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J Mishook vs Oscar Tenner
"Better Late Than Never" (game of the day Dec-15-2020)
New York Metropolitan tt (1923), New York, NY USA, rd 11, Apr-14
Philidor Defense: General (C41)  ·  1-0



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Jun-28-19  Phony Benoni: Castling on move 41 is not a record, but it's still up there.

I never heard of Mishook either, but he appears to be the type of player whose strength is finding a way to escape tough situations. The way he saves his pinned knight is ingenious.

Dec-15-20  andrewjsacks: Yes, and he must have been good; Tenner was no chess fool.
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  offramp: <Phony Benoni: ...I never heard of Mishook either...>

I suppose that Mishook came from a family noted for its inability to play the hook shot at cricket.

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  scormus: 41 O-O ..... timed perfectly and right off the meat
Dec-15-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: That's a remarkably unavoidable backrank mate!
Dec-15-20  Brenin: The pun could refer to White's castling or Black's resignation, after playing on a R down with no compensation. At the end, 47 Ra8 leads to a back-rank mate.

Earlier, why not 29 Ra5, winning the b-pawn? Black's 29 ... Bxe4 was very optimistic; 32 ... Qe6 would have given better compensation for the piece. Later 34 ... Nxf4 is answered with 35 0-0 Nxh3+ 36 Kg2 Rxe5 37 Ra8+ Re8 38 Rxe8+ Kxe8 39 Kxh3, with a win for White.

Dec-15-20  mrknightly: Something Mishook-ana about this game.
Dec-15-20  SkySports: <Phony Benoni: Castling on move 41 is not a record, but it's still up there.> What is the record? I remember this game which could be a candidate... Bobotsov vs Ivkov, 1966
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  FSR: Tim Krabbe recognizes M Neshewat vs R R Garrison, 1994 and Somogyi vs R Black, 2002 as the record-holders for latest castling. Both games featured 48...O-O-O. Eric Rosen played 53...O-O-O# in (at 36:15). I hesitate to award that one the palm, since Eric went to ridiculous lengths to set up a position where he could castle with mate.
Dec-15-20  Phony Benoni: I started a collection some time ago:

Game Collection: Castle Early and Often

But it's unfinished, and I haven't worked on it for a while.

Dec-15-20  lentil: 41? don't you mean 44?
Dec-15-20  lentil: Also, I prefer 46 Rd1.
Dec-15-20  SkySports: This is another interesting late (well, not SO late) castling... Timman vs Kasparov, 1998
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  OhioChessFan: I'm all Mishook up...
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  scormus: <41? don't you mean 44?> If I asked my late friend < Robert Smokemountain>, he would say <Mishook castled on move 41 if Phony Benoni said he did>
Dec-15-20  Phony Benoni: <scormus> His faith is touching, but misplaced. I goofed again.
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  offramp: Oscar Tenner always looked like a sexually enraged Crow T. Robot.

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