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Jennifer Shahade vs Pin Wang
"Red Rover" (game of the day Jun-15-2018)
Bled Olympiad (Women) (2002), Bled SLO, rd 5, Oct-30
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Poisoned Pawn Accepted (B97)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: <Shams: <hedgeh0g> <I imagine obtaining a wang pin would be a fairly painful procedure.>

Sure, but next to the "wang fork" or "wang skewer", it sounds like a picnic. And let's not even contemplate the "wang smothered mate".>

Not to mention "zugzWANG"...:-)

Mar-04-13  Garech: Now that's poison.


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  FSR: <hedgeh0g> I understand that I briefly got mine stuck in my zipper about 50 years ago.
Dec-31-15  NyP: <Kenkaku - Perhaps 30...Rf8 would save.> I'm not shure if it saves the day. Just one example: 30.--Rf8 31. Qh4+ Rf6 32. Rd3 Qc7 33. Qb4+ Kf7 34 Bh5+
Jan-01-16  satyasai: THIS IS COOL
Jan-01-16  RookFile: Wang winged the wong number here.
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  tamar: Wang Pin wing pawn went wrong.
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  maxi: My advice: avoid the wang hedgehog.
Jun-15-18  offramp: After 250 years - finally - the a1 rook does something useful in the Poisoned Pawn Sicilian.

Today's pun is based on the fact that Wang Pin is Chinese and therefore a "Red", and she roved all over the board. Is "roved" a word?

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  Richard Taylor: <offramp> Roveth thou not?

Here is Walter de la Mare re 'roving' or rove...


Very old are the woods;
And the buds that break
Out of the briar's boughs,
When March winds wake,
So old with their beauty are--
Oh, no man knows
Through what wild centuries
Roves back the rose.


This of course has nothing to do with the game in question.

A sharp game by Jennifer Shade against Wang. Who indeed, went wery wang...

Jun-15-18  Retireborn: Lord Byron got there first (we'll go no more a-roving by the light of the moon.)
Jun-15-18  morfishine: "Red rover" is a game played primarily by children on playgrounds

And that pretty much explains this dumb game title

<offramp> Yes, roved is a word


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  ChessHigherCat: I don't whether you guys are (just) playing dumb but Jennifer is red-haired and roves all over the board.

Red Rover is played as follows (preferably in my absence):

<The game is played between two lines of players (usually called the "East" or "West"), usually positioned approximately thirty feet apart. The game starts when the first team, in this example the "East" team, calls a player out, by saying or singing a line like "Red rover, red rover, send [player on opposite team] right over", or "Red rover, red rover, let [player on opposite team] come over".

The immediate goal for the person called is to run to the other line and break the "East" team's chain (formed by the linking of hands). If the player called fails to break the chain, they join the "East" team. However, if the player successfully breaks the chain, they may select either of the two "links" broken by the successful run, and take them to join the "West" team. The "West" team then calls out "Red rover" for a player on the "East" team, and play continues.> (wiki)

Jun-15-18  ajile: <tamar: Wang Pin wing pawn went wrong.>

Wang Pin wing pawn went wong.


Jun-15-18  john barleycorn: < ajile: <tamar: Wang Pin wing pawn went wrong.>

Wang Pin wing pawn went wong.


NOT. <Wang Pin wing pawn went wlong> is the fix. :-)

Jun-15-18  morfishine: <ChessHigherCat> I had no idea, I thought she was a brunette

I figured the game title was base stereotyping of chinese = reds

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  ChessHigherCat: <morf> That's what offramp said, too, obviously being ironic as always
Jun-15-18  LivBlockade: I can take the credit/blame for this game title. My thoughts were:

- Jennifer has red hair

- During her internet broadcasts, she often mentions the term Rover (maybe she came up with it?), which is a shorthand for the common attacking maneuver of 'Rook up and over', such as in this game where the rook moved from f1 to f3 to g3, etc.

So Red Rover, which as CHC mentioned, is a kids game.

Admittedly, I was a little surprised the game was selected, and I suspect it was more for the game than the title (although the game and title seem to go well together, if I do say so myself).

Anyway, I hope everyone enjoyed the game.

Jun-15-18  morfishine: <LivBlockade> Thanks for the explanation and clearing that up!

Note: I still thinks she's more brunette than a true redhead

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  Sneaky: Only her hairdresser knows for sure.
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  HeMateMe: or husband....
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  perfidious: Husband? She is a shrew.

Now you mention it, I did not see her at the WSOP when I was out there.

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  HeMateMe: Perf, did you see the recent movie <molly's game>? A poker movie based on a true story about a woman who ran a high stakes poker game ($100K buy ins) in Los Angeles? Kind of interesting look at the high roller gamblers.
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  Richard Taylor: <Retireborn: Lord Byron got there first (we'll go no more a-roving by the light of the moon.)> Ah. Stumped. Have heard it but know not what from.
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  Richard Taylor: Perhaps "Red Roving" is something that red heads do. Possibly some kind of strange sex rite?

Times goes a rovin' on ...

It was a lively game. Jennifer could have been a bit more kind to poor old young Yang Pin...I mean Yin Yang, no Wanger Wang Pin Pin...

It was a lively game though for sure...

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