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City of London vs City of Athens
"Greek Gift" (game of the day Aug-04-2011)
City corr (1897) (correspondence)
King Pawn Game: Alapin Opening (C20)  ·  0-1



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Aug-04-11  ounos: This is back at the times where Greece, as a political entity, was just Peloponnesus, Central Greece, Thessaly, and some islands -- not even Crete.
Aug-04-11  zealouspawn: How many Englishmen does it take to spot a mate in two? More than they had, apparently.
Aug-04-11  LIFE Master AJ: Hmm. Bad play by White, but nice finish.
Aug-04-11  Sho: Academically what is the referent of pun, i.e. what is the "gift" received by the Greeks?
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  whiteshark: <Sho>
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  whiteshark: <Sho> Greek gift sacrifice
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  whiteshark: <Sho>
Aug-04-11  Sho: Wow...prompt service--thanks whiteshark.

Irony: between posts my wife and son (5) just came home from the aqauriam with stories, stickers, and coloring books of great white sharks. Funny.

Aug-04-11  DrMAL: Lots of beer sold in that London pub...
Aug-04-11  cunctatorg: Back in 1897 (during the first Olympiad of modern times?) the "Greek" (City of Athens)Chess Team had had to be consisted by foreign visitors, Englishmen perhaps! There wasn't back then any serious chess in Greece; none of it!
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  whiteshark: <Sho> Wondrously and peculiarly interwoven we are. Simply delightful, indeed. :D
Aug-04-11  goodevans: This was a correspondence game??!!!
Aug-04-11  Funicular: I'll bet the postman knew little about chess, and as he ripped the envelope open and replied himself with Bxd8 he thought "hehe, i'm winning the game by myself". He told all his friends he had replied alone and had won a queen to the greeks. Then when the reply came he did not dare deliver the letter, nor translate the greek words of laughter written below. I bet the first ":P" smiley was used. As in "Bg4! :P"
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  playground player: The whole city of London produced this cock-up? Yikes!
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  kevin86: If London had performed this bad during "the Blitz",we all would be speaking German.
Aug-04-11  The HeavenSmile: "Beware Greeks Bearing Gifts" would be better and more appropriate title
Aug-04-11  ajile: They lost because they didn't have Rybka.
Aug-04-11  crazyedmen: 6 ..:bxf2 seems already devastating..
Aug-04-11  Mkhitar: classic game for that time
Aug-04-11  felix90: I prefer 10 Nd4 ... ;)
Aug-04-11  50movesaheadofyou: Of course they won, they had Zeus.
Aug-04-11  rapidcitychess: A Legal's Mate couldn't have been done better by a judge.
Aug-09-11  50movesaheadofyou: Another mini with the same finish:

1.e4 e5
2.Nf3 Nf6
3.Nxe5 Nc6
4.Nxc6 dxc6
5.d3 Bc5
6.Bg5 Nxe4
7.Bxd8 Bxf2+
8.Ke2 Bg4#

Vanderhallen vs. Skjoldan, EU ch -U10, Mureck 1998. it's not in this database.

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  FSR: <Aug-04-11 crazyedmen: 6 ..:bxf2 seems already devastating..>

6...Bxf2+? 7.Kxf2 Ng4+ 8.Qxg4!

May-07-15  A.T PhoneHome: Despite the very unfortunate outcome for London, one positive can be found from this game:

Not much paper or ink was wasted!

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