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Willem Wolthuis vs Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander
Maastricht (1946), Maastricht NED, rd 6, Apr-25
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Milner-Barry Variation (E33)  ·  1-0



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Sep-24-05  dudek: This game features in the Columbo episode "The Most Dangerous Match" (just released in the UK in a DVD box set of the show's second season). Rather than suffer public defeat and humiliation GM Clayton (Laurence Harvey) contemplates murdering his Russian opponent Dudek (Jack Kruschen). The Wolthuis game is screened from 24 ... Nd2, with Dudek demonstrating his winning method: 25 Qxb4 axb4 26 Rxa8+ Be8 27 Bxd5 Qxd5 28 Rxe8 mate. Although the show reprises some pet media misconceptions about chess, with Harvey hamming away like a deaf Norman Bates, Kruschen steals his scenes as a genial Russian bear:

CLAYTON - Well, chess is the ultimate test of the human mind, isn't it? DUDEK - You think so? I always thought it was women.

Euwe won the Maastricht event, with Alexander in a tie on 50%. And Wolthuis? Well he came last, but this little game must have cheered him up!

Jul-15-07  meijgia: This game also appears in ´Kings, Commoners and Knaves´ of Edward Winter (1999): ´A position to ponder´ pages 3 and 4.
Jul-05-11  eyalbd: Video:
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  GrahamClayton: <dudek>,
Rather than suffer public defeat and humiliation GM Clayton (Laurence Harvey) contemplates murdering his Russian opponent Dudek (Jack Kruschen).


I wish I was GM Clayton! :-)

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  wwall: The diagram after move 24...Nd2 also appears as Diagram 272A in Winning Chess, page 168, by Chernev and Reinfeld. They sum up the position as follows: "Broken down into cold technical terms, his delightful combination makes use of a Queen sacrifice to seize the vulnerable last rank. There he pins a defended piece. Another pin, based on a sacrifice, removes the guard. Awe-inspiring as this may sound, the themes are old friends by now: 1.QxN! PxQ 2.RxRch B-K1."

Then the position is found on the next page, Diagram 272B. "White moves. He must remove the guard of the pinned Bishop before Black can consolidate his defense. Therefore 3.BxP pinning the Queen. Black is lost. He must play 3...QxB, else he loses his Queen. But now that the guard is removed, White plays 4. RxB mate. Again we admire the slick interplay of several combinative motifs."

Apr-12-14  RedShield: <Although Clayton is one of the best chess players in the world, during his simultaneous exhibition, one of the people he is playing beats him after playing only two moves, a losing combination known as the "Fool's Mate" and notorious for being the fastest possible way for a player to be checkmated. This is, presumably, meant to demonstrate how much Columbo is unnerving him (but the effect doesn't work very well because Clayton made his first two moves before Columbo arrived on the scene).>

More anti-chess in this simul:

<Clayton: Ah, I see you've put yourself in the same pickle as Alekhine in one of his matches with Nimzowitsch in 1914.

Opponent: Rook to king bishop.

Clayton: Mistake, my friend. You fell into the trap., I want you to think about that. And if you'd like to have some supper this evening, I suggest you resign.>

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  erniecohen: In the Columbo episode, the game starts out as a Queen's Gambit Declined. So they must have found a different way to get to the same final position.

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