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Rudy C Douven vs Frank Kroeze
"Counting Kroeze" (game of the day Jan-31-2008)
NED-chT (2001), rd 7, Mar-24
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation (D45)  ·  0-1



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Jan-31-08  hahaha123: durtyyyyyyyyy i think thats the quickest most decisive win ive seen with the slav and such a delay of ...dxc4
Jan-31-08  apple pi: Nice pun but it doesn't work if you pronounce Kroeze correctly.
Jan-31-08  onemorechessplayer: simple tactic,but still looking pretty.
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  WannaBe: <"Counting Kroeze">? That is just bad, bad, bad...

My nominee for Worst/Best pun of the day in the upcoming Caissar!

Jan-31-08  jovack: Rudy's midgame was fairly weak.
From this game to me, he seems like your typical "openings/chess-study" player. After the midgame fireworks broke away from opening lines, white was lost.

To Rudy's credit though, he beat GJT, maybe he should join our World team :P

Jan-31-08  Fitz: nice...
Jan-31-08  aktajha: Funny, I didn't get the pun at all at first. Then I thought of making it into an English pronunciation.

Should it be counting cruise? mmmm, doens't ring a bell.

Then I went on and thought about the counting crows. Very easily misunderstood for a non-native English speaking person!

Jan-31-08  arnaud1959: After 16.e4 White frees his ♗c1 but even without calculating you can feel that something is wrong in white's position. Is 11.h3 a theoretical move? It seems to me as an unnecessary weakening move which gives g3 later to black, at least in connection with e3-e4.
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  Jimfromprovidence: White might have tried 16 Rd1, a nice developing move that also threatens black's queen.

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  kevin86: White resigned to avoid the horrible choice: lose both rooks or lose one rook and be mated.

Strange: another Rudy was routed this week-and in the year of this game,2001,the same Rudy in fact,had his finest hour-one,Rudi Guiliani.

Jan-31-08  jtd200: Seems to me that this should be more of a puzzle game, starting from move 21...
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  johnlspouge: Crows can count to five.

(or Google "crows count five").

It is one of those amazing facts you can recite at parties to make people shun you for the rest of the evening.

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  hesyrett: 'Twould seem that Rudy let Frank inveigle him into a bad-for-White line of the Meran Variation.  Either 7 e4 or 7 ♗d2 Δ O-O-O would steer the game away from that hazard.  But the real lemon has to be 11 h3?, which weakens his castled position, wastes a tempo and doesn't fit into White's typical play against the Meran.
Jan-31-08  Samagonka: Ouch! What a spanking! Did Mr. Douven retire after this game? Try something different like fishing or tennis?
Jan-31-08  Chesshand: Good stuff!
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  Sneaky: < Crows can count to five. > My grandfather told me an old Americana farmer story along those lines. He said that a farmer went out to hide in the cornfield with his shotgun, but the crows would see him enter the field and would refuse to fly in. As soon as he left, they would dine. So he got clever and had his brother come with him... two men enter, one man leaves. The crows were too smart to enter. So they got another man, and another, and yet another, and so forth, until finally a giant mob of men entered the cornfield and all-but-one would leave. In my grandfather's version of the story, the crows couldn't be fooled until the men numbered around 20.
Jan-31-08  jovack: I wasn't really feeling this game last night, but the final attack is actually rather good now that I've subconsciously thought it through.
Jan-31-08  ccolby: In American history there is the notion that the aborigines demonstrated prowess in battle by "counting coups," that is, counting the number of scalps or lesser trophies they have taken from the adversary. Frankly, I've never heard of counting crows.

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