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Marcel Duchamp vs Victor Kahn
Paris Unofficial Olympiad (1924), Paris FRA, rd 2, Jul-??
English Opening: Symmetrical. Duchamp Variation (A38)  ·  0-1

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Feb-04-18  gpbear: It's an honor to be the first person to comment on this artistic masterpiece.
Feb-04-18
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  keypusher: <gpbear: It's an honor to be the first person to comment on this artistic masterpiece.>

40.Qh4 is a bizarre own goal. Good thing that chess is much purer than art in its social position or I'd suspect White was paid off.

Feb-04-18
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  saffuna: No need to pay me off to make a move like that.
Feb-04-18  beenthere240: Nothing wrong with Qh4. You just have to play 40. Bf3 first. I suspect Marcel just tired and missed the rook intrusion. But I'm assuming the word "artistic" in the first comment is facetious.
Feb-04-18  gpbear: Not being facetious, this was the debut of the Duchamp variation. After 9 moves, it still maintains its symmetry, it's not every day you see a position like this in tournament. It's an absurd, Duchampian position.
Feb-04-18  Granny O Doul: I didn't understand White's previous Qh4, on move 31. Why allow Black to trade down there, when you may play the threatening 31. Ng5? If ...f6 then, there is 32. Rh7+ Kf8 33. Bd5 where if ...fg then 34. Qe5 Nf6 35. Rf7+ while 33...Qd6 gives you 34. Rh8 Kg7 (...e6 35. Ne6+) 35. Qxd6 ed 36. Rh7+ Kf8 37. Rf7+ Ke8 38. Nh7, where Black is helpless.
Feb-04-18
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  OhioChessFan: 17. Qc2 is the move I don't get.
Jun-20-19  gpbear: <40.Qh4 is a bizarre own goal. Good thing that chess is much purer than art in its social position or I'd suspect White was paid off.> You'll note that a lot of bad moves are made around 40. back in the day, because that's when time control set in, so most moves made before are under duress. That's also why a lot of games are resigned on moves 41. 42. or 43. like in this one. The players reach time control, realize they're lost, and resign.
Jun-20-19
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  keypusher: <gpbear>
<You'll note that a lot of bad moves are made around 40. back in the day, because that's when time control set in>

In 1924 the first time control was typically at move 30, not move 40.

Someone who can quote Duchamp on chess and art probably doesn't need instruction on the basics of time controls.

Jan-28-20  gpbear: <keypusher>
<In 1924 the first time control was typically at move 30, not move 40.>

https://www.olimpbase.org/1924x/192...

Time control: 40 moves in 2 hours, then each next 20 moves in 1 hour.

"Probably" not definitely :P

Feb-15-20  Rose Selavy: Shouldn't Black be credited with the symmetry, though?

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