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Sidney Norman Bernstein vs E B Heal
Marshall CC Championship (1940), New York
Modern Defense: King Pawn Fianchetto (B06)  ·  1-0



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Jun-27-08  Resignation Trap: This game reminds me a lot of Marshall vs H Rogosin, 1940 . Here, too, White has advanced all of his Pawns to the fourth rank (or further) by move 14. In both games the defense turns into a sort of Alekhine's Defense wannabe, and these games were apparently from the same event!

Somewhere from move 9 to move 15, I believe that black should make a bid to give his pieces more room by playing ...f6.

White's h-Pawn really wanted to play a vital role in this game from the get-go, and had the final say at the end.

Jun-07-09  Autoreparaturwerkbau: 29.Qc2 - quiet move with astounding mate idea.
Jun-27-12  pajaste: According to Wikipedia 3.h4 was Fischer's suggestion.
Jun-27-12  lost in space: 31..fxg6 32. h7#
Jun-27-12  lost in space: early week puzzle after black move 29?
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  FSR: Black played absurdly, of course, but a most entertaining game. Gotta love the finish.
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  perfidious: Speak but the word, and your hole shall be sealed.....soul shall be healed.

This is definitely the earliest I have a seen a rook pawn run to the sixth rank.

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  FSR: <perfidious: ... This is definitely the earliest I have a seen a rook pawn run to the sixth rank.>

White got off to a good start in Janowski vs Allies, 1901, then faltered. btw, you're suddenly sounding Italian. "This is definitely the earliest I have a seen."

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  Phony Benoni: <perfidious: This is definitely the earliest I have a seen a rook pawn run to the sixth rank.>

You are evidently unaware of the theoretical contributions of Manuel Bosboom

M Bosboom vs V Ouwendijk, 2006

M Bosboom vs Bacrot, 2007

This seems to be endemic when the Dutch play against the Dutch:

M Middelveld vs A Volkers, 2011

Of course, Emil Joseph Diemer gets in on a stunt like this:

E J Diemer vs Cerff, 1983

And surely it's to be expected in the Astral Open, not all that far from Transylvania:

G Mateuta vs S Nita, 2001

One more, just to complete the set. I don't know what the excuse is here:

E Senador vs R Salvador, 2012

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  perfidious: <FSR>: I don't know a-nothin!
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  Phony Benoni: Of course, 5 moves is just the record for White. Black has done it several times in 4! Perhaps this is because White has to commit himself, so the strategical oppotunity arises earlier.

Mohishunder vs Cochrane, 1853

I think these two did everything at least once.

N Silva vs S G Blackburn, 2012

Oh, those Wild Welsh Women!

Dzindzichashvili vs K Shirazi, 1992

Surprising. You'd never expect these guys to do anything weird.

There is even a game where Black's f-pawn gets to h3 by move 4:

L Day vs B Douthwaite, 1976

But that's beaten by a three-mover!

M Pluss vs E Ruefli, 1987

"Ruefli don't bother me..."


Incidentally, not only does this Bernstein vs. Heal game resemble Marshall vs. Rogoff, it was played in the same tournament. Now I <HAVE> to figure out which came first. I know that the Marshall game was near the end of February (it was published in the February 29, 1940 "Brooklyn Daily Eagle" as "Marshall's latest game"), and that the tournament ran into March.

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  FSR: <Phony Benoni> Impressive research!

<Phony Benoni: ... Mohishunder vs Cochrane, 1853

I think these two did everything at least once.>

True. Cochrane and Mohishunder's countryman Somacarana once almost played a Dzindzi-Indian (1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c5 4.d5 Bxc3+!?), 88 years before Dzindzi was born. Alas, Somacarana wimped out with 4.e3. When he played 5.dxc5 on the following move, Cochrane promptly chopped off the knight. Somacarana vs Cochrane, 1856

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  perfidious: <Phony Benoni>: The only serious game I ever had with Shirazi began thus: 1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 g6 4.e3 Bg7 and he eventually played ....Nh6-f5 and ....h5 and won a long game.
Jan-30-15  RookFile: Seems like black decided to concede 80 percent of the board in this game before he started fighting.

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