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Wilbur Lyttleton Moorman vs Joseph Daniels
17th Western Championship (1916), Chicago, IL USA, rd 17, Aug-22
Slav Defense: Three Knights Variation (D15)  ·  0-1



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  Phony Benoni: Joseph Daniels of Kansas City played in five Western Chess Association tournaments from 1907 to 1926. He made a great debut with a second place finish, but his later results were undistinguished, never reaching 50% again.

Still, he could flash a little dash here and there. Here, with White to make his 24th move:

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Moorman chose <24.e4>, with uncertain ideas: maybe to open the center to get at Black's uncastled king, maybe to play e4-e5 to block the bishop on d6. In any, Daniels spotted the hidden flaw with <24...Nxh2!>.

The main point would have been <25.Kxh2 Qxh4+ 26.Kg2 Rxg3+ 27.Rxg3 Qxg3+ 28.Kf1 Qf4+>, exploiting the line opened by e3-e4 to win the rook on c1. Moorman tried <25.Rf2>, but after <25...Rxg3+> it should have been a massacre.

Daniels didn't play the best moves from that point: after <25.Kh1> he could actually have forced mated with 25...Qxh4. Nor was the fancy <28...Qxh2+> necessary. But he retained enough advantage to win the endgame, and a good time was had by all--well, at least all in Kansas City.

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  MissScarlett: <Stormy Daniels>

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Round 17 (Tuesday, August 22): : New York Sun, 1916.09.17
from US Open 1916, Chicago = 17th Western Champ. by Phony Benoni

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