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Leroy Dubeck vs Raymond Allen Weinstein
"Morra Imperative" (game of the day Dec-12-2017)
New Jersey Open Championship (1958)
Sicilian Defense: Smith-Morra Gambit. Accepted Fianchetto Defense (B21)  ·  1-0



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Apr-14-12  transpo: 5...g6?! 5..d6, keeping an eye on e5 which is a focal point for tactical shots in the Smith Morra Accepted when White plays e5 to initiate attacks.
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  diceman: <Phony Benoni: There ought to be a decent GOTD pun for this game, but darned if I can think of it. <Bad Bad Leroy Dubeck> just doesn't work for me, though it does describe the game quite well.>

How about:

1)Dubeck gives check, Weinstein says “no Morra”

2)Everybody loves Raymond, except Leroy.

3)Dubeck wants Morra Weinstein.

4)Do check, Dubeck

5)Dubeck gives check, and Morra

6)Weinstein wants no Morra from Dubeck

Sep-18-13  jerseybob: I knew Dubeck in my days at Temple U. and in the Philly chess scene, and he's a very strong master. One game that should definitely be in this database is his win against Eric Bone from one of the U.S. Opens back in the 70's. Brilliant game.
Sep-18-13  Shams: <jerseybob> Wow, what a stunner. Found and uploaded. With a name like 'bone', it's just begging to be GOTD.

Apr-18-17  clement41: This game woke me up today! How nice this must feel OTB!
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  offramp: Dubeck Doublecheck.
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  FSR: Morra Imperative.
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  FSR: I knew that pun was a winner.
Dec-12-17  ASchultz: So interesting to see the scratchwork before the final accepted GotD name.

I love it when a pun comes together!

Dec-12-17  schnarre: ...Mate is unavoidable here!
Dec-12-17  saturn2: 6 ..Na5 is a beginner move.
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  Dionysius1: True enough. I'd have played 7. Bxf7 as in Kurtes vs Berta, 1958
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  Dionysius1: I hope!
Dec-12-17  ColeTrane: ...more like "Don't be a Weinstein"! ... too soon???
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  morfishine: It was this game that pushed Weinstein over the edge...


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  offramp: Can anyone explain what "Morra Imperative" means?
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  FSR: offramp - Google "moral imperative." It's a term in philosophy.
Dec-12-17  Nietzowitsch: or <categorical imperative>, just in case ...
Dec-12-17  newzild: Spectacular!

White handles his initiative so well, he is able to leave his queen en prise to a knight for five moves.

Added to my Game Collection: The Best Games You've Never Heard Of

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  morfishine: "We'll have to rehearse that," said the undertaker as the coffin fell out of the car


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  Domdaniel: <morf> Heh. Now *that* is a pun...
Dec-12-17  saturn2: 'The moral gambit' because the queen was offered but not taken.
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  Domdaniel: Taking the White Queen permits mate, eg, 13...Nxd4 14.Bh6+ Kg8 15.Nxf6#.

Or a move earlier: 12...Nxd4 13.Nxf6+ Kf8 14.Bh6#.

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  FSR: <Dionysius1> As a couple of commentators to that game observed, 8...Nf6 refutes Kurtes' sacrifice.
Dec-12-17  chesst: at 1/2 game...
the needed precision
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