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Louis Uedemann vs Edward P Elliott
"You Da Man!" (game of the day Jul-06-2020)
3rd Western Championship (1902), Excelsior, MN USA, Aug-??
Spanish Game: Fianchetto Defense (C60)  ·  1-0



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Jul-06-20  jith1207: Ye Lie Oft!
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: What a burial on the King side!
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  Phony Benoni: Glad Uedemann gets another chance to show what he could do. He was perhaps the strongest player to regularly participate in the first decade of the Western Championship, but it was not one-sided.

I think this game showcases his style well: aggressive and persistent, if not especially profound

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  perfidious: 'Excelsior!' cried the h-pawn.
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  al wazir: Why didn't black play 33...Rxh5 ?

If 34. Rxh5 (34. Rxe8 Rxh1) Kxh5 (34...Rxe1 35.Rh6+ K any 36. Nxe1) 35. Rh1+ Kg6 36. Rh6+ Kg7 37. Nh4 Re3+ 38. Kd2 Re5.

Black is a ♙ up.

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  Phony Benoni: <al-wazir> 33...Rxh5 34.Rxh5 Kxh5 35.Rxe8.
Jul-06-20  Brenin: Amusing final position, with mate by: 43 ... R moves 44 hxg7; 43 ... B moves 44 Rh7; 43 ... any P moves 44 hxg7+ Rxg7 45 Rf8+ Rg8 46 Rxg8.
Jul-06-20  goodevans: <Phony Benoni: <al-wazir> 33...Rxh5 34.Rxh5 Kxh5 35.Rxe8>

33...Rxh5 34.Rxh5 Rxe1 35.Rh6+ is the other possibility.

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  NM JRousselle: After surviving the opening & obtaining the 2 bishops, Black could have continued with 22... d5! If White captures, Black has more than enough compensation after Bf5+. If White does not capture, 23... c5 is very strong.
Jul-06-20  sorokahdeen: Super impressive play following the exchange of queens.
Jul-06-20  ajile: I don't know why but this pun made me laugh hysterically.
Jul-06-20  Axel1940: Why was it called the "Western" Championship? Because it took place in the Old Northwest?
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  Phony Benoni: <Axel1940> Don't get me started.

This was the championship tournament of the original Western Chess Association. Formed as a regional group in Minnesota in 1900, the WCA gradually expanded its scope until its officers formed the National Chess Federation (NSF) in 192627.

The Western Chess Association continued as a subsidiary member of the NCF, but when the latter became relatively inactive the WCA began to regain more prominence. Following a successful annual tournament at Chicago in 1934, it changed its name to the American Chess Federation (ACF) and began operating on a national basis. At the end of 1939, NCF and ACF combined to form the United states Chess Federation. The old Western tournament survives today as the US Open.

I've done some research inthis area.

Game Collection: US Open Tournament Index

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <Phony Benoni>, I rather like your histories and hope to read more.
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  Breunor: I agree, Phony Benoni thank you for the history!
Jul-07-20  sudoplatov: Looks like 31...Rae8 is an error. 32.Re6+ followed by 33.Rhe1 should pick up a couple of Pawns or so. The actual 33.Nf3 allows 33...Kh5 with a better defense but White is making progress.

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