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David Bronstein vs Klaus Darga
"Pawnless in Seattle" (game of the day Jul-16-2014)
Amsterdam Interzonal (1964), Amsterdam NED, rd 21, Jun-17
Queen's Gambit Declined: Charousek (Petrosian) Variation (D31)  ·  1-0



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Jul-02-14  Castleinthesky: This is one of my favorite games of all time.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: "Bourgeoisie vs. Proletariat." Two Knights vs. six pawns. Also the name of a chess variant where White has King, e-pawn, both Bishops and both Knights versus a Black King with 8 pawns. Theoretically, White should win, but it's very hard, and surprisingly the most important piece on the board quite often is the White e-pawn!
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  Phony Benoni: A game Gligoric should have played.
Jul-16-14  TheBish: A perfect title if the game had been played in Seattle. Since it wasn't, it's far from it! When I first read it, I thought "when did Bronstein ever play in Seattle?" And "pawnless" is not very close to "sleepless", so it's quite a stretch. "Naked in Amsterdam" would have been more accurate.
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  Check It Out: Seattle is my hometown so that's cool, but the pun doesn't quite work - where's the connection besides the movie title? A pun takes two to tango.
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  Check It Out: Besides the pun, this game rocks! David Bronstein is very creative.
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  Check It Out: I just realized I should have said, "A pun takes tutu tango."
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  FSR: <GrahamClayton: ... Has there been any other game played where a player has 7 pieces but no pawns?>

Yes. I found two games in ChessBase's Mega Database 2013 where a player had seven or even all eight pieces, and no pawns. However, both were "joke games" where the opponent just had a lone king.

[Event "Internet Section 15-A"]
[Site "Dos Hermanas"]
[Date "2003.03.15"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Viktorovich, Alexandr"]
[Black "Gunnarsson, Jon Viktor"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A00"]
[BlackElo "2369"]
[PlyCount "136"]
[EventDate "2003.??.??"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "2003.11.25"]

1. a3 h6 2. e4 b6 3. f4 Bb7 4. Nc3 e6 5. Nf3 Ne7 6. Bc4 d6 7. d3 Nd7 8. O-O a6 9. Ne2 c5 10. Ng3 Qc7 11. f5 d5 12. Ba2 O-O-O 13. fxe6 fxe6 14. exd5 exd5 15. b4 g5 16. bxc5 Bg7 17. cxb6 Qxb6+ 18. d4 g4 19. Rb1 Qa7 20. Ne5 Nxe5 21. Kh1 N5g6 22. Qxg4+ Kb8 23. Bf4+ Ka8 24. Qe6 Qxd4 25. Rxb7 Kxb7 26. Rb1+ Ka8 27. Be3 Qf6 28. Qg4 d4 29. Qe4+ Qc6 30. Bd5 Qxd5 31. Qxe7 Nxe7 32. Bxd4 Qxd4 33. Rb8+ Kxb8 34. Nf5 Nxf5 35. g4 Qxg4 36. h3 Qxh3+ 37. Kg1 Qxa3 38. c3 Qxc3 39. Kg2 Nd6 40. Kg1 Nc8 41. Kg2 Bf8 42. Kg1 a5 43. Kg2 a4 44. Kh2 a3 45. Kg2 a2 46. Kf2 a1=N 47. Ke2 Nb3 48. Kf2 Ne7 49. Ke2 Ng8 50. Kf2 Kc8 51. Ke2 Kd7 52. Kf1 Ke8 53. Ke2 Ra8 54. Kd1 Qc7 55. Ke2 Nc5 56. Ke3 Na6 57. Kd4 Nb8 58. Kd5 Qd8+ 59. Ke6 h5 60. Ke5 h4 61. Ke6 h3 62. Ke5 h2 63. Ke6 h1=B 64. Ke5 Bb7 65. Kf5 Bc8+ 66. Kg6 Qd3+ 67. Kg5 Qd8+ 68. Kg6 Qf6# 0-1

Position after 65...Bc8+:

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[Event "Canadian zt"]
[Site "Toronto"]
[Date "2006.08.26"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Anastasovski, Nikola2"]
[Black "Szalay, Karoly"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B20"]
[WhiteElo "2016"]
[PlyCount "179"]
[EventDate "2006.08.18"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "2006.09.14"]

1. c4 c5 2. e4 e5 3. d3 g6 4. g3 Bg7 5. Bg2 Nc6 6. Nc3 Nge7 7. h3 d6 8. Nge2 O-O 9. Be3 f5 10. Qd2 Be6 11. b3 Rf7 12. O-O Qd7 13. Kh2 a6 14. f4 Rb8 15. Rf2 b5 16. Raf1 b4 17. Nd5 exf4 18. Ndxf4 Rbf8 19. Nxe6 Qxe6 20. exf5 Rxf5 21. Nf4 Qd7 22. h4 Re5 23. Nd5 Rxf2 24. Rxf2 Nf5 25. Bg5 Ncd4 26. Nf6+ Bxf6 27. Bxf6 Re8 28. Bd5+ Ne6 29. g4 Nfg7 30. Qh6 Kh8 31. Bxe6 Qc7 32. Bd5 a5 33. h5 gxh5 34. gxh5 a4 35. Rg2 Re7 36. bxa4 b3 37. axb3 Qd7 38. Be4 Rxe4 39. dxe4 d5 40. Qxg7+ Qxg7 41. Bxg7+ Kg8 42. exd5 h6 43. Bd4+ Kh7 44. Bxc5 Kh8 45. d6 Kh7 46. d7 Kh8 47. d8=N Kh7 48. a5 Kh8 49. a6 Kh7 50. a7 Kh8 51. a8=N Kh7 52. b4 Kh8 53. b5 Kh7 54. b6 Kh8 55. b7 Kh7 56. b8=R Kh8 57. Nc7 Kh7 58. Nb5 Kh8 59. Nd4 Kh7 60. Nc2 Kh8 61. Na1 Kh7 62. Bb4 Kh8 63. Rb5 Kh7 64. Re5 Kh8 65. Bc3 Kh7 66. c5 Kh8 67. c6 Kh7 68. c7 Kh8 69. c8=Q Kh7 70. Qe6 Kh8 71. Nb7 Kh7 72. Nc5 Kh8 73. Nd3 Kh7 74. Nb2 Kh8 75. Rg6 Kh7 76. Rxh6+ Kg7 77. Rg6+ Kf8 78. Rf6+ Kg7 79. Kg3 Kh7 80. Kg4 Kg7 81. Kg5 Kh8 82. Rf4 Kh7 83. Kf6 Kh8 84. Rd4 Kh7 85. h6 Kh8 86. h7 Kxh7 87. Qd7+ Kh6 88. Qg4 Kh7 89. Qg5 Kh8 90. Qg7# 1-0

Final position:

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  kevin86: White gives up all his pawns, but keeps all seven pieces to win!
Jul-16-14  posoo: I agree with da bish! WHAT is going ON with dis pun!??!?!

Posoo asks.

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  FSR: Wait - Seattle and Amsterdam are different cities?!
Jul-16-14  morfishine: "Punless" is more accurate
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  FSR: Pretty soon we'll be seeing GOTDs that consist of well-known phrases attached to random games.
Jul-16-14  akatombo: We see that all the time already. We need a clear-cut definition of what is not-a-pun. For starters--they smell.
Jul-16-14  Shams: <FSR> Perhaps the greatest contrast between the two cities is found in our respective public transportation systems.
Jul-16-14  Sally Simpson: The Pun: You can see who ever submitted it really worked at it.

Amsterdam is famous for it's tulips and they have an annual Tulip Fetival in the Skagit Valley which is called the Seattle Tulip Festival (google it.)


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The White pieces are the stem and the Black pieces are the tulip petals.

What can you say, they guy who coined the pun is simply mad about tulips.

Black has 6 passed pawns. There is another game similiar to this on here, you lot were discussing it a few months back. (of course without the tulips.)

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W R Ballard vs L Fagan, 1880

Jul-16-14  BOSTER: In this game <Promotion impossible> I guess we have nice <POTD> Black to play 39...

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Jul-16-14  Shams: <Sally> I've never heard it called anything but the Skagit Tulip Festival or the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, but I'm impressed with your knowledge of Northern Washington!

Also the Skagit Valley was the first place on earth to clone bamboo, which is not a small thing:

Jul-16-14  Sally Simpson: Hi Shams,

Just googled Seattle + Tulips hoping to find a tulip called the Seattle Tulip.

Apparently there are 3,700 different type of tulip. One is called the 'White Queen.'

No tulip yet named after Wesley So (I actually checked) but give it time.

Jul-16-14  Sally Simpson: Forgot to add...

There is a tulip called 'Sally'.

Jul-16-14  BOSTER: <TheFocus > <All Pawns Go To Heaven>.
Jul-17-14  morfishine: <Sally Simpson> Brilliant...a gigantic stretch that only a blooming idiot would buy, but brilliant nonetheless
Aug-07-14  Moszkowski012273: 30.Ne3... Looks to be quite dominating...
Dec-06-14  FairyPromotion: This game came up in Pun Voting Booth with a different pun (suggestion). I opened the game, and was surprised that it has been GOTD already. Reading the comment:

<morfishine: "Punless" is more accurate>

was even funnier, than it would have been otherwise. :D

Dec-06-14  morfishine: In all objectivity, this is a fascinating game all around, a pure example of high-class OTB chess where conflicting ideas create an impossibly unbalanced position.

I particularly liked Bronstein's jog with his Bishop 20.Bg5/21.Bf6, but was surprised with 22.Ne5 thinking he would play the natural 22.e5 opening <e4> for his Queen Knight, but I'm no Grandmaster

I think 23.f4 was obvious and strong and that the reply 23...Bc8 borderline deserves an (!)

The re-group 24.Ne2 seems normal since <e4> is not available to the Knight, while 24...Re6 is consistent with Black's plans.

The synthesis of a conflicting inbalance is taking place


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