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Gerald Branch vs Elmer Gruer
24th Western Championship (1923), San Francisco, CA USA, rd 9, Aug-05
King's Gambit: Declined. Classical Variation Rubinstein Countergambit (C30)  ·  1-0



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Feb-27-10  laskereshevsky: The level of the play suggest the "master" was Branch, cause gruer's moves are reminding me to classical MR. NN player...

But here the Big One was the Black himself....

Feb-28-10  Calli: White is Gerald E. K. Branch, a well-known player from San Fran area.
Feb-28-10  ounos: So Black was blindfolded?
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  Phony Benoni: No. He just played like it.
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  Phony Benoni: Indeed, I'm beginning to wonder if the attrtibution of this game is correct. Both Branch and Gruer played in the 1923 Western Championship in San Francisco, scoring 5.5 and 6.5 respectively with Branch winning their individual game. That would imply they were about equal in strength, which makes it unlikely that one would participate in the other's blindfold simul the same year.

There is a Cardiff in California, but it's a beach community down around San Diego. Maybe the guys were vacationing down that way, and both played the game blindfold.

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  Phony Benoni: A note in CalBase indicates that the game was first published in the "San Francisco Chronicle", Sunday, August 12, 1923, p.6F, and was entered for the Kuhms Brilliancy Prize..

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