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James Tarjan vs Jan Timman
"Me Jan! You Tarjan!" (game of the day Aug-18-2021)
Venice (1974), Venice ITA, Nov-??
Sicilian Defense: Classical Variation. General (B56)  ·  0-1



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Aug-18-21  Brenin: 33 Qe3 Re6, and the R on c3 falls.
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  HeMateMe: We Americans don't often make it to the GOTD. Fischer, Yaz, Benko, Reshevsky?, Larry Christiansen, Larry Evans, it's a short list.
Aug-18-21  Honey Blend: 32. ♖c4?! is a tricky way to defend. If Black goes for 32. ... dxc4 33. ♕xe4 ♕d2+ 34. ♖f2 this looks pretty drawish to me. 32. ... ♖xc4 33. bxc4 dxc4 doubles black's c-pawn and a quick breakthrough will be tough as well.
Aug-18-21  nalinw: Ahhhhh an oasis in the desert of questionable or mystifying puns ......
Aug-18-21  Jamboree: "Honey Blend: 32. ?c4?! is a tricky way to defend. "

Then black simply goes 32. ... Qd2+! and it's finito -- black ends up a rook (or more) in all lines.

Aug-18-21  Brenin: <Jamboree>: 32 Rc4 Qd2+ 33 Qxd2 is indeed finito, but for Black not White, who wins Q for R; Black should play 32 ... Rxc4 33 bxc4 dxc4 34 Qd4 Rf7 with advantage, though not a clear win.
Aug-18-21  goodevans: <Honey Blend: 32.Rc4?! is a tricky way to defend.>

Indeed it is, so in hindsight <31...Qb4?!> was an unnecessary embellishment. The simpler <31...Rexf4 32.Rxf4 Rxf4> would have maintained Black's complete dominance.

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  MissScarlett: <Me Tarjan, Eugene! E Torre vs Tarjan, 1983 (Oct-27-04)

Me Tarjan, You Dane Tarjan vs Larsen, 1968 (Aug-18-15)

Me Tarjan, You Shean Tarjan vs R Shean, 1968 (Mar-16-20)>

This pun's so old it's got side-whiskers.

How about <Me Tarjan, You Cheater>: Tarjan vs Matulovic, 1975

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  Teyss: Funny pun, even if it only refers to the players' names and if in Dutch Jan is pronounced e-an with an "e" like in "he".

As pointed by <Honey Blend>, <Brenin> and <goodevans> both White and Black could have made better moves in the end.

<MissScarlett> Did Matulovic cheat on that game or another famous one? No sarcasm intended, just interested by anecdotes.

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  MissScarlett: Milan Matulovic (kibitz #31)
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  Teyss: <MissScarlett> Thanks, didn't know. Quite a character. Appropriate pun then!
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  FSR: <HeMateMe: We Americans don't often make it to the GOTD.>

What are you talking about. Five of my games have been GOTD. <Red Red Rhine>, <Like a Rhinestone Cowboy>, <Fred Rhine Felled>, <Lasch Call>, and <Felecan Brief>. But not my most famous game, F Rhine vs D Sprenkle, 1981, nor the spectacular draws F Rhine vs A Boerkoel, 1996 and D Fleetwood vs F Rhine, 1997.

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  HeMateMe: Well, there are 365 GOTDs...

BTW, I've submitted a couple of fred Rhine puns that were never chosen. Hope springs eternally.

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