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Paris Chess Club vs City of London
"Plaster of Paris" (game of the day May-30-2016)
Correspondence game (1834) (correspondence), London ENG - Paris FRA
Italian Game: Classical. De la Bourdonnais Variation (C53)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-26-06  Total Blunder: According to the Wikipedia (, there should be another game played between these cities, whose opening must be the French Defence...
Feb-27-08  wolfmaster: "Hadrian's Wall"
Jan-19-09  thebribri8: "A Tale of Two Cities"
Jan-19-09  ILikeCheese: paris...
they eat...
May-08-12  Anatooly Homedepotov: 27. ...Qg3!!!

BRILLIANT MOVE, this is the famous game where the spectators showered the board with gold pieces, they were so thrilled by the sight of the black queen and rook landing in a nest of pawns and exposed to capture. White can't capture either piece, of course, as disaster will follow.

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  TheAlchemist: Haha, I'm sorry I only noticed your comment just now, great!
Sep-16-12  AKE88: Beautiful game.
Sep-16-12  thomastonk: <Anatooly: ".. this is the famous game where the spectators showered the board with gold pieces .."> Most unlikely I assume, because this game had been played by correspondence.

Maybe you confused it with S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912.

And here is further information on the gold coins:

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  harrylime: London is bigger than Paris.
Mar-05-14  dernier thylacine: TO HARRYLIME:

but Paris was better in chess, like Napoleon better than Wellington in war, because at Waterloo, without the arrival of Bl├╝cher.... I imagine you can guess the rest, even not being a french genius! It's just a joke, of course...

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  al wazir: After 31. Bd4! Bxd4 (31...Qg5/Qh4 32. Bxb6 cxb6 33. g3; 31...Nxg4 32. fxg3 Nxe2+ 33. Kh2) 32. Qxd4 Nxd4 33. fxg3 Nxe2+ 34. Rxe2, Black has had the proverbial weenie.
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  piltdown man: A sale of two titties.
May-30-16  offramp: There's nothing brilliant about 27...Qg3. The f-pawn is pinned, and so is the g-pawn.
May-30-16  Cheapo by the Dozen: Is the win just Be8/Bd4/soon queen the pawn?

Or am I overlooking something quicker?

May-30-16  morfishine: After < 26.exd7> it was the worst of times for Black
May-30-16  RandomVisitor: Worth a diagram, after 27...Qg3

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+3.73/32 28.Bb2 Rff8 29.Bf5 Qg5 30.Rd1 Rad8 31.Kh1 Bb8 32.Re3 Ne5 33.Rg3 Qf4 34.b5 axb5 35.axb5 c6 36.bxc6 bxc6 37.Bxe5 Qxe5 38.Qxc6 Rf6 39.Qb6 Qe7 40.Rd5 Rff8 41.Rf3 Rg8 42.Qd4 Rgf8 43.Bg4 Rxf3 44.gxf3 Bc7 45.f4 Rxd7 46.Bxd7 Qxd7 47.Kg2 Qf7 48.Qe3 Kg8 49.f5 Kh7 50.Rb5 g6 51.Qb3 Qf6

+3.61/32 28.Rc1 Rff8 29.Bg4 Rad8 30.Qb2 Ne5 31.Bxe5 dxe5 32.Rxc7 Qh4 33.Rxb7 Bd4 34.Qd2 Kh7 35.Rc7 g6 36.Rc6 h5 37.Be6 Rf4 38.b5 axb5 39.axb5 Kg7 40.Rc4 Qe7 41.Rc8 Rff8 42.Qa2 Qh4 43.Rxd8 Qxd8 44.Kh1 Qb6 45.Qd5 Qc7 46.Qc6 Qb6 47.f3 Qa5 48.Ba2 Rd8 49.Qd5 Qc3 50.Qf7+

+3.45/32 28.Ba1 Rff8 29.Rd1 Bb6 30.a5 Ba7 31.Bg4 Rad8 32.b5 axb5 33.a6 Ne5 34.Bxe5 Qxe5 35.Qxc7 g6 36.Qxd6 Qxd6 37.Rxd6 h5 38.Bf3 bxa6 39.e5 Bc5 40.Rc6 Bb4 41.e6 Be7 42.Rxa6 Kg7 43.Re3 b4 44.Bd5 Rb8 45.Ra7 Rbd8 46.Bc4 Rf4 47.Bd3 Rd4 48.Rg3 g5 49.Re3 Kf6 50.Rb7 Rd5

May-30-16  RandomVisitor: As <Total Blunder> points out above, these two teams must have played another correspondence game in 1834:

From Wikipedia

The French Defence is named after a match played by correspondence between the cities of London and Paris in 1834 (although earlier examples of games with the opening do exist). It was Chamouillet, one of the players of the Paris team, who persuaded the others to adopt this defence.

May-30-16  morfishine: Hold it, London got plastered, this play on word doesn't make sense
May-30-16  The Kings Domain: Love these vintage gems. Fine skill displayed by both sides.
May-30-16  offramp: One would think wouldn't one that a GROUP of players from a STRONG chess club thinking TOGETHER with DAYS and DAYS to think about their moves would be as infallible as Komodo 10.0.

Not so! Black played GARBAGE!

May-30-16  mccarthpm: zugswang-all black moves weaken and the pawn can be excge for a piece-B to the e8 shod finish it
May-31-16  Moszkowski012273: 32...Bxf2 REALLY had to be played.
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  kevin86: London Broiled!
Jun-01-16  morfishine: <kevin86> Good one! Well done lol
Jun-01-16  ossipossi: I can't fail to obsrerve that both Paris and London choose a <Made in Italy> opening ;)

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