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Leonard William Barden vs Weaver Adams
"White to Play and Grin" (game of the day Apr-23-2022)
Hastings (1950/51), Hastings ENG, rd 3, Dec-30
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Lolli Attack (C57)  ·  1-0

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Feb-09-10  Helios727: Barden's favorite win according to Wikipedia.
Mar-06-10  Cibator: Yes; according to Barden himself, White's 10th was a TN that refuted an entire line given in Adams's book "White to Play and Win".
Jul-22-10
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  GrahamClayton: Barden was analsying the opening with some friends at Oxford University when P Keffler suggested 10.♕e4!, threatening 0-0, f4 & fe5 with a winning attack.

The idea of 6...♗b4+ was to deny a White knight access to c3 after 7.c3.

May-19-13  wordfunph: "At my first Hastings in 1950/51 I played Weaver Adams, the guy who believed White could play and win. In the new edition of his book he'd written about the Fried Liver Attack in the Two Knights' Defence. I followed the book against him, I got a tremendous attack, I smashed him up, then I told him I had his book."

- Leonard William Barden

Source: Curse of Kirsan by Sarah Hurst

Jan-04-16
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  ketchuplover: RIP Peter Keffler
Jan-04-16
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  Chessical: "(Peter Keffler) made his discovery of 10 Qe4! in the Two Knights when we were analysing the defence in the train on the way back from a county match. As is known, I used Peter Keffler's innovation against the then US Open champion Weaver Adams at Hastings 1950-51. Adams's book White to Play and Win had only considered Qg4-f3+ with perpetual. When I bashed out 10 Qe4 and then immediately left the board for effect Weaver stared up at the ceiling and didn't reply for 20 minutes.

Peter was a fine tactician....a gentlemanly and effervescent character who was one of the most popular members of the Oxford university and county teams in 1950."

<Leonard Barden> ECF Forum.

Dec-20-16  Retireborn: Can Mr Barden (or anybody else) confirm whether this famous 3rd round game was played in 1950 or 1951? I think it's possible that it was just the first two rounds played in the old year then. TIA for any information.
Dec-20-16
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  Stonehenge: The first round was played on the 28th of December (BritBase, Dutch newspaper Algemeen Handelsblad). So the third round was definitely played in 1950, probably on the 30st.
Dec-20-16  Paarhufer: The Times published several reports having a date within the header different from the publishing date.

Header / publishing date / results of round:
Dec-28 / Dec-29 / rd 1
Dec-29 / Dec-30 / rd 2 (and 1)
Dec-31 / Jan-01 / rd 3
Jan-01 / Jan-02 / rd 4
Jan-02 / Jan-03 / rd 5
Jan-03 / Jan-04 / rd 6
Jan-04 / Jan-05 / rd 7
Jan-07 / Jan-08 / rd 9

Dec-20-16  Retireborn: <Paarhufer/Stonehenge> Many thanks for your help, much appreciated.
Jan-01-21  lunchwithgina: White to Play and Grin...
Jan-01-21
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  perfidious: There is one small flaw in the account given by Mr Barden: Adams was not then US Open champion, as Art Bisguier had just scored the first of his crowns.

Adams had won the title in '48, featuring on the cover of <Chess Review> with the heading styled <Apostle of Aggression>.

The day of this game, however, the aggro went one way only, and not from Adams' corner.

Apr-23-22
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  FSR: Nice pun, <lunchwithgina>! Ironically, the Lolli Attack might actually be a forced win for White. That is surely not true of the Bishop's Opening or Vienna Game, the double king-pawn openings for which Adams made that claim.
Apr-23-22  nalinw: Yes - a really good pun that fits the very interesting background so well - after what seems a few weeks of lacklustre ones ....
Apr-23-22
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  Teyss: Going through the game I thought "White to Play and Grind" would have been a better pun but reading about the background it makes complete sense. Excellent indeed as well as the game.
Apr-23-22
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  Phony Benoni: Something about Barden's story bothers me a bit.

"White to Play and Win" (starring the Bishop's Opening) originally came out in 1939. Adams apparently issued several revisions, but in 1946 he came out with an entirely new work titled "Simple Chess".

I've never seen this book, but it apparently applies the WTPAW treatment to the Vienna Game, which Adams was then employing (and, it must be said, with much better results). Here's the ad from <Chess Review>:

<"SIMPLE CHESS

THE GAME OF CHESS SOLVED!!!

11 pages of closely typed analysis showing more than one hundred winning variations for White against all standard Black defenses. Also best lines for Black against inaccurate opening play by White.

Do not expect your friend who owns a copy of this book to tell you about it. He won't, but he'll play it against you!.">

Over a hundred variations in 11 pages. Closely typed indeed. No wonder I've never seen a picture of Adams with glasses.

By the way, that explains why the whole 6...Bb4+ idea was in the book. If must have been part of his refutation of the "inaccurate" Two Knight s' Game.

As for the move itself, I have it in my mind that Fine, in his "Practical Chess Openings" (1948) attributed it to Pinkus, who wrote a number of theoretical articles on the opening in the early 1940s. But, alas, I no longer have a copy of PCO.

(Funny story about that book The library where my mother worked withdrew it from their collection, and she brought it home for me. She knew nothing about chess, and thought that a book on "openings" would be good for a novice player!)

O, it's not as funny as Barden's story. But I wmay try doing some more fact checking on that one.

Apr-23-22
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  Sally Simpson: Hi P.B.

'No wonder I've never seen a picture of Adams with glasses.'

Here is the cover of the Chess Review that Perfidious mentions (Weaver is unspectacled)

http://uscf1-nyc1.aodhosting.com/CL...

And per chance stay with that mag, slide down to page 36 and you will see an advert for Fine' PCO. (I recognise that cover, We must have a copy in the club.)

Tim Harding writes.

"The story about Keffler's TN in the Two Knights was first told by Leonard Barden in his 1957 Guide to Chess Openings on which the book I later did with Leonard was based. The story made a big impression on me when I was a young player, so I didn't change it all in the new edition. Leonard won an important game thanks to White's 10th move."

https://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopi...

Apr-23-22  spingo: Leonard William Barden is still active enough to produce his even best ever game ever.

In the meantime,


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After Mr Adams had finished staring at the ceiling he had chosen 10...Bf8.

...after that he was in a right pickle. It could be that there was a reasonable move:
10....b5!


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White would take the b-pawn: 11. Bxb5.


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White has 7 pawns v Black's 5 pawns, but W has 3 minor pieces to Black's 4 minor pieces. BUT the Black king is having a laugh in the middle of the board.

The next few moves could be, after 10...b5,


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However, Weaver chose a different defence, after 10....Bf8. Whatever he is was in deep trouble.

Apr-23-22
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  roberts partner: Phony Benoni:

The book was Simple Chess, mailed to me by a friend in New York. although the Two Knights analysis was identical to that in White to Play and Win.

At the end of our game I showed Weaver my copy, and asked him to autograph it. He did so, then he turned up the page with the analysis of the Bb4+ Two Knights, crossed out 3....N-B3, and replaced it by 3...B-B4.

Later in the tournament ARB Thomas came to my room the evening before he played Weaver, borrowed my Simple Chess, and won as Black in the Vienna.

Apr-24-22
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  Sally Simpson: What a wonderful story. An autographed book with the author crossing out their own analysis. The link to the Adams-Thomas game given above.

W Adams vs A R B Thomas, 1951

A good game. The White King finding things a bit too hot on Kingside runs all the way to a1 only to see two Black pieces suddenly pop up to threaten mate in one.

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