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Arthur Feuerstein vs Gregory S DeFotis
US Championship (1972), New York, NY USA, rd 10, May-08
Dutch Defense: Manhattan Gambit. Anti-Modern (A80)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Dec-08-18  Caissanist: By the time this tournament was half over it was obvious that it was too strong for Feuerstein, so he apparently decided to have some fun in the last few rounds. Per the tournament book, 3.g4?! is known as the Pretzel Gambit. <It is named for Jaromir Nepomuk von Pretzel, who was born in 1937 and died friendless, unknown, and in abject poverty in 1883. Feuerstein has long been a Pretzel admirer and has threated to write the story of his life. The world's leading theoreticians have yet to say the final word on this dumbfounding variation.>
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  keypusher: <Cassianist> <It is named for Jaromir Nepomuk von Pretzel, who was born in 1937 and died friendless, unknown, and in abject poverty in 1883. >

Well, no wonder. He lived backwards, like Benjamin Button.

From the main page: <he wound up getting swindled in winning positions by Popovych and Feuerstein>

Where is the swindle here?

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  perfidious: <keypusher....Where is the swindle here?>

So far as I can tell, there is no clear path to a win and I do not see evidence that De Fotis missed anything major.

As to De Fotis' opponent, the one time I met Feuerstein, I was deprived of the pleasure of facing the Pretzel, having White.

It was the last round of the USATE in Somerset, New Jersey and we wound up in an Old Indian by transposition after I opened 1.c4, I may have had some advantage, and the game wound up drawn after I made the last 20 moves to time check in under a minute.

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