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Paul Keres vs Burkhard Malich
"Sorry e5 Made You Cry" (game of the day Aug-31-2011)
Varna Olympiad qual-1 (1962), Varna BUL, rd 1, Sep-16
Gruenfeld Defense: Three Knights. Burille Variation (D94)  ·  1-0



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  HeMateMe: that last move is so subtle, very smooth.
Aug-31-11  rilkefan: <al wazir>, just pushing wood, I'm looking at 28.Qxc8+ Kh7 29.Ng5+ Kh7(5) 30.Bxg6+ Kxg6 31.Qxe6+ leading to mate or 28...Bf8 29.Bxg6 fxg6 30.Qxe6+ Kh7 (...Kf8 31.Qf7) 31.Qf7+ Bg7 32.Ng5+ Kh6 33.Ne6 Qc1+ 34.Kh2.
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  beatgiant: <al wazir>
I could not find an outright win after 27...Bg7, but in your line, White can try 27...Bg7 28. Ng5 Bd7 <29. Qd8+> Bf8 30. Nxf7 Kxf7 31. Qxd7+ Be7 32. Bxg6+ Kxg6 33. Qxe6+, followed by Qxe7. White has dangerous passers, while Black's extra knight is offside and the king is exposed.
Aug-31-11  whiteshark: <think: This pun is great! > That's the way I see it also.
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  FSR: This game made me think of Keres vs D Byrne, 1972, a brilliancy Keres played 10 years later with the same variation. In that game, he sacrificed a rook, and allowed Black to queen with check, after which Black had to resign immediately! Somehow this line is inoffensive and "too slow" for White when ordinary mortals play it, but Keres got crushing attacks with it.
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  FSR: The pun is evidently an allusion to "Sorry I Made You Cry," which was sung by Frank Sinatra, among others. Here's a bizarre reaction to another Sinatra song:

<In the decade up to 2010, about a half dozen killings occurred in the Philippines in connection with strenuous complaints over the quality of particular offerings of the song [Sinatra's "My Way"], prompting Filipino newspapers to name the phenomenon the "'My Way' killings". The exact number of deaths is unknown.[1] On May 29, 2007, a 29-year-old karaoke singer of "My Way" at a bar in San Mateo, Rizal, was shot dead as he sang the tune, allegedly by the bar's security guard, who was arrested after the incident.[2] According to reports, the guard complained that the young man's rendition was off-key, and when the victim refused to stop singing, the guard pulled out a .38-caliber pistol and shot the man dead.[3]

Vocalizing the tune can be dangerous not only for the singer but for critics in the vicinity. According to one newspaper report, when the friend of an off-duty police officer belted out the song at a bar, the officer reacted to the negative comments of nearby patrons by pulling out his gun. The officer's family later decided never to play the song at family gatherings.[1]>

Remind me to stay out of Filipino karaoke bars.

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  FSR: More weirdness:

<The authorities do not know exactly how many people have been killed warbling "My Way" in karaoke bars over the years in the Philippines, or how many fatal fights it has fueled. But the news media have recorded at least half a dozen victims in the past decade and includes them in a subcategory of crime dubbed the "My Way Killings."

The killings have produced urban legends about the song and left Filipinos groping for answers. Are the killings the natural byproduct of the country's culture of violence, drinking and machismo? Or is there something inherently sinister in the song?

Whatever the reason, many karaoke bars have removed the song from their playbooks. And the country's many Sinatra lovers, like Mr. Gregorio here in this city in the southernmost Philippines, are practicing self-censorship out of perceived self-preservation.

Karaoke-related killings are not limited to the Philippines. In the past two years alone, a Malaysian man was fatally stabbed for hogging the microphone at a bar and a Thai man killed eight of his neighbors in a rage after they sang John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads." Karaoke-related assaults have also occurred in the United States, including at a Seattle bar where a woman punched a man for singing Coldplay's "Yellow" after criticizing his version.>

This sounds like a story from the satirical newspaper "The Onion," but it's real. Truth is stranger than fiction.

Aug-31-11  Ferro: La Napolitana
Aug-31-11  whiteshark: <FSR> I read 'e5' as 'ee five' and spelled it <if I've>. Not that this'll change anything, especially not what you've written 'bout Filipino karaoke bars. I enjoyed reading it. Thanks :D
Aug-31-11  thendcomes: Definitely not alluding to Sinatra. <whiteshark> has it right.
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  kevin86: After black's queen is chased away,white's queen will mate in two with the knight.
Aug-31-11  Chessmensch: They Go Karaoke, Americans Go Postal. Same difference. For those not familiar, see I see in that article that going postal ironically was made into a song.
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  FSR: What's <really> scary is when postal employees go to the karaoke bar after work.
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  HeMateMe: My former housemate works for Postal, and says that more of them need to take a shower and brush their teeth before they go to work.
Premium Chessgames Member <This pun is great!> We saw it get huge reviews but didn't understand it! After scratching our heads for a while it finally it dawned on us. The author can step forward if he chooses :)

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Aug-31-11  zealouspawn: "Sorry if I've made you cry". Took me a second.
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  perfidious: <FSR> Strange indeed-without the imprimatur of The Times, I'd have figured that as being straight out of the pages of Mad Magazine or, as you noted, The Onion.
Aug-31-11  Billy Vaughan: Oh my, this pun is great!
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  FSR: <perfidious> The atmosphere at the Filipino karaoke bars sounds a lot like that on the Wesley So page.
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  perfidious: <FSR> A while back, I went to the So page, made a kibitz and was greeted with, shall we say, displeasure, though I don't remember what I wrote.
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  FSR: <perfidious> You're lucky you didn't get virtually shot. The last time So himself was there, he got into a brawl and broke a virtual chair over another patron's head.
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  perfidious: <FSR> Now you mention it, seems to me that charming little contretemps carried on at about the time of my one kibitz to the page-if that poor kid has any common sense, he's stayed as far away as possible!
Aug-31-11  sfm: Have been in a couple of Karaoke bars. Thank God I didn't carry a gun.
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  HeMateMe: Can you really get killed in a kareoke bar in the Phillippines? Why can't people go jogging or lift weights, to relieve their excess tension?
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  beatgiant: <rilkefan>

Is something missing in your line after 27...Bg7 28. Qxc8+ after which you give <28...Bf8 29.Bxg6 fxg6 30.Qxe6+ Kh7 (...Kf8 31.Qf7)>

...Kf8 looks impossible (the bishop is already there), and 31. Qf7 looks like it would hang the queen.

Anyway, after 30. Qxe6+, Black can try ...Kh8 31. Qxg6. The outcome is similar to what I posted above: <White has dangerous passers, while Black's extra knight is offside and the king is exposed> although maybe a little better, since White still has another attacking piece (the knight).

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