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Johannes Zukertort vs Unknown Chess Club
"The First Rule of Chess Club..." (game of the day Dec-09-2013)
Postal (1868) (correspondence)
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation (B46)  ·  1-0



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Feb-07-06  Knight13: Hey nice game. Suprised to see no kibitzing on this one. Unknown Chess Club is not bad at all, huh?
May-23-09  WhiteRook48: this game is crazy!
Dec-09-13  MountainMatt: 38...Re4?!?! doesn't make any sense to me, but other than that the UCC did indeed put up a good fight against master Zukertort.

Love the pun too :)

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  offramp: How did Zukertort address his letters?
Dec-09-13  Gambit All: Knight 13 it's only been 'Game of the Day' for a few minutes... A nice finish but overall I thought the game was rather lame. Lots of stalling moves then black blunders away a Rook for Bishop exchange. Zuke is underappreciated and it is a good positional game from the 'Romantic Era' - but nothing memorable.
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  morfishine: I never heard of the "Unknown Chess Club"

After 28...Qxd4 29.cxd4 Rc7 Black is safe


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  Honza Cervenka: <morfishine: After 28...Qxd4 29.cxd4 Rc7 Black is safe >

Well, I think that white is still clearly better there due to bad LS Bishop of Black.

But I don't know why white did not play simply 26.gxf5? After 26...exf5 27.e6 Nxe6 28.Qf6 Nd8 29.Nxf5 black is toast and 26...gxf5 27.Nxf5! is not much better for him.

Dec-09-13  TheaN: <Gambit All: Knight 13 it's only been 'Game of the Day' for a few minutes>

Even moreso fueling his statement, because his was made in 2006 ^^.

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  kevin86: I'll start a rumor that this was the Custer Chess Club-that they remained unknown because they didn't want to be Siouxed.

They ran out of aces at the end.

Dec-09-13  artemis: <offramp: How did Zukertort address his letters?>

Very Carefully!

In all seriousness though, looking at the game, I find that many times I can reach a superior position, like white's position after black has played move 29, but then somehow I miss the critical moment and open the position late and lose my advantage and the game peters out into a drawn endgame (many of which I end up winning anyway).

The point is this: why is 30 h6 played here? It looks like white should be seeking to open up the kingside, not partially close it down.

The only logic that I can see is that it removes black's rook from the g file and white feels that this file will be the one to open (eventually). Can someone else enlighten me on another point to this move please?


Dec-09-13  artemis: 28. ... Qxd4 29. cxd4 Rc7 30. a5, and black is not going to have a fun time of this defense. White's huge space advantage and far superior bishop will win out. There are way too many branching variations here, but one continuation (by no means the best!) is:
30. ... bxa5 (trying to create a queenside target and get some pawns off of the light squares. The bishop now has a potential path to activity!) 31. bxa5 Rc3 (perhaps Kh8 is better, but this looks like the most active approach) 32. Be7 and now white can get a very good position if 32. ... Rgc7 (?) 33. gxf5 exf5 34. Nxf5 Rxg3 35. Rxg3 Rc1+ 36. Kg2

probably better is 32. ... Rf7 33. gxf5 ef5 34. hxg6 hxg6 and black has some significant untangling to do (note 34. ... Nxg6 35. e6 and white is superior). Even once his untangling is finished, white will still have the far superior bishop, regardless of the rest of the moves.

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  offramp: < MountainMatt: 38...Re4?!?! doesn't make any sense to me, but other than that the UCC did indeed put up a good fight against master Zukertort.>

It looks like they went postal.

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  MarkThornton: Zukertort later rose to be one of the top 2 players in the World, but he was probably still developing his strength in 1868. Even so, the Unknown Chess Club put up impressive resistance and made Johannes work for his victory.
Dec-09-13  the.raven: ... you don't talk about Chess Club !! the second rule of the Chess Club - you DON'T TALK ABOUT CHESS CLUB !! The third rule - if someone says "I give up" or shakes hands, stops clock, the game is over. 4th rule - only two players in a game. 5th rule - One game at a time. 6th rule - No phones, no talk. 7th rule - Games will go on as long as the time runs out. 8th rule - if this is your first night at the Club, you have to play.
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  morfishine: <Honza Cervenka> Its always a pleasure to follow your posts. Of course, my comment about 28...Qxd4 was made purely with the benefit of hindsight. Yet the more I look at it, 28...Qc7 appears downright bad as Black seems oblivious to the catastrophe awaiting him. I wonder why Black would play thus without prospect of freeing his Queen with effect? And against Zukertort of all players?

Zukertort no doubt pondered 26.gxf5, perhaps he just wasn't in the mood


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  Honza Cervenka: <Zukertort no doubt pondered 26.gxf5, perhaps he just wasn't in the mood>

Maybe he has missed 26.gxf5 exf5 27.e6!!, which is not so obvious as after that white must see 27...Nxe6 28.Qf6! with next Nxf5 and calculate all possible replies of black. Maybe he saw that after 26.gxf5 exf5 27.h5?! Ne6 black is just fine and decided to play 26.h5 immediately without investigating of alternatives of 27.h5 after exchange on f5, which was the move he probably planned to play in advance.

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  thegoodanarchist: DON'T talk about chess club! LOL awesome pun.

I just may rent fight club again.

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  thegoodanarchist: Move 36 would make a good Thursday puzzle.
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  thegoodanarchist: Is there a game of the day named "Going Postal"?

That would be a good pun for a postal game.

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  Phony Benoni: <thegoodanarchist>: N Johansson vs R Rey Ardid, 1933. And possibly R Vokroj vs A Postl, 2000
Dec-09-13  RandomVisitor: After 35.f5:

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Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[-0.77] d=17 35...exf5> 36.axb5 Rc4 37.Qf2 axb5 38.Bxf5 d4 39.Rd1 Qc7 40.Bd3 Rxc3 41.Qxd4 Ne6 42.Qe3 Rb3 43.Rc1 Qe7 44.Rc2 Rxb4 45.Rf2 Rh4+ 46.Rh3 Qb4 47.Bf1 Rf4

Dec-09-13  RandomVisitor: After 37.Qf2:

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Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[+0.00] d=18 37...Qc7> 38.Bxg6 Rh4+ 39.Kg2 d4+ 40.Kf1 Nxg6 41.Rxg6 Qc4+ 42.Qe2 Rf4+ 43.Ke1 Qxc3+ 44.Qd2 Qa1+ 45.Qd1 Qc3+ 46.Qd2 Qa1+ 47.Qd1 Qc3+ 48.Qd2 Qa1+ 49.Qd1 Qc3+ 50.Qd2 Qa1+ 51.Qd1 Qc3+ 52.Qd2 Qa1+

Dec-10-13  Maladetta: <artemis> There are a few benefits to 30.h6!. The move takes away the g7 square from Black's Rook (so the Rook can no longer contest the g-file, where all the action comes later) and it creates a long-term threat of mate/tactics around g7. Furthermore the h6 is a "potential passed pawn," and Black must forever worry about sacs on g6 that could help promote that pawn.

Taking on g6 (30.hxg6?), by contrast, would open up White's own K-side and make it easy for Black to defend.

Compare the following game, where Bronstein on his 19th move as Black begins a plan to lock down White's K-side by means of a rook pawn sprint: Tolush vs Bronstein, 1944

This gives Black a decisive edge way later in the endgame. Pretty sweet, huh?

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  thegoodanarchist: < Phony Benoni: <thegoodanarchist>>

Thanks, Phony!

Dec-11-13  Moszkowski012273: 36...Nxg6 could of drew this game
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