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Naidan Namzhil vs Laszlo Szabo
"The Mongolian NN" (game of the day Jun-05-2022)
Leipzig Olympiad qual-3 (1960), Leipzig GDR, rd 8, Oct-24
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch. Closed Variation 7…c6 (E88)  ·  0-1



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Jun-05-22  Brenin: Exercise for the reader: find the mate in 5 after 40 Kf2 (Kd1 loses faster).

The pun is a subtle and scholarly reference to N. N. Poppe's Grammar of Written Mongolian.

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  al wazir: <Brenin: Exercise for the reader: find the mate in 5 after 40 Kf2>.

40. Kf2 Be3+ 41. Kg2 Qe2+ 42. Kh3 Qf3+ 43. Kh4 g5#

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  FSR: <Brenin> wasn't kidding. Here's the book: The author "is often cited as N.N. Poppe in academic publications."
Jun-05-22  goodevans: A truly remarkable pun. <PB>'s learned contributions never cease to amaze.

White normally gets good results with this line, e.g. Polugaevsky vs Gurgenidze, 1959. As in that game, White usually plays <13.Rc1> and it's not difficult to see that that's much better than <13.b3?>. The hole that creates on c3 was instrumental in Black's 17...Bxg4 sac which White couldn't accept because of 18.fxg4 Nxe4 and 19...Nc3+, etc..

White clearly didn't see the sac coming otherwise he'd have defended e4 with <16.Bd3> rather than <16.Bc4> or kicked Black's N with <17.g5> before retreating his own. Even then his position would have been difficult to defend.

Jun-05-22  Cheapo by the Dozen: That interpretation of the pun did not poppe out at me.
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  MissScarlett: Ulan Bator something new every day.
Jun-05-22  Brenin: A reference to R J Fischer vs A Mongolian?
Jun-05-22  Brenin: <al wazir 40. Kf2 Be3+ 41. Kg2 Qe2+ 42. Kh3 Qf3+ 43. Kh4 g5#>

In this line White has a draw with 41 Kg3, e.g. 41 ... Bd2+ (Bf4+ 42 Kh4 and White is winning) 42 Kh4 g5+ 43 Kg4 Qe2+ 44 Kf5 Qf2+ (Qf3+ 45 Kxe5 and White is winning) 45 Kxd5 Qd4+ 46 Kf5 Qf2+ draw. Instead Black needs to play 40 ... Qe3+ 41 Kg2 (Kf1 Qf3+ and mate next move) Qe2+ 42 Kg3 Bf4+ etc.

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  Teyss: <Cheapo by the Dozen> 👍

I thought the pun was a hint to the fact White played as NN against a GM. The reference to NN Poppe adds an extra, if cryptic, layer.

<MissScarlett> Genghis Khan understand the pun or not.

Jun-05-22  goodevans: <Teyss> I Khan/Temüjin what made you think of that.
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  OhioChessFan: <Brenin: The pun is a subtle and scholarly reference to N. N. Poppe's Grammar of Written Mongolian.>

Definitely one of my favorite reading materials.

And I thought the One Cent Magenta would forever remain the most obscure pun ever run.

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  Phony Benoni: Well, what was I supposed to do? <The Szabo of an Ass> is not my style, and <Namzhil> is not close enough to <numbskull>.,

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