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Arnold Denker vs Albert Pinkus
Manhattan CC-ch (1945/46), New York, NY USA, rd 16, Feb-17
Semi-Slav Defense: Marshall Gambit. Forgotten Variation (D31)  ·  1-0



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  Phony Benoni: From "If You Must Play Chess" by Arnold Denker, p. 165:

<With my tenth move I offered the sacrifice of a pawn for no immediate advantage other than rapid development and control of the board. Pinkus accepted the sacrfice, and after he did so, I noticed that he wrote something on his score sheet. When he left the table, I leaned over to see what he had written, and there alongside of the move were two words typical of Pinkus: "Show me!" I made my next move, picked up his score sheet and added the words, "Don't worry, I will.">

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  OhioChessFan: 15...h5 is one of thousands of inexplicable moves on this site.
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  Phony Benoni: <OCF>: Denker on 15...h5:

<"Hoping to get counterplay with 16...Ng4; but the text only creates a new weakness.">

Which explanation probably doesn't make the move any less inexplicable.

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  OhioChessFan: I understand bad moves. Most bad moves involve missing the other side's response. But the persistence in such anti-positional and pointless moves like h5 and f5 etc by decent players is a never ending mystery to me.
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  OhioChessFan: I played over the game after my last post, and I think Black simply missed 16. Qf3. I guess the position isn't all that bad otherwise.
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  hesyrett: Apart from Fine and Reshevsky, in 1946 there really weren't many American chessplayers of GM strength.  Look how easily Botvinnik crushed Denker in the famous radio match.  Pinkus plays about class C strength in this game.
Mar-29-14  Petrosianic: You're right, but it wasn't generally understood at the time. The US had been a major power in the 30's, and the Radio Match was a huge shock.
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  Phony Benoni: For those of you who keep track of such things (you know who you are), this game is not from the 1946 US Championship. Instead, it was played in the 1945/46 Manhattan CC Championship, round 16, February 17, 1946. It was publiished in the "Brooklyn Daily Eagle", February 21, 1946, p. 11.

I have initiated correction proceedings, and also submitted the correct game from the US Championship.

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