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Alexey Suvorin vs Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
"Chekhov's Gun" (game of the day Oct-17-2014)
Melikovo (1893), Melikovo RUE
Van't Kruijs Opening: General (A00)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: This game was played by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (see
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  Phony Benoni: He didn't last long. Guess he didn't play right.
Dec-15-07  Jim Bartle: Probably distracted by a seagull.
Dec-15-07  Kangaroo: Another day, another fake game. Played allegedly by famous writer (as black) against the not-so-famous publisher.

Any proof of authenticity? Please show!

Jul-29-09  vonKrolock: ...the score was found in the <cherry orchard>, now owned by <three sisters>, by their <uncle>, named !? <Vania> ...

In some way, references to Chess are, if possibly found, very scarce - and seemingly cold - in Anton Pavlovich's work...

Jan-29-12  Antiochus: Better was 15...f5 with Nxe5 avoiding the "Train" to g6.
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  Phony Benoni: The games of those famous outside the chess world have an inherent interest outside of quality. And it's always refreshing to be reminded why Chekhov was a playwright, not a chess player.

But I admit the "pun" had no meaning for me. Wikipedia to the rescue:

"Chekhov's gun is a dramatic principle that requires every element in a narrative be necessary and irreplaceable, and that everything else be removed."

<"Remove everything that has no relevance to the story. If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it's not going to be fired, it shouldn't be hanging there."> -- Anton Chekhov

OK. But I don't really see its applicability to the game, unless the final position:

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is meant to illustrate what happens if the principle is not followed.

Oct-17-14  ASchultz: You could say that the Ne5 is a Chekhov's gun, waiting to go off--from a writing class, I remember the general rule being reduced to a gun: "if there's a gun in your story, it should get fired." Once it's dropped there, you know it'll do something, and rather quickly. As it does in the game.
Oct-17-14  waustad: With only 2 major pieces on the file, perhaps it shoud be Derringer.
Oct-17-14  rogl: This is what happens when a playwright doesn't play right.
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  offramp: George M Cohan had a different idea.

He was in a play where one scene was set in an office. His secretary came in and said, "Mr Smith is here to see you." There was a lot of dialogue between Cohan and Smith and the audience became very restless.

Next night, when the secretary came in and announced Mr Smith, Cohan took a revolver out of his drawer, checked it was loaded, put it back, and told the secretary to send in Mr Smith.

The gun was never mentioned again - but the audience was not restless.

True story!

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  kevin86: Of course after 19...♘g7, 20 ♗g6#.

Did Chekhov rewrite his plays at the line of scrimmage?

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  Phony Benoni: <kevin86> No. He always checked off.
Oct-17-14  erimiro1: "Chekhov's Gun" in our case is Bc2, that was waiting silently since move 8, to kill the black king 12 moves later.
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  Gilmoy: <Phony Benoni> I know that joke. It was invented in Russia!
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  Penguincw: THIS should've been today's POTD.

Just kidding, although 17.? would probably make a good mid-week puzzle.

Oct-17-14  TheFocus: This game was featured in an episode of Star Trek.
Oct-17-14  thegoldenband: Very strange -- I submitted this pun recently, but for a totally different game:

W Koenig vs V Arapovic, 1991

I guess liked the pun and fast-tracked it (?), but applied it to a different game without the Star Trek reference and the quasi-Alekhine's gun formation seen in Koenig-Arapovic.

Actually, I think that's the second or third time that's happened to me. And my puns have been edited a couple times too, e.g. "The Lion, The Vish, and the Wardrobe" --

C Ward vs Anand, 1990

-- which was turned into "...the Ward Robbed" (I'd have preferred "...the Ward Rubbed", myself). I don't mind, but it's a bit confusing!

Oct-17-14  NBAFan: An unusual opening by white.
Oct-17-14  nalinw: It can refer to the Bishop on c2 - which comes in at the end to give mate!

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