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F L Vaughan vs Cecil Purdy
corr AU (1945) (correspondence)
Gruenfeld Defense: Brinckmann Attack (D82)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Feb-22-04  iron maiden: Shortest correspondence game, I believe, was Norlin vs. Guraj, 1974.
Feb-22-04  iron maiden: Sorry about that, I got the games mixed up. Tobor vs. Stamer, 1984 was the shortest decisive correspondence game. I don't believe Norlin vs. Guraj was correspondence.
Apr-30-05  aw1988: Umm... oops, I guess. What on earth was black thinking?
Dec-19-05  Tariqov: Why did white resign so fast??
Jun-22-06  ChessDude33: Whats the win after 8. Qxd5?
Oct-19-06  pawnofdoom: three pieces attacking the knight which can only be defended twice
Oct-26-06  aazqua: What a ridiculous game. Either n-q2 or q*n allows white to fight on with a badly exposed king, but you would think in a correspondence game people could get through the opening without trouble.
Oct-26-06  TrueFiendish: Shortest correspondence game: 1.e4 b6 2.Ba6 Bb7 3.Bxb7 resigns. Black wrote "1...b6 2.any Bb7" on the scoresheet, "any" being a common method of saving time and postage in corr games... :-)
Mar-27-07  beatles fan: pretty sad losing like this in a correspondance game
Mar-27-07  HannibalSchlecter: Well that's one way to save money on stamps.
Mar-24-08  D.Observer: Why resign?
Sep-01-08  whiteshark: The reason for losing lies not within White's first six moves.
Jan-22-09  ILoveThisSite: What happens after 8 Qa4+?
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  Benzol: 8.♕a4+ ♕xa4 9.♘xa4 ♗d7.
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  perfidious: <TrueFiendish: Shortest correspondence game: 1.e4 b6 2.Ba6 Bb7 3.Bxb7 resigns. Black wrote "1...b6 2.any Bb7" on the scoresheet, "any" being a common method of saving time and postage in corr games... :-)>

Here's a pendant to your story: an old friend won a game the same way, with the opening moves being 1.d4 g6, after which his opponent gave the conditional 'if 2.any Bg7', so my friend naturally played 2.Bh6 Bg7 3.Bxg7 (1-0).

Dec-21-12  Morphischer: 8.Qxd5 Bxc3+ Leads to a draw by perpetual check.

8.Qxd5 Bxc3+ 9.bxc3 Qxc3+ 10.Ke2 Qxe1 11.Be5 Qc1 12.Bxh8 Be6 13.Qxb7 Qc2+

if 14.Kf3 (Qf5+ 15.Ke2(15.Kg3? Qg4#)Qc2+)

if 14.Ke1 (Qc1+ 15.Ke2 Qc2+)

Apr-11-14  optimal play: <Morphischer> is right!

White just plays 8.Qxd5 and the game is even.

This correspondence game is obviously incomplete or the result should be recorded as a draw or else Vaughan had to discontinue playing for some personal reason.

Frank L. Vaughan was a much better player than this miniature might indicate. In fact, during the same year this correspondence game was supposedly played, he defeated Purdy twice OTB!

Purdy: Cecil John Seddon vs Vaughan: Frank L.

Sydney 1945 (NSW-ch) Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky variation with Qc2 (A98) 0-1

1. c4 f5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 e6 4. Nf3 Be7 5. O-O O-O 6. Nc3 d6 7. d4 Qe8 8. Qc2 Nc6 9. e4 fxe4 10. Nxe4 Qh5 11. Re1 e5 12. dxe5 dxe5 13. Nxf6+ Bxf6 14. Be3 Nd4 15. Nxd4 exd4 16. Bf4 c6 17. Bd6 Re8 18. Qb3 Qf7 19. Rxe8+ Qxe8 20. c5+ Qf7 21. Re1 Bf5 22. Bf1 Qxb3 23. axb3 Bg6 24. b4 Bf7 25. b5 Bd5 26. b4 Kf7 27. Bd3 g6 28. Kf1 cxb5 29. Bxb5 a6 30. Bd3 Re8 31. Rxe8 Kxe8 32. Ke2 Kd7 33. f3 Ke6 34. h4 Bd8 35. h5 gxh5 36. Bxh7 Bc4+ 37. Kd2 Bb5 38. Bg6 h4 39. g4 h3 40. f4 Kd5 41. f5 Bg5+ 42. Ke1 d3 43. Bf7+ Kd4 44. Bb3 Ke3 45. Kf1 d2+ 46. Kg1 Be2 47. Kh2 Bxg4 0-1

Vaughan: Frank L. vs Purdy: Cecil John Seddon

Sydney 1945 (AUS-ch) Queen's pawn game (D04) 1-0

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. e3 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Bd3 Qc7 6. Nbd2 e6 7. O-O Be7 8. Qe2 O-O 9. dxc5 Bxc5 10. e4 Bd6 11. Re1 Ng4 12. h3 Nge5 13. Bc2 h6 14. Nxe5 Nxe5 15. Nb3 Bd7 16. f4 Ng6 17. e5 Be7 18. Be3 Nh4 19. Bf2 f5 20. exf6 Bxf6 21. Nc5 Rae8 22. Nxd7 Qxd7 23. Qd3 Nf5 24. g4 Ne7 25. g5 hxg5 26. fxg5 Nf5 27. gxf6 Rxf6 28. Re2 Ref8 29. Bd4 Rg6+ 30. Rg2 Qf7 31. Rxg6 Qxg6+ 32. Kh2 Qh6 33. Rf1 Qg5 34. Qf3 Rf7 35. Bxf5 Rxf5 36. Qg2 Qxg2+ 37. Kxg2 Rg5+ 38. Kh2 b6 39. Rg1 1-0

Jun-20-14  chessmaster102: This game is clearly unfinished chessgames shouldn't even have accepted this in their database
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  Benzol: <chessmaster102> It appears that game continued with 8.Qxd5 Bxc3+ 9.bxc3 Qxc3+ 10.Ke2 Qxa1 11.Be5 Qc1 12.Bxh8 Be6 13.Qxb7 Qc2+ 1/2-1/2 with a draw by perpetual check.

This is the score given in the book "How Purdy Won" by Purdy himself. He also comments that three latter games went the same way, namely

Filip vs Pachman, 1954

K Darga vs Pachman, 1964


B Berger vs I Bilek, 1964

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  Benzol: I have submitted a correction slip about it.
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  Benzol: Wow! That didn't take long.


If anyone has the gamescore ( not yet in the database ) from a game that Gheorghiu played against Barry in the American Open in 1974 it would be interesting to see. In it Black played 11...Qb1 rather than the 11...Qc1 played here. The line then runs 12.Bxh8 Be6 13.Qd3 Qxa2+ 14.Kf3 f6 15.Bg7 Nc6 16.Kg3 Rd8. Gheorghiu then played 17.Qe4.

The game I Farago vs Ftacnik, 1994 reveals why White must play 15.Bg7 in this line as his bishop gets trapped.

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  perfidious: <Paul> Here is that score, with Black actually played by future correspondence GM Jonathan Berry :

<1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bf4 Bg7 5. e3 c5 6. dxc5 Qa5 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. Qxd5 Bxc3+ 9. bxc3 Qxc3+ 10. Ke2 Qxa1 11. Be5 Qb1 12. Bxh8 Be6 13. Qd3 Qxa2+ 14. Kf3 f6 15. Bg7 Nc6 16. Kg3 Rd8 17. Qe4 Ne5 18. h3 Rd2 19. Qxb7 Rxf2 20. Qb8+ 1-0>

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  Benzol: <Alan> That's great. Have you uploaded the game to the DB?
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  perfidious: <Paul> No, because I had second thoughts and decided not to make a move until I could cross-reference that game with another source.

There was a master called David Berry who played in that part of the country back then, so who knows?

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  Benzol: OK <Alan> I won't upload it either until you get some confirmation on who Gheorghiu's opponent is. But it's great that you found the full gamescore in either case.


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