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Prince Andrey Dadian of Mingrelia vs M Bitcham
"The chess artist formerly known as Prince" (game of the day Feb-22-2023)
Zugdidi (1892), Zugdidi RUE
Italian Game: Scotch Gambit. Anderssen Attack (C56)  ·  1-0



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Jan-31-09  WhiteRook48: we don't even know if Dadian paid people to lose to him
Mar-06-09  FiveofSwords: black erred pretty bad on his 8th move actually imo.
Jul-02-09  sneaky pete: 10... Bc5 is a mistake, black should play 10... Qc5 as in Spielmann vs Breyer, 1914.

Other sources give the name Mitcham and the (fitting) location Monte Carlo.

Jul-02-09  Calli: Steinitz published the game in his first New York Herald column on October 19, 1890 as "played a short tlme back at Zougdidi, in the Caucasus" and gave the name as M Bitcham.

Of course, with Dadian, names, places and times may have only existed in his head.

Aug-03-12  e4 resigns: 17...hxg5 18.Ne7 i think.
Couldn't find anything better, but white still has a nice position after 18...Nxe7 19.Rxe7 Qxb2 20. Rae1
Dec-22-12  DanielBryant: I tried to submit this game for a Pun of the Day with a Miles Davis reference, and received an automated message threatening me with being banned from the site.
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  perfidious: <DanielBryant> My guess would be that you referred to Davis' album, (blank) Brew.....
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  perfidious: <whiteshark> Is that a town somewhere near Natchez? I've never heard of it at any rate!
Dec-22-12  DanielBryant: <perfidous> Yep...
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A fatal concatenation of pieces around the black king.

Jun-16-16  whiteshark: <perfidious: <whiteshark> Is that a town somewhere near Natchez? I've never heard of it at any rate!> ? ? ? Am I confused ?
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  perfidious: <whiteshark> Cannot imagine what my question was about, as you had not even posted here till now.
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  Bubo bubo: <morphy234: That's the strangest-looking mate I've ever seen.>

Yes, nice fabrication - I doubt that there is a single genuine win of Andrey D.!

Oct-24-17  Ilkka Salonen: I think it is somewhat intriguing question, to what extent his games were honest. I remind of the famous Lasker line about chess and honesty, and no doubt this guy was a true chess fan. But who knows what was his usual level of honesty in human interaction him being a monarch or royalty. Naturally chess as a game of concentration is a subtle thing, and little things, such as touch-move errors or people chatting near can have huge impact.
Aug-28-18  Jean Defuse: ...

This game was probably played in Monaco.

Source: 'The Press' 1 January 1898, page 3:


Aug-31-18  Jean Defuse: ...

Deutsche Schachzeitung 1893 Vol. 47, p. 160:

'Odessa (H. G.). Besten Dank für die freundliche Mitteilung. Wir stellen in Folge derselben unsere Berichtigung im Septemberheft 1892 S. 288 dahin richtig, dass die Partie zwischen S. H. dem Prinzen <Dadian von Mingrelien und Herrn Bitcham> (Juliheft 1892 S. 209) tatsächlich in <Monaco> gespielt und Herrn Steinitz nur von Zugzidi aus zugesandt worden ist.'


Feb-22-23  goodevans: Right now WR Chess Masters (2023) is churning out some stunning, intriguing and startling games and for the GOTD we get...

... this?!

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  HeMateMe: So...Prince made 'M' his Bitch?
Feb-22-23  Cheapo by the Dozen: Is there a pun in the pun?
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  MissScarlett: <Right now WR Chess Masters (2023) is churning out some stunning, intriguing and startling games and for the GOTD we get...

... this?!>

Anybody stopping you from submitting one?

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  FSR: Mikhail Chigorin 's invitation to Monte Carlo (1903) was withdrawn at the eleventh hour because he had criticized published games "won" by the Prince. The organizers invited the unknown Colonel Moreau as a substitute. He lost all 26 games. Maybe they should have invited the Prince instead? He probably could have bought a few games from impecunious masters.
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  Messiah: <Zugdidi> what a word! In Hungarian 'zug' as a detached word means 'secluded place', 'nook', 'recess' (like the smelly apartment of <perfy>), 'zug-' as a prefix means something that is covert or is employed in a clandestine way (for example, 'zugivó' is someone who secretly and often drinks), and 'didi' is a rarely used childish word for women's breasts. So it translates to covert boobs.
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  Korora: I guess you could say Black's game was... ruff.
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  FSR: <Messiah> Zugdidi is a city in the western Georgian historical province of Samegrelo (Mingrelia). It contains Dadiani Palace, built in the 19th century, which was home to the final ruling family of the Principality of Samegrelo. The name "Zugdidi" (ზუგდიდი) first appeared in the 17th century. It means "big hill" in the Mingrelian language.

The "Grand Tetons" are a mountain range and also mean, roughly, "big tits" in French. Maybe there is a breastly connection for Zugdidi as well. It would take a more cunning linguist than I to opine on that.

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  perfidious: <FSR....It would take a more cunning linguist than I to opine on that.>

While I can be a wily wordsmith in my own right, I have yet to come up with a link for Zugdidi.

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