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Antoaneta Stefanova vs Xie Jun
"I'll Have What Xie's Having" (game of the day Jun-28-2009)
Yerevan Olympiad (Women) (1996), Yerevan ARM, rd 4, Sep-19
Queen Pawn Game: Barry Attack. Gruenfeld Variation (D02)  ·  0-1



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Apr-08-05  Marvol: <Sneaky: <Is there a word for that like there is for "Zugzwang," where whichever side is on the move loses?> A position like that is called "mutual zugzwang." >

Except here whichever side is to play wins... this is called "fairly trivial"

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  Richard Taylor: For some reason - seeing this now -its very easy - I - like <marco65> saw everythig but then I kept somehow making the white king evade - and could only see a perpetual for Black - but seeing the game it so obivous..must have been very tired yesterday...or "Chess blindness?" or something... saw the original idea immediately - convinced myself Black could only do a perpetual... (I could see that White wins or there is a perpetual if Black takes White's rook) - I would have gone for it in a game regardless as I would think - there is at least perpetual check by

Blast and bother ! I was seeing demons!

knife edge game - obviously every move has to be a check ... <awfulhangover> you blinded out like me...

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  Richard Taylor: <halldor> I saw lines with Qb8 + but 31 ♔a1 ♕c3 is mate next
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  Richard Taylor: <who> white has an attack on the h file but her knight is not well placed and black is ready to break in the centre which is the only way to counter a flank attack -so the game is always dyanamically equal -no one 'went wrong' per far as I can see - they are both obviously risk takers! - - great type of game -often get that sort of thing from the Najdorf Sicilian etc Theoerists mark postitons in games like ths with the infinity sign -meaning it is unlcear -or there are dynamic attacking chanes for each side...
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  patzer2: Black's 29...Rxb2! solves the puzzle with a surprise deflection pseudo-sacrifice as the key move in a decisive Queening combination.
Oct-16-05  AlexanderMorphy: what a great game this is by Jun against the future world champion Stefanova!
Oct-16-05  aw1988: VERY nice. White starts what at first appears to be an artificial opening, but when Stefanova ventures upon h4 and g4, it looks pretty good... until Black counterattacks on the queenside. What follows is a scary looking launch at Jun's king, but it turns out to be artificial, and in the end, Black is rewarded.

A see-saw game!

Nov-26-08  Ladolcevita: <AlexanderMorphy: what a great game this is by Jun against the future world champion Stefanova!> Because Xie Jun is also a world champion
Jun-28-09  hellopolgar: NICE PUN.

"i'll have what SHE is having"

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 25...Rb7 look like a blunder, overloading Xie Jun's own Rook in the defense of both b4 and g7, allowing Nxb4 and the easy transfer of the Knight to d3. But it turns out that's exactly what Black wanted. Rather a profound trap.
Jun-28-09  sofouuk: <hellopolgar: NICE PUN. "i'll have what SHE is having"> well ... the pronunciation of 'xie' is something like 'share' (or 'Cher') if you say it quickly, more like 'shee-eh' if you want to make a meal of it

... just sayin' ...

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  Once: But for a bonus point, can you name the film, actor and actress? Without using the internet, if you please!

As this is a family show, we had probably better not say what point the actress was making at the time.

Jun-28-09  OrangeBishop: When Harry Met Sally, starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. The person who says the famous line is played by director Rob Reiner's mother, whose name I don't know without looking it up.

Now if only this helped me play chess better...

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  Once: <OrangeBishop> Take top marks! Especially for knowing something about the person saying the line...
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  keypusher: Great pun and great game I didn't know about before -- thanks, <tpstar>!
Jun-28-09  Chessmensch: The pun seems to have been suggested by Marlene Dietrich's song in the 1939 movie Destry Rides Again: SEE WHAT THE BOYS IN THE BACK ROOM WILL HAVE AND TELL THEM WE'LL ALL HAVE THE SAME. In the film I think the words were altered slightly.
Jun-28-09  Landman: I have to say this run of puns has been impressive. Bravo.
Jun-28-09  eric the Baptist: tpstar? the pun contest has now lost its last shred of credibility.
Jun-28-09  WhiteRook48: I take it that "I'll have a bone-crunching attack"
Jun-28-09  David2009: Game of the Day for today 28 June 2009 and what a good one! < Ezzy: 28 Ka2 was the mistake allowing the brilliant combination !! ... According to Fritz, white could of escaped with a perpetual by - 28 Rxg7 Rxg7 29 Qxf6+ Kg8 30 Qxc6 ...> Thanks for this <Ezzy>. 30 Qc6! neatly defends against Black's threat of Rxd3: instead 30 Qd8+? (my drawing thought before reading the kibitzes) fails to generate a perpetual and loses.

<An Englishman: 25...Rb7 look like a blunder, overloading Xie Jun's own Rook in the defense of both b4 and g7, allowing Nxb4 and the easy transfer of the Knight to d3. But it turns out that's exactly what Black wanted. Rather a profound trap.> Thanks - 25...Rb7 had mystified me.

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  HeMateMe: No one can pun like TP, his puns are phun, never puny, as phat and prickly as a Philidor pin!
Jun-28-09  waustad: <Sneaky>In German it is common to concatenate words to create new ones, so maybe Doppelzugzwang might work.
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  tpstar: I took my baby on a Saturday bang (1. d4 Nf6)/"Boy is that girl with you?" (2. Nf3 g6), yes we're one and the same (3. Bf4 Bg7)/Now I believe in miracles (4. Nc3 d5), and a miracle has happened tonight (5. e3 0-0)/But if you're thinkin' about my baby (6. Be2 Bg4), it don't matter if you're Black or White (7. Ne5 Bxe2)/They print my message in the Saturday Sun (8. Qxe2 c6)/I had to tell them (9. h4 a5) I ain't second to none [last book move]/And I told about equality (10. g4 a4), and it's true (11. a3 b5), either you're wrong or you're right (12. Na2 Nfd7)/But if you're thinking about my baby (13. h5 Nxe5), it don't matter if you're Black or White (14. Bxe5 f6)/I am tired of this Devil [14 ... Bxe5!? 15. dxe5 g5 ], I am tired of this stuff (15. Bxb8 Rxb8)/I am tired of this business (16. f4 e5), ooh when the going gets rough [16. hxg6 hxg6 17. Qd3 Qe8 ]/I ain't scared of your brother (17. hxg6 hxg6), I ain't scared of no sheets (18. f5 exd4)/I ain't scared of nobody (19. Qh2 Re8), girl when the going gets mean (20. 0-0-0 dxe3)/HO! (21. Qh7+ Kf8)/Protection [21. Nb4 Rb6 ], for gangs clubs and nations (22. Qxg6 e2)/Causing grief in human relations (23. Rde1 Qd6)/It's a turf war [23 ... c5 24. Nc3 b4 25. axb4 =] on a global scale (24. Kb1 b4)/I'd rather hear both sides of the tale [24. Nb4 c5 25. Nd3 Rb7 ]/See it's not about races (25. Rh7 Rb7), just places (26. Nxb4 Qg3)/Faces [26 ... Qe5!? =], where your blood comes from is where your space is (27. Nd3 Re3)/I've seen the bright get duller (28. Ka2??)/I'm not going to spend my life being a color [28. Rxg7 Rxg7 29. Qxf6+ Kg8 30. Qd8+ Kf7 31. Qd7+ Kg8 32. Qc8+ Kf7 33. Qxc6 Rxg4 34. Ka2 ]/Don't tell me you agree with me (28 ... Rxd3!), when I saw you kicking dirt in my eye (29. Rxg7 Rxb2+!!)/But if you're thinking about my baby (30. Kxb2 Rb3+!!), it don't matter if you're Black or White (31. cxb3 Qxb3+)/I said if you're thinking of being my baby (32. Ka1 Qc3+), it don't matter if you're Black or White (33. Kb1 Qxe1+)/I said if you're thinking of being my brother [33. Ka2 Qd2+], it don't matter if you're Black or White (0-1) - Michael Jackson + Fritz 7, "Black Or White"

I train my students to say "Major piece endgame!" (in practice) right when the game reaches QR vs QR or QRR vs QRR, because both sides must be on the alert for instant mating combinations. Here they had just reached the major piece endgame when Black unleashed a brilliant mating sequence. Notice how the Pa4 and the Pe2 play key roles in Black's attack. A rare example of Fritz giving two "!!" in one game. The finish would be 34. Kc2 Qd1+ 35. Kc3 e1=Q+ 36. Kb2 Qed2#.

<Shee-eh> Great.

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  kevin86: A nice game-black will queen and then mate by force.
Jul-27-10  alshatranji: Chessmensch: I think the pun comes from the movie "When Harry Met Sally". Meg Ryan fakes orgasm while sitting at a restaurant with Billy Crystal, and a woman at a nearby table says: "I'll have what she's having".
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