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Daniel Noteboom vs Aristide Gromer
"Boom Boom Out Go The Lights" (game of the day Feb-01-2012)
Prague Olympiad (1931), Prague CSR, rd 9, Jul-17
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Classical Variation (D69)  ·  1-0



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Jul-20-08  CapablancaFan: Wow, what a game from Noteboom. Could be GOTD. A double rook sacrifice is thrown into the mix! Especially 28.Rf5!! How many people would have found this move? Black cannot play 28...gxf5?? because 29.Qg5! would come like a shot! Chessgames please consider this for GOTD!
Feb-01-12  Antiochus: 15..Qe4 always.
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  Phony Benoni: Playing through games where grandmasters take on lesser lights, I'm struck by how often the better player looks just a bit further ahead. Not much; often just one half-move is enough.

Gromer keeps up well enough for a while, and perhaps didn't figure on anything else other than 31.Bxe4+. But Noteboom had just a little bit of extra imagination.

Though Gromer gets credit for 31...Qg6. Not too many people would think of that one either, even in such a desperate situation.

Sadly, Noteboom would die within six months of this game, not quite 22 years old. He had good stuff in him.


In the area of literary criticism, I might have preferred the pun "Gromer Pile". But that's probably too US-centric.

Feb-01-12  LoveThatJoker: Great game!

30. Bc2 is the culmination of all that splendid R work by Mr. Noteboom.

Note that the hasty 30. Qg5?? loses tragically to 30...Qe1+ 31. Kh2 Qe5+


Feb-01-12  joupajou: 27. ..Bb7?

I think Gromer still had a chance with 27. ..Be6.

Feb-01-12  Oceanlake: Ya gotta' know the variation! Antiochus is correct.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: "Boom, Boom, Out Go the Lights"--is that not the title of an old American blues or rhythm and blues tune? And is it my imagination or does "rhythm" never look correctly spelled?
Feb-01-12  goodevans: Not wishing to be a killjoy, but in Dutch "boom" is not pronounced the same as in English, which rather spoils the pun.

... but not the game.

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  Penguincw: And mate to follow shortly.
Feb-01-12  njchess: "Boom Boom Out Go The Lights" was written by Margaret Lewis and originally performed by Stan Lewis. It has been covered by many, but most memorably by Pat Travers and his band, The Pat Travers Band. Their version can be found on their 1979 live album entitled "Live! Go for What You Know".

Oh yeah, btw, great game from Noteboom.

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  kevin86: White takes advantage of the queen pin in an odd way.

Mate to come soon.

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  LIFE Master AJ: Interesting game, Noteboom played well.
Feb-01-12  poachedeggs: The pawn on f6...ouch.

As the black Q ate the pawn...she had no idea that a R sac bolt of lightening was coming.

Feb-01-12  Antiochus: very similar to this Euwe vs G A Thomas, 1934
Feb-01-12  Qxf7: Is there something wrong with 24... Be6? Intuitively it seems a lot better than trapping the bishop on the back rank where (as later play confirmed) he's completely useless.
Feb-01-12  haydn20: If 28...Qg3 29. Rc3 Rd8! 30. Qc1 Black seems in trouble, but I can't find a quick win. Any ideas before I feed this to Fritz?
Feb-01-12  BlackSheep: Using the pin as a decoy , very nice .
Feb-01-12  montree: What a game! Great sudden attack by white!
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  Breunor: Haydn20,

Maybe the sequence for 28 ... Qg3 29 Rc3 Rd8 can be 30 Q x d8 R x d8 31 R x g3 g x f5 32 B x f7.

If black plays 30 ....Q x c3 31 Q x f8 should do the trick

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