Chess is a big pastime between takes during movie scenes.
Here are some interesting chess happenings in the past:
· The shortest tournament game ever played occurred between Gibaud and F. Lazard in the Championship of France. The moves were; 1. d4, Nf6 2. Nd2, e5 3. dxe, Ng4 4. h3, Ne3 White resigns
· The longest game was played between O. Duras and D. Janowsky in the San Sabastian Tournament in 1911 and consisted of 161 moves.
· In January 1922, F. J. Marshall played 155 games simultaneously winning 126, drawing 21 and losing only 8 – in only 7 hours and 15 minutes! What was really remarkable was that he could recall the player’s names and the score he had against them in all but 2 games.
· In the game Tarrasch vs Gottschall in Nuremburg, 1888, Tarrasch kept all of his pawns until the 96th move.
· In the Bad Kissingen Tournament in 1928, Spielmann won only one game – but it was against Capablanca!
· In a game played in 1858 between Franz vs Maylt, Franz finished with 2 queens versus his opponent’s none. But he lost.
· In a match between Richard Reti and Max Euwe, Reti sacrificed two rooks in one game and then the next game, did it again. He won both games!
· In a match between Schlechter and Tarrasch in Cologne in 1911, Schlechter won game 9 in 106 moves but lost game 10 in 109 moves.
· In 1929 the US Civil Services in the south of England, played a match on 500 boards.
· In a cable match between England and the USA in 1900, Bellingham sent his message “Resign” at the exact moment his opponent sent his “Draw?”.
· In Vienna 1873 in a double round robin tournament, William Steinitz won 16 straight games.
· At Monte Carlo in 1902, Tchigorin took 144 moves to beat Mason. But in the same tournament he lost to Marshall in 8 moves.
· Dr. Tarrasch was the only player in the field to oppose F. D. Yates as an entry into the tournament on the grounds he was not a strong enough player. F. D. Yates did in fact win only one game the entire tournament….against Dr. Tarrasch.
· Besides your humble scribe, Carl Schlechter was considered the player that drew the most tournament and match games in the history of chess. Needing only a draw in the last game of the match to wrestle the World Championship crown away from Dr. Lasker….he lost!Now for a typical blunder-fest by non-grandmasters. But some lessons are contained within:
The position and material is even after the capture of the bishop on e2.
24. Rxe2 Rc1+?!
A less than worthless check as it wastes a move (a tempo). It drives the White King to a square he wanted to move to anyway - Kf2. Better was 24. ...... Rc5, putting pressure on White's strong center pawns. White takes a move advantage (+.3) of a pawn.
25. Kh2? .........
Wrong square! Back to even. =
25. ........ Kf8?
A waste of time (another tempo) and allowing 26. Nf3 for nothing, that solidifies White's center advantage (+.8). See how the waste of moves adds up as an advantage for your opponent?
26. exd6? ........
"To take is a mistake" - an old chess adage. In this case here, its true. White isolates his d and f pawns for no gain at all. Nf3 as a prep move was still correct. The knight is useless where it sits. The position is even = again after the next move.
26. ......... Bxd6
27. Nc4?? .........
Wrong square, as previously mentioned. White had a blind spot against placing that knight on what usually is one of the best squares on the board for a knight. White's position collapses now (-5).
27. ........ Bxf4+
28. g3 Qxd5
29. gxf4 Qh1+
30. Kg3 Rg1+
31. Kf2 Rg2+
32. Ke3 Rg3+