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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Frederick Deacon
"Deacon Blues" (game of the day Oct-12-2011)
Casual game (1862), London ENG
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Hein Countergambit (C51)  ·  1-0



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Oct-12-11  andrewjsacks: I once played a game like this--but was stopped by the cops for speeding...
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  Phony Benoni: The best thing about reusing a pun is that the explanation has probably been given before. Today's is a song by the rock group Steely Dan.

Steinitz did a lot of this stuff in his younger days when he was first trying to make his name. There are various ways to finish the Black king off after 20...Kg7; I'm rather partial to 21.Qxf7+ Kh6 22.Qxf6+ Kh5 23.g4+ Kxg4 24.Rg1+ Kh5 25.Qg5#. There may be quicker.

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  al wazir: But what if black had played 16...Ne7 ?
Oct-12-11  Arcturus: 10) . . . dxNc3 and 11) Ra-e1 and bye bye queenie pie !
Oct-12-11  andrewjsacks: Black's fourth move is remarkably inventive--"sound" or not.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: One curious feature of the game is 16.g3, which looks pointless until 20.Qxc7, and suddenly 20...Qd6 is no longer a check that forces the exchange of Queens.
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  Check It Out: "They got a name for the winners in the world
I want a name when I lose
They call Alabama the Crimson Tide
Call me Deacon Blues"
Oct-12-11  abuzic: <al wazir: But what if black had played 16...Ne7?>

16...Ne7? 17.Nxc7+ Kf8;
<(17...Kd7 18.Ne6+ Ke8; <[18...Kd6 19.Qc7#]>;

19.Bb5+ Nc6; <[19...Rd7 20.Bxd7#]>;

20.Bxc6+ Rd7 21.Qxd7#)>;

18.Qf3 threatening mate on f7; now:

-18...Nd5 19.Bxd5 Rxd5 20.Nxd5 wins.

-18...Rd5 19.Rb1; <(19.Bxd5 Nxd5 20.Rxc2 or 20.Nxd5 also wins)>; 19...Nb4 20.Rfe1 f5 21.Nxd5 g6 22.Nxe7 wins.

-18...f6 19.Ne6+ Ke8;

<(19...Kf7 20.Nxd8+ 21.Ke8 Qa8 wins)>;

<(19...Kg8 20.Nxd8+ Kf8 21.Ne6+ Ke8 22.Qa8+ Kd7 23.Qb7+ Ke8 24.Qb8+ Kf7 25.Nf8+ Nd5 26.Bxd5+ Ke7 27.R[any]e1+ Nxe1 28.Rxe1#)>;

20.Nxg7+ Kd7 21.Rxc2 wins.

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  HeMateMe: Hey nineteen! Thats Aretha Franklin!
Oct-12-11  ounos: 16. ...Qa5 would be a fun attempt at defence! Covering all obvious threats, and waiting to see if Steinitz would figure out the kill (of course he would).
Oct-12-11  ounos: <An Englishman> indeed, good catch!
Oct-12-11  Infohunter: <Phony Benoni: There are various ways to finish the Black king off after 20...Kg7; I'm rather partial to 21.Qxf7+ Kh6 22.Qxf6+ Kh5 23.g4+ Kxg4 24.Rg1+ Kh5 25.Qg5#. There may be quicker.>

Indeed there is: 21.Qxf7+ Kh6 22.Qxf6+ Kh5 23.Bf7+ Kg4 25.Re4#.

Oct-12-11  Shams: The story on this page is a treat:

F Deacon vs J Robey, 1862

Oct-12-11  abuzic: <After 20.Qxc7>
20...Kg7 21.Qxf7+ Kh6 22.Qxf6+ Kh5 23.Bf7+ Kg4 24.f3#.

What if black played 16...Qd6 or 16...Kf8?

And what if white had played 12.Bxd6! cxd6;
<(12...Qxd6 13.Qxf7+ Kd8 14.Nb5 Qe7 15.Qd5+ Kc8 16.Qf5+ Kb8 17.Qxc2)>;

13.Nd5 Qd8 14.Rac1 d3 15.Qe4+ Kf8;
<(15.Ne7 Bxd3)>;
16.Qxd3 and the black N falls.

Oct-12-11  bengalcat47: After this poor showing in chess Deacon found his calling as the mascot and symbol for Wake Forest University.
Oct-12-11  kevin86: The cross-exchange/sac of bishops and game 13 and 14 are unique indeed.
Oct-12-11  BiteByBits: quite a sharp game, looks like what I would do in blitz against someone who overextends his
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  Check It Out: (1 Timothy 3:8 sq.) St. Paul impresses upon Timothy that <"deacons must be chaste, not double tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre, holding the mystery of faith in a pure conscience."> He directs further that they must <"first be proved: and so let them minister, having no crime">, and he adds that they should be the <"husbands of one wife: who rule well their children and their own houses. For they that have ministered well shall purchase to themselves a good degree, and much confidence in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.">

How's 6 or 7 out of 9: Still eligible?


Oct-13-11  PaulLovric: <Check It Out:> what the....are you on about?

<andrewjsacks: Black's fourth move is remarkably inventive--"sound" or not.> Anderssen vs R Hein, 1869, and

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  Check It Out: <PaulLovric> Don't mind me, I'm just rambling on about Deacons.
Oct-13-11  PaulLovric: <Check It Out:> sounds like you're preoccupied with the afterlife
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  WannaBe: <An Englishman> I made a post on your forum, to your reply on my forum, to my post on your forum.

Okay, is everybody clear on what I just wrote?! =)

Oct-14-11  Shams: Get a room!
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  Honza Cervenka: 12.Qxb7 was not utterly bad but simple 12.Bxd6! instead of that would have won immediately, as 12...cxd6 13.Nd5 Qd8 14.Qe4+ wins the Knight on c2 and 12...Qxd6 13.Qxf7+ Kd8 14.Nb5 is evidently hopeless for black too.
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  Honza Cervenka: 16...Nf6?? was a blunder. Black's position was not easy anyway, but after 16...Nh6 or 16...Qd6 I see no immediate decisive blow from white's part.
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