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Where can I find a copy of the poem about the King's Own Opening?
I found it. If anyone is interested here it is.
"The Tumbleweed" opening also known as the "King's Own Gambit"the following poem was published in the Ohio Chess Bulletin for December 1960. It is stated that the authour is unknown.I hope everyone enjoys it, for poetical reasons the notation isin descriptive but it is easy to follow. THE TUMBLEWEEDIn my home town, last summer, with nothing to doI went to the chess club and there met a new player,A guest expert of great Eastern fame.Perhaps you met have met him or heard of the same:He's a player of note and his problems in chessGet some mighty good players in awful bad mess.He asked "Do you play sir" I said "Just a little.""Well sit down here and lets have a skittle"He glanced round the room. "I judge by the looksThat you players here ane not up on the books."I replied with a laugh and a gentel "Ahem,""No we long, long ago went far beyond them."With a shrug of his shoulders, the Whites he gave me,"Make your opening," he said, "and we will soon see." FIRST GAMEI played Pawn to Kings fourth, which he seemed to approveAnd replied with the same, twas a very good move.The Kings Bishop Pawn I put out with some force,He took it at once as a matter of course.But judge the expression that came o'er his faceWhen I played my King to KB's second place."Oh well" said the expert, "that looks a bit hazy.If I'm any judge, the King's Gambit gone crazy."So out with the Queen and he checked at Rook fiveWith the evident purpose to flay me alive.With a soft gentle push, I interposed Pawn,He took it with his. In a moment 'twas gone.He thundered out "Check" in such stentorian tonesThat it gave me the shivers, a quake in the bones.But I slipped my King over to Knight's second square,Then he took my Rook's pawn with his and said "There!""You must take that with with your Rook and then it is plain,That my Queen takes the other one out in the main;And with no pawns on you King's side, must say I can't seeHow you can prevent me from Queening my three-Should the game ever get to the point where they're needed.""I don't think it will." I replied, but he heededMe not; and when he captured my little KPI brought out my Knight to King Bishop three.Next came pawn to Queen's four to free up his house,I replied with my Queen's Knight attacking his spouse,Which he played to Knight's third, giving check to my KingAnd at the same time remarking: "I'm on to this thing."The King to Rooks square, I quietly played,And the Queen's Bishop to Knight's fifth he likewise assayed.Not wishing harm should come to my "hoss"I transferred King's Rook from his second across.To Knight's two. He now thought to win in a canter,So he took up his Queen, and at Rook's fourth instanterHe put her and checked; but I moved to Knight's squareAnd he little dreaming of the trap that was there,Whipped off my poor Knight, and laughingly said,"That horse is of no use, so off comes his head."My Knight, he is gone - O'h alas it is too true,But I'll interpose Bishop and see what he'll do"Well, if you want me to take all your pieces and done,Shove 'em out, and I'll capture them, every darn one."So he grabbed the poor prelate at once by the neck,And I somewhat suprised him with RxB, check.Not till then did the truth dawn clear on his brain.And he tried hard to save his fair Queen but in vain."Now what kind of game do you call that?""The KING'S OWN", I replied, "and I'll bet you a hatYou can't find it in any or all chess booksYou have studied." And I judged from his looksThat he somewhat doubted, when I told him the sameWa a notion of Pollock's, who gave it that name. THE SECOND GAMEThe result of the first game was not satisfying,So he reset the men, and insisted on tryingAnother. "Your game is all bad," he said at the start,An assertation by no means he proved on his part.But I said "Of the opening, say what you can sir,Of what use are sound one's when bad one's will answer?"We commenced another, the same as before,And every move was just the same score. 1. P-K4 P-K4 2. P-KB4 PxP 3. K-B2 Q-R5+ 4. P-N3 PxP+ 5. K-N2 PxP 6. RxP QxP+ 7. N-KB3 P-Q4 8. N-QB3Until he arrived at move number eight;Before lifting his Queen he considered her fate.But where should he put her, but he seemed to agreeThat the check at Knight's fifth was better than three.So he landed her there and I went to the corner,Prepared for the Plum ala little Jack Horner.Then his Bishop he played to King's three to defendBoth his Pawn and his King, but I, wishing to sendHis Queen somewhere else, played my Bishop to Rook's three.He put her on Knight's sixth, intending, you see,To back up the Bishop, attacking my Rook;I captured his Bishop with mine. He retook.The Pawn to Queen's fourth, I played, with never a word.And he brought his Knight to King's Bishop's third.My Knight to King's fifth I proceeded to playTo prevent that of his of coming over my way.He brought his King's Bishop to third square of Queen;I played Knight to King's second, and 'tis plainly seenThat, while eighteen clear moves she has at her command,The Queen and the game are now both in my hand.A more dumbfounded expert was never, I guessCaught nappin like this in skittle of Chess.He sat there gazed at the board, then at me,Then laughingly said "Fiddle-dum Fiddle-dee,But I think I see where I made my mistake; Your pawn at Rook's second, 'tis wise not to take.Now try it again, and mind I will change,And endeavor to keep my Queen out of range." THIRD GAME1. P-K4 P-K42. P-KB4 PxP3. K-B2 Q-R5+4. P-N3 PxP+5. K-N2So we reset the pieces at his move, the fifth.And there he proceeded my King's Pawn to liftAnd check with his Queen; but nothing undauntedMy Knight to King's Bishop three I immediately flaunted.The Pawn to Queen's fourth he played in a twinkling;I checked with my Bishop, which gave him an inklingThat something was wrong; and to save his fair maidHis King to the Queen's square he rapidly played.I brought my Rook up to King's, and he saw, when too late,If he saved his fair lady, he suffered checkmate.With a laughing ha, ha, and a hearty ho, ho,I said "The next time that you come far to goTo talk of bad chess, just be sure that you knowThe how and the way to ward off the blow.I'ts all very well of sound moves to talk,But what is the use when you can't even balkthe unsound ones? So then ever strive to pursueThe gist of the thing. Look the whole matter through,Or some day a fellow who's not much on looksWill spring something on you not in the books,The books often tell you that a such moves are poor,But leave you to find out the why and wherefore.When I study the openings I'm always inclinedTo help out the weak and let the strong go blind.Now in this simple opening you've noticed, I weenAre a thousand and one ways of catching the Queen.
Nice poem, I really enjoyed it
Funnily enough after the first game is over, it's true white will lose the queen, but Rybka still likes black's chances better as his has a rook, knight, and 3 (passed) pawns for her.
Excellent, that goes in my trivia collection.
Loved it! Thanks
That was great fun. Thank you.
Now that's annotation.
3rd game - 7...Kd8 is a mistake. What about c6, Bd7, Nc6, Nd7? All would prevent the Queen's death, I think.
First try to play
If you guys think the tumbleweed gambit is a joke. I say from experiance i've never won against it vs a stronger friend and I've seen many players over 2k lose to it.
Blacks main problem is actually d5, Bd5 to attack the rook seems to contradict theory as it blocks the d pawn but it's tactically correct to imediately attack the key h2 rook usually followed by
8. Rh4 Qg3
9. Kh1 Nh3!
keeping preasure on white while developing pieces though tactics and unorthodox meathods.
Afraid this is all the "book" I know. The game tends to continue with white having a much easier time developing with ideas like d4, Bd3, Nc3, move the lady and activate the other rook to attack blacks king side!
Black does have counterplay ideas such as b6 Bb7 to pin the knight, Nc6 and 0-0
But if black plays acurately he can make it to the end game up the three original pawns (easier said than done).
Shiang, Thank you for re-habbing this. It was interesting to see the opening given so going over.
Hope it continues. I certainly look forward to more input.
I would love it if you can find some more moves in addition to mine for the refutation for black.
The poem was a little biased towards white don't u think?
I'll try to research it further.
The Pollock mentioned is presumably this guy: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/extra/pollock.html.
Edit: confirmed that it's W.H.K. Pollock and found more details on both the opening and the poem in an article in American Chess Bulletion, via Google Books: http://books.google.com/books?id=zKVJAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA162&lpg=PA162#v=onepage&q&f=false
Among other things, it shows that the original second and third lines run,"...a Jew,
From New Orleans, a rabbi—no matter what name—"
which obviously scans much better than the version posted above. Apparently someone down the line censored the poem for political correctness, but didn't do a very good job of it.
I don't see a problem with the original, anyway. Jews do have a long association with chess.
Also, this predates the poem to at least 1915.
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