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Samuel Lipschutz vs George Hatfeild Gossip
"That is the Question" (game of the day Feb-27-2009)
6th American Chess Congress, New York (1889), New York, NY USA, rd 26, May-16
Bishop's Opening: Vienna Hybrid (C28)  ·  0-1



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Feb-27-09  laskereshevsky: Just Yesterday, in the Topalov-Kamsky live game page, GM Short in one of his "sarcastic goadly" comments

(I think he coulded be a perfect personage in the "animal house" movie...) said:

<"2b or not 2b"> when Kamsky was thinking about do or not to do the move ♕xb2....

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  Once: <Jim Bartle: I suppose "Henry V" was in Shakespeare's Gibson phase?>

LOL! Good one.

Feb-27-09  Jim Bartle: Actually I don't know why Shakespeare is considered so great. All he did was string a bunch of clichés together.
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  Once: <Jim Bartle> And what about the number of film titles that he squeezed into his plays? I reckon that he had a time machine and used it to travel to the future (our present) in Terminator-fashion, so he could nick all the best cliches and film titles and pass them off as his own.
Feb-27-09  Jim Bartle: There was an absolutely hilarious "Twilight Zone" where Shakespeare appeared in Hollywood, and everybody rejected his scripts.
Feb-27-09  whiteshark: <72>
Feb-27-09  Wassily: sqrt(4*b^2) = 2*b or -2*b
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  kevin86: A real neat conclusion. Black forces the king back with rook and pawns-then delivers mate-just when we expected a promotion.

I don't want to make fun of Gossip's name-especially behind his back.

Feb-27-09  tivrfoa: <newzild: 31.Bxc4 turned out to be a pretty bad blunder. >I think 33 b4 was worst.
Feb-27-09  xrt999: < newzild: Gossip ... Wrote heaps of chess books despite being a very lowly-ranked player.>

He would have fit in nicely here.

Feb-27-09  xrt999: < snarky: Was one not allowed to resign in this tournament?>

I think back in 1889, it was considered rude and ungentlemanly to resign right as you are about to lose, exactly the opposite of what is considered rude and ungentlemanly today.

So, I guess the world is a better place today....

Feb-27-09  m0nkee1: lol at the 2b argument. Yes, b4 is bad! Lost the game. For black quite a recovery from the opening when both knight had to retreat to find better squares. :)
Feb-27-09  Calli: 30.Qe2

"An extraordinary failure of judgment at a critical juncture, which throws away a won game. The right play was 30.Rfe1 Rd7 (best; if 30...Qc5 31.Kh1 cxb3 32.Re7+ Kh8 33.Qf7 and wins) 31.Rh3 cxb3 32.Qxh6+ Kf7 33.Qh5+ Kg8 34.Qh8+ Kf7 35.Rh7+ Nxh7 36.Qxh7+ Kf8 37.Qh8+ Kf7 followed by 38.Qxa8 with a pawn ahead and the superior game." - W. Steinitz

Feb-27-09  shahjinan: What a blunder b4 is!!!
Feb-27-09  Chessmensch: Black was a piece ahead from move 32 at which time Deep Fritz 10 rates the game at -4.04 and it took to move 72 to finish off white. It would be interesting to see what a modern GM would do from move 32. Why GOTD? Probably the names.
Feb-27-09  Shams: I think white's mistake was not playing 29.Be6 offering to trade a strong bishop for a dubious knight-- the resulting passed pawn looks decisive.

Feb-27-09  dbquintillion: Ugh, white should not have lost this game.
Relatedly, I would be so much cooler if my name was George Hatfeild Gossip.
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  patzer2: Interesting game! White missed a win with the surprising 29. Rf4!!, when play might continue 29...Kh7 (29... gxf4 30. Qg4+ Ng6 31. Qxg6+ Kh8 32. Bf7 ) 30. Rfe4 with a decisive attack on Black's weakened King-side.

White starts to get in trouble with the inferior 30. Qe2?! [much better is 30. Rfe1! Rd7 ( not 30... Qc5?? 31. Bxc4 Re8 32. Qf7+ Kh8 33. Qg8#) 31. Bc2 b5 32. Be4 with a clear advantage], when the strong (and practically forced) defensive pinning move 30...Qc5! makes it difficult for White to find an equalizing move.

White loses any last chance of holding the draw with the blunder 33. b4?? Instead, he should have played 33. fxe6, when after Rxe6 34. Rff3 Rae8 35. Kf2 g4 36. Rg3 h5 37. b4 Qd6 38. Kg1 Qxg3 39. hxg3 Rxe3 40. Qd2 b5 41. Kf2 R3e5 Black has a clear but not decisive advantage with two active Rooks against the lone White queen.

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  patzer2: Will I win, draw or lose? might be the question for which White had no good answer -- despite getting a strong attacking position. White had a solution to win and at least one chance to draw which he missed in the confusion Black created for him.
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  patzer2: <Shams: I think white's mistake was not playing 29. Be6.> Yes, that also looks like it wins! However, White still has some winning chances after 29. Re3 c4 30. Rfe1! .
Feb-27-09  WhiteRook48: why is this the pun?
Feb-27-09  lipschutz: I’m still annoyed about blundering this game away. Had I won, I would have finished fifth ahead of Amos Burn and won $400 instead of $300!
Feb-28-09  WhiteRook48: says the person who is well over a century old.
(No offense- yet again)
Mar-01-09  swarmoflocusts: <sqrt(4*b^2) = 2*b or -2*b>

As in root(4(b^2))? Okay, fine. But that's stretching it.

<How about the route of 2b squared? Does that work?>


Aug-24-12  Cemoblanca: Lipschutz @ the end without any "Schutz" (protection)! ;0) Good game by "The Gossip"!
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