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Christophe van de Loo vs M Hesseling
"Van de Loo Industries" (game of the day May-11-2009)
Weekend Tournament, Holland (1983)
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Traxler Counterattack King March line (C57)  ·  1-0



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Mar-17-13  cornflake: <DanielBryant: I was disappointed to learn that this one is a composition, but it no doubt still deserves a place on CG. This game is like chess on crack.>

Oh. Ok. never mind. That explains the fantastic tactics. If this wasn't a composition I'd rank it as probably one the greatest chess games ever played.

Jul-03-13  s0030135: In fact,white missed a mate in 3 by Re7+ on the 48th move.
Nov-26-13  pattydee: I love White's 19.Qa4 ( 19.Qg3 and White gets mated quickly after 19...Qd4+).

I disagree with King Death's comment that if 19...ab: 20.Nc6: is good for White. All I see after 20.Nc6:?? is 20...Qc4# 0-1.

A wild and crazy game. I feel sorry for players who avoid these crazy complications. They're missing a lot of fun.

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  scutigera: I have no idea why people sneer at this game just because it was composed rather than played -- problems are composed, and generally much less realistic. As Max Euwe said about Morphy's Opera Box Game, "While displaying no particularly deep planning, this game possesses an uncommon charm." There's room in chess for charm, I hope. Composed games, labelled as such of course, are a perfectly respectable way to enjoy it.
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  MJCB: The game - even if composed - is nice to enjoy, like R Steel vs NN, 1886 - also suspected to be a composition and also staging a hunted king turning hunter.
May-25-14  number 23 NBer: <pattydee> After 19...bxa4, the pawn no longer defends c4, so 20 Nxc6 can't be met by Qc4+, as that simply hangs the queen.
Aug-04-16  pumping707: What a wild game...kudos to white...still won the game.
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  Zhbugnoimt: Ridiculous composition, but extremely fun. Full of black missing mates though.
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  whiteshark: "The white player surely exists, he was an old clubmate of mine.

<The game however was invented by him.> He is/was probably one of the greatest connaisseurs of the Traxler-variation, certainly in The Netherlands.

You won't find his name in the database though, because <after he joined Baghwan <<<<>>>>> he had his name changed. <The black player doesn't exist.">

-- FM CountOfMonteCristo

Dec-22-16  j4jishnu: mind = blown. fcuk me, sideways.
Apr-25-17  7he5haman: What an amazing game!
Dec-04-17  ketchuplover: 49...Re2+ looks interesting to me
Feb-21-18  morfishine: This has to be the craziest chess game ever, but I have this nagging doubt that engine(s) would define the soundness (or unsoundness) of the posted move sequence. Please don't, just leave this one like this forever


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  ChessHigherCat: Great game and/or composition but I think Chris could've stopped'M Hessling him a little sooner with 41. Rec7 Re5 42. Rc8+ Re8 43. Rxe8+ Kxe8 44. c7. He would have spotted it if he had come back van de Loo like Kramnik did in toiletgate.
Apr-04-18  JSYantiss: <ketchuplover> 49...Re2+ is not possible.
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  whiteshark: <The Most Ridiculous Chess Game You'll Ever See> GM Niclas Huschenbeth has analysed this game here: (~ 16 mins)

Enjoy watching it w/ 1.25x speed ;)!!

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  whiteshark: <19.Qa4!! "Probably the most stunning theoretical novelty on record." -- Soltis>

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White to move

Even / better is ...

1) -0.41 (22 ply) <19.Qg4!!> Qf2+ 20.d4 Bxg4 21.Nxc6 a6 22.Kb4 Bd7 23.Nxd8 Qxd4+ 24.Ka5 Kxd8 25.Re1 b4 26.Be3 Qc4 27.b3 Qxc3 28.Rad1 Qb2 29.Kxb4 a5+ 30.Kc4 Qxg2 31.Rd2 Qe4+ 32.Kc3 Qe5+ 33.Rd4 Qxh2 34.Bd2 Bf5 35.b4 Qd6 36.Kb2 axb4 37.Bxb4

2) -0.91 (21 ply) 19.Qa4 bxa4 20.Nxc6 Bd3 21.b3 Rd6 22.Nxa7+ Kb7 23.Nc6 Ka8 24.g3 Qf6 25.Kb4 Rxc6 26.dxc6 Qd6+ 27.Kxa4 Qxc6+ 28.Ka3 Qxh1 29.Bb2 Qxh2 30.Re1 Qxd2 31.Re5 Kb8 32.Rc5 Qe3 33.Na4 Qe7 34.b4 Qd6 35.Bxg7

3) mated-in-6 (21 ply) 19.Kxc6 Qb4 20.Ne4 Qd4 21.Kxb5 Rxd5+ 22.Nc5 Rxc5+ 23.Ka6 Qb4 24.Kxa7 Ra5#

15.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

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  OhioChessFan: "The Dumbest Chess Game Ever Played"

GothamChess has a look, apparently unaware it's a composition.

Jan-24-22  LoveThatJoker: Along with <Whiteshark's> note from 2016, <sneaky pete's> post from 2005 (on page one of this game's comments) proves to me that this indeed was a composition. Heck of a composition, however!

NM Sam Copeland does a great job of video annotating this game on his "Best Games of the 1980s" lesson-series for


PS. For the record, here is sneaky pete's note from 2005,

"First published as "Blood-curdling chess" with notes by the "winner", Christophe van de Loo, in <Schakend Nederland>, March, 1984. "In one of those obscure English weekend tournaments last year, I played ... ". Black is given as a certain M. Hesseling from Germany. "Black's resignation after this (move 48.Rxg7..) was an annoying formality, that we both had rather left undone. It had, after all, been a thing of beauty which we had concocted together. Nothing is as fascinating as that which is absolutely irrelevant. Yes, maybe there is: the relevance in its best moments. But which best moments: that of the relevance or that of the fascination? "

Van de Loo had studied "The real American Wilkes-Barre variation" by Kenneth F. Williams and after 18... Nc6 (winning, according to Williams) had found 19.Qa4 .. (overlooked by Williams). As he realized it was very unlikely he would ever have an opportunity to play this novelty, he dreamt up this game, possibly with the help of his friend Hesseling".

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  MissScarlett: <Van de Loo had studied "The real American Wilkes-Barre variation" by Kenneth F. Williams and after 18... Nc6 (winning, according to Williams) had found 19.Qa4 .. (overlooked by Williams). As he realized it was very unlikely he would ever have an opportunity to play this novelty, he dreamt up this game, possibly with the help of his friend Hesseling".>

Unfortunately, <sneaky pete> omitted to give us his source for this.

Oct-15-22  sneaky pete: I am the source, that should be enough.
Oct-15-22  stone free or die: <sneaky pete> Ha, channeling you inner <MissScarlett>!
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  whiteshark: <sneaky pete: I am the source, that should be enough.> Knowing myself, I would not go that far. ;)
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  HeMateMe: I think it's safe to say that Hess' had his head in the Loo.
Oct-16-22  Chessius the Messius: I don't think so. "The Loo" actually is a Dutch palace.

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