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Judit Polgar vs Krunoslav Hulak
"The Polgar Express" (game of the day Feb-21-2013)
Amsterdam OHRA-B (1989), Amsterdam NED, rd 7, Aug-07
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B47)  ·  1-0



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  HeMateMe: hmmm...does the pun have a reference to something in particular?
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  HeMateMe: Wonderful attack, super sharp.
Feb-21-13  paavoh: @HMM: It is a train or a movie...?
Feb-21-13  ninja warrior: probably refers to the movie "polar express"
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  HeMateMe: got it, Tom hanks. I missed that one. I was probably watching "The Women of the Dallas Police force" that night.
Feb-21-13  morfishine: <HeHateMe> Lately, trying to figure out these puns has become a Puzzle of the Day in itself; or perhaps 'Punnle' of the Day

The best I can guess is Polgar is a play on words with Folgers [coffee] and Express is a play on words with espresso, so we have this double-play on words with 'Folgers Espresso'. What does this have to do with chess? Well, Folgers Espresso can be stretched to reference a business that serves coffee or a coffeehouse, hence coffeehouse chess, something I'm very familiar with.

More research will be needed before we are granted authority to laugh intelligently...

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  HeMateMe: <morph> you may be right, but I think it is a reference to the Tom Hanks film of about three years ago, <Polar Express> a sort of animation Xmas tale, with some strange twists and turns. Didn't see the movie, myself.

However, I do know there's no crying on Xmas trains.

Feb-21-13  morfishine: <HeMateMe> Sounds like you must be right; This wasn't a correspondence game, so we can toss out Express as it relates to 'express mail'

Now, if we can connect the movie to chess, we may be getting somewhere; or maybe thats not necessary

Oh, and sorry to have miss-spelled your username...

Feb-21-13  Isilimela: I would go with the play on the movie "Polar Express". Judit's attack merits the accolade 'roller coaster ride' as per train track in the movie.
Feb-21-13  Abdel Irada: "Polar Express" is almost certainly the source of today's pun. These wordplays are occasionally obscure, but seldom do they rise to the level of holiday clue-contest entries. ;-)
Feb-21-13  SugarDom: Almost? You're not sure?
Feb-21-13  Abdel Irada: <SugarDom: Almost? You're not sure?>

The probability of error is approaches zero; however, absent clairvoyance, I cannot say I am "sure" what someone else is thinking.

Therefore, "almost certainly" seems correct.

Feb-21-13  chess defense: at one moment it almost felt like white was Topalov...
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  kevin86: The Polar Express-a good movie!
Feb-21-13  SaVVy66: Well another intresting Pun could be- 'The Hulak Smashed '!
Feb-21-13  waustad: Having J. Polgar as a role model may be one reason why so much of women's chess now shows a level of unbridled aggression rarely seen among the 2700/2800 club.
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  perfidious: <waustad> Most especially in those early days, when Judith and sister Sofia often played the King's Gambit.

There's a funny story on this page (Alex Cherniack) involving Judith from earlier still-I bust a gut whenever I think of this, all these years on.

Feb-21-13  Chessmensch: The picture of her on CG is the best I've seen. All that chess and beautiful, too.
Feb-21-13  waustad: She isn't like a few other players who are always posing. The normal Judit Polgar looks like a 30 something mom who doesn't spend half her day primping and worrying about finding a slimming shot. Her big sister seems to have much more of a fascination with cameras.
Feb-23-13  Anderssen59: Isn,t 40.Be4 stronger?
Mar-09-13  Anderssen59: Black is compelled to give up his queen to avoid the following carnage: 23.....,Qd2. 24 Qf5 f6 25 Rxg7+!! (25.Qh7+ also mates) Nxg7. 26 Qh7+ Kf7 27 Rxf6+ Ke8. 28 Qg6+ Kd8 29 Rxd6+ Ke7. 30 Rd7+!! forces mate.
Dec-26-20  PatrickGJr: what's wrong with 22.) BxE5?
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  OhioChessFan: <Patrick> 23. Qxh6.

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The g Pawn is pinned. The Queen attacks the undefended c6 Bishop. Both Rooks attack the undefended e5 Bishop. One is going to fall next move or two. Some tries:

23...f6. 24. Qh7+ Kf7 25. Rgxe5
23...f5 24. Qe6+ Rf7 Qxc6
23...g6 24. Rexe5

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