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Henry Ernest Atkins vs Herbert Levi Jacobs
"Oh Henry!" (game of the day May-25-2011)
London (1915), ?
Danish Gambit: General (C21)  ·  1-0



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May-25-11  carl giraffe: well this one is crazy. and a center of the rank smother mate; you don't see that every day ( I think that's the first one I've seen actually)
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  Phony Benoni: So this is what the Atkins Diet is all about. Start off with a Danish, sacrifice everything else that looks good, and watch your opponent expire from a case of clogged arteries.
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  Phony Benoni: By the way, don't get too excited. The whole game is book:

F Young vs L Dore, 1892

The only innovation is that Jacobs resigned instead of taking the queen.

Young's game is almost certainly legitimate, and in any case predates this one since it was published in his <Grand Tactics of Chess> well before 1915. Google Books has an 1898 edition:

Young's introduction explains the game perfectly:

<"This game illustrates a line of mobilization by the right, combined with a complex line of manoeuvre against an objective plane located in the centre and compromised by the formation of the the minor left oblique.">

That should make everything clear.

May-25-11  lopium: lol nice Phony Benoni. So basically this game was the game of the day about 4 years ago.
May-25-11  Shams: Where would we be without the prose of Franklin Knowles Young to kick around?
May-25-11  sofouuk: <Phony Benoni> then it's not a very good book 11 ... Nb6! 12 Rxe7 Nxe7 13 Nxc7 Kf7 14 Bf4 d5 15 Nxa8 Nxa8

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and black wins. or 13 ... Kf8! 14 Nxe7 Nxe7 15 Qf3 Bb7! 16 Qxb7 d5!

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black wins again.

btw 13 ... fg5 was the ??

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  piltdown man: They don't make 'em like this no more. Sadly.
May-25-11  hasany81: I can't believe this !!!!
May-25-11  newzild: Wow. Reminds me of all the sparkling games we're getting in the candidates' matches at the moment.


May-25-11  The HeavenSmile: 10...0-0 and black is up two pawns
May-25-11  ROO.BOOKAROO: Another absurd game, very much in 19th-century style. No wonder that Steinitz and Lasker wanted to rid chess of such non sensical developments.
May-25-11  hedgeh0g: <10...0-0 and black is up two pawns>

11.Nxe7+ Nxe7 (Kh8 Ng6+) 12.Bxe7 Qe8 13.Bh4 looks unpleasant.

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  kevin86: Blackburne had a quote for this type of game:"A little bit of Morphy"

This sacrifice circus ends in a smothered mate! Beautiful!

May-25-11  Funicular: Im thinking 13... 0-0

what then? Nxe7+ Qxe7 Nxc6 Qc5 and white's out of options. Ne7+ simply Kh8 and it's all over. White's bishop retreats, then Rf7 forces Nxc8 and it's hopeless for black

The real question is, would i've seen 0-0 on the board? would i've been greedy and captured a piece instead?

who knows

May-25-11  Doctor Aust: The well-known chess player and author Leonard Barden, posting on the English Chess Forum today, suggests this game is almost certainly fictitious the second time (with Atkins as a participant), and possibly fictitious the first time (Young vs Dore):

May-25-11  Marmot PFL: Black can make his life a lot easier by playing 3...d5. White most of these attacks can <in theory> be refuted, there is still the problem of having enough time left on the clock to actually win the game, without some stupid mistake.
May-25-11  Marmot PFL: 13...0-0 is fine, and the greedy 13...Kf8 might be even better.

I might have played 13...Nxe5 14 Rxe5 fe 15 Bxe7 Qxe7 16 Nxe7 Kxe7 with 2 rooks and bishop for the queen, but white might <possibly> get perpetual check with 17 Qd5

Much the same is 13...fe5 14 Nxe7 Nxe7 15 Rxe5 Rf8 with more than enough for the queen.

13...fg5? was almost the only plausible way for black to lose, and he found it. For that to happen in 2 separate games is not too likely.

May-25-11  Doctor Aust: I suppose the argument is that artless acceptance of sacrifices was "the done thing" in chess earlier in the C19th - though probably not in the 1880s, let alone the C20th. In Andersen's time it was arguably considered "not quite sporting" to decline any gambit, or sacrifice.

But as Marmot alludes, lots of ways for Black NOT to lose so spectacularly.

I'm slightly reminded of online games against the low-strength settings of the computer, where you make it take the move back again and again, until eventually it makes the material-grab move you need for your sacrificial masterpiece.

May-25-11  WhiteRook48: in this game, white qualifies as insane and awesome at the same time.
May-25-11  apexin: I like the final position
a lone knight wins vs 5pieces!
May-26-11  picard: when the smothered mate occurs on the next move, black would be mated while ahead 17 pawns... is that a record for most material ahead while being mated?
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  NM JRousselle: Black played so poorly, I can hardly stand to play over this game. White's attack was hardly sound. Black missed several wins. For example, 13 Ne5 Ne5 14 Re5 fe5 15 Be7 Qe7 16 Ne7 Ke7 and Black has 2 rooks and a bishop vs the queen. After 17 Qd5 c6 18 Qe5, White gets a few checks, but can resign with a clear conscience.
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Apr-09-14  Conrad93: I still have no clue what's wrong with 11...fxg5 12. Rxc4 0-0. I thought maybe white had 13. Rxc6? dxc6 14. Nxe7, but then black just plays 15. Kh8 and I don't see any compensation for white.
Apr-09-14  Conrad93: Not one of Atkin's best games.
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