Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Random Game #7 - Black vs. Chajes - New York 1918

West Room of the Manhattan Chess Club circa 1890s

The Random Game feature at is a handy way to broaden your chess education. You never know what's going to pop up. You may see a famous classic, or maybe a subtle modernity, or maybe a true obscurity. You might even find a diamond in the rough that nobody else has spotted.

Today's game is a slugfest with Roy Turnbull Black conducting the white pieces and Oscar Chajes playing the black ones at the Manhattan Chess Club. Roy was no pushover having beaten Jose Raul Capablanca with the black pieces in this game in New York in 1911! But being no slouch himself, Oscar had matched the feat with the white pieces in this game in New York in 1916! The opening is the classic Ruy Lopez, Closed Variation. If you find this line of the Ruy Lopez interesting you can see this game featuring Vassily Ivanchuk having no better luck with the white pieces from 2004. If you enjoy the random game idea you can try it yourself here.

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