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Bowie vs Emanuel Lasker
"Let's Dance" (game of the day Feb-24-2019)
Simul, 26b (1913) (exhibition), Krefeld GER, Oct-16
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  0-1



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Mar-15-08  Tomlinsky: Time is waiting in the wings,
It speaks of senseless things,
Its script is you and me.
Aug-18-08  myschkin: . . .
Dec-09-14  TheFocus: From a simul in Krefeld, Germany on October 16, 1913.

Lasker scored +22=3-1.

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  MissScarlett: <Bowie Knifed>
Feb-24-19  OrangeTulip: Ground control to major Lasker
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  al wazir: Why is this game over?

White is a ♙ down. I wouldn't want to play out an ending against Lasker a ♙ down, but I wouldn't have quit just yet.

Feb-24-19  shivasuri4: More likely that the game score is incomplete.
Feb-24-19  goodevans: What dipstick would suggest a GOTD based on the pun alone without first checking the game through?
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  MissScarlett: Pop culture is sexier than good chess.

<Whyld (1998)> has <27...Qxc4 and wins>, citing the <Krefelder Zeitung 8-11-13>.

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  Sargon: Sorry guys, I didn't have time to review this game in depth. I was pressed for time for a pun, so I just grabbed tone at random from the "lucky bucket"—and wasn't very lucky, unfortunately.

Maybe this will inspire someone to see if there's a more complete game score. Even if there IS, I'd imagine that it's just probably an endgame where Lasker is up a pawn over an amateur, who consequently gets systematically and decisively crushed...

Feb-24-19  jith1207: Ah, what happened to the convention of having the suggested user name in the GOTD along with the pun? I thought it gave nice congrats to each user in the home page.
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  MissScarlett: Success has many fathers; failure is an orphan.
Feb-24-19  Sally Simpson: ***

Final Position (White to play).

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I'd rather be White, 1.Re7 the pawn minus means nothing due to the activity and the control of the open files.

Already I can see 1.Re7 Rf7? 2.b3 1-0.

If Ken Whyld could not dig out the remaining moves then I'd not waste too much time looking.


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  MissScarlett: Wouldn't go that far. I just submitted a game for which Whyld didn't have the full score. That said, I doubt the <Krefeld Zeitung> had many competing titles.

I'd never even heard of Krefeld; it sounds incredibly dull:

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  OhioChessFan: I like the puns a lot and don't typically care as much about the quality of the games.
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  MissScarlett: I like good puns a lot.
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  MissScarlett: Be nice to check if <Bowie> is the correct name; it doesn't sound very Germanic. <Boewe> I could go with.
Feb-24-19  GlennOliver: If Lasker himself had analysed this given end position, he would probably have declared it a draw with best play.

As has been noted, the likely scenarios are an incomplete pgn or a premature resignation by an overawed amateur.

Feb-24-19  Sally Simpson: This unfinished GOTD is getting more interesting than some other GOTD's.

It is possible there is a mistake in the notation and the resignation is legitimate.

But likely that Lasker having knocked out a fair chunk of the field was coming round quicker, White stopped recording the games, got flustered and dropped a Rook. White was doing OK till saw the mate with 14. Qh5 instead 14.Bb3 kept the lid on things.

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  al wazir: <Sargon: Sorry guys, I didn't have time to review this game in depth. I was pressed for time for a pun>.

It's way past time to deep-six the shabby business of choosing the Game of the Day on the basis of puns derived from anglophone mispronunciations of players' names. Such games are, on average, of mediocre interest. A different criterion is needed.

Why not require the GOTD to be one having some intrinsic interest that has *never previously been commented on*? The name of the CG member who nominates it can be posted, as is usually done now, thereby conferring pseudonymous celebrity on the nominator. Set up a "bucket" into which members can dump links to suggested games.

And if a chosen game turns out to be substandard (like today's), the responsible member will be identified. He will be inundated with catcalls and will slink away in embarrassment.

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  Sargon: Anyone who submits a pun should, I suppose, review the game for quality and accuracy to the best of their ability.

<A game between players who are grossly mismatched in strength, however, can still be a good game.> For example, if *I* was able to—in a simul, say—play a GM and get to the endgame in anything approaching an equal position, such as being only a pown down (knowing I would lose the endgame regardless) I'd consider that a positive accomplishment in and of itself.

If this game score is complete, perhaps what happened is that this player "Bowie" concluded something akin to:

<"OK, I got to an endgame with Lasker, and I'm down only ONE pawn. I obviously have no chance to outplay him from this point, so I'll graciously resign and consider my participation a qualified success.">

With that in mind, maybe my alternate pun "Under Pressure" would have been more apropos...

Feb-25-19  Sally Simpson: ***

'Under Pressure' would have worked.

"It's the terror of knowing what the world is about,

Watching some good friends screaming "Let me out!"


Hi Sargon,

We can go around in circles speculating what happened but I think if given the choice White would have played on. He has paid for the privilege of playing the world champion, he cannot see how he is losing, infact it's quite the reverse, White has all the chances. why resign?

If it ended now then I'd have a good shout that here.

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He is waiting for Lasker to appear so has not written down his move.

Lasker appears, he moves. It's an awful blunder,something silly like 28.Qd1+ or 28.Re4, he resigns on Lasker prompt reply, does not record the last two moves and walks out in disgust.

They retrieve his score sheet from the waste paper basket, discover he not written down his name, someone says they think he's a farmer (which is Bauer in German hence the misspelt 'Bowie'.)



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  MissScarlett: <<Whyld (1998)> has <27...Qxc4 and wins>, citing the <Krefelder Zeitung 8-11-13>.>

To clarify matters, or should I say, to further clarify matters, the expression <...and wins> generally indicates that a game continued. But the position itself speaks loudest - no chess player worthy of the name is going to resign that, especially when blessed enough to be facing the world champion.

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