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Viswanathan Anand vs Patrick Wolff
"Wolff Trapp; or, Vishful Thinking" (game of the day Nov-21-2020)
Wch U20 (1984), Kiljava FIN, rd 8, Aug-11
Pirc Defense: Austrian Attack. Unzicker Attack (B09)  ·  0-1

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Nov-21-20
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  beatgiant: <FSR>
Maybe because "When the Wolff bites, when the bee stings, when I'm feeling sad, I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don't feel... so bad."
Nov-21-20  Brenin: This is the Austrian attack, well known to be full of Trapps. 20 Bb3 allowed Black a later Qa6, with the deadly threat of mate on f1. Maybe 20 Bd2 would have been better, though White is still in trouble.
Nov-21-20
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  FSR: <beatgiant> LOL. Maybe that explains it.
Nov-21-20
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  MissScarlett: Two mediocre puns don't equal a good one. Fail!
Nov-21-20
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  perfidious: Only two steps removed from a world champion; I won a game from Wolff (then roughly 2450 US) a few months after this was played, before taking a hiding the last two times we met.
Nov-21-20
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  morfishine: <MissScarlett> is correct, which should be noted for its rarity
Nov-21-20  Ironmanth: Hah. Good little miniature. Cool comments too. For some reason, the Trapp name and the reminiscence to "The Sound of Music" reminds me, along with Patrick's name, of Wolf Trap, a place I used to listen to great music, up in Northern Va. Y'all stay safe, and if you celebrate Thanksgiving, be grateful!
Nov-21-20
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  lunchwithgina: <FSR>: I tried both "Wolff Trap" and "Wolff Trapp" during the composition of this game title, and preferred the visual symmetry of "Trapp". Only later did I see the additional connection of the opening variation (Austrian attack) to the von Trapp's nationality as pointed out by <Brenin>. I was trying to decide which one of the two word-plays to submit, and then decided both of them were short enough to link together. I tried the twofer title with the Wolff and Anand parts in the first position, eventually putting Wolff's name first. When I am composing these game titles , I try all the combinations I can think of; sometimes nothing works to my satisfaction and I discard the work. Perhaps you go through a similar process while composing your own game titles?
Nov-21-20
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  moronovich: <Perhaps you go through a similar process while composing your own game titles?>

Yes.
And then I feel trapped ;)

Nov-21-20
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  Williebob: Wolf Trap is the name of a famous concert venue in Virginia, not far from my home. I saw that irritable Brit named Morrissey perform there once, and he mentioned a few times during the concert just how much he despised the name. "Let the wolves roam free!", he declared.
If Morrissey was a chess player, too, I'd feel better about this kibitz, but the lockdown is making me crazy.
Nov-21-20
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  perfidious: While Morrissey may have objected to the name of the venue, no doubt he enjoyed his share of the quid from that visit.
Nov-21-20
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  Williebob: <perf> He's a character, I like him, but you hit the nail on the head :)
Very cool that you once tamed the Wolff!
Further re Wolff, I enjoyed listening to the radio interview that <FSR> linked to at (I think) a game page (I can't find it at the moment...); one passing comment regarding modern engines stood out: "The gods are now among us."
Nov-21-20
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  offramp: Alternative titles are handy to know. In a school quiz about Shakespeare I gave the title of one of his plays as <What You Will>, which was marked wrong and then marked as correct.
Nov-21-20
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  morfishine: <perfidious> Fantastic you took a game from Wolff! We need to see that one!
Nov-21-20
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  perfidious: <morf>, it was published in Chess Horizons in the early part of 1985 as part of John Curdo's column. I probably have the back number in mothballs somewhere or other.

All long ago and far away now.

Nov-21-20
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  morfishine: <perfidious> Somehow, we need to get that game uploaded here at <CG> I'm sure it could be done with a little elbow grease
Nov-21-20  ajile: <perfidious: Only two steps removed from a world champion; I won a game from Wolff (then roughly 2450 US) a few months after this was played, before taking a hiding the last two times we met.>

Yeah I beat Peter Manetti once in a coffee shop years ago in Santa Rosa, CA and he then proceeded to demolish me 10 games in a row after that. lol.

Nov-21-20  spingo: <ajile: Yeah I beat Peter Manetti once in a coffee shop years ago in Santa Rosa, CA and he then proceeded to demolish me 10 games in a row after that. lol.>

Did you play the first game for a nickel and the subsequent games for a dollar?

Nov-21-20
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  eternaloptimist: This is an impressive game by Wolff! Anand was crushed & thatís what he got for embarking on a premature attack. I had the pleasure of meeting Wolff @ a tournament in New Orleans in Ď92. I talked to him for 20-30 minutes or so & got his autograph
Nov-22-20  RookFile: Stockfish says 13. a3 is equal. Not exactly the first move you think about if you're playing to checkmate the black king.
Nov-24-20  ajile: <spingo: <ajile: Yeah I beat Peter Manetti once in a coffee shop years ago in Santa Rosa, CA and he then proceeded to demolish me 10 games in a row after that. lol.> Did you play the first game for a nickel and the subsequent games for a dollar?>

No he didn't let me win, he dropped his queen on a knight fork. lol He was PISSED. :o)

I never played coffee house chess for money BTW.

Nov-24-20
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  HeMateMe: Didn't Wolff finished dead last one year in the USA championship but then won it or tied for first, one or two years later? I seem to remember that happening. Might have been another player, but I know it happened.
Nov-24-20
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  perfidious: Wolff finished bottom marker in a US Junior closed once, I believe.
Nov-24-20
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  HeMateMe: ...and then won it or tied for first the next year.
Nov-24-20
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  perfidious: Wolff was the goat in 1983.

Got to face most of that lineup during my career (Ardaman, Litvinchuk, Griego, Glueck, Benjamin, Yedidia, Dlugy, Genfan and Rachels). Even the 'weak' players were 2300+, a not inconsiderable rating then.

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