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Walter Montagu Gattie vs George Hatfeild Gossip
London (Vizayanagaram) (1883), London ENG
Queen Pawn Game: Chigorin Variation (D02)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-24-07  Karpova: <That G.H.D. Gossip could not expect equitable treatment from Zukertort and Hoffer’s magazine the Chess Monthly was shown by pages 102-103 of the December 1883 issue, which reviewed the London, 1883 tournament book. Although Gossip (‘this tedious mediocrity’) had played only in the minor (Vizayanagaram) tourney, almost half the extensive review was given over to an attack on him. Regarding his win over G.A. MacDonnell the Monthly commented, ‘the latter played like a child, and that game ought not to have been published’. The tournament book (pages 336-339) also had Gossip’s notes to his game (as Black) against W.M. Gattie, which had begun 1 Nf3 Nc6 and eventually reached this position:

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Here Gossip played 41…Bf5 and wrote:

‘The only possible move to avoid loss. In this extremely difficult and interesting position Black took 25 minutes for reflection before writing down his 41st move at the adjournment.’

The Monthly scoffed:

‘We have examined the “extremely difficult and interesting position” and can only say if it took Mr Gossip 25 minutes to find such an obvious move, how long would it have taken him to find a really difficult move? Well, the answer is easy enough: he would not have found it at all.’>

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  offramp: The position looks fairly level:

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White's bishop on c3 is attacked. He protects it with 46. Qb2. But Black sees a really good move: 46...Qe7!
This threatens ...Qxe2 and ...Qe3+ followed by taking that pesky c3♗.
White played 47. Kf1 and Black replied 47...Bh3+. There followed 48. Ke1 Bg4 49. Nb1.

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49...Nf5 50. Qd2 Qe4 51. Qd3.

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And now 51...Qh1+ looks very good. Instead Gossip went for the win of a pawn with 51...Qxe2+.

As compensation White had a godd king's position. Black avoided a draw, and then,

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offered an exchange of knights. 61...Nf7.
But a few moves later:

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64.h3! Suddenly White has a won position!

But White forgets to triangulate on various occasions and the game is drawn.

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