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Ludwig Rellstab vs Isaac Kashdan
"Holiday for Kings" (game of the day Nov-18-2022)
Stockholm (1930), Stockholm SWE, rd 7, Oct-27
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Main Line (D63)  ·  0-1



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Dec-07-04  kostich in time: Der Kleine Capablanca was always an artist with his bishops.
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  Phony Benoni: Back in the days when <Resignation Trap> and I went to many tournaments together, he often grew exasperated at my ability to butcher endgames. "Use the king!", he would tell me. "Use the king! Use the king!"

Alas, the lesson never sank in, and it was all due to this game. It was used as an example in the first chess book I ever owned, <Reinfeld on the Engdame in Chess>, and I could never get over the impression it left on me.

Dec-13-07  blitzkriege: I can't find the win. I'm looking at:

39. Bxa2 Bxd3
40. Bxb1 Bxb1
41. Bxc3


39. Bxa2 Bd4+
40. Nf2

What am I missing?

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  tpstar: <blitzkriege> Combine those two ideas = 39. Bxa2 Bxd3 40. Bxb1 Bd4+ 41. Kh1 Bxb1, or 40. Bxc3 Nxc3.
Dec-01-18  sallyx: In book Chess Strategies and Tactics 1946 the game continues from move 36...Bc3! 37.Nd3 Bc2 38.f3 a2 White resigns
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  GrahamClayton: Unusual position after 37...♗c2, with a symmetrical arrangement of bishops and knights:

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  sea7kenp: <Phony Benoni>, Based on your Description of this Game (in your "That's Strange" Collection), I was expecting some Virtuoso King Activity in this Endgame. :-)
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  offramp: A good title for the game. A suggestion by the great User: Phony Benoni.
Nov-18-22  Cheapo by the Dozen: Alternate title:

The Curious Actions of the Kings in the Game

Nov-18-22  Chesschronicle22: Fancy game from white, but black pass pawn wasn't able to be stop in time. As if black headbutts white with his pawn (kinda remrmbering Sanemi getting headbutted by Tanjiro) XD
Nov-18-22  nalinw: I think the game title is related to the Kings not doing anything at all in the endgame .... RIP PB - you are missed ....
Nov-18-22  nalinw: And nice one CbtD
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  FSR: I don't think people these days know much about Kashdan. According to Chessmetrics, he was the No. 2 player in the world for almost two years in 1932-34. FIDE didn't get around to awarding him the grandmaster title until 1954, four years after it awarded it to others.

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