had several opportunities to end it quicker.
Nov-05-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: <spingo>,

Then the pun is even better than I realized!

Nov-05-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: Oh, right: rabbit warrens. The pun gets better all the time!
Nov-05-19  thegoldenband: Thanks, y'all, for the pun compliments! I think I submitted this one in 2014, and was pleased with it at the time, so it's nice to see it finally get its day. (And yes, the "Warren" and "Adams" parts were intentional, I'm pleased to say!)
Nov-08-19
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  Check It Out: This pun could be a contender for the upcoming CG awards thingy.
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