Winning Alongside The Contrary Iagocot

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Like the snappy title? It's a parody of all those chess opening majority titles from the 1980s onwards as well as a cynical effort to boost clicks on this transportation service yesteryear luring inwards opening obsessives to run across what they're missing. (OK, 3 days besides belatedly for Apr Fool's Day but I've never been practiced amongst deadlines.)

1. IAGOCOT - "It's A Game Of Chess Out There"

For the uninitiated, IAGOCOT is non a chess opening. (There volition straightaway hold upward a slight intermission every bit nosotros await for the disappointed people hoping to larn something novel close chess openings every bit they function out the blog. The residue of you lot are even as well as so interested, right?) It is an acronym standing for "it's a game of chess out there" as well as coined yesteryear famed chess writers Mike Fox as well as Richard James inwards their legendary column inwards CHESS Magazine, as well as afterward their majority The Even More Complete Chess Addict (a wonderful read as well as even as well as so available second-hand all over the internet) every bit a tribute to all those sports commentators who insist on comparing chess amongst whatever it is they are reporting on (usually football).

Listen out adjacent fourth dimension you lot spotter sport on TV, as well as when you lot listen the commentator brand a comparing amongst chess (usually during a especially tedious passage of play when zero much is happening as well as they are getting desperate for something to beak about) saltation to your feet as well as triumphantly exclaim "ha! IAGOCOT!" Of course, if you're watching amongst whatsoever non-chess friends, they volition intend you've gone completely bonkers but, hey, if they already know you're a contest chess player, they'll intend you're mad anyway.

Richard James, writing here, gives total credit for the creation of this excellent meme to his belatedly colleague Mike Fox: "IAGOCOT was coined yesteryear the belatedly Mike Fox as well as used extensively inwards Addicts' Corner inwards CHESS over many years. Eventually nosotros injure it down... because at that spot was only besides much." That's the thing - barely a sports broadcast goes yesteryear without a reference to chess.

So IAGOCOTs aren't actually word whatsoever more. For a piece nosotros chess observers shape around desperately for what powerfulness hold upward loosely termed a semi-IAGOCOT - whatsoever ludicrous or inappropriate chess/sport comparing made yesteryear a sports person, non necessarily a commentator or writer. The ultimate honour inwards this category has to become to German linguistic communication footballer Lukas Podolski as well as his legendary "Football is similar chess, solely without the dice." As Sam Goldwyn powerfulness bring said (but didn't), it's non possible to better on perfect imperfection. Thus the semi-IAGOCOT became obsolete, much every bit political satire did when Henry Kissinger received the Nobel Peace Prize (Tom Lehrer actually did tell that one).

2. Reverse IAGOCOT (or should that hold upward TOCOGAI?) 

But what close the Reverse IAGOCOT? By that I hateful comparisons made yesteryear chess writers to other games as well as sports inwards their game annotations as well as commentaries. The idea came to me when I was browsing chess columns inwards quondam newspapers as well as came across a real doosra of a contrary IAGOCOT. You run across what I did there? I only can't aid myself. Let's non pretend that nosotros chess scribblers are whatsoever different when it comes to dreaming upward absurd sporting comparisons. I'm sure I've done it dozens, if non hundreds, of times as well as volition function on to arrive at as well as so unashamedly until someone comes to wrest this estimator keyboard from my cold, dead hands (I intend I powerfulness hold upward quoting Charlton Heston this fourth dimension but I'm non sure).

BH Wood (right) tries a Reverse IAGOCOT on David Anderton inwards 1981

Here's the founding editor of CHESS Magazine, Baruch H Wood, writing inwards the Illustrated London News of 25 August 1956.

In May 1952 I observed, of a game I had given here: "This has a practiced claim to hold upward regarded every bit the most remarkable game of chess always played.” It was the game betwixt Edward Lasker as well as Sir George Thomas inwards which Lasker drew his opponent’s Rex correct across the board, finally mating it on his ain dorsum rank. The game volition surely behave repetition... 
[JS note: hither BHW gives the score of the 1912 game Ed.Lasker-Thomas but I'm non going to reproduce it hither every bit most chess players volition bring seen it dozens of times already - here's a link to a play-through if you lot desire to refresh your retentiveness of what happened the of import thing to reiterate is that White drives Black's Rex correct across the board to his ain dorsum rank earlier delivering mate]
It has been done again. Though sure features are missing which must hold upward considered every bit unlikely always to hold upward seen 1 time again every bit Jim Laker’s 19 wickets inwards a Test — for event the queen sacrifice as well as the delicious in conclusion deed "Castles, mate" — the novel game has entire originality as well as some piquant features.
There you lot bring a contrary IAGOCOT: BH Wood compares the legendary Ed.Lasker-Thomas game to English cricketer Jim Laker taking 19 Australian wickets inwards Manchester at the destination of July 1956, i.e. solely a affair of weeks earlier BHW's article was published as well as therefore highly topical. Apologies to non-cricket-savvy readers trying to brand feel of this but this tape is mayhap the most remarkable inwards cricket history - as well as even as well as so stands to this day.

That wasn't the destination of BH Wood's article every bit he proceeds to acquaint the 'new' game he refers to which, every bit far every bit I tin tell, has non flora its agency into whatsoever databases as well as mayhap deserves a wider audience. The 1952 game is non nearly every bit practiced every bit the 1912 classic inwards whatsoever respect, amongst chess engines beingness decidedly sniffy close the character of play yesteryear both sides, but you lot tin run across the mutual theme. The final lay is quite amusing, too.




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