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Dirk van Foreest vs Jacques Mieses
"Senior's Knight" (game of the day Nov-10-2010)
The Hague (1949), The Hague NED, Mar-26
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation. General (B44)  ·  0-1



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  GrahamClayton: The battle of the octogenerians, with the "youngster" Mieses (84 years old) defeating the "veteran" Foreest (86 years old).
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  Phony Benoni: In case you're wondering, the answer is "No":

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Youth has triumphed!
Nov-10-10  kellmano: <An Englishman> I definitely remember that as a quote from Mieses, who was genereally quite a wag.

Isn't this just a rather bad game though? 6. Bg5 is a blunder rather than a pawn sac isn't it?

Nov-10-10  whiteshark: It's a relief to know that there's a useful invention for such events:


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  kevin86: After the knight moves,the position crumbles.

Mr. Jinks:I hate meeses to pieces!

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  Phony Benoni: Youth may have triumphed here, but Van Foreest had the last laugh. He survived Mieses by four months.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Excellent work, <kellmano>! Mieses said that after winning an exhibition game vs. Milner-Barry, who was also a few years older than our forever young Jacques.
Dec-18-10  Karpova: Jacques Mieses' annotations (pages 178-179 of 1949’s June issue of the 'BCM'):

5.c4 <In my opinion not the strongest way of treating this variation.>

6.Bg5 <This loses a pawn. White should have first played 6 Nxc6.>

10.O-O <It is a very well-known matter of experience that losing a pawn in the opening by a mistake is often the involuntary equivalent of playing a quite promising “gambit”. Thus, here, White, with a pawn down, has undoubtedly got a compensating advantage in development.>

13.g3 <This is a grave positional mistake weakening the king’s side.>

16...h5 <Promptly taking advantage of his obvious attacking chances.>

17.Nd2 <Even after 17 h4 White’s position would soon become untenable.>

20. White resigns. <White resigned the hopeless game. When I announced the result of the game I caused much hilarity by adding the joking remark: “Die ‘Jugend’ hat gesiegt.” (“‘Youth’ has triumphed.”)>

Source: Edward Winter 's feature article <Jacques Mieses>


Btw., the game was played on March 26.

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