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Allen Lewis Miller vs Cecil John Seddon Purdy
"Purdy has the Last Wordy" (game of the day Aug-02-2014)
Australian Ch (1946), Adelaide, Australia
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Slow Variation (C52)  ·  0-1



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  Mating Net: Outstanding pun!

Totally fits the game. White had a raging attack, but not enough to clinch the point and fell victim to a well coordinated counter punch.

Aug-02-14  optimal play: <<<<FORTUNES VARY IN CHESS>

Features Of 8th Round By LAJOS STEINER>

A. L. Miller played the Evans Gambit against C. J. S. Purdy in the eighth round of the Australian Chess Championship yesterday.

This is a rarely played opening nowadays. White sacrifices a pawn and generally attains good and often very lively attack.

Purdy accepted the offered pawn and defended himself well. Then, he made a slight mistake by opening up the position. Instead he should have fixed the centre by advancing his queen's pawn.

Again his defence was not right. Instead of ensuring his king's position, he blocked the centre instead. The young South Australian now could have secured a good advantage by sacrificing his bishop and opening up the black king's side.

The continuation he chose though seemed to be full of promise, with his two bishops having good diagonals. The trouble was however, that he had some other weaknesses.

Purdy now played beautifully. He sacrificed his rook for very pretty mating variations. White resigned when he stood before an unanswerable mating threat.>

- The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA) issue Saturday 4 January 1947>

This game was played on 3rd January 1947

At the conclusion of the eighth round, Purdy was in clear 3rd place on 6.0 points and Miller on equal 7th with 4.0

Purdy finished the tournament in 2nd place on 11/13 and Miller =6th on 7/13

It just so happened that Lajos Steiner who was the newspaper correspondent reporting on these games (as above) won the tournament with a score of 12/13 becoming the 1946 Australian Chess Champion.

Aug-02-14  DanielBryant: I believe this is the first non-correspondence game of Purdy's I have seen.
Aug-02-14  Shams: There has to be some sort of reference I'm missing. If this rhyme was simply created in vacuo, the pun is a first-ballot hall of shame candidate.
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  kevin86: Mate will come soonest.
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  offramp: Good pun! Funny!
Aug-02-14  Eraser07: Do you agree that "the best way to play a gambit is to accept him"?
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  morfishine: <Shams> You are correct. I am the guilty party. But alas, I've given in and stopped being a vocal critic of the "puns". After all, its not <CG>'s fault for poor pun selection: its the voters

So, be it rhyme, shallow word-play, or really dynamite puns, lets have fun. Sometimes its hard to be funny or witty when it comes to chess


Aug-03-14  Shams: <morfishine> The groanier the better!
Dec-02-16  crwynn: Okay i admit: using a cell phone with no rybka (as opposed to the dark ages when i had my PC devilishly whispering 3000 elo moves into my ear) i am too lazy to check that 16...be6?? 17.bxh7+ wins by force. But my sad little 2150 uscf brain says:

17...kxh7 18.ng5+ kg8?? 19.qh5 bf5 (or mate) 20.bxe7 is over, so:

18...kh6 (18...kg6 meets the same reply and same result unless 19.nxe6 is even better somehow) 19.rxe6+! fe (else 20.rxe7) 20.nxe6 q(any? Hopefully she can't move anywhere nice...) 21.nxf8 and i figure either the ne7 dies or the nf8 lives, and either way white is actually a pawn up & still attacking.

Still, white would probably make short work of a dilletante like why would he putz around with 17.ng5? (question mark in both senses)

I'd say it's because 17.ng5 looks pathetic in hindsight, but 17...g6 is a very calm defense indeed, and its strength is not obvious. If i were white, i might have judged from afar that 21.rxe6 rxe6 22.bxf5 was a strong exchange sacrifice. Perhaps white noticed too late that 21.rxe6 nxd4 simply wins for black.

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