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Rollin Breckinridge vs Salomon Ricardo-Rocamora
"Breckin and Entering" (game of the day May-21-2020)
Brooklyn CC ch (1896), New York, NY USA
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Polerio Defense Kieseritsky Variation (C58)  ·  1-0



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May-21-20  jith1207: Well, no one would accuse the game and the pun today, I guess.
May-21-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: Excellent pun execution -- start with an obvious pun on the name and match it to an interesting game that it really fits!
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  al wazir: What was the purpose of 33...Bd2 ? I think black should have played 33...Bh6.

Then 34. c6 Rde7, and if 35. R1g3/R4g3 then 35...Re2+.

May-21-20  jith1207: I'm just wondering if it's a great pun, after all.

A chess player's name starts with "Breckin", it's a cheap idea to come up with breaking and entering. I can appreciate the time put into go into one's game index and find a game that somewhat matches the theme.

It sounds like one has too much NOT ONLY to find a player with such name, then a suitable game all for suggesting a low-hanging-fruit of a pun BUT ALSO has got more time to complain how others don't give excellent puns, even if one person has found a player with a name matching a book in the Bible, and find a Bible verse from that book of chapters to suggest for a game of that player.

I'd give this pun 1/10, only because I don't like to get into decimals or negatives for that matter, for successfully pointing us out this low hanging fruit.

Let's all have a bite and enjoy, act like we have seen a game worthy of GOTD title of the <>, because you-know-who has suggested a pun and game for GOTD, so it must be worthy of all the riches this world can produce today!

I don't even want to get started if this game is worthy of GOTD, of course every Chess game is won or lost because one player didn't see a positional edge, or tactical response or simply blundered into bad position or get lost after he's forced to wade through new waters. Anyway, I guess, the beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, and I found out yesterday some don't have that innate nature to appreciate unless it's his/her own creation.

But, I will point out this...

WHO THE HELL are the above players? Are they even rated? One guy qualifies because he played Lasker in simul and took his life when he couldn't pay the due for his life insurance more than a century ago? The other guy is some random, who didn't even have the privilege to play a great player that the other guy had? Did they even rate players in those days, and if not, how can we say if these players are worthy of being included for GOTD title of the great <>?

(Above Drivel is full of sarcasm in a normal world, but after seeing the hypocritical accusation of yesterday's GOTD, while repeating the same pathetic execution to give us a random game with a cheap pun for today's GOTD, I'm really wondering if sarcasm is needed at all).

End of Rant. "I'm really not going to worry about it".

May-21-20  jith1207: <What was the purpose of 33...Bd2 ?>

Knowing that if the exchanges happen, White wouldn't have the bishop to protect c3.

But probably missed 38.d6, which forces the Black Bishop to retreat to f4 so you're right the move accomplishes nothing.

However, Black seems to be struggling even before that.

May-21-20  goodevans: I'm fine with the pun being less than inspiring as the game had several interesting points. Black steadfastly refused to trade his N on g4 for black's B. The N may have looked menacing when the Q came to join him but ultimately this just ended up costing black a pawn.

I think <al wazir> is right about <33...Bh6> being better than 33...Bd2 although black's game would still be very difficult. As to why he played <33...Bd2> it seems likely he hadn't anticipated the sac on g7 (or wasn't afraid of it).

I've never been great at endgames like these but I'd have thought <41...Bf6> would have been a better than 41...Be7. If black keeps his B on the a1-h8 diagonal and his K on d7 then doesn't white have to sac both passed pawns to win black's B? And if that's the case is white's remaining 4:3 pawn majority good enough to win?

Ah, no. I see the flaw in that. White leaves his pawn short of h7 until after he's played Kg8. See, I told you I've never been great at endgames like these!

May-21-20  jith1207: <White leaves his pawn short of h7 until after he's played Kg8. See, I told you I've never been great at endgames like these>

That requires ability or practice (?) to visualize how all the pieces interact at each move point by far more than I usually do, so yes end games get complicated. The more the pieces to account for, it gets difficult to carefully account how one different move could completely change the outcome of the game!

May-21-20  Nosnibor: <jith1207> I have seen far worse puns than this but where you are factually wrong is stating that the loser of this game is some random individual who has never played any person of note.What about his win against Pillsbury and his game against with Steinitz?
May-21-20  SChesshevsky: My what-a Breckinridge!
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  MissScarlett: Brooklyn Daily Eagle, March 19th 1896, p.9:

<To R.A. Breckinridge has been awarded the special brilliancy prize for his game against Rocamora in the Brooklyn Chess club's championship tournament. The donor of this prize was W. F. Eno.>

May-21-20  RandomVisitor: 11.0-0 allows some tactical play by black that would lead to black advantage if properly followed up: after 12.Qe2

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<47/77 03:17 -1.90 12...Qd6 13.g3 Ne5 14.Nd2 Bg4> 15.f3 exf3 16.Qf2 Rfe8 17.Ne4 Qe7 18.Nxc5 Qxc5 19.b3 Bh3 20.Nc6 Qa3 21.Bc5 Qa6 22.Nxe5 Bxf1 23.Qxf3 Rxe5 24.Rxf1 Qg6 25.Bd4 Re4 26.Bc3 Rae8 27.Qf5 Qxf5 28.Rxf5 c6 29.dxc6 bxc6 30.a4 f6 31.Rf2 h5 32.Bd2 h4 33.Kg2 R8e6 34.Bb4 a6 35.Bc5 R6e5 36.Bd6 Re8 37.Bc7 Re2 38.gxh4 R8e3 39.h5 Kf7 40.Bf4 Rxf2+ 41.Kxf2 Rc3 42.Ke2 Rh3 43.Bg3

May-21-20  RandomVisitor: 27...Be7 (threatening Bh4+) flollowed by 28...Raf8 would likely be even, but at this point with what was actually played 27...Raf8 28.Rg1 white has the advantage

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<55/84 08:55 0.00 27...Be7 28.Ke3 Raf8> 29.Kd3 f2 30.Rad1 Bh4 31.Kc3 Re8 32.Rd2 a6 33.Bxf2 Ref8 34.Bxh4 Rxf1 35.Rd3 R1f3 36.Bg3 Rxd3+ 37.cxd3 Rf7 38.c5 Kg6 39.h4 Kf5 40.Kc4 Kg4 41.Be1 Kf5 42.Bg3

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