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Edmar J Mednis vs Walter Grombacher
53rd US Open (1952), Tampa, FL USA, rd 10, Jul-23
Alekhine Defense: Exchange Variation (B03)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Phony Benoni: After <31...f6>

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Surely Grombacher couldn't have expected Mednis to miss the threat of 32...Rxh4. Perhaps it was time pressure. Or perhaps it's an unusual sort of hallucination I've seen on occasion from players used to Dwscriptive Notation.

Back in 1952, Black's threat would have been ...RxRP, not ...Rxh4. This is easily preventable in various ways, of course, but perhaps Mednis had the careless thought that moving the rook pawn out of harm's way would eliminate the threat.

Don't laugh. I've seen it happen. Here's one with White to play:

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White must have noticed that castling wouldn't stop Black from winning the queen, but apparently thought that <1.P-KB4> was the most direct way of preventing 1...NxP+.

Chess is a game of progressing from the simple to the more difficult. You have to start by saving pawns before advancing to saving queens.

Nov-28-15  Granny O Doul: In "The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal", Tal recalls an occasion (granted, a blitz game) in which he saw White threatened Bxh7+, winning Black's queen by discovered attack. He defended with ...h6, and...well, I won't spoil.

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