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Walter Montagu Gattie vs Geza Maroczy
Ostend (1906), Ostend BEL, rd 1, Jun-05
Queen Pawn Game: Stonewall Attack (D00)  ·  0-1



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  GrahamClayton: Emanuel Lasker's comments after 19...d4:

"To pick out in such a game a few moves, here and there, in order to analyse a variation, or point out a weakness, would be like picking out in a Beethoven sonata a few sounds in order to count the number of their air vibrations per second. The play of Black is perfectly delightful. He marshalls all of his troops into battle, without in the meanwhile paying any attention to the white threats … a marvel of economy".

AJ Gillam "Ostende 1906 International Chess Tournament", 2005 Caissa Editions

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  offramp: Gattie played in hypermodern style and was rolled over.

Do you like the disposition of Black's pieces?

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♗♗, ♖♖, ♘♘. Neat Neat Neat!

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  fredthebear: Neat just before mate! It takes a bit of planning to get both knights to the g-file.

18.g3? The Art of Chess by James Mason, originally published in 1895 surely did not encourage moving pawns in front of the castled king.

White could have prevented all of this with 4.Nf3 or 4.f4 to discourage 4...e5.

Jul-16-22  stone free or die: Why this mention of <The Art of Chess>, published long before this game?
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  fredthebear: Just go read the book if you want understanding.
Jul-18-22  stone free or die: Understanding of exactly what?
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  fredthebear: You've been kindly shown the way, now help yourself.
Jul-18-22  stone free or die: <Fred> you're just demonstrating how far over your head you are.

Can you name even one GM or other qualified expert who recommends reading Mason's <The Art of Chess> today?

Now, since you haven't any qualification or motivation for reading Mason, please kindly show yourself out the door.

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  fredthebear: That blistering insight makes a fellow wonder why AJ Gillam would bother to produce "Ostende 1906 International Chess Tournament." Is there a self-respecting GM or qualified expert that would ever bother to read it? Gillam must have gone to a lot of work for nothing, like James Mason did.

Ol' FTB will ask a question of fake Z troll. Since I <"haven't any qualification or motivation"> why does fake Z troll follow me around this website everywhere I go?

A careful bear I want to be —
a little fake Z troll follows me.
I do not dare to go astray,
for fear it’ll go the self-same way.
I cannot once escape its eyes.
Whatever it sees me do it tries.
Like me it says it’s going to be —
that little chump who follows me…
It knows that I am big and fine —
And believes in every word of mine.
The base in me it must not see —
that little chump who follows me…
But after all it’s easier,
that brighter road to climb,
With little hands behind me —
to push me all the time.
And I reckon I’m a better bear
than what I used to be…
Because I have this fake Z troll
who thinks the world of me

Jul-19-22  stone free or die: OK, that's not too bad a piece of doggerel.

But the Gillam ref is a deflection, and just another attempt to demonstrate some chess chops.

(For the record - much of my Reichhelm Fifty work was basically following Gillam around the block. Unfortunately much of those yellow booklets didn't make it into the modern DB's. My vision of doing chess history is a bit different from Gillams - but his was born decades before I even began)

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  fredthebear: Let's have a look before jumping to premature conclusions. Here's an article on James Mason and some puzzles:

Mason's 416-page tutelage "The Art of Chess" is a good read, but it's bulk, depth and difficult battles are not ideal as a first or second chess book in the 21st century: The combinations and endgame maneuvers of the great old masters are just too difficult for beginners to absorb, and they'll likely not finish the book.

Beginners need to be spoon-fed the basics with easy positions from shorter books such as Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess, Reshevsky Teaches Chess, Beginning Chess by Harry Golumbek, Chess for Beginners by P.H. Clarke, Chess Tactics for Beginners edited by Fred Reinfeld, Chess Revised Edition by R.F. Green, Winning Chess by Irving Chernev and Fred Reinfeld, Chess - A Way to Learn by Morry and Mitchell, Chess in 30 Minutes by E.S. Lowe, Chess in an Hour by Frank J. Marshall, Learn Chess Quickly by I.A. Horowitz, How Not to Play Chess by Eugene A. Znosko-Borovsky, Easy Guide to Chess by B.H. Wood, Chess in Ten Easy Lessons by Larry Evans, and Introduction to Chess by Kenneth Harkness and Irving Chernev among many others (Englisch descriptive notation). Then of course Morphy, Anderssen, Blackburne, Steinitz, Tarrasch, the Laskers, Capablanca, Tartakower/du Mont, Alekhine, Euwe, Spielmann, Reuben Fine, Ludek Pachman, Nimzowitsch, Reti, Keres, and the Russians await.

AJ Gillam wrote books in algebraic notation for beginners and intermediates back in the 1980s and 1990s, including his thin four volume Beginning Chess Series. (Personally, I'd just buy the one hardback book "Simple Chess Tactics" to save money to buy an endgame book such as Chess Endgames for Kids by Karsten Muller.) These are excellent introductory training for that level of player, to be brushed up year-after-year. Gillam's various games collections including "Your First Games of Chess" are all worthwhile.

While on the subject, Bill Robertie also wrote a series for beginners that has since been reprinted by a different publisher -- the same book w/the same or similar titles. Robertie gives simple, clear guidance whereas Bruce Pandolfini puffs up his books with unnecessary glittering generalities. That being said, Pandolfini has a knack for selecting excellent chess positions for instruction, albeit long winded like ol' FTB can be.

Back in my day, we read books, lots of books, instead of texts, lots of texts. A poor family (and rich families for that matter) could go to the local public library and check out books for free, then return them and check out some more books for free!!! What a novel concept. Furthermore, if Grandma took us shopping for new shoes (yes, this bear generally wears clothes in the daylight) in the next town, we'd go to the library in the next town. Wow! I'm still reading, and re-reading what I've already read but I did grow out of those shoes that Grandma bought me.

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  fredthebear: Oops, I forgot to include one of my biggest influences CJS Purdy (as encouraged by the late bookseller Bob Long): D.B. Pritchard, Milton L. Hanauer and Tim Harding were also beginner/intermediate influences. Yasser Seirawan's videos have influenced me more than his books but many swear by his books. Often, the timing of the read has more to do with it than the material.
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  fredthebear: Goin' Baroque?

If you just want a book on the Stonewall Attack (and a few other eccentrics), there's: I like the fact that the author doesn't promise you'll win often, but winning is possible perhaps with less knowledge than your opponent who'd rather be playing the Ruy Lopez or Sicilian Najdorf.


Playing the Stonewall Dutch: A Bold Repertoire by Nikola Sedlak (2020)


or the DVD:


There are likely a few other productions.

As Black, study Nigel Short's games (French, A40 Horwitz, and A90 Dutch Defenses): S Conquest vs Short, 1987

Hungarian GM Hoang Thanh Trang is a French & Dutch Defender: Hoang Thanh Trang

As White, Harry Nelson Pillsbury and Frank Marshall Stonewalled some: Marshall vs Von Bardeleben, 1908

For the ladies, perhaps WIM Guatemalan Justice Sotomayor: Silvi Sotomayor Villatoro

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  perfidious: <fredthebore....Beginners need to be spoon-fed the basics with easy positions....>

Reasonable, but you insist on infesting every page you get near with 1200-level horsebleep and acting as though no-one hereabout has the vaguest notion how to play.

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  fredthebear: Feeling left out today, perfidy?

After a decade round about here, your lap dog Z cannot play much beyond moving the pieces. It can research, but it does not bother to read its own research and learn the details of the game. If research is all it wants to do, fine. But stop the BIG PRETEND.

Of course, there's absolutely nothing wrong with my chess posts on a chess website. I've read the descriptive books myself over the years, so I certainly have earned the right to recommend them knowing full well that 95% of the readers won't bother. There's always the chance that someone w/the chess hunger will come along in the future and get turned on to the old classics. After all, some of these books helped build the GOAT Bobby Fischer back in the 1950s and '60s.

I have not read/viewed the latest Stonewall stuff but I did collect and pass on useful information. A person short of time and not inclined to learn theory could learn to play a decent game just by studying the players I have mentioned above (very limited openings to cut down on study time) and a few books or videos for the fundamentals. Anybody who doesn't want or need this information will pass it by.

You perfidouche just wanna ditch about something for no good reason rather than encourage others. Being a sour puss is definitely your prevailing personality. Of course, you continue to belittle my posts but I'm confident that Harry Pillsbury and Frank Marshall and Milt Hanauer and Fred Reinfeld and the like would've whipped your sass. You've become a sad state of affairs sunny, but you're never too old to learn.

Maybe someday you will actually refute one of my posts like I do yours. It's bound to happen someday. Nobeary is perfect. Keep reading. Keep trying. Keep watching. Keep yourself miserable. It'll happen one of these days.

Jul-21-22  stone free or die: Piddle poof.
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  fredthebear: <stone free or die> took out this latest sock puppet account on Jun-29-22. There are 292 of these non-chess trolling posts which comes to an average of 12 trash posts per day.

It has also recently used Z free or die, Zappa XP, and Z truth 000000001 sock puppet accounts. Management needs to remove this fool and all its fake Z accounts from this website permanently. It does not care about chess play; it only wants to pester we paid members.

Jul-22-22  stone free or die: Poor peanut-brittle, it only hurt, a little.

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from American Chess Bulletin 1906 (July-December) by Phony Benoni
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