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Albert C Martin vs Elliot Wolk
"Wolk This Way" (game of the day Apr-12-2022)
Rhode Island (1947), Rhode Island USA
Slav Defense: Winawer Countergambit (D10)  ·  0-1



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Apr-12-22  Brenin: 21 ... Re3 must have come as a shock: if 24 fxe3 or Bxe3 then a4 traps the Q, since Qf3 is no longer possible. The finish is very pretty. Note that 25 Qc6 loses to 25 ... Ba3.
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  WannaBe: Revenge of the E-Wolks...
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  HeMateMe: Nice pun, B. This is definitely 'Wolk' ches...
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Stunning play. This is Alekhine-level chess. Don't believe me? Check out Reti vs Alekhine, 1925.

Question: does 24...Ba3+; 25.Bc3,Rxc3+ also "wolk the wolk?" 25.Qc6 and 25.Bc6 both improve, but 25...Bxb2+ still looks tempting.

It's hard not to love any Black victory in the Slav Winawer Countergambit. Like the Albin and the Falkbeer, it's a variation that I really really *really* wish was sound.

Apr-12-22  goodevans: <An Englishman> 24...Ba3+ 25.Bc3?? Qxc3#

As you say, 25.Qc6 and 25.Bc6 both improve (hard not to!). In either case you should resist the temptation to play 25...Bxb2+ immediately and prepare with 25...Rb8 first.

Apr-12-22  newzild: Added to my Game Collection: The Best Games You've Never Heard Of
Apr-12-22  Vermit: Amazingly, this is his only win recorded in the CG database
Apr-12-22  faulty: considering that 'wolk' is from the Slavonic word for the wolf, my first thought was (after seeing the pun): 'there is a wolf somewhere'
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  MissScarlett: I'm sure <PB> considered and rejected <Wolk on the Wild Side>, because the pun's been used a couple of times before (albeit with <Walk>).
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  OhioChessFan: I'm sure I'm biased, but a far better Wolk pun can be found here:

Georg Meyer vs S Wolk, 1946

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  offramp: Great game. The winning final attack is unique.
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  Phony Benoni: <MissScarlett> Never thought of it. This was a case where I just wanted to get the game into the cycle, and didn't worry much about the pun. And, jusding from the comments, I think that was justifiable.

Actually, I think <WannaBe>'s suggestion is best, but I would never have thought of it, being handicapped by having never seen a "Star Trek" movie. (Or, for tht matter, any movie for the last 25 years or so. No way can I bear spending two or three hours away from my collection.)

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