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A J Donnelly vs E Pollington
cr lincolnshire (1963) (correspondence)
Queen's Gambit Accepted: General (D20)  ·  1-0



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Sep-02-13  JoergWalter: <Mark: Could someone who isn’t on AJ’s list of doom...>

What or whom are you talking about???
Did you have a "soiree difficile" with Hazza, yesterday?

Sep-02-13  mistreaver: Monday. White to play. Very Easy. 6.?
Seeing the position, i couldn't resist smiling because i have lost my queen and the game quite a few times in blitz:
6 Bxf7+ Kxf7
7 Qxd8
wins the queen.
Thanks <Phony Benoni> for your instructive post.
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  Oxspawn: Its Monday.
Ego in tatters.
Nothing left but work.
Who needs it?
It's just a game.
Sep-02-13  bubuli55: Pollington is a good player otherwise he would have played on. What??? After the N, he's giving me a B? I'd be 2 pieces up! That sort of thing.

He must have a lot of distractions that day. A long to do list. In a hurry to get past the opening to get to his favorite part of the game - the middle game or the endgame.

But whatever excuse Pollington had to offer then, i would have believed him.

Sep-02-13  MarkFinan: JW.. Whos Bill Wall??
And yeh, I had a few in the RedLol with old Hazza :-)
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  Domdaniel: Mr Pollington failed to look a gift horse in the mouth.
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  Domdaniel: <Mark> Bill Wall
Sep-02-13  tbentley: Qd2, Qd6, Qd7+, and Qg4 didn't work, so I had to find something less valuable to sacrifice.
Sep-02-13  JoergWalter: Hey, it is A J Donelly. The first comp user otb?
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  Eggman: Like <PhonyBenoni> said above, a common theme. I'm reminded of a sideline in the Petroff Defense called the Stafford Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 Nc6 4.Nxc6 bxc6 5.e5 Ne4 6.d3? and now 6...Bc5!

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  paulalbert: What I first thought of when seeing this simple puzzle was a much more subtle example of Bxf7ch leading to winning the opponent's Q: It's hard to imagine this game was 55 years ago, since I remember the extensive commentary it caused about Fischer's theoretical opening knowledge compared to Reshevsky's relative lack thereof.
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  paulalbert: Here is direct game link Fischer vs Reshevsky, 1958
Sep-02-13  JoergWalter: this is one famous predecessor

W Von Holzhausen vs Tarrasch, 1912

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  Penguincw: Ah! Always great to start off the week on a high note.
Sep-02-13  Abdel Irada: <Phony Benoni> makes a good point: This tactical motif comes up in many openings.

In fact, it is part of the main line in one defense against the Danish Gambit (although it is part of a general exchange rather than a mere disaster for one player):

1. e4, e5 2. d4, excd 3. c3, dxc3 4. Bc4, cxb2 5. Bxb2, d5 6. Bxd5, Nf6 7. Bxf7†, Kxf7 8. Qxd8, Bb4† =/∞

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[Tit for tat: the position after 8. ...Bb4†]

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  chrisowen: I bag big flop over dab-hand second time around,

black could play 5e or nc6 to stable f7 accustom,

mission accomplished by having 6.Bxf7+ and black,

will forfeit his majesty as light edge off c4 a,

foggy one not to remember dip bad after c3 I either,

ay cross over ignoble glib lucid a f7 back to wall,

it results awkward e8xf7 when accumulated church of,

reason 6...Kxf7 8.Qxd8 and seems it now cads victory light wins.

Sep-02-13  bachbeet: Finally got it. I kept looking for the Q sac but that didn't seem to gain much so I finally saw the B sac leading to winning the Q.
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  gawain: What an amusing puzzle. Poor Pollington.
Sep-02-13  Abdel Irada: Maybe <Once> is right: Pollington was an inveterate pipe-smoker.

If so, I have to wonder what he had in the pipe. This was a *correspondence* game. In 1963, that meant first-class mail: a greater expenditure of effort than of money. This meant that one took a moment to think about one's moves — after all, one had to put the paper they were on in an addressed, stamped envelope, seal it (after moistening it with one's tongue, in most cases), and then hand-deliver it to one's mailbox (or a public mailbox).

Effortful, but this was, after all, the hard old days. ;-)

This all meant that one had a strong incentive to mail the *right* move, and one would typically use all of one's allotted interval between moves to find that right move.

Here, then, we have "poor Pollington," apparently so persistently befuddled that he couldn't look ahead two moves in <x> days.

So today's story is a psycho-toxicological mystery: What did Pollington put in that famous pipe of his?

Sep-02-13  BOSTER: <Cibator> <What puzzles me here is why anyone bothered posting this <elementary> opening trap in the first place, forty years after the event>.

For person, who won "the N2 Mastermind quiz", it's not nice to make <elementary> mistake in math.

I agree that between N2 time and ET a lot difference, I did not know that it is about 10 years.

Sep-02-13  Cibator: <BOSTER>: The game dates from 1963. First postings about it here were in 2004, indicating it was put on the database in that year or just before, ie about 40 years after it was played. That was the basis for my previous comment.
Sep-02-13  kramputz: Waste of space
Sep-03-13  kevin86: The usual puzzle on Monday is to sacrifice the queen. Today-it is to win the queen:

Bxf7+ forces the king from the queen-so that it will be captured.

It is like :Labor Day-a day dedicated to the working man---and virtually no one works. lol

Sep-05-13  Abdel Irada: <It is like :Labor Day-a day dedicated to the working man---and virtually no one works. lol>

Except in the retail sector, which just happens to be the largest sector of the U.S. economy.

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  wwall: The game appeared in my 500 Queen's Gambit Miniatures, vol 1, game 136.

And one of my gems of similar games:

Seymour - Wall, 2012
1.d4 d5 c4 dxc4 3.Nc3 c5 4.Qa4+ Bd7 5.Qxc4 cxd4 6.Nd5? Nc6 7.Bf4 Rc8 8.Nf3 e6 9.Nb4 Nxb4 0-1

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