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John B Earnest vs Charles P Hoover
"That Sucks" (game of the day Aug-28-2014)
48th US Open (1947), Corpus Christi, TX USA, rd 1, Aug-11
Bird Opening: General (A02)  ·  1-0



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  Phony Benoni: Well, I guess it's a better pun than "Hoover Dam".
Aug-28-14  Jim Bartle: Actually it blows, too.
Aug-28-14  greed and death: Wow, that does suck. 27... Kf5 and black seems to have a clear advantage.
Aug-28-14  ASchultz: If this game were played on Monday, then I think "Black Monday" would be an appropriate quote.
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  Phony Benoni: Erich W. Marchand, writing in Chess Life, September 5, 1947, commented: <"27...Kf5 was necessary to stop 28.g4, etc., but all the preceding fireworks have blinded Black's eyes to mates. After 27...Kf5 the ending would be most difficult for both sides.">

I think Marchand gave White a bit more credit than he deserved throughout the game, but surely some praise was in order!

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  Phony Benoni: Oh, and we should probably explain to our younger viewers that "Hoover" is an old slang term for "vacuum cleaner".

Get it now?

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  FSR: Wasn't 14...Qxf6 a huge improvement, leaving White with only one piece for the queen?
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  FSR: What an absurd game.
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  HeMateMe: Some earnest comments here...
Aug-28-14  ISeth: If though not f5 on Move 27 Black surely would loose the game because of lack of Counterplay .

White with upper hand would march with his Knights and the pass pawns assuring himself with a dominant victory and Black has to wait and watch.

Aug-28-14  newhampshireboy: It might be absurd but the win went to Bird!
Aug-28-14  morfishine: <FSR><What an absurd game> and a unique though incredibly silly middle-of-the board mate
Aug-28-14  goodevans: This game should just have been left to collect dust.
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  sfm: 14.-,Qxf6 = effective cleaning.
15.-,Nf6? enters a dusty road.
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  Once: This is one of those rare games where both players ought to be embarrassed. I suppose we could say that white puts up a great fight after dropping his queen in the opening, but black certainly helps him along the way.
Aug-28-14  YetAnotherAmateur: <Once> Here I was assuming that was a deliberate sacrifice of the queen in exchange for a massive lead in development, as opposed to a blunder!
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  Once: We may never know whether white intended to play the queen sacrifice or not. Here's the position after 13... Bc5 14. Bxf6

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If we assume that white intended to sacrifice his queen then he must have been thinking of this as his follow-up. But as <FSR> has pointed out, black should have played 14...Qxf6 instead of Bxd4

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Black is winning comfortably. There's no rush to take the white Qd4. It is still pinned and isn't going anywhere. Compared with the game line, white doesn't have the bishop pair and black only has to give up one minor piece for the white queen, not two.

I think we can safely say that the queen sacrifice isn't sound. So either white played an unsound sacrifice or he allowed his queen to be pinned against his king, and the queen sacrifice was the best he could do to salvage something from the situation.

As played, white gets a bit of an attack in return for the queen. After the queen sac/ loss, Fritzie has black ahead in the game all the way up to 27...f5 which loses on the spot to mate in 1 - although admittedly a hard to see mate in 1.

An heroic fight-back from a desperate situation of his own making, perhaps?

Aug-28-14  shishio71: Wow. Black played like a total patzer
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  kevin86: How about HOOVER HARRASSED BY HORSES?

The knight sure take this one!

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  kevin86: Or:Hoover helpmate in one!
Aug-28-14  Tigranny: Very bad game on both sides. How about "Hoover Damned" as a pun?
Aug-28-14  morfishine: Of course 26...Ke5 deserves a ??? since 26...Kg6 wins outright what with being up 2 exchanges


Aug-28-14  bengalcat47: I hope that no master class players ever use this phrase when they get outplayed and have a bad game.
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  HeMateMe: On a related note, were coolies involved in building the Grand Coulee Dam?
Aug-28-14  Willber G: Hoover hell chose this as GOTD?
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