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Reuben Fine vs Matthew Meyer Epstein
"You've Got To Hide Your King Away" (game of the day Oct-26-2021)
Blindfold blitz simul, 4b (1945) (blindfold), New York, NY USA, rd 3, Sep-04
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Fried Liver Attack (C57)  ·  1-0



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Oct-09-05  nsteinme: It is indicated that this game ocurred in a blindfold simul, presumably meaning that Fine was the blindfolded party. However, from the looks of 31... Be7, it could have been the other way around, as this just completely drops the piece; it seems forgotten or overlooked. Perhaps Epstein tried a last ditch tactic of trying to fool Fine into thinking that the knight wasn't on e6 by letting it hang? If this was the case, the strong GM let it be known that there would be no fooling on his watch.
Feb-09-10  WhiteRook48: this was really awful play by black
Dec-18-13  CZeke: A blindfold RAPID-TRANSIT simul -- ten seconds per move. Fine won all four games!
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  Phony Benoni: 31...Be7 is an irrelevant blunder; Black is well lost by that point in any event. White could give up the queen for the rook and probably still be winning.

It should be noted that Fine's opponents were also playing at the rapid transit time limit (10 seconds per move).

Jul-11-15  thegoodanarchist: That's some Fine fried liver!
Jan-26-21  Whitehat1963: Slaughter.
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  NM JRousselle: 21... Rd8 looks to be a more solid defense.
Oct-26-21  Brenin: <NM JRouselle>: Yes, 21 ... Rc8 was a blunder, whereas either Rd8 or Kb8 would have given Black a decent position.
Oct-26-21  optimal play: This is of course a pun on the Beatles song "You've got to hide your love away", with reference to both the game and the player.

In the game, Epstein's king is exposed following Fine's knight sacrifice in the Fried Liver attack, so of course he has to try to hide his king away for safety.

It has been surmised that John Lennon wrote "You've got to hide your love away" for their manager Brian Epstein who was gay, which was still illegal in England back in the 1960's.

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  al wazir: <Phony Benoni: Fine's opponents were also playing at the rapid transit time limit (10 seconds per move).>

More like 40, if there were four of them.

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  OhioChessFan: Very good pun. Probably true per Lennon/Epstein.
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  Teyss: <optimal play> Thanks for the insight. The Beatles were indeed progressive in many aspects.

The 10 second time control probably explains the blunders on moves 21 and 31. Impressive play by Fine considering this pace and the blindfold.

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  MissScarlett: Re. pun references, my policy is <Don't ask, don't tell.>
Oct-26-21  Brenin: The lyrics might also refer to John's marriage, which was kept secret at the time.
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  MissScarlett: He should have kept Yoko in a closet.
Oct-26-21  saturn2: In fact by 21...Kb8 the King could hide away but 21...Rc8 was Epsein's suicide.
Oct-26-21  optimal play: <Brenin: The lyrics might also refer to John's marriage, which was kept secret at the time.>

That's a possibility, although by 1965 his marriage to Cynthia had been well known for some time.

Are there any female chess players named Twist? Maybe the pun could be re-used.

<saturn2: In fact by 21...Kb8 the King could hide away but 21...Rc8 was Epstein's suicide.>

heh heh

Different Epstein. And neither killed himself.

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