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William Martz vs Anthony Miles
"Beware the Ideas of Martz" (game of the day Mar-15-2022)
Lone Pine (1976), Lone Pine, CA USA, rd 4, Mar-10
English Opening: Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni Variation (A31)  ·  1-0



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Jan-15-09  blacksburg: hmmm....interesting exchange sacrifice. was this sound?
Feb-21-13  Howard: This game won a prize for the most brilliant of that particular round in the 1976 Lone Pine tournament.

Not only that, when Martz died--in 1983--this was one of two games that Chess Life ran as a tribute to him. The other was a long draw he against Hubner in Chicago in 1982.

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  perfidious: Black's helplessness in the final position is curious, despite his extra rook. What he would give to have his guardian of the dark squares returned to his bosom, mercilessly destroyed by Martz ten moves before the end.
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  Fusilli: That knight on e3 from a tactician like Miles so early on would make me really, really nervous. But white's queen danced so beautifully!
Mar-15-22  Brenin: A great GOTD to play through and a timely pun. Thanks, <CG>.
Mar-15-22  Z truth 000000001: Even <OCF> will have to admit this is a good 'un!

Except - isn't it one day early?

(Damn anti- GMT-4 <CG> bias)

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  FSR: Very nice game and a cute pun. Well done.
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  OhioChessFan: Nice pun.
Mar-15-22  optimal play: Men at some time are masters of their fates; The loss dear Tony, was not in 24.Rxf6 gxf6 but in 29...Rxc7?
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  Honza Cervenka: Tony lost nerves playing 29...Rxc7? 29...Qc6 would have been correct.

Tu quoque, Brute, fili mi?

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  Breunor: Tragedy, both these players died so young.
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  al wazir: I think 32...Kh8 would have been better than 32...Kf8. Now if 33. Qh6, then 33...Qxd6.

If instead 33. Qf6+ Kg8 34. dxc7, then 34...Qxc7 35. Qg5+ Kh8 36. Ne4 is no threat: 36...Bh3, and now if 37. Nf6, then 37...Qb6+.

After 33. dxc7 Qxc7 34. Qf6+ Kg8 35. Ne4 Bh3 white has an extra ♙ but no immediate attacking threats (36. Qg5+ Kh8 37. Nf6 Qb6+ transposes into the previous line; but not 36. Ng5 Qc1+ 37. Kf2 Qf1+, winning).

The pun is much better than usual.

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  WannaBe: Et tu, <MissScarlett>??
Mar-15-22  Immortal Gambit: Excellent game and pun. I at first though it was about "the ideas of Marx", which would have been an appropriate adjuration to many of this generation, but then I considered today's date.
Mar-15-22  SeanAzarin: Fantastic pun and great game.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Very good game and very good pun. Congratulations to the inventor(s).
Mar-15-22  et voila: Martz' Zwischenzugs were brilliant.
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  piltdown man: A timely pun. Too bad the game wasn't played five days later.
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  Teyss: <MissScarlett> Well done (what am I saying?) even if monitoring the calendar helps. Miles' games are always entertaining be he winning or losing.
Be fair now, publish some of <OCF>'s puns even though certainly he must do better.
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  Sally Simpson: "Friends, Nomads and Chess Players.

I come to praise Miss Scarlett not bury her."

Matching pun to a marvellous game.

Mar-15-22  Nosnibor: Amazing pun and game.
Mar-15-22  Ironmanth: Fantastic game! Taken too soon, both of these players. Didn't personally know Bill Martz, but always admired his play. One of my heroes of the early seventies' chess scene in the US. RIP William Martz and Anthony Miles.
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  Check It Out: Even a clock is right twice a day. Great game and pun.
Mar-15-22  pdor59: <Al Wazir> 32...Kh8 33 Qe5+

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