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Wanda Zartobliwy vs Karol Wojtyla
"Papal Bull" (game of the day Mar-08-2015)
Krakow (composition) (1947) (probably analysis)
Queen Pawn Game: Veresov Attack. Two Knights System (D01)  ·  0-1



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Oct-31-05  ArturoRivera: wow, another pope playing chess, nice game!
Oct-31-05  2ndNature: I wonder who "W. Zartobliwy" really was - the name looks like being made up.
Oct-31-05  2ndNature: CG, it looks like you have been fooled!
Jun-04-08  ounos: 27. Rd3 Qxc4 28. Rxd7+, or 27. ...Qa4 28. Kxa2 should be winning for white, right?
Nov-02-09  vonKrolock: That link to the letter by Tomasz Lissowski
(Quarterly for Chess History, vol 4/2000) seems not to be working properly... quote <"Soon after the election of the Polish cardinal to the Pope's office (October 1978), some joking chess lover decided to outwit the editors of the French chess journal Europe Echecs. Playing roles of Pawel Zartobliwy from Malta and Michal Rodzaj from Portugal ("old, good friends of Karol Wojtyla from his student days"), he sent to the editor the record of the game Wanda Zartobliwy vs Karol Wojtyla (Cracow 1946), together with three problems, two-movers and three-movers. Two of them were allegedly published in the "RSK" - the weekly for cracowian students. Young Wojtyla's interest in composing chess problem was explained by the fact he had been a relative of Marian Wrobel (1907-1960), the well-known Polish author of chess studies. The editors of Europe Echecs, believing the truth of this information, published the game and problems in the January 1979 issue. A little later the same author made one more effort. This time he pretended to be the Holy Father himself (!) and on faked stationary of the Holy See he sent a personal letter to the editor of Europe Echecs, enclosed another problem, "not published until now". Also this correspondence failed to arouse any suspicion in the editorial office and was reprinted in the April issue of the journal in 1979.">
Dec-12-09  Red October: crap! I thought 1.BISHOP would have been this one
Feb-18-10  Mibelz: The game "Wanda ¯artobliwy vs. Karol Wojty³a'' is an apocryphal one.
Mar-08-15  offramp: So this fake is still being touted as genuine? Very poor.
Mar-08-15  SuperPatzer77: It was Pope John Paul II - his real name was Karol Józef Wojtyla


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  FSR: <offramp: So this fake is still being touted as genuine? Very poor.>

I think the <Bull> in <Papal Bull> is supposed to be the tip-off. But maybe this should have been GOTD on April 1 instead.

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  Phony Benoni: Spurious game can make fine GOTDs if they've got a bit of pizazz to it. Like Alekhine vs NN, 1915, E Z Adams vs Carlos Torre, 1920, Capablanca vs H Steiner, 1933, or even Nimzowitsch vs Systemsson, 1927. All fakes, but interesting conceptions, with plenty of room for discussion both inside and outside the moves.

This game has some brief moments, but for the most part it just seems like a couple of average-plus players flailing away at each other. I could have easily played either side, which to my mind proves it's not GOTD-worthy.

I say fire the scriptwriter.

Premium Chessgames Member This might have been saved for April 1st, but there is significance of its appearance today. Pursuant to a discussion on the Biographer Bistro (kibitz #9901), this is now the only surviving remnant of the spurious "Krakow 1938" hoax.
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  FSR: < ... the spurious "Krakow 1938" hoax>

Holy redundancy, Batman!

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  FSR: <Phony Benoni> Yeah, not exactly Prince Dadian of Mingrelia material.
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  MissScarlett: Nice pun, like something I could have come up with myself.
Mar-08-15  morfishine: White didn't stand a prayer in the face of this "Mass Attack"


Mar-08-15  Pirandus: Fake - as the Game Lenin vs. Gorki, etc.
Mar-08-15  TheTamale: Many Catholics now refer to John Paul II as "John Paul the Great." My source: the Catholic radio station here in town.
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  MissScarlett: <this is now the only surviving remnant of the spurious "Krakow 1938" hoax.>

Well, not quite: K Plater vs H Ropstorff, 1938

Elsewhere it will live on, e.g.:

But to clarify, this isn't a remnant of <Krakow 1938>, because it's meant to date from 1947, but it is a reminder.

Mar-08-15  mruknowwho: I think 25.Qxf6 was incorrect. There wasn't a good reason for breaking the tension between the queen and enemy bishop that easily.
Mar-08-15  Cheapo by the Dozen: <FSR>,

The timing is perhaps due to it having the same opening as today's puzzle game.

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  kevin86: Not a bad game...if genuine.
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  MissScarlett: <sneaky pete>'s pun, <a fish called Wanda> is even better, because the Pope is meant to be a <fisher of men>.
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  Penguincw: < more games of W Zartobliwy >

That awkward moment when both players have only one game in the database. Who do you link "more games" to?

Apr-05-21  Tadeusz Nida: uniq great john paul 2, religious, moral, ethical encyclopedic topics, poles who made it to 100 & beyond, be grateful for mouthful of goodies: /katyn /stuletni

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