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Alfred Schroeder vs Abraham Kupchik
Metropolitan Chess League Individual (1915), New York, NY
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1-0

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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-04-12
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  Phony Benoni: The forced mate for White comes as a bit of a surprise. It certainly was for Kupchik:

<"The gossips say that Kupchik brought this trouble upon himself by leaving the board, while his opponent was studying, and starting some "skittle" chess on the side, just for diversion's sake. Meanwhile Schroeder was preparing a little diversion of his own. It made Kupchik look a bit sober for a second or two. Then his winning features broke out into a broad grin. He realized it was 'one on him', shrugged his shoulder characteristically and straightway divorced himself from the past."> [Brooklyn Daily Eagle, May 31, 1915]

If this account is accurate then Kupchik's behavior cannot be defended, but there is a little more to the story. He was playing in the New York 1915 Masters' Tournamentat the same time as this event. (This wasn't unusual; six of the eight players in the Masters' were doing double duty.) Earlier that day, he had played off two adjournments in the other tournament. It would have been three, but he decided to resign Capablanca vs Kupchik, 1915 without resumption.

If you look at the kibitzing for that game, you'll see a lot of questions about why Kupchik resigned.

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