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Klaus Dieter Reichwald vs Gerhard Scheuerlein
Bayern-ch Seniors 23rd (2011), Bergen, rd 9, Jun-05
Scandinavian Defense: General (B01)  ·  1-0



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  whiteshark: <Do you have a comment, whiteshark? Post it here!> No!
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  FSR: You'd think that by the time one got old enough to play in a senior championship one would have one's openings worked out a little better.
Oct-26-13  SoUnwiseTheKnight B4: This looks like it fell from <the tree of slightly less correct alternatives>
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  FSR: <SoUnwiseTheKnight B4> 3...Qc6?? is the worst move that's been played in's database. Opening Explorer The other bad moves (such as 3...Qc5 and 3...Qd7) only give White a +1.0 advantage or so.
Oct-27-13  Shams: Senior moment.
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  FSR: I played this line in two offhand games, Rhine-Melko and Rhine-Haldies, when I was a freshman in high school, probably both in 1973. As I recall, Melko resigned immediately, while Haldies played on and eventually lost.
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  perfidious: A grand total of over 5000 games with the position after 3.Nc3, and 3....Qc6 is listed as a 'novelty'.

Vastly amusing.

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  OhioChessFan: He was only 78. Maybe he never played the Scandinavian before.
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  Count Wedgemore: For some reason the 3...Qc6 line in the Scandinavian has never really caught on..
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  OhioChessFan: Maybe it was a 4PM game and he had to get to bed.
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  FSR: <perfidious> It's no novelty! Both Melko and Haldies had played it against me 38 years before! Somehow I never thought to submit those games to Chess Informant or anything.
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  perfidious: <FSR>, as I said, Black's try at move three is listed here as a novelty.

Really, though, you should have sent on one at least of those early gems to Informator and picked up a few quid, if not achieving some measure of renown. As things went, you had nothing for it but to wait till comprehensively smashing Sprenkle a few years on to garner such notice.

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  FSR: <perfidious> Good idea! If a move hasn't been played in any games in Informant (and maybe, in the old days, in ECO) Chess Informant considers it a novelty. Using that yardstick, I suppose 3...Qc6 is probably still a "novelty."
Jan-26-19  Christopher Aach: It's good solid play by white. It's foolish to bring your Queen out that early.
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  FSR: Six years later, the World Senior saw an even worse third move by Black in R Antonio vs A Reprintsev, 2017.
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