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Adolf Anderssen vs George Webb Medley
"Unchained Medley" (game of the day Sep-19-2004)
London Haringey (1862), London ENG
King's Gambit: Accepted. Kieseritsky Gambit Anderssen Defense (C39)  ·  0-1



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Sep-19-04  briscola: and time, goes by...
Sep-19-04  molinov: What do you think of 26.h5 h6 (26. ...bxc4 27.h6+) 27. Bxc5 Bxc5 28.Rf4 ?. I feel Anderssen had something better to do at line 26.
Sep-19-04  molinov: Maybe 26.... Bxh5 27.Bxc5 thinking about Rh1.
Sep-19-04  iron maiden: Great game to play using the "hide result" feature.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Medley defends like Nimzowitsch! Restrain, blockade, destroy. Still, I can't help but think that Anderssen overlooked something here.
Sep-19-04  sneaky pete: An anonymous note in the Pickard edition of Anderssen's games suggests 26.Be2 Bb6 27.Bxg4 .. favours white and even 26.Bxb5 Bxb5 27.Nxf6 Qxf6 28.Qxc5 Bxf1 29.Qxc7+ Kh6 30.Rxf1 .. is playable - seems a bit optimistic to me.

Bilguer (Schlechter's 1916 edition) gives 18.h5 .. winning back the sacrificed piece. After 18... g3 19.hxg6 g2 20.Rxh7 Rxh7 21.gxh7 .. and now a) 21... Nxh7 22.Bb5+ Kd8 23.Nf3 a6 24.Bd3 .. or b) 21... 0-0-0 22.Qg5 g1Q 23.Rxg1 Bxg1 24.Qxg1 b6 25.Qg5 .. Schlechter sees a white advantage, and who am I to contradict him? Ich bin nicht besser als schlechter.

Sep-19-04  ajile: White opened the b file. why??
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Good find, sneaky pete! This looks very good for White, because after 25.Qg5, the Queen not only helps defend the Pd5, but also adds the threat of 26.Ne4. In fact, after either 26...Rf8 or 26...Re8, I think White can still play 26.Ne4: 26...Re8; 27.Ne4,Ne4; 28.Qxe7,Rxe7; 29.h8/Q+; after 26...Rf8; 27.Nd4 threatens to capture on f6 and then promote.
Sep-19-04  ForeverYoung: Nice work by Medley! At the end black missed a mate by 44 ... Qf3+ 45 Ke5 Qe4+ 46 Kd6 Qd5+ 47 Ke7 Qd7+! 48 Kxf8 Qe8 mate
Sep-19-04  molinov: wherever I put Bxc5 it was Bxb5
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  kevin86: A bizarre finish-If Kg3 Rg8 wins the queen. This one looked like it could have gone either way-but in the end,black forced the white king to block the rook-queen battery with his king-then the pin followed.
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  patzer2: Great game! Does anyone have any history or background on George Medley! His play is amazingly strong and like Morphy, at least in this game, ahead of his time (especially in defending).

For me the pun brings back pleasant memories, as "Unchained Melody" is a favorite of mine. I had thought the Righteous Brothers originated "Unchained Melody," but it actually was Al Hibbler, a blind black singer, who first sang it as a sound track for the 1955 movie "Unchained," which was based on the book "Prisoners are People Too." One collector on the internet claims to have over 722 versions of the song. My two favorite versions are that of the Righteous Brothers and Leann Rimes.

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  tpstar: <ForeverYoung> Good job finding that forced mating line! Very clear, and if 47. Kc7 Qd7# settles it. Understandably Black chose the sure win with 44 ... Qd4+ 45. Kg3 Qxg1+, then checking the King back to the g file (46 ... Qh1+/Qd4+), then 47 ... Rg8 wins the Queen like kevin86 said. Exciting game!
Sep-19-04  ricardolopez: I think 18.h5 -instead of Bb5+ - is better. Is there something I couldnĀ“t see?
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  patzer2: <ricardolopez> Black has an advantage after 18. h5 Bd6! 19. Bb5+ Kf8 20. Qg5 Be8 21. Bc4 Rg8 22. Qf5 Kg7 23. Ne4 Nxe4 24. Qxe4 Kh6 .

However, 18. h5! might still be an improvement over 18. Bb5+.

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  patzer2: After 18. h5 Bd6! 19. Qd4, Black plays 19...Bf5! and play continues 20. Bb5+ c6 21. dxc6 0-0! 22. cxb7 Qxb7 .
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  patzer2: This is a followup to my previous post regarding the pun to this game of the day -- "Unchained Medley."

"Unchained Melody" was written by Hy Zaret (lyrics) and Alex North (music) for the 1955 movie "Unchained," starring Elroy (Crazy Legs) Hirsch and Barbara Hale (later played Della Street on the TV series Perry Mason). According to some sources Todd Duncan, the famous baritone in Porgy and Bess, sang it in the film. However, according to other sources Al Hibbler was the singer on the "unchained" movie sound track version which was submitted for an academy award nomination (finished fith in the voting in 1955). After the movies release apparently both the Al Hibbler version and the Les Baxter instrumental version were simultaneously released, with the Hibbler version reaching #3 in the U.S. (#2 in Britain) and the Baxter version reaching #1 (#10 in Britain).

Another interesting note is that the lyrics to the song originated in 1936 (well before the song's 1955 release) as the result of a young man's love for a young girl who married someone else. The details of this interesting story can be found at One interesting aspect of the story is that the song's originators (Zaret and North) wanted their neighbor Bing Crosby to record the song, but after this didn't work out they took other avenues (19 years after the lyrics were written) before Duke Ellington's orchestra recorded it for a record release with Al Hibbler as the vocalist in 1955, which was apparently quickly followed by the Les Baxter version for simultaneous release.

The inspiration for the movie "unchained" was the book "Prisoners are People" by Kenyon J. Scudder, a former administrator at the minimum-security Chino prison in California.

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  fredthebear: One of the greatest love songs of ALL time:

Down the road, will Tom Brady be regretfully singing this to himself, thinking about his ex-wife Gisele?

For chess lovers: 19.f5 Bd6! When threatened with capture, don't automatically leave. Look to make an equal or greater counterthreat (White took aim at the bishop, but Black took aim at the queen instead of rescuing the bishop). It's still almost even at this point.

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