Monday, June 16


We present an entertaining King-hunt from a game played in an impromptu team match held at the Brooklyn Chess Club a short time ago. The winner, Mr. William M. de Visser, is well-known in New York chess circles as a charter member of the Manhattan Chess Club and has long been one of the strongest Brooklyn players. Regular readers know that his games have appeared in this space on more than one occasion in the past. In the present encounter Mr. de Visser, on the Black side of a Ponziani opening vs. Mr. Manfred Schroeder, displays his aggressive intentions as early as the third move via 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 f5. And that is just the beginning. During the first dozen moves Mr. de Visser offers two pawns; at his twentieth turn he sacrifices a Bishop; six moves later a Rook gives its life in order to draw the White King into the open, where it too meets its doom. Black's sparkling play, as the winner himself acknowledges, may not be wholly necessary or accurate, but it is without question entertaining, and well worthy of attention. Herewith the game, with notes based on those by the winner.

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