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Judit Polgar vs Ferenc Berkes
"Hey Jude" (game of the day Sep-02-2016)
Hunguest Hotels Super Chess Tournament (2003), Budapest HUN, rd 7, Apr-18
French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation Main Line (C11)  ·  1-0



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Sep-08-14  Mating Net: If I had to vote for the most "instructive" move I have ever seen, it would be for Ms. Judit's 14.g4! She rightly eschews the a8 Rook to <Guarantee!> that she will open the h file. Once the h file was open, Black was permanently on the ropes.
Dec-11-14  Conrad93: Fischer could give Polgar knight odds and still win.
Nov-23-15  jriseman: I'm thinking Move 12, B-h7, was an error, and she didn't see the option then of P-g4 for Black (pinning the queen) for Move 14 (if she didn't play P-g4! herself). The sacrifice does not seem to be worth it until Black blunders on 17 with B-b7?? If Black had instead played 17. R-h8!, and closed off the H column, how could Polgar find the value in the sacrifice? Regardless, brilliant series by Polgar after Move 13.
Sep-02-16  Abdel Irada: ∞

<Conrad93: Fischer could give Polgar knight odds and still win.>

And Polgar could give you a rook. What of it?

Sep-02-16  The Kings Domain: Striking combinational sacrifice by Polgar, shades of the 19th-Century greats and Gaprindashvili.
Sep-02-16  Ratul: Someone please enlighten me. Didn't Polgar miss a mate in move 21? What is the continuation after queen advances to h7 check?
Sep-02-16  morfishine: <Ratul> White is in check
Sep-02-16  The HeavenSmile: looks like 19..Kg8 might have been an error as well. If 19...Kg7 whites queen must come to h6 to force the black king to g8 and prevent the black rook coming to h8. Now, after black bishop and queen come to h5, h4 can no longer be played and the queen on h6 has to recapture the black queen. This leaves the white bishop on e4 undefended and gives black 2 minors and rook for the queen. 19...Kg7 20. Qh6+ Kg8 21. Rh1 Bxg5+ 22. Nxg5 Qxg5+ 23. Qxg5 Bxe4
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  kevin86: Black had only a short series of spite checks, but went down quickly.
Sep-02-16  morfishine: PUN METRIC INTERROGATION

Pun Counselor: "Is this an actual Pun?"

Pun Investigator: “No, the game title, 'Hey Jude' was a song written by the English rock band, the Beatles, released in 1968 and is 7 minutes and 11 seconds long, for the commercial released version.

Pun Counselor: “Is the title a play-on-word?”

Pun Investigator: “No“

Pun Counselor: “Can the titie be described as a rhyme, malapropism, idomatic construction, elementary play-on-word or anything like that?”

Pun Investigator: “This title barely meets the rhyme qualification since 'Jude' somewhat rhymes with 'Judit', the player in command of the White pieces”. Other than that, there is no connection, since the song was written for Julian Lennon, John Lennon's son, a male, and Judit Polgar is a female, so no connection, whatever.

Pun Counselor: “Thank you, Is there anything at all that the viewing audience can grasp onto for entertainment purposes or anything amusing at all?”

Pun Investigator: “No. Apparently, the only reference or connection is a rather weak, limp rhyme reference, thats it"

Pun Counselor: “Thank you sir. So in your opinion, can we conclude that there is no pun, there is no play-on-word, there is no off-shoot reference or for that matter, there isn't anything amusing at all, and the only offering is an incredibly weak rhyme connection, is that correct, in your opinion?”

Pun Investigator: “I would say so, yes. From what I can tell, yes sir, there is nothing here to define a pun or any of the other types of word-play you described and as you state, nothing amusing, nothing entertaining at all whatever.”

Pun Counselor: “Is there anything you would like to add sir?”

Pun Investigator: “Yes sir, In my opinion, a chess game of this quality does not deserve such an illogical, nonsensical, obscure, idiotic, and/or irrelevant title. In fact, no title is warranted at all for such a grand game of chess.”

Pun Counselor: “Thank you sir”


Sep-02-16  ChemMac: <The HeavenSmile> If 19...Kg7 20.Qh6+ Kg8 21. BXg6
Sep-03-16  Abdel Irada: ∞

Excellent courtroom sketch, <morf>. But you left out the ruling.

<The Judge: "Counselor: Concerning your indictment, subject of one continuance too many, of the quality of the puns as a class, I must find for the defendant, on the grounds that *some* of the puns are quite good.

"I must further instruct you that any further attention to this once-and-now-not-future defendant on the part of your office may be regarded as evidence of quixotic obsession unsuited to your profession.

"However, as to the *present* defendant, today's pun, I find it guilty as charged and sentence it to immediate replacement.

"In fact, I'll nominate a better pun* for this game myself: <Lever alone!>"


"Reporter, strike my last paragraph from the transcript.">


*You'll notice I never said it's a *good* pun, but it is *better* than the incumbent. ;-)

Dec-04-16  morfishine: <Abdel Irada> Excellent riposte! Much more realistic legal terminology than my poor effort
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  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game:
Sep-24-17  Arconax: Most lame <chessgames>-pun ever?

But <morphishine> and <Abdel Irada>'s posts making fun of this extremely weak pun are hilarious. Great sense of humour.

Sep-24-17  Granny O Doul: Uninspired title, yes, and of course not a pun, though I don't think a pun is required every time. But "Jude" and "Judit" don't rhyme, not even a little bit. They simply share a syllable. If we do need a pun, though, here is my suggestion: "Inter Ferenc", or "the 'inter Ferenc' theme".
Feb-14-19  BickeDag: It's not a pun, but Jude and Judit both come from the name "Judith", so there is certainly a connection there. The Beatles song was written to comfort the young Julian Lennon after the divorce of his parents. In a similar way, Berkes was probably very distraught after falling for this dubious trap.
Aug-28-19  Patzer Natmas: Excellent play! I thought I saw a quicker way of finishing the game, but this game shows her prowess!
Nov-05-20  valloch: <jriseman> wrong, after the seemingly natural 17. Rh8?! (and not Rh8!), rook takes rook on h8 and then if King takes f7 falls with mate to follow on the h-file, if queen takes you have 18 ..Ne5! threatening f7 again, if knight takes queen takes and c7 will fall with the b8 rook to follow as the bishop cuts its squares.
Nov-05-20  valloch: <The HeavenSmile> wrong, 19...Kg7 blunders mate in 3: 19...Kg7 20. Qh6+ Kg8 21. Bxg6 (threatens mate on h7) fxg6 22. Qxg6 Kh8 23. Rh1#
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  plang: 6..Bxf6 is as popular as 6..gxf but has not scored as well. 9..Be7!? seems very ambitious using a tempo to preserve the two bishops; 9..b6 is the main alternative. Polgar found 11 Neg5!? over the board though there were a few little-known games with it from 2002. 11..Bxg5 12 Nxg5..Nf6 looks like a safer alternative to the game continuation. Polgar offered extensive analysis after the brilliant 14 g4!: the prettiest variation was 14..Ba6 15 h4..g6 16 hxg+..Kg7 17 Qf4..Bd6 18 Ne5..Be7 19 Nxf7..Bd6 20 Qf3..Qe7 21 Rh7+..Kxh7 22 Qh3+..Kg8 23 Rh1..Kxf7 24 Bxg6+..Kxg6 25 Qh5+..Kg7 26 Qh7#. Black could have played on longer but White's advantage should ultimately be decisive.

Voted the best game in Informant 87.

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  cormier: sf Depth 41

+0.44 12.Bh7+ Kh8 13.Be4 Bxg5 14.Nxg5 Rb8 15.Nf3 Nf6 16.Bc6 Qd6 17.Ne5 Ng4 18.Nxg4 Qxc6 19.Rhe1 f6 20.Qf4

+0.28 12.h4 Bb7 13.Bh7+ Kh8 14.Be4 Bxg5 15.Nxg5 Qc8 16.Bxb7 Qxb7 17.Qf4 Nf6 18.g4 c5 19.Nh3 Nd5 20.Qf3

-0.45 12.Qe3 Nf6 13.h4 c5 14.dxc5 Bxc5 15.Qe2 Qc7 16.Ne4 Bb7 17.Nxf6+ gxf6 18.Rhf1 Rad8 19.g3 Kg7 20.Kb1

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  cormier: sf Depth 40

+0.35 13....Bxg5 14.Nxg5 Rb8 15.Nf3 Nf6 16.Bc6 Qd6 17.Ne5 Ng4 18.Nxg4 Qxc6 19.Rhe1 f6 20.Qf4 Qd5 21.Kb1 Qd6

+0.60 13....Rb8 14.h4 Bd6 15.Bc6 Nf6 16.Qe2 Kg8 17.Ne5 b5 18.Ne4 Rb6 19.Nxf6+ Qxf6 20.Kb1 b4 21.Qe3 Bxe5

+0.87 13....Ba6 14.h4 Rb8 15.Qe3 Bd6 16.Bc6 Qe7 17.Bxd7 Qxd7 18.Qe4 f5 19.Qxe6 Qxe6 20.Nxe6 Rf6 21.Rhe1 Re8

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  cormier: sf Depth 42

+0.19 11....Bxg5 12.Nxg5 Nf6 13.Qf4 Bb7 14.Rhe1 Rc8 15.Nf3 Bxf3 16.Qxf3 Qd6 17.Kb1 c5 18.dxc5 Qxc5 19.c3 b5

+0.34 11....h6 12.h4 Bb7 13.Qe3 hxg5 14.hxg5 g6 15.Ne5 Nxe5 16.Qh3 Bxg5+ 17.Kb1 Bh4 18.dxe5 Qe7 19.f3 Kg7

sf Depth 41

+0.24 11....Nf6 12.c3 Bb7 13.Qc2 Bxf3 14.Nxf3 Qd6 15.Qe2 Rad8 16.g3 c5 17.Rhe1 Nd5 18.h4 Qc7 19.Kb1 cxd4

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  cormier: sf Depth 39

+0.31 11.Rhe1 Bb7 12.Qf4 Nf6 13.Nxf6+ Bxf6 14.Be4 Bxe4 15.Qxe4 Re8 16.g3 Qe7 17.Qc6 Rad8 18.Ne5 Rd5 19.f4

+0.18 11.Qf4 Bb7 12.Rhe1 h6 13.g4 Nf6 14.c3 Bd5 15.Nxf6+ Bxf6 16.Be4 c5 17.Bxd5 exd5 18.Kb1 Rc8 19.h3

sf Depth 38

+0.03 11.Ne5 Bb7 12.Qe3 f5 13.Nc3 Nxe5 14.dxe5 Qe8 15.Bc4 Qc6 16.Bb3 Bc5 17.Qf4 b5 18.a4 a6 19.a5

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