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Daniel Abraham Yanofsky vs Jules Therien
"I concede clearly now; Therien is gone." (game of the day May-01-2009)
Canadian Championship (1947), Quebec City CAN, rd 6, Jun-25
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Blackburne Defense (C10)  ·  1-0



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  WannaBe: If, my memory serves me correct, (boy, it's been a long time, and I'm too lazy to search through the kibitz'n)...

This, was a Caissar Winner for the Best/Worst Pun... If nothing else, I know it was a Nominee, because I was the one who put in the nomination!!!

May-01-09  ajile: I only came in here to see the comments on the screemin pun...


May-01-09  sfm: Everything looks quiet, normal and healty - but oops, 14.Nd7 and it is over.
May-01-09  kellmano: <sfm> couldn't agree more. I can well imagine playing with the black pieces and thinking 'both bishops lined up at the king, how shall i get my kingside attack going?' When 14. Nd7 is played I would think 'That's a strange move, it can't be any good'. Five moves later i am resigning.
May-01-09  Pawnage: Oh wow, 14. Nd7 is a move I would never see. I wouldn't get the point.
May-01-09  whiteshark: Yet another dumb French loser...
May-01-09  roughstuff: this game shocked me !, because as noted by <kellmano> if I was black I would be thinking my position is fine and there is no danger. In fact I would be anticipating a long struggle in the endgame!!. I need to retune my chess antenae
May-01-09  Marmot PFL: Right after 12...Bb7 and 13...Qe7i was sure 14 Bxh7+ Kxh7 15 Rd7 was coming. This is easy to find even if you dont see 14 Nd7 which shows how bad black's game is. If he had seen what was coming he could have bitten the bullet with 14 ...Qxd7 15 Bxh7+ Nxh7 16 Rxd7 Bc8 and Nxg5 and white still has to win it.
May-01-09  costachess: 14. ... Qxd7
15. Bxf6!
(if 15. Bh7+ Kh7!
16. Rxd7 Nxd7 and the black have got a B,N and R for the queen)

15. ... Qc8

May-01-09  costachess: well, another idea is:
14 . ... Qxd7
15. Bh7+ Kxh7!
16. Bxf6 Qc6
May-01-09  Manic: <costachess> Flipping through the above kibitzing you'd find that 14...Qxd7 15.Bh7+ Kxh7 16.Rxd7 Nxd7 17.Qd3+ is winning.
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  Domdaniel: Brilliant pun. I suppose now that Therien is gone there's no J Obsivac in the way?
May-01-09  cheeseplayer: I can see clearly now; the rain is gone

I (con-cede) clearly now; (The-rein) is gone

very nice pun!

i wonder who came up with that pun (from and what was he doing at that moment !

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  kevin86: I guess this was a rerun,since I have already commented on the pun.

A good game to revisit-the queen and knight rock!

May-01-09  Bobwhoosta: <CheesePlayer>

Thanks for the explanation. I now consider this to be the ultimate pun.

It's also punny.

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  playground player: A game like this does make you wonder about castling as an automatic move.
May-01-09  nevski: Play French Defense is not for anyone. Even the great Botvinnik suffered terrible defeats by using this defense!
May-01-09  YetAnotherAmateur: As far as 15. ... gxf6 is concerned, black's only alternative that doesn't immediately lose the queen is 15. ... Qe8
which gives white:
16. Qh5 g6 (otherwise Qxh7#)
17. Qh6 Qf8 (otherwise Qg7#)
18. Nxf8

Black can at any time play Bxf2+, which is met by Rxf2.

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  ajk68: Was 12...Bb7 the mistake?
It seems like an important tempo is lost here. Retreating the dark square bishop to e7 seems like the only option.
May-01-09  goodevans: Nice pun. Nice 14th move. Nice finish.
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  TheAlchemist: <i wonder who came up with that pun (from and what was he doing at that moment !>

Hehe. Someone on a radio here mentioned a band's surreal lyrics in one song and said that if they came up with it while sober, they should be nominated for a prize in literature. I guess we could apply a similar logic here :-)

May-01-09  AnalyzeThis: 11.... Qc7 was a better move than 11....b6. You can answer 12. Bg5 with Nd5.
May-01-09  WhiteRook48: bad one. Would have preferred "Around the World in 80 Days"
Jul-03-09  WhiteRook48: did not get it until now
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