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Tom Draisma vs Gerard Welling
"Tom & Gerry" (game of the day Aug-02-2019)
NBSB league (1980), NED
King's Gambit: Accepted. Kieseritsky Gambit Rubinstein Variation (C39)  ·  0-1



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Nov-03-05  sneaky pete: Tom Draisma, former teacher, scientist and researcher, now, after his retirement, a professional storyteller, has a reputation for going his own way on the 64 squares. The early knight sacrifice he ventures upon here leads to black advantage in all lines, according to the 1916 edition of Bilguer, but isn't easy to refute in practical play. Jerry Welling fails to prove its unsoundness; after 17... Nc6 white has at least a draw. If 22... Kxh4?? 23.g3+ .. mates in a few moves. 24.Qxg4+ .. would have led to a perpetual. In the rerun 27... Kxh4 can be safely played, because the obstucting black pawn g4 has been removed. Tom's queen continues to chase Jerry's king around the board, but he should have settled for 28.Rf1 .. with a forced draw.
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  keypusher: What a battle! Thanks for pointing it out, <sneaky pete>. It seems Welling also tends to go his own way on the chessboard, so they are well matched.
Nov-03-05  niterider1969: OK I shall show my beginner status, I can see the white knight sacrafice, have done this a number of times myself. But why give up the rook?
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  keypusher: <niterider> I am not sure of the technical name of the sacrifice, but by deflecting the king away the rook sacrifice allows the white queen to get to f7 and attack the black king. In this game the sacrifice is only good enough to force a draw as <sneaky pete> points out.

If you look at the puzzles from this week you will see a series of similar sacrifices.

Aug-23-10  rapidcitychess: It's insane how Black's king treks from e8 at to b1 then to a7 and lives to tell the tale. It rarely happens. What was that king thinking while going to b1? Maybe something like this.
<I can survive if I make it back. Oh no, I'm dead. I'm at b1. <14 moves later... <Wow, how did I get here...>>>

Nice game.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: What a game! Looks like one of those crazy 19th Century brawls. 70...Nc6 is quite a funny little finisher.
Aug-02-19  nalinw: This is one of the best puns of all time ....
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  Sargon: <nalinw: This is one of the best puns of all time...>

It is indeed a fine pun—both <linguistically> and <thematically>—and its author merits recognition.

Accordingly, I, Sargon—<Punmaster General>—hereby promote <sneaky pete> to the rank of <Punnery Sergeant> in the Army of Pun.

Congratulations, <sneaky pete>, and keep up the good work...

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  piltdown man: A cat and mouse struggle.
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  catlover: What a great game! Love the pun, too.
Aug-02-19  Ironmanth: Amazing game! Thanks, chessgames.
Aug-02-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: Outstanding pun, because there really was a Tom & Jerry dynamic.

Great game, too. :)

Aug-02-19  YoungEd: My king likes to go for a walk.
Aug-02-19  Captain Hindsight: Better would have been < 28.Rf1 ! > and there's ultimately no way to avoid perpetual chess.

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28... Qd4+ < if 28... Nxe5 29. Qh7+ Kg4 30. Qf5+ Kh4 31.Qh7+ => 29. Kh2 Qxe5+ 30. Rf4+ Qxf4+ 31. Qxf4+ Kh5 31. Qf5+ Kh6 =

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