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Anatoly Karpov vs Garry Kasparov
"Crime and Punishment" (game of the day Feb-16-2020)
Kasparov - Karpov World Championship Match (1987), Seville ESP, rd 23, Dec-16
English Opening: Symmetrical. Three Knights Variation (A34)  ·  1-0



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Dec-12-15  zanzibar: <Domd> I definitely encountered tournaments with proscribed analysis adjournments.

Can't remember exactly which, but they were during my historical researches, most likely pre-1900 - probably tournaments with dinner breaks.

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  Domdaniel: <Zanzibar> One event that I played in -- the first incarnation of the Mulcahy Memorial, in Cork, Ireland -- had a 'dinner break' in the 1970s. As I recall, there was a playing session in the afternoon, a break of a couple of hours, and then a 2nd session. If necessary, a 3rd might be played in the morning.

The event still exists, though without adjournments.

Dec-13-15  zanzibar: Ah, before the advent of computers and hand-held devices... when you could trust someone at their word. And people understood the value of a good meal.

Times were more civilized then.

Apr-02-16  KnightFlower: How is 57. Kxg1 not winning? Even if 57. ...d3+, 58. Kf1 is winning. Black is down a rook and doesn't even have compensation in the passed pawn.

Does anyone know why Karpov didn't take the rook?

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  beatgiant: <KnightFlower>
57. Kxg1 Bxf8 and White wins less material than in the actual game.
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  thegoodanarchist: <Apr-10-15
Premium Chessgames Member thegoodanarchist: So many dreadful CRAP games have been GOTD but this has not been?

Shameful! please stop with your GOTD selections until you make this one the very next one!>

And five years on, still not GOTD!

However, I proposed a very nice GOTD title for it:

"Crime and Punishment". And I submitted it in the pun submission page.

Why the title?

It is because of what did Gary said about this game:

<Caissa, the goddess of chess, had punished me for my conservative play, for betraying my nature.>

<Sargon> please check the pun submission data. Thank you in advance.

Feb-16-20  Mountain1: nice game K
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  HeMateMe: Superb game. We haven't seen such swagger in recent WC games.

What is the 'crime' in the pun, a bad pawn capture somewhere?

Strange how whites queen blockaded the position for much of the game.

Feb-16-20  areknames: Brilliant pun for a classic game, just like Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is a classic of Russian literature. Well done, < thegoodanarchist>.
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  MissScarlett: How is it a brilliant pun? It's not even a pun! Or if admitted, a criminally bad one.
Feb-16-20  areknames: <MissScarlett> Not sure if you're joking or trolling or whatever but in any case don't be silly, of course it's a pun and a bloody good one at that.
Feb-16-20  morfishine: Whats the 1st 3 letters of Punishment?

There's the pun!

Feb-16-20  razetime: Why on Earth is 50.R7f3 not a blunder¿!
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  thegoodanarchist: <areknames>

Thank you for your kind words!


Thanks for trolling.


Thanks for your observation, I had not thought of that.

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  MissScarlett: It's still not a pun. I'm surrounded by dunderheads.
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  OhioChessFan: It's a passable pun, wouldn't call it great. Wonderful game.
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  MissScarlett: Explain this alleged pun.....there's no play on words...neither player is named Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov....the idea of a player being punished for bad play has universal where precisely is this alleged pun? It's total bollocks!
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  HeMateMe: this pun was used before. In a Fischer-Spassky game I think Fischer takes the 'poisoned pawn' in a Sicilian and loses the game.

I thought the software here blocks puns being used twice? I've submitted a couple of things that bounced because someone else had put it in.

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  perfidious: <HMM>, that was the notorious eleventh game.
Feb-16-20  areknames: <neither player is named Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov> Everyone knows that Raskolnikov was knocked out in the Candidates Tournament.
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  beatgiant: "Crime and Punishment" is an anagram for "Putinnn shed Crimmea" so maybe some kind of sly reference to the fact that both the players have been in Russian politics? Or am I just suffering from Kremlinology Syndrome?
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  MissScarlett: This pun is now deader than the old pawnbroker. I just hope Lizaveta doesn't turn up.
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  thegoodanarchist: <MissScarlett>

If you’re surrounded by dunderheads maybe you should find a new apartment

Apr-02-20  mikealando: Pun-ishment is the crime of unleashing beleaguered puns.😄
Jul-18-20  Howard: For the record, the result of this game actually made the front page of the New York Times ! The article had pictures of both Karpov and Kasparov, plus it had diagrams of both where the blunder took place, plus also the final position.

The NYT would have been literally the only newspaper in the country that would have provided that kind of coverage !

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