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Famous Games and Openings from FISH MEN

The chess games throughout Goodman’s show Fish Men constitutes as a mish-mash of famous games, games the playwright, Candido Tirado, has played himself, and games specifically designed to coincide with what is going on in the show. Here you can find a list of the games and specific moves they use:

First and Second Games: Jerome v. Rey, Cash v. Rey

These games open with the King’s Gambit:

1. e4 e5

2. f4

They are similar to the game played by Richard Reti vs. Valentin Fernandez Coria in 1924 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Third Game: Rey v. Cash, Game 2

This game opens with the Scandinavian Defense:

1. e4 d5

Fifth Game: Cash v. Rey, Game 3

This game opens with the Evans Gambit:

1. e4 e5

2. Nf3 Nc6

3. Bc4 Bc5

4. b4

Sixth Game: Rey v. Cash, Game 4

This game opens with a variation of the Queen’s Gambit Declined, Slav Defense:

1. d4 d5

2. c4 c6

Intermission

Ninth Game: Rey v. Cash, Game 4

This game opens with the Sicilian Defense:

1. e4 c5

with the common following of

2. Nf3 d6

This game is similar to the one played by Bobby Fischer and Mikhail Tal in 1959 in then Beograd, Communist Yugoslavia.

Tenth Game: Cash v. Rey, Game 5

This game opens with the Rosentreter Gambit, a variation of the King’s Gambit Accepted:

1. e4 e5

2. f4 exf4

3. Nf3 g5

4. d4 g4

It is similar to the game played by David S. Thompson and George Henry Mackenzie in 1868 in England.

Final Game: Rey vs. Cash, Game 8

This game opens with the Symmetrical Variation of the English Opening:

1. c4 c5

2. Nf3 Nf6

This game is based off the game played by Aron Nimzowitsch and Akiba Rubinstein in 1926 in Dresden, Germany.