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Erling Myhre vs Gerhard Lorson
"Stuck in the Flask" (game of the day Jan-27-2013)
Helsinki Olympiad Final-C (1952), Helsinki FIN, rd 7, Aug-27
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Long Variation (E68)  ·  0-1



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Sep-21-10  grasser: Very rarely does one see a piece as an actual prisoner.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: What is the name of that flask which sounds a bit like White's name? It's been rather a few years since Chemistry class.
Jan-27-13  dougiejfresh: Erlenmeyer flask -
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  FSR: I never heard of the thing, but apparently the pun is an allusion to the Erlenmeyer flask. Anyone who understands every pun used for the GOTD must be a genius.
Jan-27-13  morfishine: Mired Down
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  rodchuck: FSR: Or just a chemist who plays chess
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  FSR: <rodchuck> I didn't say one had to be a genius to get this one pun. But if one understands every GOTD pun, day in, day out, I'm impressed.
Jan-27-13  Abdel Irada: I see Black won by a flasking maneuver, and soon had the white rook in his hip pocket.
Jan-27-13  Gambit All: Luckily, none of unheralded club player Munson Burners' games are in the data base. Can someone explain why Erling resigned?
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  HeMateMe: Maybe we could have some algebraic and physics related puns, too?

A game where a paranthetical prophylactic move saved Pilnik from Petrosian?

Miles 1. a3 game against Karpov could be "An Irrational Number"?

All of those puns out there, just waiting to be discovered, *sigh*.

Jan-27-13  Abdel Irada: <HeMateMe>: We already have an opening named for a chemist's pun: 1. Na3, the Sodium Attack. (The abbreviation for sodium comes from its Latin name, "natrium," hence "Na.")
Jan-27-13  Moszkowski012273: If white had just gone ahead and freed his rook a few moves earlier he would of really had a good shot at drawing this game.
Jan-27-13  morfishine: 24.Qxe6 and White avoids being mired in the muck
Jan-27-13  Abdel Irada: Actually, I think that despite the entombed rook, White had drawing chances until he weakened his kingside with 37. g4?, after which the black king was free to infiltrate. Until that moment, the black rook, tied down to guard service, is not much more mobile than its prisoner, meaning White may be able to build a fortress.
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  FSR: <Gambit All> White's rook is Myhred on a3, leaving his king helpless to stop Black from penetrating on either side of the board. Had White played on, the game might have continued 39.Kf2 Ke5 40.Ke2 Kf4 41.Kf2 (41.Kd2 Rxf3 followed by ...Rxh3) Rxf3+ 42.Kg2 Rg3+ 43.Kh2 (43.Kf2 Rxh3) Rc3 44.Kg2 Ke3 45.cxb5 cxb5 46.Kf1 (46.Kh2 Kf2! zugzwang 47.Kh1 Rxh3#) and now Black can win with either Kd2-c2-b2 winning the rook or Kf3-g3-xh3-xg4 followed by promoting his pawns.
Jan-27-13  Jambocantab: What if White plays 20. Bh8 threatening mate on g7? 20. ... Qf8 stops the mate, but the queen has to stay there and white may have some initiative. Either that or Black's king runs towards the centre, which seems dangerous.
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  playground player: Oh, good grief! Yes, Erling Myrhe's surviving rook was all bottled up in a flask. Is this pun the work of <Phony Benoni>?

I'm amazed I remembered the Ehrlenmeyer flask from high school chemistry. And that's probably all I remember from it.

Jan-27-13  sfm: 24.Rxe6 looks like a big mistake. After 24.-,QxQ 25.RxQ, the white rook lands on the f-file, where it is poorly placed. So black comes first. Instead, 24.Qxe6 looks OK, it is probably a draw.
Jan-27-13  benjiy: Why did white resign?
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  PawnSac: <I'm amazed I remembered the Ehrlenmeyer flask from high school chemistry. And that's probably all I remember from it.>

The only chemistry i remember from high school was of the blonde or brunette variety.

< FSR: White's rook is Myhred on a3, leaving his king helpless to stop Black from penetrating on either side of the board. >

And this seems to stem from 24.Rxe6?! after which the exchange on f6 leaves the white rook awkwardly placed on the F file. Much better seems <24.Qxe6> when whites rook remains on the E file and has comfortable access to much better squares (e5, e2, and so forth) for both attack and defense in the ending.

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  Phony Benoni: <playground player> Tain't my pun. I remember nothing from High School Chemistry outside of a faint recollection of broken glass.
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  PawnSac: < I'm not a big fan of the 9.h3 line. > After 9. ..exd4 10. Nxd4 Nc5 11. Re1 a5 white allows black a comfortable post on c5 with pressure on e4, and has yet to demonstrate a clear plan to battle for the initiative, let alone an advantage out of the opening.

< I personally much prefer the immediate 9.Re1 > with a continuation such as ..a5 10. Rb1 Qe7 11. b3 exd4 12. Nxd4 Nc5 13. Bf4 Nfd7 14. Be3 Nf8 15. Qe2 Nfe6 16. Nd5

Be that as it may..
White's position certainly isn't hopeless after 11. ..a5. But the dubious 12.Qc2?! plays right into blacks plan, and at least in the game continuation, accomplishes nothing but drop a pawn and leave black with at least equality.

< The idea 20.Bh8 (threatening Qg7++) lacks a convincing continuation. > After ..Qf8 (breaking the pin on the E file) what can white prove? Blacks position then seems better than in the actual game. * He is free to exchange on d5 and white forfeits the 2 bishops advantage, or * he can play c6 to coax white into Bxe6 fxe6! when he can then try to create a passed pawn, or play e5! trapping the Bh8. * If white instead retreats the bishop, black has the idea of Nd7 followed by f6 to again, trap the Bh8.

At the very minimum it seems 20.Bh8 allows black to wrest the initiative with good chances plus the extra pawn. So all things considered, the move white played (20.Bd4) certainly appears stronger.

< The theoretical question is.. Is the doubled c pawn and pressure on e6 sufficient compensation for the sacrificed pawn? >

hmmm. The game would suggest doubtful. But i believe white could have chosen a better opening line and played for more.

Jan-28-13  kevin86: The rook is trapped-snug as a bug in a

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