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A Visit to Nemoroth. Ralph visits Nemoroth in a dream, and reports a game by its greatest champion.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
nnz wrote on 2013-03-01 UTC
Doesn't 4. ...Lg7-f6 cause the Basilisk at e8 to petrify the Leaf Pile?

George Duke wrote on 2008-10-29 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Nemeroth was rerun every October at least in a Comment for several years. Often left out of Betza's greatness is fact of Ralph's inclusion of annotated game, or most of one, in large majority of write-ups.

George Duke wrote on 2007-09-23 UTC
Incredibly Nemoroth has not been Commented for 5 years. It was so popular in year 2002 that there were requests to rerun it on Halloween. The one Comment immediately here gives a full game score of Nemoroth. It is not so easy to find, or re-create, the move of the Basilisk and the Ghast and the Mummy, and this is the only information page on them, but they are all described or implicit within, or we can consult John Lawson. RBetza' tale also leads into full game score, and over-all he is always the most conscientious in doing so, including full or partial games by moves in up to half his write-ups 1996-2003.

John Lawson wrote on 2002-10-19 UTC
Ben Good and I actually played four games of Nemoroth. Two ended early due
to oversights, but below you will find the score of the first game we
played.  The notation is a combination of mine and Mousambani's, but
should be readily interpretable.

This game was moderated by Ralph Betza, who let us know right away when we
had done something wrong.  You will not see the illegal moves that had to
be redone.  The major problem with illegal moves involved the Basilisk and
Ghast, and forgetting that their powers affect the owning player as much
as the opposing player.

This is obviously not an example of fine play, and is presented as is.

Nemoroth
Lawson vs. Good
S: 4-28-02
1. Bd3~c2,e2                           Hab6
2. L:Hb2                               Wa5
3. Lb3(Mb2)                            Wb5
4. Lb4                                 L:Hc7
5. L:wb5                               Ld6(Mc7)~
6. Gf3                                 Bf6~e7,g7
7. Gh5                                 Hd6*
8. Ab3                                 Be4~d2,f2*
9. Bc5~b7,d7                           Ag8!,pHg6,Le8,W^,H^*
10. Ae1                                Bd5~e6
11. Ae1!,pHc3,pHe3,pHg3,Lg1            Ha5
12. Ac4                                Hb4
13. Ac4!,La6,Bc6(~b8,d8),Be6,pHc2,Ha4  Bd4*
14. Bb5*~a4,c4                         Be2
15. Ad2                                Bd3
16. Gf3                                Bc1~d2*
17. Gd1

Ben's comment:
After 16...Be1~d2, 17.Gd1 still wins the game.  I can play 17...Bf2 which
in fact is forced), but the B will still be compelled on move 18 and will
have no moves left.


    a      b      c      d      e      f      g      h
+------+------+------+------+------+------+------+------+
|      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
|      |  pa  |      |  pg  |   l  |      |  a   |      | 8
|      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
+------+------+------+------+------+------+------+------+
|      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
|      |  ph  |   m  |  ph  |  ph  |      |      |      | 7
|      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
+------+------+------+------+------+------+------+------+
|      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
| L w  |      |      |  pl  |   ph |      | ph   |      | 6
|      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
+------+------+------+------+------+------+------+------+
|      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
|      |  B   |      |      |      |      |      |      | 5
|      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
+------+------+------+------+------+------+------+------+
|      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
|  ph  |      |  pA  |      |      |  pH  |      |      | 4
|      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
+------+------+------+------+------+------+------+------+
|      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
|      |      |      |      |      |      |  pH  |      | 3
|      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
+------+------+------+------+------+------+------+------+
|      | M    |      |      |      |      |      |      |
|  H   |pH pH |      |  pA  |      |      |  H   |  H   | 2
|      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
+------+------+------+------+------+------+------+------+
|      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
|  W   |      |  B   |  G   |      |      |  L   |  W   | 1
|      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
+------+------+------+------+------+------+------+------+

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