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Robert Suess vs Othmar Zenker
WT/M/GT/261 (1989) (correspondence), ICCF, Sep-01
Dutch Defense: Blackmar's Second Gambit (A80)  ·  0-1



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Jul-18-05  soberknight: Dr. Suess makes a blunder fitting of his hilarious namesake, a favorite author of children's poems. How did this patzer ever get a rating of 2305?
Jul-18-05  aw1988: By not making blunders like this one.
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  tamar: "For Yertle, the King of all Sala-ma-Sond,
Fell off his high throne and fell Plunk! in the pond!"
Jul-18-05  Hektor: Perhaps this game was going to be the topic of his next book, which would go something like this...

"Would you not like those eggs so green?"
"I would not, could not with my queen!"

Nov-17-05  JYMMI: argh!!! what kind of person leave his queen for free? there are kids in my school that plays something better than it.
Dec-07-05  Chopin: Looks like the Dr. was asleep during the match. How could a 2305 rated player, play like a beginner?
Dec-07-05  lentil: if ICCF means "international correspondence chess federation" there is a tragicomic explanation: white screwed up an 'if' move.. "6. Bg5 if ANY, 7. Bc4" (OOOOPS!)
May-22-06  McCool: That was probably the worst blunder I've ever seen.
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  pawn to QB4: Here's the English contender, correspondence, some years back: 1.e4 b6 and, as lentil suggests, Black wrote, "2.any, Bb7". Game duly went 1.e4 b6 2.Ba6! Bb7 3.Bxb7 "any, 4.Bxa8"!
Jan-20-07  Tactic101: LOL! Why can't my opponents be as stupid? Didn't even look like he was playing awake. This has got to be a fake. Or maybe not. Well, in that case, how did he even get a 2305 rating? Maybe he just wrote it on the scorecard for fun.
Jan-29-07  LaSmitedCrab: ...this is the moment where I go insane....
Oct-10-07  patzerboy: Rather encouraging, actually. Players much better than I can still make egregious blunders.

I am not alone!

Oct-10-07  Nikita Smirnov: A big OOOPSS!!
Feb-19-09  MaxxLange: lentil must be right; an "any" move did this
oh well, he then had more time for his other games....
Sep-28-10  Whitehat1963: How the Zenker stole Christmas, or better yet, how Dr. Seuss gave it away.
Dec-15-10  Tigranny: Nice idea Whitehat1963.
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  Domdaniel: I imagine that White somehow thought the Bishop had gone to f5, protecting the pawn e4 (a reasonable move) ... and replied on autopilot.
Jan-06-22  JimmyVermeer: Wait, do people actually think this is that famous children's author? He doesn't even spell his name the same way. Or are they just trying to be funny?
Jan-06-22  Granny O Doul: The "if any" theory seems quite unlikely, as Bc4 would also fail badly against 6...b5, ...Be6, ...Qd5, ...Qxd4, ...h6, or ...Bh3.

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