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Weaver Adams vs Harry Lyman
"Frankenstein Meets Dracula" (game of the day Oct-30-2017)
Boston (1946)
Vienna Game: Stanley. Frankenstein-Dracula Variation (C27)  ·  0-1



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  Phony Benoni: <Kevin 86> <A quiz: What happened 489 years ago today? I'll give you 95 guesses.>

You seemed to have stumped everybody with that one. Why don't you write a thesis about it?

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  Infohunter: <Kevin 86> <A quiz: What happened 489 years ago today? I'll give you 95 guesses.> Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. (Just in case anyone was wondering--or cared, for that matter.)
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  WannaBe: Were those chess thesis?
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  kevin86: <PhonyBenoni> <infohunter> You were correct. Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the church wall in Wittenberg. (not to be confused with Dereck Wittenberg who shot a "Hail-Mary" that was dunked in by Mr. Charles in the 1983 NCAA basketball final).
Nov-01-06  Plato: I always confuse the two
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  technical draw: Thesis? I always thought it was feces. And I have been practicing trying to nail one on the wall since. What a dork!
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  perfidious: <RookFile> Few people I've known would have done as Harry did for you, but in a sense, there was nothing remarkable in it-he was simply a person of exceptional humanity and decency, and one of the best I've ever known.

Last time I visited the Boylston was in 1993, by which time it had moved to the YWCA. Do you know when it moved to Somerville?

Apr-29-12  RookFile: Web site says 2003.
Apr-29-12  RookFile: Just a random memory, but I remember actually analyzing this Frankenstein Dracula line with Harry once. What stood out in my mind was he would pretty much always disdain the ...Bxa8 capture in order to preserve the tempo for black. He would rather have white play Nxb6 and recapture (losing the pawn) but keep the tempo.
Jun-15-12  brankat: Thanks for the stories <RookFile>. The one about the Boylston Club membership is a true gem!
Jun-03-16  happyjuggler0: I realize that my comment is a decade late, but kevin86 from oct 31 2006's comment about 27 Rd2 loses immediately to Qa1#.
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  offramp: <Oct-31-06 kevin86: ...A quiz: What happened 489 years ago today? I'll give you 95 guesses.>

This question is slightly more appropriate this year, 11 years later.

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  FearNoEvil: Harry was a great guy, as several people have already attested on here. He taught me so many things about chess: the value of tempos, finding the truth in positions, how to attack, etc. But, he also gave me great advice about life, all when I was a teenager. I miss him, Joel Johnson
Oct-30-17  Cheapo by the Dozen: Scary attack! :)
Oct-30-17  Ratt Boy: I played in a simul against Harry once. He seemed a true gentleman.

Hey, Joel! I drove to VT once with you, like in the late 1970's, to play in the US vs. Canada Mattch. You'd gotten your Expert rating, and you joke-bragged about beating "Fish A players." I know I won my game as White in a Ruy, swarming my ♘s all over my opponent. Don't remember much else about that trip, except that we practically ran out of money for tolls. Hope you're doing well.

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  perfidious: That match was played where I was going to high school at the time, to commemorate the bicentennial year of 1976. The player I managed to defeat that day wound up visiting for many events over the next ten years and becoming a good friend.
Oct-30-17  ChatGrognon: What a game! Not easy to follow all the ideas though.
Oct-30-17  Strelets: Was this before or after Adams found White's forced win in the Vienna?
Oct-30-17  catlover: This is a great GOTD choice for Halloween.

I remember many years ago that there was some sort of give and take between Larry Evans and somebody about whether or not there was a forced win for white in the Vienna, but I don't think it was Weaver Adams. The name that comes to mind is Santassiere, but I can't find that name in CG's database. This other GM, whoever he was, said there was a forced win and Evans in his column refuted the other player's analysis.

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  playground player: <catlover> The reason you couldn't find the name is because it's spelled "Santasiere."
Oct-30-17  Helios727: What happens after 27. gxf3 ?
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  Willber G: <Helios727: What happens after 27. gxf3 ?>

27...Re2 I presume.

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  offramp: < catlover: This is a great GOTD choice for Halloween>

Chessgames has already used it for Halloween. Now they are using it for Halloween's Eve. What's that called? Hallowe'en'en?

Premium Chessgames Member This game had a doppelgänger in which a few extra moves were played near the end, and moreover, it took place 6 years prior:

If anybody can certify that the duplicate is incorrect (or that it's the correct one) it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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  kevin86: scary,scary!
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