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Boris Spassky vs Jaime Sunye Neto
"Sunye Side Up" (game of the day Apr-20-2020)
Solingen (1986), Solingen FRG, rd 4, Sep-??
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation (B23)  ·  0-1



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  Phony Benoni: Time marches on. Back in the 1960s Spassky's Closed Sicilian was the terror of the chess world, even at the highest level. Twenty years later Spassky is a little older, the young players know a little more about the system, and stuff like this happens.

The complications beginning at move 15 are interesting. My Bozo 5.0 computer thinks that 22...Bxc3 was overdoing it a bit, and that White could have won with 25.Qd1, planning to play Qd3 and cover an eventual ...Re1+ with Rf1. Whatever. The 1966 version of Spassky would probably have found a way out of it.

Black eventually wins a long ending, but he might have had a quick kill with 33...Rh2. Maybe he was in zeitnot. Time marches on.

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  thegoodanarchist: This game is like having eggs for breakfast:

Sunye Side Up

Apr-20-20  jith1207: 33..Rh2 was some easy pattern to recognize, may be Sunye didn't realize his side's up as that could easily net two Rooks for one, even if he had not got both at least an exchange there would've made it lot easier.

It's one of those little things that I often miss in games and only realize when reviewing the game. Probably the time trouble caused the miss, but good fight from Spassky.

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  al wazir: The latest software changes are buggy.

Olga needs to be reinstalled. Most moves take place in two steps: the piece being moved zips forward as far as it can go, then jumps to the destination square. The jerks back and forth are distracting. I'm not going to play out any games till it's fixed.

And the instruction in the comment box to "Enter your comment here" is superfluous.

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  piltdown man: Thanks, <al wazir>, I thought there was something wrong with my computer. This is VERY annoying! I'll try some of the other viewers, they can't be any worse.
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  Messiah: Finally a pun that is very good. Thank you for it!
Apr-20-20  goodevans: <piltdown>, <al wazir> - You'll find plenty more comments venting frustration at these changes on today's puzzle page. Hopefully they'll get reversed out soon.
Apr-20-20  goodevans: What a highly entertaining game. I especially enjoyed the passage of play from 14...d4 to 25...b2 even though it wasn't perfect. Several moves really had me thinking.

<jith1207> Yes, 33...Rh2 should have been an easy spot. The passage of play from 30.Rfd3 to 35...Rf5 was particularly strewn with errors from both players so maybe they were feeling the strain of the complexities that had been going on for so long by then.

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  thegoodanarchist: <Messiah: Finally a pun that is very good. Thank you for it!>

In a game where he defeats a former WC, no less!


Apr-20-20  Ironmanth: Magnificent game! Thanks, chessgames. Y'all stay safe out there today. Play hard, play often.
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  PawnSac: I too expected 33...Rh2 (saw it immediately) and was actually surprised to see 33..Rf2? but before i posted i looked down the comment to see if anyone else had posted on it, and after seeing so many others also see it easily I wondered how Sunye missed it. I guess for that move he was on the dark side of the moon.
Apr-20-20  areknames: Excellent pun for a really high quality game, well done <thegoodanarchist>!
Apr-20-20  LivBlockade: Speaking of puns: J Sunye Neto vs O Cvitan, 1986
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  Sargon: <goodevans: <piltdown>, <al wazir> - You'll find plenty more comments venting frustration at these changes on today's puzzle page. Hopefully they'll get reversed out soon.>

Please pardon the dust and quirks, everyone. These issues are temporary, and are being corrected as they are noticed. A transition towards responsive design is imperative, and there are bound to be some growing pains along the way.

Apr-21-20  areknames: <LivBlockade> Mmh, so the clever pun is originally yours? Well done!
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  MissScarlett: Wait a minute, so back in 2016, <goodanarchist> dismissed this as a marginally OK pun, and now he's acceptiing plaudits for it? That's some pair of balls!
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  thegoodanarchist: Everyone has different tastes, <MissScarlett>

Anyway, I'd completely forgotten that 2016 GOTD (and pun) probably about a day later.

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  thegoodanarchist: And, here is an example of two people disagreeing over a matter of taste. About 2:30 into the video:

Dec-24-20  cameosis: seinfeld, instant eye and ear cancer.

btw, is this the room for an argument?

Dec-24-20  RookFile: Many, many times Spassky would play 11. f4 in these sort of positions. At some point he would follow up with Qd2 and the rooks would be doubled on the f file later. In this game he experiments with a different approach. I'm sure that if he played it as he normally did, this game would have had a better result for him.
Aug-30-21  Rafaelvleite: It is strange no one mentioned the move 25.Bxa8?? After 24...b3?? if white played 25.Qf1! maybe white could even win this game

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