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Erno Gereben vs Adrianus Dingeman de Groot
"De Groot Escape" (game of the day Mar-11-2013)
non-FIDE Munich Olympiad (1936), Munich GER, rd 16, Aug-28
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense. Vienna Variation (D39)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Rather a wild one. I feel quite certain that at one or more points in the game, both players thought they were in over their heads. It seems the only reason Black survives (unless White missed something, of course) is because a humble little pawn on h5 prevents 21.Rg4+.
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  HeMateMe: Nice pun! It could almost have been a Steve McQueen's Pawn opening.
Mar-11-13  PaulLovric: was this going to be a draw by repetition?
Mar-11-13  Abdel Irada: "Wild" indeed.

This was one of those openings where both players were playing all-out and every piece seems either pinned or in immediate danger of being pinned.

I'd have to spend some time on this (far more than I anticipate actually spending) to see what "should" have happened, but somehow a draw by repetition seems an appropriate outcome.

Mar-11-13  sofouuk: two big improvements for white, who had an objectively won position after black allowed the queen sac with 12...Nb4?:

1) 18.Bxc4 clearing the way for 19.Rhd1, as well as knights jumping to e5 and d7, and

2) right at the death (after some mistakes by both sides) 25.Re5! leaving both bishops en prise but threatening Rg5+

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white's attack is overwhelming, tho there are <a lot> of possible continuations - 25...Qb4+ 26.Bb3 Qxh4 27.f4! Rc7 (preparing to sacrifice back material) 28.Rg5+

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rybka is at +3.5 and rising

Mar-11-13  hellopolgar: 18. Ne5 is cute but 18. Bxc4 would have been better.
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  HeMateMe: Das Groot.
Mar-11-13  morfishine: Some interesting notes: Gereben attained the IM title and 3 times represented Switzerland in the Olympiads when he was 63, 65 & 67 years old!

De Groot was a colorful character representing 3 different countries in the Olympiads (Netherlands, Sweden & Argentina) between 1936 - 1939. Pre-war conditions probably explain this

As for this game, fascinating in its evolutions; While White's play was enterprising to say the least, I think the critical line is <12.Bxf6> the point being Black should not allow <12...Bxf6 13.Nd6+ Kf8 (or 13...Ke7) 14.Nxb7> and now <14...Qc7 15.Nc5> and White has 16.Nxd7+

In the event of <12.Bxf6> if black continues <12...Ne5> we may end up with this: <13.Nxe5 Bxa4 14.Bxh8 Bxd1 15.Kxd1 c3 16.Bb5+ Kf8 17.Nd7+ Kg8 18.Bxd4 c2+ 19.Kc1 Bg5+ 20.Kxc2 Rc8+ 21.Bc3> Yikes! diagram:

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  Phony Benoni: <morfishine> A little correction: De Groot always represented the Netherlands in Olympiads. The 1937 tournament was held in Sweden and the 1939 in Argentina, which may explain the confusion.

I should probably confess that this is one of my puns. To tell the truth, I'm still not sure which player escaped!

Mar-11-13  morfishine: Thanks <Phony Benoni>! Quite a game and a decent pun....certainly better than that 'rook-pun' a couple of games ago :)
Mar-11-13  MountainMatt: Two wild and crazy guys!
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  kevin86: White has four pieces for the queen...but cannot escape the lady's checks...=draw!
Mar-11-13  poachedeggs: I am a patzer...but 20 Bxc4 seems to be the moment...the rook comes over to pin the B to the K and white stalls.

Two questions

1. Why Bxc4?
2. Isn't there a much better move? Like 20Be2...attacking the pesky H pawn...

Mar-11-13  khanmustafi: best pun ever!!!!
Mar-11-13  goodevans: <khanmustafi: best pun ever!!!!> It's a matter of taste but I can't agree with you. This one's good but there have been dozens that were better.

My personal favorite was to Zsofia Polgar vs Smyslov, 2000, "The Old Man and the Z". Spot on!

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  Phony Benoni: <goodevans> Just shows you how tastes change. I submitted "The Old Man and the Z" for Smyslov vs Ribli, 1983 a couple of years before it was used for the other game, and it went nowhere.

But I do agree this is not the "best pun ever". It was more a case of wanting to recommend the game and putting down the first thing I could think of.

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  WannaBe: < morfishine: Some interesting notes: Gereben attained the IM title and 3 times represented Switzerland in the Olympiads when he was 63, 65 & 67 years old! >

Oh, good, there is (a faint) hope for me.

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  Phony Benoni: For comparison, see Fine vs Gruenfeld, 1936, played two months later.

Oddly enough, Gereben had recently changed his name from Ernst Grunfeld.

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