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Georges Koltanowski vs Terry Allen
Simul blind 1/56 (1960) (blindfold), San Francisco, CA USA, Dec-04
Sicilian Defense: Jalalabad Variation (B27)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
May-29-04  mack: Whoops now Allen.
Feb-16-05  jesterco12: I feel dumb. I don't understand the problem here.
Feb-16-05  Dudley: You can't lose two pawns for no compensation against Koltanowski and have the faintest chance of surviving.
Mar-07-05  Mate Hunter: Black could play 4...Bd7 instead of 4...Nd7, then black don't lose the pawn on d5.
Mar-15-05  Autoreparaturwerkbau: One way or another, can you estimate the rating of black's play? I wouldn't go over 1200.
Jan-09-06  Jim Bartle: Maybe it was black who was playing blindfold.
Feb-18-07  Rubenus: <Jim Bartle> If it is a simul, then usually the blind player has white. Besides, white is one of the best blindfold players ever. But I agree that black played horribly.
Sep-17-07  sfm: If you can play 2.-,c5 you should not resign here but play on and try to learn.
May-08-08  Salaskan: If Black played 4...Bd7 the game would continue 5.Bxd7+ Nxd7 6.exd5 1-0, so that really doesn't matter.
Jun-08-08  TheKingOfSpades: i am of the belief that c5 while questionable (esp against Kolty), was nowhere near as horrible for black as d5?.
Jun-19-08  number 23 NBer: I guess it's agreed that 2... c5 is not a good move, seeing as it's a 'Theoretical Novelty' according to this database.
Mar-16-09  TheTamale: It is certainly odd that someone who plays as weakly as Black does here would survive after a mere two pawn deficit.
Mar-16-09  MaxxLange: He seems to be very fond of his grudges.
Mar-16-09  MaxxLange: please disregard the above comment - I posted it in the wrong place
Feb-03-11  meppi: I would play 2 c5, you can transpose into the najdorf a tempo up and no pesky e pawn to block your position.

EG: 1. e4 e5
2. Nf3 c5
3. Nxe5 d6
(hopefully they play Nf3 and not Bb5+ or Nxf7)

and congrats you have played 2. c5 and did not lose in 5 moves

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  FSR: It's not so hard to play 50 blindfold games simultaneously if your opponents resign after five moves.
Sep-14-12  markwell: The astonishing part is that an obviously truly poor player realized that it was time to resign. Usually, the really bad ones go on and on and on.
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  OhioChessFan: Is this the kind of stuff Koltanowski typically faced when he played 50 at a time?

I recall a story about a chess club who decided to show up a player who offered a blind simul. Every player opened b6. At the second move, half played Ba6 and half played Bb7. At the third move, 1/3 played Ba6, 1/3 played Bb7 and 1/3 played Bc8. Now there were Bishops all over the place and White couldn't keep them straight. He excused himself to use the restroom and drove off.

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  OhioChessFan: <markwell> I recall a simul given by Gregory Kaidanov (See page 2 for my favorite part of the evening) where the game opened 1. e4 e5 2. Qh5 g6. You can imagine how that game went. And the clueless adult player there simply played out to mate. It wasn't some 10 year old kid. He sat and watched 17 other players resign and kept on. He ended up being the third last player to lose. The other 2 players were both about 1900 and offered something of a challenge. Kaidanov spent a bit of time on one game, <much> time on another, and moved instantaneously about 35 times against the Drag-It-Out-To-Mate-Wunderkind. A whole roomful of people were wondering why the guy didn't see this. Maybe he didn't know how to resign, I don't know.

Anyway, when he was done, one of the player's friends walked up and said (with all sincerity, he too didn't know about resigning or something) "Good job. You held out a long time." That got some muffled laughs, but the player accepted the congratulations with a pleased look.

May-05-14  GumboGambit: Quite a JalalaBAD variation indeed.
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  FSR: <OhioChessFan: Is this the kind of stuff Koltanowski typically faced when he played 50 at a time?>

To very belatedly answer your question, yes, many of Koltanowski's blindfold simul opponents were very weak and (unlike the guy you wrote about) resigned very quickly.

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