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Leonard William Barden vs Weaver Adams
Hastings (1950/51), Hastings ENG, rd 3, Dec-31
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Lolli Attack (C57)  ·  1-0



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Feb-09-10  Helios727: Barden's favorite win according to Wikipedia.
Mar-06-10  Cibator: Yes; according to Barden himself, White's 10th was a TN that refuted an entire line given in Adams's book "White to Play and Win".
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  GrahamClayton: Barden was analsying the opening with some friends at Oxford University when P Keffler suggested 10.♕e4!, threatening 0-0, f4 & fe5 with a winning attack.

The idea of 6...♗b4+ was to deny a White knight access to c3 after 7.c3.

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  wordfunph: "At my first Hastings in 1950/51 I played Weaver Adams, the guy who believed White could play and win. In the new edition of his book he'd written about the Fried Liver Attack in the Two Knights' Defence. I followed the book against him, I got a tremendous attack, I smashed him up, then I told him I had his book."

- Leonard William Barden

Source: Curse of Kirsan by Sarah Hurst

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  ketchuplover: RIP Peter Keffler
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  Chessical: "(Peter Keffler) made his discovery of 10 Qe4! in the Two Knights when we were analysing the defence in the train on the way back from a county match. As is known, I used Peter Keffler's innovation against the then US Open champion Weaver Adams at Hastings 1950-51. Adams's book White to Play and Win had only considered Qg4-f3+ with perpetual. When I bashed out 10 Qe4 and then immediately left the board for effect Weaver stared up at the ceiling and didn't reply for 20 minutes.

Peter was a fine tactician....a gentlemanly and effervescent character who was one of the most popular members of the Oxford university and county teams in 1950."

<Leonard Barden> ECF Forum.

Dec-20-16  Retireborn: Can Mr Barden (or anybody else) confirm whether this famous 3rd round game was played in 1950 or 1951? I think it's possible that it was just the first two rounds played in the old year then. TIA for any information.
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  Stonehenge: The first round was played on the 28th of December (BritBase, Dutch newspaper Algemeen Handelsblad). So the third round was definitely played in 1950, probably on the 30st.
Dec-20-16  Paarhufer: The Times published several reports having a date within the header different from the publishing date.

Header / publishing date / results of round:
Dec-28 / Dec-29 / rd 1
Dec-29 / Dec-30 / rd 2 (and 1)
Dec-31 / Jan-01 / rd 3
Jan-01 / Jan-02 / rd 4
Jan-02 / Jan-03 / rd 5
Jan-03 / Jan-04 / rd 6
Jan-04 / Jan-05 / rd 7
Jan-07 / Jan-08 / rd 9

Dec-20-16  Retireborn: <Paarhufer/Stonehenge> Many thanks for your help, much appreciated.
Jan-01-21  lunchwithgina: White to Play and Grin...
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  perfidious: There is one small flaw in the account given by Mr Barden: Adams was not then US Open champion, as Art Bisguier had just scored the first of his crowns.

Adams had won the title in '48, featuring on the cover of <Chess Review> with the heading styled <Apostle of Aggression>.

The day of this game, however, the aggro went one way only, and not from Adams' corner.

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