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Mikhail Tal vs Edwin Bhend
"Bhend it Like Edwin" (game of the day Apr-14-2022)
Zuerich (1959), Zuerich SUI, rd 1, May-19
Benoni Defense: Old Benoni (A43)  ·  0-1



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Dec-12-05  Petrocephalon: Good point, but how does that make ..Bf6 a blunder?
Dec-12-05  Saruman: 24.-Bf6?? <25.Rxh7+> Kg8 26.Bf7++ Kxh7 27.Qg6+ Kh8 28.Qh6#.
Dec-13-05  aginis: not a blunder, i thought at first it leads to mate but while i was writing the post i found a better line for black and forgot to change the notation.
Dec-13-05  aginis: i also thought that 24.Bxh7 Rf7 might be stronger but the realized that

25.Qh5 Qxe7 (25...Rxe7?? 26.Be4+ Kg8 27.Bxd5+ Kf8 28.Qf5+ Ke8 29.Bc6+ Rd7 30.Qe6+ Qe7 31.Bxd7+ ) 26.Be4+ Kg8 27.Bxd5 Kf8 28.Bxf7 is only a little better for black (having forced the exchange of the powerful bishop for the pinned rook.) perhaps 24...Bf6 deserves only a single question mark.

Apr-24-17  Marmot PFL: It was always best to play Tal in round 1.
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  tamar: "Bhend it like Edwin" rang in Tals ears
Apr-24-17  Strelets: <tamar> I for one fully endorse this pun.
Jul-19-17  gauravbanodha: 24Qh4??
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  ChessHigherCat: "Watch Edwin bhend Tal"

What do you do with a guy who obstinately refuses to blunder? Lose

Nov-06-21  jerseybob: According to a recent post on Reddit, Bhend, at age 90, has just scored 4/7 in the European Senior Team Championship. And I'll bet every day he thinks of this game. I know I would!
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  whiteshark: I Bhend, so I don't break.
Feb-23-22  N.O.F. NAJDORF: Didn't Tal miss a win by

24. Bb1 Bf7 25. Qh4 h6 26. Qe4 Bg8 27. Rxg7 Kxg7 28. Qg6+ Kh8 29. Qxh6+ Bh7 30. Qxh7#


24. Bb1 Bf7 25. Qh4 Bg6 26. Bxg6 h6 27. Rfe1 (27. Bb1 Rf4) Rb7 28. Qe4 Rxe7 29. Qxe7 ?

Feb-23-22  N.O.F. NAJDORF: I overlooked 24 ... Rf7


24. Bb1 Rf7 25. Qh5 Kg8 26. Bxh7+ Kf8 27. Re3 Bc6 28. Rfe1 Rbb7 29. Bf5 Rxf5 30. Qxf5+ Rf7 31. Qe6 Bd4 32. R3e2 Qf6 33. Qxf6 Rxf6

it looks like black is winning.

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  HeMateMe: I love the pun. Who the hell is Edwin Bhend?
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Bhend proved a very tough opponent in this tournament. Not yet an IM, facing a herd of GMs, his -2 score might have made this his best result ever.
Apr-14-22  SkySports: The pun was created by <tamar>, I have just submitted it because apparently no one did it... Fun fact aboth Bhend, he is still active and he's the best over-90 player in the World (current rating 2099).
Apr-14-22  goodevans: Several endorsers of this pun so I must be missing something. "Edwin" is nothing like "Beckham" so surely it has nothing to do with the film. Could somebody please explain.
Apr-14-22  Andrew Chapman: <Several endorsers of this pun so I must be missing something.> I think the idea is that he was under intense pressure but didn't break - like bending a piece of wood until it almost breaks - but still holds.
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  OhioChessFan: <goodevans>, well, people clamor for great games with a great pun that directly applies to some aspect of the great game. If all 3 of those don't happen, someone will complain. FWIW, I remain on the record for the pun taking precedence of those points. Anyway, cg.c needs 365 of them a year. Sometimes, you gotta accept maybe a less than great game or less than perfect pun or a pun that doesn't directly relate to the game.
Apr-14-22  Nosnibor: Keep thinking 0f "Bend it " by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mitch and Titch. However in this game Bhend was very much alert and far from dozy!
Apr-14-22  goodevans: <OCF> As you know, for a good game (and this is one) I'll happily suffer a poor pun but comments from <Strelets>, <HMM>, etc. lauding the pun genuinely made me think I was missing something.

<Missy> did warn us yesterday that as far as bad puns go, "You ain't seen nothing yet!". Hopefully we're in for a string of interesting games.

Apr-14-22  offramp: Tal, like Alekhine, will try ANYTHING to save a game.... In fact most GMs will do that, but some will be very clever and slithery.
Kamsky is a modern version of a resourceful defender.
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  Teyss: <goodevans> On top of the movie reference, the pun might also be "Bent it like the wind" as in "Bend [Tal's position] like the wind [would]." Granted, a bit far-fetched but not more than the Beckham allusion.

Sacs that work are enjoyable but sacs that don't are instructive.

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  OhioChessFan: <goodevans> ok. I've often been shocked to see plainly sub-par puns praised. In any case, this one clearly is referring to bend it like Beckham.
Apr-14-22  RookFile: Tal played the first 19 moves perfectly and could have preserved his opening advantage with 20. Bh4
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