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J Fort vs W Campbell
"Storming the Fort" (game of the day May-06-2006)
USA corr (1913) (correspondence)
King's Gambit: Accepted. Tumbleweed (C33)  ·  1-0



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May-06-06  SlashZ: Crazy opening... I have to be drunk to play something like this... ^^ Not within my play range, you know...
May-06-06  weev: Truly sensational.

There is the art of chess of luring your opponent into a confidence beyond their reach, and then stinging them.

This is such a game.

May-06-06  pwrstick: That was the most entertaining game I've seen in a while! Quite bizarre - thanks CG. I think I will go study some KGA and see where that takes me on Yahoo :-)
May-06-06  Treadhead57: There is a U.S. Army base in Kentucky named "Fort Campbell". It is the home of the 101st Airmobile Division also known as the "Screaming Eagles".
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  kevin86: What is a tumbleweed? It is a bush that breaks off its moorings,wanders aimlessly, and causes havoc-not to be confused with a "W"-a Bush that breaks off his moorings and causes havoc----lol
May-06-06  ajile: I like the Platypus 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf 3.Nf3 f5! There was a game here a few days ago with a similar move order. Black takes White out of known lines early.
May-06-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Very risky opening, but a great game!

See this game for how NOT to play the Tumbleweed:

Nash vs J Jordan, 1979


May-06-06  syracrophy: 21...Qxg5 22.Rxf8+:

<A)> 22...Rxf8 23.Qxf8++

<B)> 22...Ke7 23.Qf7++

A very risky opening!

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  patzer2: I suppose it's called the tumbleweed attack because the poor Black Queen gets harassed and deflected all over the board, like a piece of worthless tumbleweed caught in the wind, while White gets enormous development for his sacrificed pawns.

In this case, after moving five times the Queen must allow mate or surrender, like a piece of tumblewood about to be tossed into the fire, following the decoy, clearance pseudo-sacrifice 21. Bg5+!

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  patzer2: At is the site for Fort Campbell Kentucky's 101st Airborne.

At is a Roy Rogers (Sons of the Pioneers I think) WAV rendition of the song "Tumbling Tumbleweed."

May-06-06  notveryfamous: <Doctor Who> You can find three different versions of the poem describing the moves of three games in:
May-06-06  jajaja: what if black plays 20...Ne4 instead of 20...Ng4?
May-06-06  LluviaSean: What does it mean when there is a King's symbol beside your name in a quote?
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  patzer2: After 20...Ne4 21. Rg2 White has a slight edge, but Black may be able to hold. However, IMO White with the initiative and superior development is in no danger of losing, while the same can't be said for Black.
May-08-06  dakgootje: One of the most brilliant openings around ;-)
May-15-06  Shajmaty: <jajaja: what if black plays 20...Ne4 instead of 20...Ng4?> <patzer2: After 20...Ne4 21. Rg2 White has a slight edge, but Black may be able to hold.> After 20...Ne4; 21. Rg2, both 21...a6; 22. Nc3, Qf6; 23. Re1, Qxe6; 24. Rxe4, Qg8; 25. Bg5+ and 21...Be7; 22. Qf3! provide White with a clear advantage. 20...Nh5; 21. Bd2, Be7 is the only way for Black to hold on, although White has more than compensation for his two pawns.
Dec-31-07  John Barrington: It would be nice if this editor woul not edit out all the spaces I put in to format the moves below.

White Bringer Chess
1. e4 e5
2. f4 exf4
3. K-f2 Q-h4+
4. g3 fxg3
5. K-g2 gxh2
6. Rxh2 Qxe4+
7. N-f3 B-d6!
Still, Bringer was vulnerable. After opening up and playing Nc3-b5 (at which Bringer castled anyway), I was able to play N-g2 ..., B-h6 ..., R-g2 ..., R-h2 ..., Bxg7 ... (all the while leaving my Queen's knight en prise) and Bringer could not take back the bishop because R-g2 would skewer Bringer's Queen. But there is a continuation where Bringer trades his Queen for a rook and still has a material edge although white has the board open to him (characteristic of the tumbleweed) and black's pieces falling al over each other.

I want to pursue a few other variations on King's Own (Tumbleweeds).

Oct-03-09  WhiteRook48: 3 Kf2 is very odd
Oct-03-09  chillowack: This looks like two low-rated players trading bad moves back and forth.

White gives away three(!) pawns for nothing and totally exposes his king in the opening, and then Black decides that moving the same pieces over and over is preferable to getting his king out of the center.

Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't see anything particularly "brilliant" or "subtle" about White's play here. To me it just looks like garbage chess.

Jun-28-10  Wyatt Gwyon: This opening was played against John Grady by the Duena Alfonsa in All the Pretty Horses. fwiw. She refers to it as "The King's Own" opening, citing the Irish champion Pollock as the inventor (which is apparently true). I found it interesting that it was also known as the tumbleweed. McCarthy's novels are full of stuff like that...
Jan-22-16  sudoplatov: Seems as if 1.e4 e5, 2.f4 ef, 3.Kf2 could be answered by 3... Nf6

Similarly for 1.e4 f5, 2.ef Kf7, 3.Nf3

Jan-22-16  morfishine: Storming the Fort?????????

Uhhhh....White won

I guess whoever submitted this failure of a title (and those that misakenly voted for it) overlooked that fact


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  OhioChessFan: This is a major variant of the Wannabe Gambit.
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  PawnSac: < weev: ..the art of luring your opponent into a confidence... >

Yea like if your opponent throws u a left hook u block it with your face!! LMBO

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  fredthebear: I got excited to see a <morfishine> post but it was not the DAY of Jul-16, it was the YEAR of 2016.

He does make a good point: White won.

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