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Hugh Edward Myers vs Tirso Alvarez
Santo Domingo (1966), Dec-24
Hungarian Opening: Paris Gambit (A00)  ·  1-0



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  whiteshark: Btw this is game #15 in H.E. Myers' book <Exploring the chess openings>

It has been played 'the night before Christmas'.

<"As is fitting for the use of this variation, it was a skittles game played at a party and I, at least, had imbided several glases of rum">


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  Sally Simpson: Hi Whiteshark,

The Rum incident is also quoted here in an obituary from Chessbase.

‘I was drinking rum before and during the game’

I'm thinking the Pun Punters could do something here.

Played on Christmas Eve... How about simply 'Yo Ho Ho.'

('Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of Rum.')

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  whiteshark: Fine link. Thanks, <Sally Simpson>. ʘ‿ʘ
May-16-16  zb2cr: 17. Ne6+! does it. The Black Queen is forked, and White threatens mate by Qxf7#.
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  thegoodanarchist: <offramp: I can hardly believe white gave away so many pawns so quickly. It's like a magician's disappearing act.>

And if it weren't for checkmate, White's next trick would be to make Black's King disappear.

May-16-16  1.e4effort: This is like a chess game I play with dice with my granddaughter. 1 for p, 2 for R, 3 for N, etc.
May-16-16  YetAnotherAmateur: 17. Ne6 Nxe6/Ke8/Kg8 18. Qxf7#

I do rather like that the same move mates no matter what black does.

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  alfiere nero: If it weren't for Mondays, I'd have no reason to feel so clever.
May-16-16  Ayaend: 6 pawns for take the point! Incredible maybe black need to rock his king but he wants to eat more pieces and falls
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  kevin86: Ne6+ would fork king and queen but rats, the black knight is guarding the square.

But, cats on rats, white can then mate at f7 with the queen!

May-16-16  King.Arthur.Brazil: 3s 17.Ne6+ and 18.Qf7#. Quickly.
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  alfiere nero: This is a fantastic game! What are pawns and a possible extra queen good for anyway?
May-16-16  Marmot PFL: As Bronstein used to say, stopping after taking the first pawn is usually the best idea.
May-16-16  YouRang: A rather poor game lol. Both sides had (and blundered away) chances to win.

At black's 10th move. White is losing, but <10.Bg5!> at least succeeds in creating a tactical challenge for black:

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BLACK's CHANCE: Black's best is to counter with 10...Be7, removing the pin and enabling castling. With a safe K, black can work on developing his huge pawn advantage, and taking advantage of white's exposed K.

BLACK BLUNDER: Black instead blundered with the pawn grab: <10...dxc2?>.

WHITE's CHANCE: White can now merely take the pawn with 11.Qxc2 which opens the central files for his now-connected rooks to attack black's badly exposed K & Q, with the help of the strongly placed bishops.

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WHITE BLUNDER: Instead of taking the pawn (and the win), white goes for <11.Qf3?>, giving black a second chance to play <11.Be7> (which he does).

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The game is rather drawish now, but a further black blunder gave up the "white to move and win" puzzle position.

Someone justly deserved to lose, and justice was served.

May-16-16  StevieB: Very unusual game to say the least. Now I know what a hungarian opening is. I don't think I would ever have the nerve to play it though.
May-16-16  saturn2: Ne6 is a both a check and an attack against f7.
May-16-16  lost in space: I love Mondays!

17. Ne6+ Nxe6 18. Qf7#

May-16-16  olinart: I agree, AlicesKnight. 11..Nc6 instead is sufficient to hold off the attack and keep the material. Still in a speed game it's easy to see how the bishop moved played looks reasonable.
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  Sally Simpson: Hi YouRang,

A tad harsh on the players, if you look back in the thread you will see it was skittles played on Christmas Eve whilst at least one player was knocking back the rum.

May-16-16  Herma48852: 17. Ne6+ Nxe6 18. Qf7#

Sweet! Dude! Sweet! Dude! ...

May-16-16  YouRang: <Sally Simpson: Hi YouRang,

A tad harsh on the players, if you look back in the thread you will see it was skittles played on Christmas Eve whilst at least one player was knocking back the rum.>

Hi <Sally Simpson> - Sorry it came across as harsh. It wasn't my intent to be demeaning toward the players, but rather the play.

I'm guessing that even the two players would review this game with a good laugh, and readily agree that it was a poor game overall (with rum factored in). Despite that, still a worthy game thanks to the nice tactical finale. :-)

May-16-16  WDenayer: I wonder what would happen after 17.Qxa8 Qxa8. 18.Nxa8. This is an unusual endgame. I think that White would win.
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  gawain: I missed the conclusive winning continuation but I did notice 17 Qxa8 which leaves White with an extra rook in exchange for all those pawns. I agree with <WDenayer> that White should win this endgame but I have not tried to play it out.
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  Sally Simpson: HI YouRang,

It's OK. I was thinking you had missed the previous posts and thought this game was a tournament game complete with clocks, arbiters and handshakes.

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  GrahamClayton: Amazing position after 10...dxc2:

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White is 6 pawns down, while Black already has two pawns on the 7th rank.

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