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Howard Bernstein vs Arthur Bisguier
"Howard's Turn" (game of the day Aug-17-2019)
Intercollegiate Tournament (1946), New York, NY USA, rd 2, Dec-26
Queen's Gambit Accepted: General (D20)  ·  1-0



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Oct-03-13  jerseybob: Howard Bernstein of Rutgers upsets Arthur Bisguier of C.C.N.Y. in a wacky game that appears in the March '47 CR. (Bernstein is pictured in the Feb.'47 issue, along with young R. Byrne). What scant theory I've seen here suggests that 8.Bd3 is best, but Bernstein plays 8.Bb3!?, daring Bisguier to snatch the e-pawn. He doesn't, instead sacking a bishop for a non-existent mate. So, was 8.Bb3 a blunder, or did Bernstein have "Secret Analysis"? Hmmmm
Aug-17-19  Phony Benoni: White's king is drive from pillar to post and back again. But, eventually he finds security -- and then it's Howard's Turn.
Aug-17-19  andrewjsacks: Wacky game is right.
Aug-17-19  spingo: Bernstein defended well because he was definitely on the rocks for a while.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Black might as well have played 16...Bb7+, but White seems to escape with 17.Kb5.
Aug-17-19  sfm: According to Stockfish, amazingly, there was never a win for Black after 12.-,Qf2+

Any beginners here? In the middle game, walking your king alone down the board into enemy lines is usually a very bad idea, but if you win anyway, you are entitled to an unusually big grin on your face.

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  gezafan: I mapped the odyssey of white's king. It went from e1 to f2,e3,e4,e5,d6,c6,b5,c5,d4,e3,d2,d1,c1,b1

It made a total of 14 moves.

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  al wazir: Black would have had a tactical advantage if he had found the right continuation: 12...Qf4+ .

There follows 13. Kd3 (13. Ke2 Ba3+ 14. Ke1 Qg3#) Nf2+ 14. Ke2 (14. Kc2 Qe4+) Qg3 15. Qe1/Qg1 Ba6+ 16. Ke3 (16. Ke2 Nxh1, and now if 17. Qxh1, then 17...Qf2+ 18. Kd1 Qe2#) Nxh1 17. Qxh1 Bb7, a {P] up with a solid position.

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  Check It Out: This game reminds me of why I love chess. What a dogfight.
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  catlover: Reminds me of a "Rocky Stallone" movie—after white's king gets punched all over the ring, but white comes back and delivers the knock-out.
Aug-17-19  TheTamale: I had to Google the pun before I got it. I started typing in Howard, and it auto-populated Howard Stern, and I thought, "Oh..."
Aug-17-19  whiteshark: <15.Kd6>

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Is there any game where White's ♔ reached the 6th rank in less than 15 moves (and survived)?

Aug-17-19  Phony Benoni: I can find only one other where the king gets to the sixth rank by move 15:

Keres vs J Vilkins, 1932

Although it's hard to understand why Black would accept a draw in the final position. Maybe he thought White could promote the king once it reached the eighth rank.

This sort of thing happens to black more often, and is almost invariably fatal. Here's one where the Black king reaches d3 in only 10 moves:

P Motwani vs P Rockwell, 1974

Apparently, it's quicker when you're walking downhill.

Aug-17-19  thegoodanarchist: <TheTamale: I had to Google the pun before I got it. I started typing in Howard, and it auto-populated Howard Stern, and I thought, "Oh...">

Does Howard Stern even play chess?!

Aug-17-19  Phony Benoni: As a matter of fact:

Aug-17-19  Granny O Doul: "Too much talent", as Roman the Djin would say.
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  saffuna: <15. Kd6>

Don't see that often.

Aug-17-19  whiteshark: Thanks for finding these games, <Phony Benoni>.

In Keres vs J Vilkins, 1932 White even reaches the 8th rank (g8) on move 24 only to run back to f2 subsequently.

Aug-17-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini d 22 dpa done

12...Qf4+ 13.Kd3 Nf2+ 14.Ke2 Qg3 15.Qe1 Nxh1 16.Qxg3 Nxg3+ 17.Kf2 Ne4+ 18.Ke3 Nf6 19.Nxe5 cxd5 20.g4 0-0 21.Kd4 Nbd7 22.Nxd7 Bxd7 23.Nc5 Bc6 24.g5 Ne4 25.Na6 Rad8 26.Nxb4 Bb7 27.Nxd5 Rfe8 28.Be3 f5 29.Rf1 Ng3 30.Rf3 - + (-2.73) Depth: 21

Aug-17-19  Phony Benoni: <whiteshark If you enjoy such king-sized adventures, you might try this collection, though I haven't updated it for a couple of years:

Game Collection: Dead Man Walking

Aug-18-19  whiteshark: Thanks again, <Phony Benoni>!

My Game Collection: 87c_ Hunting Season - king marches OTB one way o is thematically somewhat broader, but the following game should also fit quite well into your Game Collection: Dead Man Walking : Z Andriasian vs Caruana, 2019 <KO like a PRO>

Aug-18-19  Phony Benoni: <wjotesjark> Thanks. As I said, I haven't updated the collection for some time.
Aug-19-19  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4 <d 20 dpa

1. = (-0.23): 8.Bd3> 0-0 9.Nf3 cxd5 10.0-0 Bb7 11.exd5 b4 12.Ne4 Nxe4 13.Bxe4 f5 14.Bc2 Qd6 15.Bb3 h6 16.Nd2 Ba6 17.Nc4 Bxc4 18.Bxc4 Nd7 19.b3 Rac8 20.Bb2 e4 21.Qh5 e3 22.fxe3 Bxe3+ 23.Kh1 g6

<d 19 dpa
2. - + (-2.69): 8.Bb3>
b4 9.Na4 Bxf2+ 10.Kxf2 Nxe4+ 11.Ke3 Qh4 12.Nf3 Qf4+ 13.Kd3 Nf2+ 14.Ke2 Qg3 15.Qe1 Nxh1 16.Qxg3 Nxg3+ 17.Kf2 Ne4+ 18.Ke3 Nf6 19.Nxe5 cxd5 20.Nc5 0-0 21.Kd4 Na6 22.Nxa6 Bxa6 23.Bd2 Rab8 24.Nc6 Rbe8 25.Ne5 Re6 26.Bxb4 Rfe8 27.Re1 Bb5 28.a4 Bf1 29.Rxf1 Rxe5 30.Bc3 Re4+ 31.Kd3 Nh5

Mar-04-22  syracrophy: Me as a beginner after I saw this game: There must have been mate somewhere!

Me years later as an average 2000-player: There must have been mate somewhere!

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