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Vincent Rothuis vs Fridrik Olafsson
"Oh laugh, son!" (game of the day Sep-10-2007)
Euwe Stimulans (2007), Arnhem NED, rd 7, Aug-24
Modern Defense: King Pawn Fianchetto (B06)  ·  0-1



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  al wazir: Why 26. Ke5 instead of Kf3 ? Why did the white ♔ impale himself on the ♙ pickets?

26...Qe4 is also mate.

Sep-10-07  wouldpusher: Ouch to the complications!

Maybe an earlier ♖ from h3 to h1 to g1 maneuver could have neutralized the grip on the g-file. Or 18. ♗g5 might have blocked the sensitive g-file. I think White's 18th and 19th move were serious waste of time that should have been used to defend.

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  MarkThornton: Jon Speelman recently annotated this game in the English newspaper <The Independent> (

If I remember correctly, JS said that <18. Nd2> was a mistake, and that <18. Ke1> should have been played.

But if he gave any further analysis, then I have forgotten it. And I think I have thrown that copy of the paper away....

Sep-10-07  MostlyAverageJoe: <MarkThornton: JS said that <18. Nd2> was a mistake, and that <18. Ke1> should have been played> Indeed, this seems to be the case after I run a quick analysis on this strange game. But these are not the only mistakes. Much bigger was 22.Kd3 (believe it or not, 22.Kf2 seems to leave white with slight advantage - but I have no time to really explore it).

As <al wazir> mentioned, 26. Ke5 instead of Kf3 was instant suicide.

Black missed this forced mate: 25. ... Rg8 <threatens Qg3#> 26. Bg5 Rf8+ 27. Ke5 Rf5+ 28. Kd4 c5# (this is the mainline and can be delayed by silly sacrifices).

Sep-10-07  percyblakeney: The tournament site analysis of the game:

Sep-10-07  Karpova: From <percyblakeney>'s link: <Rothuis himself said: 'I've given up the idea to become a professional already. So I play for fun now and these games are lots of fun.'>
Sep-10-07  venk98: HAHAHAHA, Oh laugh son!! =)
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  Marius: interesting to see games where the first 20 moves don't come from theory
Sep-10-07  Autoreparaturwerkbau: <<actionhero56> "worst pun ever"> Is that some kind of a phrase? The pun itself seems pretty decent. And how can such subjective thing as a pun be the worst ever? Did you compare all one or two thousand (since the launching of of them to make that decision? And what measures did you take? Your judgement doesn't seem to be competent to me.

Boy, did you undervaluate the punmaking.

Sep-10-07  King mega: this is not playing seriously.
Sep-10-07  tacite: I wish I could play like this, my opponent would have a win AND a laugh, instead of just a win :-)
Sep-10-07  Alphastar: the white player also played in the open dutch youth championships (I was there as well). He had some really weird opening ideas (one game he started 1. d3, 2. Kd2, 3. Qe1 and 4. Kd1; another one he started 1. Nf3, 2. Rg1, 3. g4 and 4. g5)..
Sep-10-07  actionhero56: <Autoreparaturwerkbau> You're funny
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  Peligroso Patzer: If I had seen the moves of this game without knowing the names of the players or when it was played, my first guess probably would have been that it was from the mid-XIX Century (perhaps one of Adolf Anderssen's games). Upon further reflection, I probably would have concluded that it was even more likely that it was an early-XVII Century game (from the era of Gioachino Greco). It is refreshing to know that such wildly romantic games are still occasionally played by international class players in today's era of scientific chess.
Sep-10-07  twin phoenix: i thought the pun was funny. what else does one call such a chess farce? cheers to white for playing something so unusual that in 30 yr.s chess experience i've never seen anything like it. (black shows why!!) too bad it cost him a point...
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  Chessmensch: <soberknight> created a pun in his posting. Happenstance?
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  kevin86: I think white read about how important pawn moves were-so he opened the game with SE7EN of them. I would call that manoever a deadly sin. lol

Black's punishment of the foolishness of bad pawnmoving was swift and effective. Note how black employed three of his own pawns to execute the mate.

Sep-10-07  mworld: this game looks a lot like some of the games I play when I am playing against the computer (always an a4 or h4 to take the eveil robot out of book quick).
Sep-10-07  Autoreparaturwerkbau: <actionhero56: <Autoreparaturwerkbau> You're funny> Again, I can't believe you. You really lack conclusive, irrefutable arguments. Think about it; it's a powerful instrument.
Sep-10-07  RookFile: Well, on move 16, white had an extra piece (for 2 pawns), but his top priority should have been to get his king to shelter.
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  fm avari viraf: This reminds me of "Tom & Jerry" catch race but I like the pun very much "Oh laugh, son!"
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  Phony Benoni: This is your brain on chess. Any questions?
Sep-10-07  Monkey King: What is wrong with 25. Kd4?
Sep-11-07  Monkey King: Oh, nvm im blind. 25. Kd4 c5+!! 26. Ke5 (forced) Qf5#
Jan-26-08  jovack: This is something you would expect to see in a game from the 1700s.
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