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Gyula Breyer vs Oppenheimer
"Now I Am Become Blind" (game of the day Jul-21-2023)
Breyer Blindfold simul, 25b Kosice (1921) (blindfold), Kosice CSR, Jan-30
Caro-Kann Defense: Standard. Unorthodox Replies (B15)  ·  1-0



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Jan-27-09  M.D. Wilson: Paul Dirac, who many consider to be the preeminent physicist of the 20th Century, said Oppenheimer should have focused less on poetry and classics and more on physics. His view of physics was a bit mystical and lacked the objective realism of Heisenberg or Pauli, for example, but his genius is unquestionable. He also moved from topic to topic, so he never really focused on any one problem long enough to make Nobel-winning discoveries. However his postulates regarding neutron stars and black holes come pretty close; but, alas, throat cancer claimed his life.
Jun-21-12  backrank: Breyer's opponent was not the scientist, but some obscure 'Colonel' Oppenheimer (as indicated in Ivan Bottlik's book on Breyer). Breyer played this game in a blindsimul on 20 boards.

13. Qf6+!! is a remarkable shot for a blindsim, IMHO. The early attack 8. g4, 9. g5 without castling is typical Breyer (or hypermodern), as it seems.

Jun-21-12  RookFile: So why didn't black play Ba6 in the opening, on move 8 for example. He got himself set up to play it but didn't follow through.
Jun-22-12  backrank: Black didn't have a strategic concept here, as it seems. What he played can hardly be called an opening.
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  kingscrusher: White missed a crushing Greek Gift in this game with 9.Bxh7+

11: Gyula Breyer - Oppenheimer 1-0 0.0, Blindfold simul, 25b 1921

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Analysis by Stockfish 14:

1. +- (5.07): 9.Bxh7+ Kxh7 10.Ng5+ Kg8 11.Qd3 Nf5 12.gxf5 f6 13.Rg1 exf5 14.Nf3 Rf7 15.Bf4 Nd7 16.0-0-0 fxe5 17.Bxe5 Qf8 18.Kb2 a5 19.Rg6 f4 20.Bd6 Ba6 21.Qd2 Qc8 22.Rdg1 Nf8 23.Bxf8 Qxf8 24.Ne5 Rf6 25.Rxf6 Qxf6

The move g5 feels wrong to me - uses up a valuable parking space.

On the other hand credit for playing this all blindfold and in a Simul - seems super-human. I wouldn't know where anything was after just a few moves - so these guys are amazing!

Cheers, K

Jul-21-23  Unstable Psychopath: 9... h5?? Black must've forgotten about en passant. Luckily for him, White didn't play play gxh6, though that did not really matter in the end.

White did not need to rush 10. Nh4. He could've played 10. gxh6 first to weaken Black's kingside, though if he had played 10. gxh6 I bet someone his level would've easily saw h4-h5.

Jul-21-23  Granny O Doul: As RookFile suggests, a cagier player wouldn't respond to 8. g4 by castling kingside.
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  HeMateMe: I don't understand the pun. the A bomb experiments in the new Mexico desert were observed from a distance, with optical shielding in use. I don't THINK anyone went blind but who knows?
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  Teyss: <HeMateMe> According to Wikipedia nobody went blind during the explosion since everyone was given protections, although some distant people and stock were contaminated. But as I recall, viewers were concerned about potential issues for eyesight despite the protection, as well as other risks of which this minor one:

<"Enrico Fermi offered to take wagers among the top physicists and military present on whether the atmosphere would ignite, and if so whether it would destroy just the state, or incinerate the entire planet. This last result had been previously calculated by Bethe to be almost impossible, although for a while it had caused some of the scientists some anxiety."> We can only meditate on the "almost".

Apparently Missy went to the movies again.

13.Qf6+! is a great shot winning at least a piece, difficult to see in blindfold simul, future Tuesday POTD. Black should have played 12...c5 blocking the diagonal. Good game despite a few missed shots by White as noted above, probably because of the format. Black got nuked here.

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  MissScarlett: I dropped the ball, if not the bomb. It should, of course, have been <Now I Am Become Blind...> It was too late to change because the Tech Bros were MIA.
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  offramp: Perhaps people couldn't see at night.
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  OhioChessFan: <Teyss: Apparently Missy went to the movies again.>

To my bewilderment, he didn't like this one:

G Tokhirjonova vs M Lee, 2021

Jul-21-23  goodevans: <It should, of course, have been <Now I Am Become Blind...>>

"Now I Am Become Blindness...", surely (i.e. a noun). Unless, of course, you had a roller blind, venetian blind or something of that ilk in mind.

Jul-21-23  Sacrificial King: "Now I become death, destroyer of worlds" Bhagavad Gita
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  al wazir: J. Robert Oppenheimer was 17 years old in 1921. Unlikely as it seems, he was in Czechoslovakia that year:

<He graduated in 1921, but his further education was delayed a year by an attack of colitis contracted while prospecting in Joachimstal during a family vacation in Czechoslovakia.>

So this could be him.

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