Wednesday, 22 July 2009

The unpublishable game

One of the problems that you can run into when playing an opponent who doesn't know when to resign, is that it can take the shine of an otherwise good game. The more extreme version of this behaviour is when a player chooses to drag the game out, or simply finishes the game with an awful blunder (eg hanging the queen), in an effort to stop it from being published. I have heard stories of this happening in the past, either due to personal animosity between the players concerned, or simply annoyance at losing an important game.
Here is a game I played at my local club, which sort of falls into this category. I won't give the name of my opponent, as it wasn't a case of malicious forethought, but I did suggest to him after the game that he needs to be a little more serious about his chess etiquette.

Press,S - A.N. Other [B41]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Be2 Qc7 6.0-0 Nf6 7.Bf3 Bc5 8.Nb3 Ba7 9.Nc3 Nc6 10.g3 0-0 11.Bg5 Ne8 12.Qd2 d6 13.Rad1 Bb8 14.Bg2 f5 15.exf5 Rxf5 16.Be4 Rf8 17.Bf4 Kh8 18.Bg2 Qe7 19.Ne4 d5 20.Bg5 Qf7 21.Nc3 h6 22.Bxh6 gxh6 23.Qxh6+ Kg8 24.Nxd5 Ba7 25.Nf4 Ng7 26.Ng6 Qf6 27.Qh8+ Kf7 28.Nxf8 Ke7 29.Nh7 Qf7 30.Bxc6 Ne8 31.Bxe8 Qf3 32.Qg7+ Kxe8 33.Nf6+ Qxf6 34.Qxf6 Bd7 35.Qh8+ Ke7 36.Qg7+ Ke8 37.Rxd7 Bxf2+ 38.Rxf2 Rd8 39.Qf7# 1-0


Anonymous said...

just write

.. and after white's (black's) brilliant play he (/she) convincingly bought home the full point.


Anonymous said...


You can always just pubilish the part of the game that matters and the nonsense moves can be omitted by just saying " and white went on to win in 28 moves "