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Don Wedding vs H Erwin
"White Wedding" (game of the day Aug-12-2012)
Telecomm theme corr (1994) (correspondence)
Grob Opening: Grob Gambit (A00)  ·  1-0



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Aug-12-12  xthred:

Billy Idol. "White Wedding"

Aug-12-12  rilkefan: Black seems to have played as if he wasn't allowed to attack the open white kingside. E.g. 18...Be5 looks really strong. Also ...Nf5 and ...Qd7 come to mind. Or ...dxe3 earlier to make use of the long diagonal and maybe plant the knight on d4.
Aug-12-12  Gambit86: 23...h5?? is just a bad bad move. Maybe he's never heard of en passant and learned it in this game.
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  Once: Maybe there is a solution to this puzzle. At first glance, 24...Bxh6 makes no sense...

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Who would allow the knight fork 25. Nf6+ in a correspondence game? Instead of the lemon 24...Bxh6, both 24... Be5 and 24... Bh8 look perfectly fine.

So we click onto Erwin's player profile and the penny (or should that be cent?) drops. We are into Bloodgood territory again. Three of Erwin's five games are against Bloodgood. He even manages to win one of them.

For the uninitiated, Claude Bloodgood was a reasonably strong chess player and felon who found a way to inflate his grades by arranging tournaments in prison against fellow inmates. Claude's opening of choice was the grob, as we see here.

So that probably explains:

(a) why Erwin didn't play particularly well.

(b) why the game had to be played as a telecomms correspondence

(c) why it was arranged as a grob theme opening tournament.

Mind you, we should not be too rude about H Erwin. His first game in the database was in the VAPEN tournament in 1972. This was the Virginia Pentitentiary Chess Programme established by Bloodgood. And in today's game we see him in action 22 years later in 1994.

So I'm guessing that he was not put in prison for something minor, like speeding or wearing a loud tie in a public place. Mr Erwin, if you're reading this, I'm sure you are a damn fine individual and a model citizen...

More on Claude Bloodgood here:

As to the game itself, what can we say? Almost certainly chosen for the punning opportunity.

Aug-12-12  newzild: <As to the game itself, what can we say? Almost certainly chosen for the punning opportunity.>

Yes, unfortunately after a run of very interesting GOTD games, we've reverted to "this game is rubbish but it lends itself to a pun so let's post it anyway so we can snigger like schoolboys" territory again.

Aug-12-12  The Last Straw: 23…h5?? Maybe "H Erwin" didn't know about en passant. Suddenly came out 24.gxh6! ♗xh6? 25.♘f6+ 1-0.
Aug-12-12  ZeejDonnelly: Hey little bishop what have you done?
Hey little bishop who's the only one?
Hey little bishop who's your superman?
Hey little bishop who's the one you want?
Hey little bishop shot gun!

It's a nice day for Erwin to start again.

This was a poor game, not GOTD quality in any respect.

Aug-12-12  zakkzheng: Wow a game that starts out with g4 wins!!!
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  fm avari viraf: Afterall, it's Wedding Bells.
Aug-12-12  Cemoblanca: White N Can Jump! :D

By the way: Cool movie! ;0)

Aug-12-12  Castleinthesky: While the pun is ok, I don't think this qualifies as a "Game of the Day". The blunder is one an average patzer like myself could make any day.
Aug-12-12  Abdel Irada: What was the purpose of posting this self-immolation? I see no evidence in it of either strategic depth or tactical virtuosity. I see only a flawed game in which White stood worse, if anything, until Black unaccountably blundered.
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  kevin86: "White Wedding was a title of an episode of GREY'S ANATOMY.
Jan-08-13  morfishine: Wedding Knight
Jan-08-13  morfishine: Wedding vowed revenge after their first game

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