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Kirkpatrick vs NN
cr BGD-WFT - Gr3 (1987) (correspondence)
Blackmar-Diemer Gambit: Tartakower Variation (D00)  ·  0-1



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Jul-31-03  Bionic Brain: Forgive me if I'm being stupid but how does that win?????????
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  Sneaky: I was scratching my head over this game just a few days ago. I chalked it up to "tempermental correspondence players."

If you've ever played correspondence chess, and you make a misstep in the opening, you understand the torture that's ahead of you. Patiently trying to defend an untenable position, only to eventually be overrun... and all of that comes after MONTHS of effort, mind you! Suicide starts to look like an attractive option.

But more to the point, let's look at the the position. Is Black really that much better here? There is a threat on c2, yes, but after 10.Bb3 O-O the game looks pretty level to me.

Or it could just be an incomplete gamescore. I don't know...

Jul-31-03  crafty: 9. ♗d3 ♗xd3 10. cxd3 ♘bd7 11. ♘e4 ♕c7   (eval -0.71; depth 12 ply; 1000M nodes)
Jul-31-03  hickchess99: maybe white's plan was to get his king on the other side of the board, in order to produce another king. then he realized that was against the rules, and there went his whole plan. or maybe he only had one stamp left, so he quit on the next letter.
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  Sneaky: This is one of NN 's only victories. Let's not try to take it away from him! =)
Jul-31-03  PVS: But who is Kirkpatrick? Is he not NN himself?
Jul-31-03  Benjamin Lau: He probably should be:

Number of games in database: 6
Years covered: 1900 to 1987
Overall record: +0 -6 =0 (0.0%)*
* Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

Even NN has 4.8%...

Aug-01-03  PVS: <Kirkpatrick...1900 to 1987>

He may not be as good as NN, but he is one of the few players in the database to rival NN's longevity.

Oct-08-05  Zaltar: I believe that this is C.J. Kirkpatrick. He is very well known in Alabama for having taught chess to hundreds of schoolchildren and organizing scholastic tournaments. I believe he entered the BDG correspondence event with a friend (a local Rabbi rated around 2000 OTB) who was a BDG devotee. Mr. Kirkpatrick's health began to fail during this time, and he had to withdraw. He did win one of the games on this database quickly before withdrawing. He passed away in 1991. The 1900 game is someone else, of course.
Oct-09-05  Zaltar: p.s. Mr. Kirkpatrick, having been born during the Depression and a veteran of World War Two, was a staunch believer in solid openings and defenses such as the Torre Attack, Caro-Kann, French, Slav, etc. Nothing pleased him more than a goal line stand (in chess or football). He would have found playing the BDG very unpleasant. I'm sure he entered this event to learn more about the BDG, since the only chess partner in his town that could give him a good game played it at every opportunity.
Oct-09-05  valerianus: <Zaltar> Thanks for the interesting information. <Crafty> I wonder why White would even opt for Bd3, given that it wrecks the pawn structure...
Dec-04-05  chesscrazy: Kirkpatrick has won one game, against another NN.
Apr-13-08  D.Observer: What's the threat behind 8. ... c6?
Dec-31-08  WhiteRook48: what!? how... a weird resignation. :)
Jun-26-09  deadlysin: maybe because he was a pawn down?
Jan-22-11  Tigranny: This has gotta be the weirdest resignation ever. Kirkpatrick was in no pressure and time trouble.
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  Phony Benoni: <Tigranny> Please read Zaltar's kibitzes for a full explanation.

Correspondence games are often resigned prematurely for ill health, a lack of time, or simply because the player needs a break. Whenever you see a correspondence player with a huge minus record and only one tournament played, they probably withdrew for some reason.

In correspondence, you are usually playing several games at once, so a withdrawal can mean many losses at once instead of just one.

Mar-21-11  Tigranny: Thanks Phony Benoni and Zaltar.
Jun-28-12  stevef: Why does this game belong here? What
is it's importance?
Sep-04-20  ThomasB: Hi Zaltar, Mr. Kirkpatrick taught me chess at Etowah Middle School before he became ill. I would have liked to have known him better. Now that my niece is interested in chess, I wish I had the page of chess rules and tips he gave us back then, to pass on to her.
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  Stonehenge: Calvin Junior Kirkpatrick?

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