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Reginald George Smellie vs J A Boucher
corr (1916) (correspondence), USA
Ponziani Opening: Vukovic Gambit (C44)  ·  0-1



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  GrahamClayton: Brilliant attacking play by Black, starting with the novelty 8...b5!, instead of the usual 8....0-0.

White is immediately in trouble, eg 12. ♘bd2 ♘f7 13. ♖g1 e4 14. ♘d4 ♘d3 with the threat of 15...♗g4+.

17...♘b3+! is a nice sacrifice, unmasking the b6-bishop to good effect.

When White resigns, both his Bishops and Rooks have not moved.

Jan-16-12  Shams: Looks like a fun blitz opening here. It's always a beautiful thing when a piece sac in the opening bears fruit in correspondence play.
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  FSR: 7...d5 was introduced in W Wayte vs C E Rankin, 1885. See my annotations of that game at
Jan-16-12  Shams: <FSR> So you're saying this was a Rank idea of Smellie's? I agree that his position quickly started to stink.
Jan-17-12  King Death: Black's last name can be pronounced "Boo-SHAY" or better yet "Bushey" in this context.
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  FSR: Yes, that "Smellie" name is begging for a pun.
Jan-17-12  King Death: < FSR: Yes, that "Smellie" name is begging for a pun.>

I'm okay with that as long as we keep our distance.

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  PhilFeeley: Nose vs. Mouth?

"Ponziani Opening" sounds like a scam.

Jul-22-13  chileamangye: Sadly, R.G. Smellie's last name inevitably attracts sophomoric attempts at humour.

R.G. Smellie was a very strong correspondence player from Toronto. Although he lost this game to J.A. Boucher he also had some interesting wins. The following game won the brilliancy prize for another correspondence tournament:

Wortman,P.J. - Smellie,R.G. [C56]
Mail Bureau CC 1917

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.0-0 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.e5 d5 7.exf6 dxc4 8.Re1+ Be6 9.Ng5 Qd5 10.Nc3 Qf5 11.Nce4 0-0-0 12.g4 Qe5 13.Nxe6 fxe6 14.fxg7 Rhg8 15.Bh6 d3 16.c3 d2 17.Re2 Bb6 18.Kg2 Ne7 19.f4 Qd5 20.b4 Ng6 21.a4 Qd3 22.h3 Nh4+ 23.Kh2 Nf3+ 24.Kg2 Ng1 25.Rf2 Qxh3+ 26.Kxg1 Rd3 0-1

Here is a game with an innovation in the Greco Counter gambit on move 4:

Boehl,O.M. - Smellie,R.G. [C40]
Illinois State Chess Association CC 1917

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.exf5 e4 4.Ne5 Qg5 5.d4 Qxf5 6.Bc4 Nc6 7.g4 Qf6 8.Nf7 d5 9.Bxd5 Nxd4 10.Nxh8 Nf3+ 11.Kf1 Bxg4 12.Bf7+ Ke7 13.Qd5 Bh3+ 14.Ke2 Nd4+ 15.Kd2 Qxf2+ 16.Kc3 Qxc2+ 17.Kxd4 Rd8 18.Bxg8 Qd3+ 19.Ke5 Rxd5+ 20.Bxd5 Kd7 0-1

And finally, an earlier game against J.A. Boucher:

Smellie, R.G. - Boucher,J.A. [C49]
American Chess Bulletin USA, 1915

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Bb4 5.0-0 0-0 6.d3 d6 7.Bg5 Bxc3 8.bxc3 Qe7 9.Re1 Nd8 10.d4 Ne6 11.Qd2 Nxg5 12.Qxg5 c6 13.dxe5 dxe5 14.Bc4 Re8 15.Re3 Qc5 16.Bb3 Ng4 17.Re2 Qxc3 18.Rd1 Nf6 19.Red2 Bg4 20.Rd3 Qc5 21.Re1 Bh5 22.Nh4 Rad8 23.Rg3 Ng4 24.Rf3 Nxh2 25.Qxh5 Nxf3+ 26.Nxf3 Re7 27.Ng5 h6 28.Nxf7 Rxf7 29.Qxf7+ 1-0

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  GrahamClayton: <chileamangye>,
Thank you for posting those game scores. I have uploaded them to the database. You can upload any historical game scores that you have via the Upload Utility page:

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Aug-21-14  ljfyffe: Boucher, J.A.(Montreal) - W.D. Robbins 1916 correspondence <1e4 e5 2Nc3 Nc6 3f4 exf4 4Nf3 Bb4 5Nd5 Nf6 6Bc4 0-0 70-0 Nxe4 8c3 Ba5 9d4 Nf6 10Bxf4 Nxd5 11Bxd5 Ne7 12Be4 d5 13Bxh7+ Kxh7 14Ng5+ Kg6 15h4 f5 16Rf3 Ng8 17Rg3 Kf6 18Qe2 Qe8 19Re3 Qc6 20Qh5 1-0>.
Aug-30-14  ljfyffe: < chileamangye > "attracks sophmoric puns". Nothing wrong with puns, however.... if only they were funny; instead of being of the dumbed-down variety. The games you mention appear in Zehr and MacDonald: History of Correspondence Chess In Canada" with annotations, should you not already know.
Aug-30-14  ljfyffe: "Sophomoric"! Spelling error on my part, sorry.
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  Tabanus: The game here was printed in the March issue of American Chess Bulletin 1916. It was awarded a brilliancy prize in a tournament held by that magazine. According to 365Chess it was played in 1915.

Sep-01-14  ljfyffe: <Tabanus> The Boucher game in Zehr et al is the 3.c3 Nf6 one, not the 3.Nc3 Nf6 one; notwithstanding my note above. Listed as played in 1916, too; but that could be because of publication date you mention . Always appreciate new information. Boucher received $4.00.
Sep-01-14  ljfyffe: 0r is 365 chess referencing the 3Nc3 Nf6 game?
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  Tabanus: <ljfyffe> Hmm yes indeed, 365Chess has 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Bb4 etc., till 29.Qxf7+ 1-0, Smellie won.
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Sep-01-14  ljfyffe: See <chileamangye> above, which tipped me off a bit.

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