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David Moody vs Les LeRoy Smith
Michigan Open (1982), East Lansing, MI USA, rd 1, Sep-03
Latvian Gambit: Mayet Attack. Poisoned Pawn Variation (C40)  ·  1-0



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Aug-10-15  zb2cr: And <Phony Benoni> does the following: 15. Qe8+, Nx38; 16. Nf7#.
Aug-10-15  Caissas Clown: <Phony Benoni>: The one thing I hate about Monday puzzles is that they never come up in my games.unquote

Ha ha!I solved the puzzle in seconds, but I took a good while longer to get the joke !

Poor Les - the loss was bad enough,but one anagram of his name is far worse ! That's a Monday puzzle to solve in your own head - and certainly not in print here :-).

Aug-10-15  rgr459: They didn't waste any time getting into each other's pants.
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  Benzol: A Moody Monday puzzle. Just what we need.


Aug-10-15  weary willy: Oh yes, "Shell Mist"... or did you mean something else?! That middle initial is very useful
Aug-10-15  Ratt Boy: <Caissas Clown: Poor Les - the loss was bad enough,but one anagram of his name is far worse ! That's a Monday puzzle to solve in your own head - and certainly not in print here :-).>

Heh. That anagram took longer than the chess puzzle. (I started out by thinking, "What if I decoupled the "th" sound, and paired the H with another letter?" That got me on the right track pretty quickly.) Thanks for putting that out there.

Aug-10-15  Ratt Boy: <Cheapo by the Dozen: Public safety announcement:>

Um…thank you?

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  Tabanus: Check out for Michigan Open, Sept. 4-7, 1982 (page 4, nos. 17 and 37 on the list).

See also the Fidelity Prestige game on page 20 ;)

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  Phony Benoni: <Tabamis> I should point out that the date given in the magazine is incorrect; the tournament was actually held September 3-6.

There's nothing special about the game. It's just another one of those Bc4-Latvians where neither player has any idea of what's going on until somebody gets checkmated.

I actually played 2.Bc4 in an attempt to avoid the Latvian. Smith and I were incessant blitz partners, so I knew his opening tendencies. But when he played 2...f5, I couldn't think of anything else to do.

A few words about Les. Imagine the stereotypical motorcycle gang leader: 6' 4", 300 pounds, long air and beard, gigantic tattoo on upper left arm. In addition, he worked for the post office. Few people messed with Les, but he was basically a nice guy, albeit with a bit of a bark.

We often played during the dead afternoon hours at the US Open. Back then, I had a BHB clock stored in a cardboard box from which the top had disappeared. One day we were so anxious to get started that we didn't bother taking the clock out of the box before pounding away.

A spectator came by and asked, "What are you doing?"

"Playing blitz chess."

"But you can't see the clock face."

"We don't want to. We would rather decide the game on the board rather than on the clock."

"Then why use the clock?"

"Don't e silly! If we didn't have a clock, it wouldn't be blitz chess!"

We didn't get a lot of spectators.

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  patzer2: Congratulations to <Phony Benoni> (i.e. David Moody) on a well played attacking game.

As <Once> so eloquently stated <our very own PB buckling a swash>, which made me curious about the etymology of "swash" and "buckler." So I googled "swashbuckler" and at found:

<The traditional swashbuckler, described by the Oxford English Dictionary as ‘a swaggering bravo or ruffian; a noisy braggadocio’, was, indeed, someone who ‘swashed his buckle’. To ‘swash’, in the sixteenth century, was to dash or strike something violently, while a ‘buckler’ was a small round shield, carried by a handle at the back. So a swashbuckler was literally one who made a loud noise by striking his own or his opponent’s shield with his sword.>

White's play is so strong here, it fooled me when I erred earlier in posting about an equalizing improvement for Black with 11...hxg6.

Though 11...hxg6 is the best move available, and definitely improves over the losing 11...Kd8??, turns out 11...hxg6 doesn't quite give Black a level game.

Black's very close to being lost after 11...hxg6 12. Qxg6+ Kd8 13. Nf7+! Ke7 14. Nc3 Qxc2+ 15. Ke1 d6 16. Nd5+ Kd7 17. Qxg8 Qxb2 (the Fritz move 17...e3!? offers some slim survival chances) 18. Rd1! to as in the email correspondence game G Laderchi vs J Elburg, 2001.

So for an improvement for Black, the best I can offer is to avoid the dubious 2...f5?! and instead play the sound move 2...Nf6 =.

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  kevin86: Black's knight defends the king against attack...but also blocks the king's escape.
Aug-10-15  BOSTER: <PB: Monday puzzles never come up in my games>. This is because your standard is too high.
Aug-10-15  BOSTER: < patzer2: the dubious 2...f5>. I like this move after 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4
Aug-10-15  zanzibar: Congratulations to David, for having one of his games <chowned>.

It now belongs to the ages!

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  WannaBe: <Phony Benoni: ...

A few words about Les. Imagine the stereotypical motorcycle gang leader: 6' 4", 300 pounds, long air and beard, gigantic tattoo on upper left arm. In addition, he worked for the post office. Few people messed with Les, but he was basically a nice guy, albeit with a bit of a bark.>

Also suitable description for <whiskeyrebel>, too. Philip Irwin

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  patzer2: <Boster> I like 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 f5 for skittles or blitz. However, for serious play 2...Nf6, offering to go into a two knights, IMO improves Black's chances.
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  Check It Out: This thread made me smile today.
Aug-10-15  figeatinfool: not sure how honorable it was to resign at that point.... smh hahaha
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  Sally Simpson: Good Game - good thread.

Can add a smattering of theory.

If the score is correct then it starts off as a Calabrese.

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Which does not contain nowhere near as much venom as a Latvian because here Black is not threatening to play fxe4 as there is no Knight on f3.

The move that tests this opening is the simple 3.d3 when Black really is playing a King's Gambit a tempo down .

3.Nf3 going into a mainline Latvian is good fun for both sides after

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4...d5 instead of 4...Qg5. You play 5..Qg5 if White gets cold feet and plays 5.Bb3. The reason 5.Bb3 is played because they see 5.Qh5+ g6 but miss the 6.Bf7+ idea. I won more than my share of Black in this line.

I never ventured 4...Qg4 in the dozen or so games I played this as Black OTB as White has a forced perpetual, that was no good to me and as I said 4...d5 is much more fun.

Nice anecdote about playing with a clock but not looking at it. I suppose it saves time because you do not have to wind them up or re-set them.

Aug-10-15  Tiggler: <Ratt Boy: <Caissas Clown: Poor Les - the loss was bad enough,but one anagram of his name is far worse ! That's a Monday puzzle to solve in your own head - and certainly not in print here :-).>

Heh. That anagram took longer than the chess puzzle.>

Too many cooks:

Smell This
Smell @#$%
Shell Mist
Still Mesh

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  Phony Benoni: I should point out that Les' full name -- and the form he normally used -- was <Les LeRoy Smith>. Make what you will of that.
Aug-10-15  Nullifidian: 15. ♕e8+ ♘xe8 16. ♘f7#
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  Sneaky: <patzer2> already mentioned it but it's worth repeating: First came NN vs Greco, 1590 ... and here we are 425 years later enjoying pretty much the same merriment.
Aug-13-15  zanzibar: Found this game in DSZ v25 (July 1870), p219, reminded a little of this one:


[Event "Kurlisch (arbitary?)"]
[Site "Berlin GER"]
[Date "1870.07.??"]
[Round "#2965"]
[White "Schallop, E."]
[Black "H."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C25"]
[EventDate "1870.07.??"]
[Source "Schachzeitung v25 (July 1870) p219 #2965 (315)"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 f5 3.exf5 Nf6 4.g4 h5 5.g5 Ng4 6.h3 Nxf2 7.Kxf2 Bc5+ 8. d4 Bxd4+ 9.Kg2 d5 10.Bd3 Bxc3 11.bxc3 e4 12.f6 exd3 13.fxg7 Rg8 14. Qxh5+ Ke7 15.Nf3 Rxg7 16.Ba3+ c5 17.Bxc5+ Kd7 18.Qh6 Qg8 19.Qd6+ Ke8 20.Rhe1+ Kf7 21.Re7+ Kf8 22.Qd8# 1-0


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  Phony Benoni: <zanzibar> You have unmasked my secret! If anyone had just looked inside that Reinfeld book I carrier around, they would have found out I was hiding a copy of DSZ inside. The proof:


[Event "US Open"]
[Site "Columbus, Ohio USA"]
[Date "1977.08.11"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Moody, David"]
[Black "Carr, Dav id"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C25"]
[EventDate "1977.08.07"]
[Source "Personal file"]

1.Nc3 f5 2.e4 e5 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.exf5 d5 5.Nxd5 Nxd5 6.Qh5+ Ke7 7.d4 exd4 8.Bg5+ Nf6 9.Bxf6+ Kxf6 10.Qh4+ Kxf5 11.g4+ Kg6 12.Qh5+ Kf6 13.Qf7+ Ke5 14.Nf3+ Kd6 15.Qd5+ Ke7 16.Qe5+ Kd7 17.Qe6# 1-0


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