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Spencer Crakanthorp vs Cecil Purdy
"Spencer's Gift" (game of the day Mar-06-2011)
AUS-ch (1926), Sydney AUS, rd 5, Apr-08
French Defense: Classical. Alapin Variation (C14)  ·  1-0

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Mar-06-11  newzild: Yes, it is a poor game, generally. But the little combo at the end is nice.
Mar-06-11  goodevans: <HeMateMe: ... What is the reference with "Spencer's Gift"? novel, movie...?>

Another pun that only our American cousins are likely to appreciate. Apparently it's a US mail retailer.

Given the player's names I don't think it would take more than a couple of minutes to come up with a dozen better puns!

Mar-06-11  dotsamoht: Purdy was the First World Correspondence Chess Champion in 1953, so he deserves respect. Crakanthorp was apparently his father-in-law, so perhaps this was not such a bad game to lose, after all!
Mar-06-11
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  Penguincw: It looks sort of like a epaulette mate.
Mar-06-11  weisyschwarz: Years ago, there used to be a chain of stores in the US called "Spencers Gifts".
Mar-06-11  weisyschwarz: http://www.spencersonline.com/store...

Looks like they are still around.

Mar-06-11  dotsamoht: Purdy was just 20 when this game was played. Perhaps losing this game made a friend of Crakanthorp, which led to Purdy meeting and marrying Crakanthorp's daughter. Meeting a pretty lady who later becomes one's wife is not a bad price to pay for losing horribly with the French.
Mar-06-11  Lil Swine: I notice the nice combo, but white had it easy
Mar-06-11
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  Phony Benoni: <Jamboree> Actually, it's 24...Kxe6 that walks into a forced mate. If Black doesn't take the rook, the game limps on for a while.

But that's hardly a position worth spending a lot of time on. It's a lot more interesting to find an alternative to 22...Qxf8:


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Looking at this position, my initial evaluation was that Black had to be in big trouble. King stuck in the center against well-developed forces with only a flimsy pawn shelter for protection. White has the immediate threat of 23.Qxd5.

Black does have his resources. The ♘c4 is a good piece, hindering the full cooperation of the rooks.

Let's just take a silly looking, but plausible continuation: <23...e5 24.f4 Kd6 25.fxe5+ fxe5 26.Qh6+ Kc7>.


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Black's troubles are far from over and I would still prefer White's game, but I don't see the knockout punch that would justify condemning Purdy's previous play.

Mar-06-11  vasja: 16. c4!!! 1:0
Mar-06-11
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  playground player: Spencer's Gifts--a blast from the past! Boy, could you get great schlock there. They had the world's biggest collection of outhouse-themed plastic novelties. As teens in the Carboniferous Period, we used to visit the Spencer's Gifts store at the local mall and marvel at the goodies. Here, bad taste was elevated to an art form. Ah, fond memories...
Mar-06-11
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  Phony Benoni: <playground player> Perhaps that explains the quality of today's game?
Mar-06-11  goodevans: <vasja: 16. c4!!! 1:0>

16 c4 Ne5 looks about even to me.

Mar-06-11  Marmot PFL: Move 11 should have been played on move 8.
Then move 12 should have been played on move 9.

Just ask the Chess Doc-
O Bernstein vs Tarrasch, 1911

Mar-06-11
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  chrisowen: 8..f6? steptoe son holy ghost neddie ne6 leviathon black defence squids ink star b5 forcing down under hobby opening right e6 beware the Crakan this rigged!?
Mar-06-11
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  chrisowen: Deep 7.nb5 sees clashical qe7 it was turbo trawl plug rook go nest in e6. A6 dozing till eleven a4 breach whites and qf8? destroy h5 el dona ferentes. Purdy cocoons king raft measure Spencer harks I owe you so crosss double 23 24 book just the job.
Mar-06-11
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  HeMateMe: <playground player> Ah, the fabulous Fifties! Outhouse themed novelties, bad girls who showed their underwear and no one cared what your car burned or how loud it was!

Where's my '56 Chevy?

Mar-06-11  WhiteRook48: Black's moves were.... just bad
Mar-07-11
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  HeMateMe: Purdy was on Crak!
Mar-07-11
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  kevin86: A quick mating manoever-elegantly done by the epaulette method.
Mar-21-13  Abdel Irada: <kevin86: A quick mating manoever-elegantly done by the epaulette method.>

This isn't a true epaulette mate, but Black's shirt collar does seem to have been buttoned a bit too tightly.

Feb-18-16  Jim Bartle: Release the Crakanthorp!
Feb-18-16  morfishine: <Jim Bartle: Release the Crakanthorp!> Excellent, I hope they vote for it, but alas, I fear, too many ignorant voters stand in your way. Good Luck!

*****

Feb-22-16
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  thegoodanarchist: < Jim Bartle: Release the Crakanthorp!>

Jb, awesomely hilarious! Thank you, sir, for a hearty belly laugh on a Monday!!

<morfishine: <Jim Bartle: Release the Crakanthorp!> Excellent, I hope they vote for it, but alas, I fear, too many ignorant voters stand in your way. Good Luck!

*****>

<morfishine>: Come on, man, I'm not that ignorant...

Feb-22-16
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  thegoodanarchist: <playground player: Spencer's Gifts--a blast from the past! Boy, could you get great schlock there. They had the world's biggest collection of outhouse-themed plastic novelties. As teens in the Carboniferous Period, we used to visit the Spencer's Gifts store at the local mall and marvel at the goodies. Here, bad taste was elevated to an art form. Ah, fond memories...>

Don't forget all the posters that featured big busty models with cutesy double entendre phrases on them

For example, <A Winning Pair>

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