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Anthony Santasiere vs Weaver Adams
Ventnor City (1940), Ventnor City, NJ USA, rd 6, Jul-09
Queen Pawn Game: Chigorin Variation (D02)  ·  1/2-1/2



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May-01-04  Gwinnett: What an interesting opening.
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  nasmichael: Rooks and knights, oldest pieces on the board, blockade each other here. This battle in Ventnor City, "a city in Atlantic County, New Jersey on the Atlantic Ocean shore of Absecon Island. As of the United States 2000 Census, the city population was 12,910." --(from Wikipedia) What would this beach front property have been like in 1940? It was named after Ventnor, England, by the builders, family name Richards--is it similar in feel to the "Old World" town? "Ventnor is a seaside resort established in the Victorian era on the south coast of the Isle of Wight, off the southern coast of England. It lies underneath St Boniface Down, and is built on steep slopes and cliffs leading down to the sea. The higher part is referred to as upper Ventnor; the lower part, where most of the amenities are located, being known as Ventnor. Ventnor can sometimes include the villages of St. Lawrence and on the other side of town the village of Bonchurch.

The sheltered location on the cliff of the island's south coast means the area experiences a microclimate with more sunny days than much of the British Isles, and fewer frosts. This has allowed many species of subtropical plant to be successfully planted and maintained. Ventnor Botanic Garden is particularly notable." --(also Wikipedia). So the resort-like feel of both areas are reminiscent of one another, and the beauty of each reflects in the other. Nice place for a chess tournament.

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  nasmichael: As for Santasiere and Adams, this battle between two U.S. strongmen of their day is worth playing through, to see some of the ideas of that time. Draw or not, the game was worth 30 moves in their lives, and this ending would have been played in any chess age in the same manner, with those piece movements remaining standard throughout the lifespan of the game.
Sep-16-06  Resignation Trap: Adams was an Albin addict, and 4...e5!? is a variation on the theme.
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  Phony Benoni: The opening came up again soon afterward at the US Open in Dallas, where Herman Steiner varied with <6.Nd3>. The game continued <6...Bxd3 7.exd3 dxc4 8.dxc4>

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It's not often White's e-pawn ends up on c4 after eight moves. Adams found <8...Qxd4>, and eventually won the game after many adventures. For the record:

Herman Steiaern - Weaver Warren Adams
41st US Open. Championshp Final Dallas
Round 1 August 24, 1940

1.Nf3 Nc6 2.d4 d5 3.Bf4 Bf5 4.c4 e5 5.Nxe5 Nb4 6.Nd3 Bxd3 7.exd3 dxc4 8.dxc4 Qxd4 9.Qxd4 Nc2+ 10.Kd1 Nxd4 11.Bxc7 Ne6 12.Ba5 Bc5 13.f3 Ne7 14.Nd2 Nc6 15.Bc3 0-0-0 16.Kc2 Ncd4+ 17.Bxd4 Nxd4+ 18.Kc3 Rhe8 19.Ne4 Bf8 20.Rd1 Bb4+ 21.Kxb4 Nc6+ 22.Kc5 Rxd1 23.Nd6+ Rxd6 24.Kxd6 Re6+ 25.Kd5 Kc7 26.c5 Re1 27.g3 Nb4+ 28.Kc4 Nc2 29.Kd3 Ne3 30.Be2 Rxh1 31.Kxe3 Rxh2 32.b4 h5 33.a4 Rg2 34.Bc4 Rxg3 35.Bxf7 h4 36.Kf2 Rg5 37.Be6 Re5 38.Bg4 g5 39.a5 a6 40.Bh5 Rf5 41.Bg4 Rf4 0-1

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