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P Gaspary vs Johann Nepomuk Berger
"Carry Gaspar Off" (game of the day May-11-2022)
corr (1890) (correspondence)
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Anderssen Variation (C77)  ·  0-1



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May-11-22  Czx: Must be getting feeble. I really enjoyed this pun.
May-11-22  Saniyat24: nice game, and a nice pun...!
May-11-22  areknames: Yes, good game until Gaspary completely loses it at the very end and has to, as it were, be carried off. Therefore not a bad pun at all.
May-11-22  Brenin: A groanworthy pun and an entertaining knockabout game.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Starting with 12.Bd2?!, White embarks upon random moves before finally setting upon an unjustified King side attack. Black did well to take over the King side attack and show White how to do it properly. The final position would induce envy in a python.

But most important of all--excellent pun.

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  Check It Out: Good game, good pun. Well done.
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  Honza Cervenka: After 26.Bxh6 white could win.
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  Honza Cervenka: If 26.Bxh6 Qxh2+ 27.Kxh2 Bxg4, then 28.Rg1 Bxh3 29.Kxh3 Kh7 30.Nf5 Rg8 31.Bg5 Nf4+ (or 31...Rg6 32.h5 +-) 32.Bxf4 exf4 33.Rxg8 Rxg8 34.Rd1 Rb8 35.Rd4 +-
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  Honza Cervenka: 21...Rad8 would have been better, as now 22.cxb4 Qxc2 is not an option because white King cannot escape with castling like in the game.

24...Bc8 was a mistake, which could lose, but after 24...Qc4 25.Nf2 Bc8 26.Ne3 white has a good game.

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  Honza Cervenka: Of course, 25...Kxg7?? loses the Queen after 26.Bxh6+.
May-11-22  goodevans: So much going on in this game it made my head spin. I reckon I could easily find half a dozen prevous GOTDs that between them don't have half as much going on as in this one game.

I particularly liked that the winning move was the humble <33...f6>. It took me a long time to understand why <34.Ng5+>, sac'ing the extra piece to block the g-file, no longer worked. I'll publish only the main line of my analysis as I've already spent way too long on today's GOTD.

<34.Ng5+ fxg5 35.h5> (else 35...gxh4) <35...Nf4 36.Rgf2 Rd8> (threatening 37.Rd3) <37.Rf3 e4 38.Re3 Qb6 39.Re1 Rd3 40.Kf2 Nd5> should be enough to prompt White's resignation.

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The game's <34.Qh1> was a much better try at getting out of White's predicament. The Q can abandon the B as <34...Rxg3?> would bring <35.Ng5+> back onto the table. Now if White can just get <35.Kh2> in all his troubles would be over. If Black didn't have <34...Nf4> at his disposal it would have worked.

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  MissScarlett: <I particularly liked that the winning move was the humble <33...f6>.>

I was waiting/hoping for someone to point this out. I found this game in the November 1892 <BCM>, p.511. The annotator, Samuel Tinsley, has this to say on <33...f6>:

<Artistic in the highest degree, and surpassingly beautiful is this finishing touch. White has literally not one decent move left. If this game does not rank high among the masterpieces we entirely misjudge its merits. The student will doubtless linger over it, finding abundance of food for the pleasantest reflections.>

The game, played in the correspondence tournament of <Le Monde illustré>, was recommended by William Pollock.

May-11-22  nalinw: A good groan?
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  OhioChessFan: Serviceable pun.
May-11-22  catlover: Good pun. It took me a minute to get it. Reverend Spooner strikes again.
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  Check It Out: My dad loved spoonerisms, used to call them oonerspisms.

This game is all the more impressive that it was played in 1890.

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