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Henry Holwell Cole vs Frank Melville Teed
"Teed Off" (game of the day Dec-13-2010)
2nd Anglo-American Cable Match (1897), London ENG / New York USA, rd 1, Feb-12
Queen Pawn Game: General (D00)  ·  1-0



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Aug-25-05  EmperorAtahualpa: Wow, Teed sure was persistent here. He could have resigned after 33.Ka6 already.
Apr-21-09  WhiteRook48: and the pawn moves to a8 and becomes... a black queen
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  Phony Benoni: Maybe Black kept on playing because he was Teed off ... or, more likely, he was fighting to the last ditch for his team.

Besides, these bishop endings aren't always as straightforward as they seem. For example, see the kibitzing for this game: Capablanca vs Janowski, 1916

Dec-13-10  Elsinore: In a perfect world, this game would have been a draw.

Sometimes it seems like just gets lazy with the puns, doesn't it? "Teed Off"?? Terrible.

Dec-13-10  rilkefan: Does 25...Bd8/26...a6 hold?
Dec-13-10  AGOJ: The advantages for White at move 25 are a better bishop and a better king, but not that much better, and yet... Could Black have improved his play to draw?
Dec-13-10  AGOJ: <rilkefan> With 25...Bd8, followed by a6, Black will give the White king access to d5 and c6. The game would be lost then, surely.
Dec-13-10  Primoman: I think the game was lost at move 24. Nxd4+. Once white retakes, he has a king closer to the center and the bishop in the center. Really bad move, the question is could black salvage at least a draw if he played 24...Ne5 instead?

Black's king being far from the center may be his death knell.

Dec-13-10  ounos: I enjoyed how long it took white to realize he needs to somehow move his king out of the a file!
Dec-13-10  mastermind7994: I am not really impressed by the opening but nevertheless it was an interesting endgame.
Dec-13-10  Toleaz: The opening and middlegame were a borefest. Once there were Kings, minor pieces and pawns left, I was 100% sure it's a draw. Mr. Teed probably assumed the same and started to make little mistakes. As Bobby Fischer said: "Concentrate, one bad move can cost you a game!"
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  Domdaniel: A riven delly is a terrible thing to see.
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  Domdaniel: 'Teed off' is actually an excellent pun. The phrase has several meanings before we even get to Mr Teed and his unfortunate ending.

It's a euphemism for unhappy/angry, which Teed presumably was with the result. An interesting euphemism, with at least two sources: (a) rhyming slang with 'peed off', the minced form of 'pissed off', and (b) T'd off, from 'ticked off', which means both 'reprimanded' and 'was unhappy/angry/etc' ...

Then there's *golf*. To tee off is to begin a hole, and Mr Teed began plenty of holes during this game. As an Anglo-American match, it could be seen as the chess version of the Ryder Cup.

That enough, or will I go on?

Dec-13-10  desiobu: Is 23...Bc5 an improvement? Hitting f2 and slowing down the white king a little? E.g. 24. Bd4 Ne6 25. Bxc5 Nxc5 26. b4 Ne4 or 25. Kd3 Nxd4 26. Nxd4 a5

Not sure about this though, since the under-development of the black king will probably show soon.

Dec-13-10  Chessmensch: Frank may have been teed off, but Old King Cole was a merry old soul.
Dec-14-10  Calli: I think Black's idea of 23...Nc6?! and 24...Nxd4?? is a mistake. Here, tempos don't mean as much as covering the weak squares. Even losing a move and playing 24...Nb8! seems to keep White out of the Q-side.

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  kevin86: A classic B+P ending. The pun is a bit of gallows humor with it being 12 degrees and icy and snowy on the ground. Mr. Punster-here's some COLE in your stocking.
Oct-22-12  Abdel Irada: Although White faltered a few times, this game offers an instructive demonstration of how to make a small advantage count in a bishop ending.
Oct-18-14  ljfyffe: <Willism Napier Ewart Napier, Brooklyn's original Boy Wonder, would many years after the fact write thcat a pioneer in the Exchange Variation of the Ruy Lopez was Franklin Melville Teed. Teed, Napier wrote, was "one of America's most popular powerful players. Business kept him out of serious play, and he is well described as a master 'without portfolio".> (Writings in Chess History: John Hilbert.
Oct-18-14  ljfyffe: William Ewart Napier--should begin the paragraph.
Oct-23-14  ljfyffe: write that a pioneer..
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  Messiah: What a terrible pun.
Dec-17-21  Sally Simpson: Hi Messiah,

It is inTeed a terrible pun.

Dec-17-21  ndg2: What an excellent pun!

What's to complain about is it's a 19th game but there isn't a shred of romanticism about it. Just cooly calculated, success oriented chess.

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