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Dr. Michaelsen vs Mrs. Michaelsen
"How I Mate Your Mother" (game of the day Mar-28-2014)
Duitsland (1884) (unorthodox)
Three Knights Opening: Winawer Defense (000)  ·  1-0



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Mar-28-14  sofouuk: can't help adding adding my own off-hand variation on the theme (a certain Robert Leahy was black)

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nge7 4.Nc3 f5 5.d4 fxe4 6.Nxe5 d5 7.Nxd5 Nxd5 8.Qh5+ g6 9.Nxg6 Nf6 10.Bf7+ Kxf7 11.Ne5+ Ke6 12.Qf7 Kf5 13.g4#

it took a while to see that the Nf6 would be pinned allowing g4 to mate - always suspected something similar would have been played many times before but this is the first time I've seen it :)

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  keypusher: Duitsland is apparently Dutch for Germany, so I guess a Dutch chess magazine saw fit to publish this game. It would be interesting to see the original item.
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  gawain: Cute game, which I do not recall ever coming across despite all my childhood reading of books like The Fireside Book of Chess with its entertaining chapter "Odd but True." Although there are nice mating positions between the Michaelsens--the mate with N, Q and P in the middle of the board is especially nice--I find the finish not quite satisfactory because of the escape of the Black king after 10...Kd7.

I guess that real games (as opposed to puzzles which must not leave loose ends) and real relationships, too, are sometimes beautiful despite some messiness.

Mar-28-14  sofouuk: there is no 'escape' if white finds 11.Qh3+! (not the first move that comes to mind, admittedly) the point is the queen can then switch to the q-side if the king runs
Mar-28-14  kevin86: Mom missed the brilliant mate by the pawn!

I guess this puzzle is slightly misnamed, as mother wasn't mated,she resigned.

Mar-28-14  kevin86: Is it adultery to play chess with a married woman? Even if that woman is married to your dad.
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  Phony Benoni: <morfiishine> Believe me, I gave it some thought before submitting this one. It's rather hypocritical when I've been one of those calling for higher quality GOTDs.

On the other hand, I have a strong sense of humor and sometimes it wins out over reason and logic. See my games.

While this isn't a high quality game, at least it's not dull or decided by a one-move queen hang. And the situation is amusing.

Nobody asked, but "How I Met Your Mother" is a long-running U.S. television series that will be airing its final episode on Monday.

And, for those interested in such things, D Fridman vs A Zatonskih, 2010

Mar-28-14  chesssalamander: Where is the a1 rook?
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  perfidious: This was a game at Rook odds, which gives the stronger player White and forces him to start without the rook at a1.
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  offramp: <Phony Benoni:...Nobody asked, but "How I Met Your Mother" is a long-running U.S. television series that will be airing its final episode on Monday...>

I haven't seen it. Will it be revealed in that final episode How He Met The Mother? Like in the final episode of The Fugitive?

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  Domdaniel: "My son the doctor *was* drowning..."
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  Once: There is something of the exhibitionist in this one, methinks.

The good doctor gives his wife rook odds, administers what can only be described as a good spanking and then feels the need to publish the game for all to see.

This game was played in 1884, so we are in the era of corsets, handlebar moustaches and quill pens. Had it been played today, one would imagine that a video recorder and the internet would have been involved.

"No, no, no, of course I won't show it to anyone else, my dear."

And to think that is only a few days since the pun referenced Toni Basil in her late thirties wearing her high school cheerleaders outfit. What is the world coming to?

Or is it just me? Man walks into a doctor complaining that he can't stop thinking about sex.

The doctor decides to give him the Rorschach inkblot test. He shows the man the first inkblot and asks him what he sees.

"A couple making love."

The doctor shows him another inkblot. "A woman taking her clothes off," says the man.

On and on it goes, with each inkblot eliciting a response in like vein. Eventually the doctor says: "Well, it's confirmed. You definitely have an addiction problem."

The man shrugs. "I don't know why you are talking about me. You are the one with all these dirty pictures..."

Mar-28-14  rozzatu: if the tale is yours, you are a genius.
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  keypusher: Did Freud play chess?
Mar-29-14  morfishine: <moodini> On your question: <If your mood is soured or your day ruined due to a poor quality GOTD then perhaps it is you, not chessgames, that need to change?> I find your "If" statement funny, if for no other reason, your sentence should finish with a period and not a question mark. Since my mood has not "soured" nor any day been "ruined" due to a poor quality GOTD, your "perhaps" suggestion has no basis.

Also, since I've been consistent and objective in my position, there is no compelling need for me to change. [ie: you would have a point if I wasn't objective]

<Phony Benoni> I really do appreciate how difficutl it is to combine a High Qualtiy pun with a High Quality game. I've pretty much given up on the 'pun' side since, all-in-all, this is an effort to add some humor and fun to what a lot of people perceive as a fairly dry or unfunny subject in general: chess

With that said, I honestly think its not asking too much for something that carries the label "Game of The Day" to meet some minimum quality standard

I will state no more on this subject


Mar-29-14  RedShield: <Did Freud play chess?>

Yes, but his death wish instinct served him poorly.

Apr-01-14  paramount: <FSR>: <paramount> Maria Manakova said during an interview, <I really did fall terribly in love during a game, and despite it being very hard to drag me into bed, almost impossible, I ended up there with that man within an hour. And that was my future husband.>

thanks for the unique story.

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  FSR: <Once: ... The good doctor gives his wife rook odds, administers what can only be described as a good spanking>

Maybe they were into that sort of thing. One year I attended the annual convention of the American Constitution Society at a hotel in Washington, D.C. I took my wife and daughter along. We kept encountering people in the elevator wearing lots of leather, which seemed strange. I learned that at the same time the hotel was hosting the ACS convention, it was also hosting the Master/Slave convention. Dunno if you got a discount if you attended both.

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  FSR: More marital encounters: N Maisuradze vs Fier, 2017 and C V Henri vs J Henri, 1981. And an ex-marital encounter: S Lalic vs Arkell, 2001. Dunno whether the players were married at the time of P Charbonneau vs I Krush, 2001 and P Charbonneau vs I Krush, 2001.
Feb-12-23  generror: Dr. Michaelsen is so lame to have published this game...

By the way, *where* was this game published?

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  FSR: Jovanka Houska and James Ettinger wrote the book "The Mating Game." Evidently there are <many> books with that title, but it's this one: Much as Maria Manakova related about her encounter with her future husband, the protagonist falls into bed with any man who beats her in chess. A good read (no pun intended).
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  perfidious: <FSR>, I have played poker with Maria Mannakova, most recently at the 2021 Hall of Fame event of the WSOP.
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  Messiah: <perfidious: <FSR>, I have played poker with Maria Mannakova, most recently at the 2021 Hall of Fame event of the WSOP.>

If that's true I'll eat my shoes.

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  FSR: <Messiah> Why is that implausible, or do you just enjoy calling <perfidious> a/k/a Alan Shaw a liar?
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  perfidious: <FSR>, in the event mentioned above, Maria had the misfortune of bubbling, ie, being last person eliminated before the money. She is a strong, aggressive pro--that was a tough event which featured ten or so of the 33 living HOFers. Playing chess got me well equipped for facing off with top-class poker players. I could not care less about the insinuations of the other.
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