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Hermann Knoll vs Michael Gratze
"Behind the Gratze Knoll" (game of the day Apr-25-2016)
Austrian Championship (2012), Zwettl AUT, rd 2, Jul-22
Slav Defense: Breyer Variation (D11)  ·  1-0



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  Phony Benoni: Black's problem, alas, is that there is a second shooter.
Apr-25-16  Razgriz: The black king is stuck at the queenside and can't even stop the promotion of the a-pawn. If the dark square bishop tries to help, the h-pawn marches.
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  TheAlchemist: "I'm just a patzer!"
Apr-25-16  AlicesKnight: Was Black playing for a draw when the rush of minor piece exchanges took place? After 25 ....Bf5 the Zwichenzug Nd6 led to the doubling of Black f-pawns and long-term weakness on the K-side in spite of even material and Bs of opposite colour. White exploited this patiently.
Apr-25-16  morfishine: <TheAlchemist> Brilliant! lol
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  whiteshark: Can anybody with a deeper insight explain the pun to me? tia
Apr-25-16  Jim Bartle: "Gratze Knoll": "grassy knoll," where some people say shots came from in the Kennedy assassination in Dallas.
Apr-25-16  PhilFeeley: This should be game of the day for Nov. 22.
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  thegoodanarchist: Great pun, and some great jokes too, <Phony Benoni> and <TheAlchemist>

<whiteshark: Can anybody with a deeper insight explain the pun to me? tia>

Also, you might not know that Lee Harvey Oswald said "I am just a patsy" to the press when arrested.

Apr-25-16  YetAnotherAmateur: One relevant chess point here: Just because you've traded down to opposite-color bishops does *not* mean that the position is an automatic draw.
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  kevin86: The a-pawn cannot be stopped!
Apr-25-16  The Kings Domain: Fine game, the pun's better. :-)
Apr-25-16  morfishine: Ok, I submitted this pun, but not after much thought. After all, I did not want to violate my rule of having the necessary second reference. Here, I thought the second reference was "Behind" where the White King gets behind the last remaining Black piece. In chess, we've seen brilliancies where one player "gets behind" his opponent

But you gotta love <TheAlchemist>'s contribution: "I'm just a patzer" is great (I think Oswald stated "I'm a Patsy" leaving out the 'just', but no matter, its great nonetheless)


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  perfidious: No Babushka Lady need apply, save the one married to George McGann, robber and stone killer.

<George married Beverly Oliver, the so-called Bakuska (sic) Lady, a Dallas night club singer, who said she filmed the Kennedy assassination but the FBI stole her film. Most of what she said has been discredited. She said George killed Doris Grooms and George Fuqua. She was the source for the information that Ruby met Oswald in Oliver Stone's movie, JFK. Beverly Oliver said that she and George McGann met for several hours with Richard Nixon when he was running for President. If they played poker, I am sure Nixon won. He financed his early political career on poker winnings....>

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  thegoodanarchist: <morfishine: ...

But you gotta love <TheAlchemist>'s contribution: "I'm just a patzer" is great (I think Oswald stated "I'm a Patsy" leaving>

Now see, I remember it the same way as <TheAlchemist>.

Methinks I might haves to go to the google on it.

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  thegoodanarchist: As usual, I am right about what Oswald said:

"I'm just a patsy"

Apr-25-16  morfishine: <thegoodanarchist> Yes, you are correct, and so is <TheAlchemist> This is one of my most read and researched topics. I'd enjoy your input at my forum. I would swear that in one clip in a hallway, Oswald states "I'm a patsy" but I may be wrong, but I will search

Feel free to drop by:

best, morf


Apr-25-16  Gerry84: Alice knight... same thought here... why bf5 and not take the pawn on b2?

I also don't see why black plays the house rook on move 47 instead of capturing with the b pawn or the bishop to keep pressure on h2...

Apr-25-16  waustad: Two Austrian players I'd never hear of, though it seems both are quite active in local leagues. There is so much more team chess available in Europe than in the US!
Apr-27-16  Moszkowski012273: Almost anything other than 39...Re1 draws. Black tried to hard.

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