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Norman Tweed Whitaker vs Herman H Hahlbohm
"Double Hahlbohm" (game of the day Oct-20-2016)
22nd Western Championship (1921), Cleveland, OH USA, rd 2, Oct-10
Bird Opening: From Gambit. Declined (A02)  ·  0-1



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  Phony Benoni: Some special circumstances surround this "game".

The actual game between Whitaker and Hahlbohm is here: N Whitaker vs H H Hahlbohm, 1921. In that game, Whitaker protested that Hahlbohm had not made the time control at move 20. This protest was not upheld, and Whitaker went on to lose.

The next day, Whitaker, a notorious con man, persuaded Hahlbohm to replay the game starting after Black's 20th move. This was allowed, and produced the game on this page which Whitaker lost more quickly than the original.

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  Phony Benoni: Clarification: this replay took place several days after the original game.
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  Phony Benoni: One more note, and I'll shut up: an account of the incident can be found in the "American Chess Bulletin", November 1921, p. 179.
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  thegoodanarchist: Bossed Tweed would not be as good for the game name
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  thegoodanarchist: <Phony > For some odd reason I'm missing the November issue from that year
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Is "Double Halhbohm" some sort of pun?
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  offramp: <An Englishman: Good Evening: Is "Double Halhbohm" some sort of pun?>

It's a pun on the phrase "Double Album", and it refers to the fact that this game was played twice.

Oct-20-16  newzild: <Phony Benoni> Thanks. That explains a lot (including the pun title).
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  Phony Benoni: <thegoodanarchist> Not to worry; it's available online:

Oct-20-16  Ironmanth: I recall "meeting" Norman at a small tournament, my second or third, in Vienna VA. in about March 1974 or '75. I was agog to see this "legend", an IM, accede to the TD request to appear and play. As I remember, he gave up a draw to Bruce Saul (rated 1885?!) in an early round. I felt for Norman; he was fighting quite poor health then. Mr. Margrave, the TD, treated him with great deference; we all were thrilled, certainly this 15 year old! Sigh. Getting too old here...:). Thanks for letting me share this memory...Good day to all!
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  kevin86: Double Play!
Oct-20-16  Travis Bickle: <An Englishman: Good Evening: Is "Double Halhbohm" some sort of pun?> Double Album or double play.
Oct-20-16  Chesstorian72: Nobody cares about these bums.
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  ChemMac: Whitaker had a number of brushes with the law; and in fact ended up for a spell in Alcatraz.After his release, he visited the offices of Chess Review, and was greeted by Al Horowitz with the words, "Why, hello Norman! Pull up an electric chair!"
Oct-21-16  RandomVisitor: After 10...Nxf4

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<+0.76/39 11.exf4 Nxd4 12.Qe3+ Ne6> 13.Nd5 Qh6 14.b4 Bb6 15.Nxb6 axb6 16.Ng5 g6 17.Qe5 0-0 18.Nxe6 dxe6 19.Qxc7 Ra3 20.Qxb6 Qg7 21.Qc5 Rd8 22.Rad1 Qd4+ 23.Qxd4 Rxd4 24.Be2 Rd7 25.Bc4 Rc7 26.Bb3 b5 27.Rfe1 Bb7 28.Rd3 Ra8 29.c3 Kg7 30.Re5 Rac8 31.Kf2 Bc6 32.Rc5 Bb7 33.Rxc7 Rxc7 34.a4 bxa4 35.Bxa4 Bd5 36.b5 Rc4 37.Bb3 Rxf4+ 38.Kg3 Rf5 39.Bxd5

0.00/39 11.Ne4 Nh3+ 12.gxh3 Qh6 13.h4 d5 14.Ng3 Ne7 15.e4 Qxc1 16.Raxc1 0-0 17.c3 h6 18.Kh1 c6 19.Rce1 dxe4 20.Nxe4 Bh3 21.Rg1 Nd5 22.Bf1 Be6 23.Nc5 Bc7 24.Ne5 Bxe5 25.Rxe5 Nf4 26.Nxe6 fxe6 27.Bc4 Rae8 28.Rge1 Rf6 29.Bb3 Kf7 30.Bc2 Rf8 31.h5 Kg8 32.Ra5 a6 33.Rae5 b6

Oct-21-16  Moszkowski012273: e4 had to be played ONE move earlier...

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November, p. 185 [Game 161 / 3976]
from American Chess Bulletin 1921 by Phony Benoni
Round 2 replay (Monday, October 10): ACB, 1921, p.185
from US Open 1921, Cleveland = 22nd Western Champ. by Phony Benoni

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