Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Lost Games of Ernst Rasmussen

Today I was pleasantly surprised by a phone call from an old friend, Ernie Rasmussen, of Port Townsend, Washington. An old friendship, I say, and it's true, even if only by phone and correspondence and playing over many of his BDGs. Ernie was looking for the score of a game he played years ago, and thought I might have a copy. Ernie's filing system needs work. A few years ago I supplied him with a copy of another of his games, a win over Mr. Simultaneous, Jude Acers. Hübsch Gambit

Ernst Rasmussen - Jude Acers Simultaneous Exhibition Tacoma, Washington, 1971
  1. d4 Nf6 2. Nc3 d5 3. e4 Nxe4 4. Nxe4 dxe4 5. f3 exf3 6. Nxf3 g6 7. Bc4 Bg7 8. O-O O-O 9. c3 Nd7 10. Ng5 e6 11. Qf3 Nf6 12. Qh3 h6 13. Nf3 e5 14. Qg3 exd4 15. Qxg6 Nd5 16. Qg3 Ne3 17. Bxe3 dxe3 18. Rad1 Qe7 19. Nd4 c5 20. Ne2 Kh8 21. Rf3 b5 22. Rxe3 Qf6 23. Rf1 Qb6?

24. Rxf7! Rg8 25. Rxg7! Rxg7 26.Re8+ Kh7 27. Bd3+ Rg6 28. Bxg6+ Qxg6 29. Re7+ 1-0

Today Ernie was on the trail of another game. He remembered his opponent and the opening, but was a little vague on where or when it was played. Thanks to the magic of ChessBase we were able to chase it down in my database. I think it's nice, even if it's not a Blackmar-Diemer.

Pirc, Austrian Attack
Rasmussen,Ernst (2050) - Eggers,Paul (2165) Puget Sound Open, 1988
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.e4 d6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Bc4 c5 7.e5 Nfd7 8.e6 Nb6 9.exf7+ Kh8 10.Bd3 cxd4 11.Ne4 Bf5 12.Neg5 Qd7 13.0-0 Nc6 14.Qe1 h6 15.Bxf5 Qxf5 16.Nh4 Qxc2

17.Qe2! (A nice deflection sacrifice.) 17. ... hxg5 18.Qxc2 gxh4 19.Qxg6 1-0

Ernie is an admitted octogenarian, so we can forgive him for a lost score sheet every couple of years.