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William Albert Fairhurst vs Theodore Tylor
BCF-ch (1929), Ramsgate ENG, rd 5, Aug-02
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Immediate Fianchetto (E60)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-25-11  JonDSouzaEva: JonDSouzaEva: The story of this outrageous swindle can be found here:

"... Cold-blooded gamesman-planning is rare. But I have one pretty example. At my first British Championship, [at Ramsgate] in 1929, a friend of mine – who is a magnificent analyst and celebrated in the chess world – found himself in a very bad position. But there was a way out. Given that his opponent (a very strong player) did not see the threat, it was possible, with a series of sacrifices, to achieve stalemate. But he had to include in his play a clearly inadequate move, which would inevitably warn his opponent. After all, one plays chess on the assumption that the opponent sees everything. (That is why the word “trap” is not a good chess term.) But my friend devised a psychological trap. He sat and looked at the board with a despairing face until he was well and truly in time trouble. Then he fumblingly made the crucial moves. His opponent, tempted to a little gamesmanship himself, was playing very quickly. Quick came the erroneous capture. Even quicker came the series of sacrifices and, while the flag was tottering, stalemate supervened. Now could he have improved on things in the following way: touched the piece, taken his hand away, and let himself be compelled to move the piece at random? No, he had thought of that, but dismissed it as sharp practice."

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  wwall: The above story came from Gerald Abrahams in his book Not Only Chess. He analyzed the position from move 32 in his book.

Instead of 27.Rdf1, I think White can draw with 27.Rxf4! (or Bxf4) 27...Bxf4 28.Qc8+ Kg7 29.Bxf4 Qxf4 30.Rf1 Qe3+ 31.Rxf7+ Kxf7 33.Qe6+ and White should have a perpetual check.

White played 30.Kg1, hoping for 31.Bh6 and threatening mate with 32.Rf8. Perhaps better is 30.R1f2 or 30.R3f2.

Instead of 31.Rf8, perhaps 31.Bg5 Rd7 32.R1f2

After 31...Rb3, White had to move his bishop. If 32.R8f3 to protect his bishop with the rook, Black plays 32...Rxe3! 33.Rxe3 Bd4 34.Kf2 Rxe4 and wins.

Instead of 34...Rd3, perhaps better is 34...Rh4 and 35...Rxe4. White only had 30 seconds on his clock to reach move 40.

Instead of 35...Rc7, perhaps 35...Rg3+ 36.Kh1 Rh3+ 37.Kg1 Rh4, threatening 38...Rxe4.

37...Rxg5?? leads to the forced stalemate or perpetual check. Black could simply play 37...Rg4 and 38...Rxe4 to win.

After 38.R1f7!, it is a draw with stalemate or perpetual check after 38...Rxf7. Perhaps Black could have played 38...Kh6 39.Rxc7 Rh5+, and if 40.Kg2 Kg5 41.Rxb7 Rh2+ with some chances.

After 39,Rxf7+, if 39...Kxf7, then it is a stalemate. If 39...Kg8 (or 39...Kh8), then 40.Rf8+. Black cannot touch the rook without stalemate. If 39...Kh6, then 40.Rxh7 Kxh7 is a stalemate.

Feb-27-19  Cibator: Abrahams' account of this incident actually dates back to 1959, when he included it in a talk on "Sportsmanship and Gamesmanship in Chess", on the BBC's Network Three.

The text of that talk was published in full in the 1974 book cited by both Edward Winter and <wwall> (with, if I remember correctly, an introductory note about its origins).

An abridged version also appeared in the 1966 volume "Chess Treasury Of The Air".

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