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James Mortimer vs Arthur Skipworth
"Le Mort d'Arthur" (game of the day Mar-05-2022)
London (1883), London ENG, rd 14, May-28
French Defense: Classical Variation. Richter Attack (C13)  ·  1-0



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Sep-09-04  mjk: It' s Zugzwang in three after 67...♖f2 and Black resigned rather than try for the swindle 67...♖f2 68.♖a8+ ♖f8 69.♖xf8+ ♔xf8 70.♔d8? ♖xe6
Apr-20-16  zanzibar: The ending note from the TB p305/370:

<This was the first game in the Tournament won by Mr. Mortimer, whose play throughout affords a marked contrast to the feebleness of many of his earlier games. In justice to Mr. Skipworth, it must be remembered that he played in direct defiance of his doctor's advice, and any falling off on his part must be attributed to the state of his health at the time incapacitating him for hard Chess.>

It seems Skipworth withdrew soon after completing the first round.

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  boz: Mort is feminine. Should be La mort de...
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Well done, today's punner! Too bad the game doesn't match the quality of the title, although White did OK to recover from the weak 6.exd5 (6.e5 and 6.Nf3 are by far the best after 5.Bxf6).
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  piltdown man: That's a brilliant pun! Not the greatest game, though.
Mar-05-22  Brenin: <boz>: The actual title (correct or not) by which Malory's tale is know is Le Morte d'Arthur. As for the game, I follow <An Englishman> and <piltdown man>.
Mar-05-22  Sally Simpson: Mortimer, I like him, he is the main link responsible for my and many other players in the Edinburgh area for a Morphy number of 4.

Mortimer played Morphy, then Eugene Znosko-Borovsky who played Oliver Penrose who I played a few times in league matches.

See FSR's fun piece on the Morphy Number.

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  MissScarlett: <The Mortimer surname’s origins date back a thousand years to eleventh century Normandy. By this time, the village of Mortemer-sur-Eaulne had developed in the Pays de Bray region of Normandy, between the historic cities of Rouen and Amiens. The old French word ‘bray’ meant a swamp or marsh, while the place name Mortemer also derived from such a description. The Latin word ‘mort’, meaning die, combined with the old French ‘mer’, for lake or sea, can be translated as ‘dead water’ a poetic description of the stagnant water of the Pay de Bray’s marshland. Mortemer castle was constructed in 1020, and by 1054 had come in to the hands of Roger FitzRalph, a Norman knight.>

Mar-05-22  goodevans: There was a time when the pun was king and we were lucky if the game had any merit at all. Then when Missy took over it switched so the games were invariably interesting even if the puns were dire. Just recently we seem to be alternating between the two.

Today's pun is indeed top drawer. To be fair, whilst there's little worth viewing for much of this game the last few moves provide some interest.

SF prefers that Black prevents the check with <65...Rf1> but Skipworth saw that that would have allowed the simple <66.Kd8> and <67.Rc8>. His move <65...Rd2> avoids this and so Mortimer had to find the neat Zugzwang <mjk> posted about. Too bad Skipworth didn't try for <mjk>'s swindle.

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  MissScarlett: <Just recently we seem to be alternating between the two.>

I'm aiming for an unhappy medium.

Mar-05-22  Nosnibor: Does this pun also relate to the death of King Arthur from the Knights of the Round Table?
Mar-05-22  goodevans: <Nosnibor> - Interesting use of the word <also>.
Mar-05-22  Vermit: Technically, it's le morte d'arthur
Mar-05-22  Scuvy: How can this opening be classed as a Richter Attack? Richter 's choice was almost always 6 e5. This is more akin to an Exchange French.
Mar-05-22  Sally Simpson: Hi Scuvy,

The names, place and date will usually be 100% correct. The openings are occasionally mislabelled. We have a few games with this variation (this game being one of them) but no Richter.

Of course it could be Bernhard Richter who once played the exchange French. B Richter vs H Nowarra, 1929 but he is more famous for being 161 years old. Bernhard Richter

(and I've just decided that the pun is pretentious. )

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  Check It Out: Contrary to many, I actually enjoyed the game and don't know anything about the pun.
Mar-05-22  LoveThatJoker: The pun is alright; although, per <Vermit>, possibly misspelled.


Mar-06-22  Granny O Doul: 13...Na5.

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