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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A Bizarre Game: Levy vs Dunst, Marshall CCC 1956

     The Belgian master Bernard De Bruycker worked out a way to defend against 1.e4: 1...c6, 2...Na6 and 3...Nc7. In Europe this is generally known as De Bruycker's Defense but American master Theodore Dunst had played earlier. Dunst usually followed it up with ...d5 and ...e6. The problem with Dunst's continuation is that the N maneuver was not part of any particular “plan” so his games are not of any theoretical value. It was in 1978 that De Bruycker started to experiment with his system and he actually played it with both colors and against everything. He later concluded it was best against 1.e4. His system is a counterattack against the white classical center with Pawns on e4 and d4.
     Here is a game by Theodore Dunst, inventor of the Dunst Opening, played in the 1956 Marshall Chess Club Championship which I can only describe as bizarre. His opponent, Louis Levy, was also a solid master player who was good enough to have played in the US Championship. When analyzing the game with Stockfish 6 and Houdini 2 they kept showing blunder after blunder, but it's hard to be harsh on the two players! Not only were some of the tactics very difficult to see OTB, but the material was so unbalanced that evaluations are suspect even with engines. Like I said, a very bizarre game but one that must have been exciting to witness.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! What a wild game!! Thanks for posting it.

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