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George Kramer vs Gustave Drexel
"Boy George" (game of the day Aug-19-2011)
USA-ch (1946), New York, NY USA, rd 17, Nov-13
Reti Opening: Reversed Blumenfeld Gambit (A09)  ·  1-0



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  chancho: In Reuben Fine's book: "The World's Great Chess Games." He considered this game to be Kramer's finest effort.

(beautiful sacrifices in this game)

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  chancho: A Tactical fest from the past.
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  technical draw: If George Kramer plays Haije J Kramer

it will be Kramer vs. Kramer hahahaha...

Aug-09-08  ravel5184: <technical draw> ROFL
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  technical draw: Well, two years waiting for some one to laugh but I finally got the chuckles.....TD
Aug-09-08  ravel5184: Notice I don't call you <TD> as everybody else does!
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  technical draw: <ravel5184> TD is for those that have been here for more than a year. For those less than a year the proper form of address is Dr. Draw or Hey you! whichever is to your liking.
Aug-09-08  ravel5184: Okay Hey you!
Aug-11-08  arsen387: some interesting mates that were avoided by blacks during the game.

If instead of 27..hxg6 black tried 27..Kg8 then 28.Nfxe7 Kf7 29.Qf5+ Ke8 30.Qxf8+ Kd7 31.Qf5+ Kd6 32.Be5# (31...Kc7 seems to avoid immediate mate but after 32.Rxa8 whites have overwhelming material advantage with myriads of threats)

If 28..Kg8 then nice mate is 29.Nxe7+ Kf7 30.Bxg6+ Kxg7 (the only move) 31.Bxh5+ Kh7 (Kh8 32.Qh6#) 32.Qg6+ Kh8 33.Qh6#

Aug-19-11  Oceanlake: A good argument against d5-d4.
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  Phony Benoni: I'll save you the trouble: Kramer was 17 at the time of this game. He was one of a promising group of U.S. youngsters who began to make their mark right after World War II, including Robert and Donald Byrne, Arthur Bisguier, Larry M. Evans, Hans Berliner, Walter Shipman, and others.
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  whiteshark: <chancho> Yes, indeed!
Aug-19-11  ossipossi: Please, what is the meaning of <10...Ng4>? Maybe Black wants to attack <e3> gaining a tempo for ... what, <11...f5> weakening e6 instead of a quiet <10...0-0>?
Aug-19-11  kellmano: That is one raging attack. I bet both players were exhausted at the end of this game. White permanently has back rank threats hanging over his head.
Aug-19-11  vsiva1: If d5 pawn is not there!. All are finally depended on d5 pawn. White has thought these moves, d5 suport and started attack after 25... Bxf1, what a great game! and ended in 39. Rxa8. From the position of 1 rook & 1 Knight less to 1 rook gain!
Aug-19-11  sfm: Wonder what the idea behind 15.-,Qb5 and then 16.-,Qa5 was. White would usually have to spend a precious move on playing Kh1 anyway, but here he gets it for free.

Maybe Black had planned 16.-,Rd8, but found out that 17.Ng5 could be nasty, and decided that he needed to cover the g5-square with his queen.

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  kevin86: What an attack! The pieces fly everywhere!

Like a monster truck race...

Aug-19-11  Fanques Fair: Nice attack, but why not what if 19 - ... Qxd5, or 20 - ... Qxd5 , or 21 - ...Qxd5 or yet 22 - Qxd5 ?
Aug-19-11  haydn20: As I played thru this game I liked 9...Bd6 better as I thought Be7 passive. Sure enough, Black shd have later played 17...Bd6 instead of Bd7? I also thought 12...f4 would give White headaches on e3. If 19...Nxd5 20. Bc2 g6 and White's attack rages on. 21...Qxd5 22. Bb3 Be6 23. Bxd5 Bxd5 24 Nf5 and 22...Qxd5 23. Bb3 etc.
Aug-19-11  newzild: This is a <Phony Benoni> with colours reversed. A very instructive attack by White, who methodically shuffled all his bits towards Black's King. He must have sacrificed on instinct, as I don't think it was possible to see all the variations after 27. Ng6+.
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  profK: A recommended game to get the brain working on a quiet Sunday morning.
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  GrahamClayton: 33. ♗xg6+! is a key move, allowing the White Queen to participate in the final few moves. 33. ♖xf6+ ♕xf6 loses for White.

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