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Murray Chandler vs Ozdal I Barkan
"Barken Up The Wrong Tree" (game of the day Feb-24-2018)
World Junior Championship (1975), Tjentiste YUG, rd 8, Aug-25
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense (C73)  ·  1-0



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Jan-09-17  Cheapo by the Dozen: Took me twice as long as a normal Monday, since I looked for a smothered mate first. :)
Jan-09-17  Lighthorse: I, like some of the others here, kept looking for a smothered mate after discovered checks. I even considered N-d5 threatening N-e7#. I kept wondering why it was a Monday puzzle when I didn't see the solution.

Then I noticed the rooks down at the bottom right. Duh--look at the whole board first before considering moves!!

Jan-09-17  YouRang: <offramp: 25. Ne9+ also wins.>

Since we're giving consideration to Bizzaro chess...

Suppose that after <25.Rxg6+ hxg6 26.h7#>, black is permitted one "magical move", in which he can change the color of the attacking h7 pawn from white to black. That is, <26...h7W-h7B>

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Luckily, white now has <27.Nh6+! Kh8 28.Qg8+! Rxg8 29.Nf7#>

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Jan-09-17  YouRang: Game heading:

<Murray Chandler vs Ozdal I <Barkan>

"<Barken> Up The Wrong Tree" (game of the day May-01-04)>

Did misspell the pun?

Jan-09-17  DrGridlock: I love discovered checks!
Double-discovered checks are even better.

So ...
I can move the f7 knight and uncover the White queen attack on the black king. Can I move the f7 knight somewhere where it can attack also?

Search ... search ... bang head.

Problem ... the black knight on b6 can take White's queen in any discovered check which isn't a double-discovered check.

Eureka ... Moment of discovery!
The role of the White queen is not to deliver a check, but to keep the f7 knight "jammed" in black's face (the king cannot take it).

Black has a "stalemate king" so any checks are going to be lethal. Say, what are these rooks doing on g1 and on h1? Let's get them involved.

Rxg6+ hxg6

We're going to have to rename "Queen sac Monday" as "Pawn advance Monday."

Jan-09-17  stst: Monday R-sac! works quick:
25.Rxg6+ hxR

25.Nd8/d6 dis+ by Q will snatch Black's Q, Black is tortured.

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  Benzol: <YouRang> <Did misspell the pun?>

No they didn't. It was me who submitted this game and IIRC the newspaper it appeared in had O Barken playing black.


Jan-09-17  DrGridlock: <stst>

25.Nd8/d6 dis+ by Q will snatch Black's Q, Black is tortured."

25 Nd8+ Nxc4
26 Nxb7 Bxb7

Hasn't black just lost a knight?
Seems the "tortured" has become the "torturer."

Jan-09-17  Amulet: <pth: <25. Ne9+ also wins.> It is countered by Kf9 :)> White has a queen check, Qh9+.
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  thegoodanarchist: <YouRang: Game heading:

<Murray Chandler vs Ozdal I <Barkan>

"<Barken> Up The Wrong Tree" (game of the day May-01-04)>

Did misspell the pun?>

Yes, they typically do. I am surprised how often it happens.

I would cite "Mate Me in St. Louis" but the pun was changed to recycle it for GOTD, so I cannot provide a link to the original GOTD title.

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  thegoodanarchist: < Benzol: <YouRang> <Did misspell the pun?>

No they didn't. It was me who submitted this game and IIRC the newspaper it appeared in had O Barken playing black.


OK, Maybe I am wrong this time. I accept <Benzol>'s account of the activities

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  Bubo bubo: A Q-N-battery with the knight on f7 smells like Philidor's legacy, but alas h6 is blocked - and there's also no square e9 ;-)

Hence we have to switch to plan B: 25.Rxg6+ hxg6 26.h7#

Jan-09-17  Sniffles: I think Blacks first wrong move, after getting out of bed, was 1... e5
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  kevin86: The pieces line up like a diamond and mate!!
Feb-24-18  evzal86: Chandler Bing ☺
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  eternaloptimist: I also submitted a pun based off of this saying back in 2015.: J Barkhagen vs Topalov, 1990 Although it never got picked for GOTD. In today's GOTD, Chandler did a good job of taking advantage of the fact that Barkan neglected protecting his ♔side w/ enough pieces. The vast majority of them were on the ♕side trying to conduct an attack which never came into fruition.
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  Richard Taylor: I saw Murray Chandler the other day, not at a very happy gathering, it was at the funeral of the chess player Peter Stuart. I believe that Chandler doesn't play competitive chess as he likes to be very prepared and this is too much out of his life.

But he is involved in chess admin. here.

In 1975 though he was doing very well in chess. People, myself included, get these great enthusiasms then realise it is all a waste of time...

Feb-24-18  newzild: <Richard Taylor> Peter Stuart died? That's a shame. What were the circumstances?
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  Richard Taylor: <newzild> I actually don't know what he died of he was a little older than I, at 70, I think he died about the 19th of December 2017.

He didn't look well last year whenever I saw him but I didn't think he was seriously ill. He was of, course, getting on.

The funeral was delayed to February the 19th in Browns Bay as his family lived (mostly overseas). There were a lot at his funeral. Paul Garbett, Graham Mears, Michael Whaley and Winsome Stretch spoke. I recall Winsome from the 60s! She talked of Peter's use of nic names for everyone. Wayne Power was 'Powerless',Gogolly was 'Goat', Paul Garbett of course was 'Garbage' and I think Whaley was 'Wailer' or something. His sense of humour was commented on as well as his service to chess. But Graham Mears and Paul considered him their friend as did Michael Whaley.

He got a scholarship in Latin which interested me as I also studied Latin to 6B or later the 7th form it was called. He did well at school, got an accountancy diploma, then worked in his father's shoe shop.

He had a large library of books and his chess collection was large including magazines going back a long time. He had every thing meticulously in order. Which is how he ran the North Shore Chess Club (he won the championship of that Club many times).

If funerals are or can be good it was a good funeral.

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  Wayne Power: Hi Richard,

The various nicknames were not unique: Michael Whaley was "Whalebone". Paul Garbett was "The Trashman". Gogolly was equally "Golly Golly". Bob Gibbons was "Gibbo" and Ortvin Sarapu was "The Ort" (as in the Oort Cloud) and many more. I'll leave the readers to guess who might have been "Niggle", "Sniff", "Mrs Mop" and "Tricky Dick".

Feb-26-18  newzild: Thanks, <Richard Taylor>. I remember him from the late '90s, when I used to play the occasional tournament in Wellington, Hamilton and Auckland.
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  Richard Taylor: Richard Taylor: <newzild> Glad to comment. I wasn't playing much in the latte 90s, but then Peter would have still been a tough customer...I struggled to beat him in the later years. I did win against him a few times, lost some drew a couple and so on. He was dangerous once he was on the counter attack. And in endings...
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  Richard Taylor: <Wayne Power> Do you mean to him or others had them? I suspect Peter picked up some and added his own. I knew "Garbage" but not "Trashman". "Whalebone" is good! "Gibbo" is probably generic of Bob...

"Niggle" I can guess but I will remain silent!

"Sniff"...I suspect Sarapu [or now I have spotted 'The Ort see below] as he used to sniff strongly as he played and smoked with his head slightly to one side, concentrating...There are a lot of young players who sniff a lot...Maybe, no, probably one of the North Shore players. Not sure.

"Mrs Mop" pass...Not our friend Graham (as he was a cleaner like Adrian Lentz) or someone with a lot of hair?

"Tricky Dicky" is not Nixon in this case and thus...either Sutton or myself. Most likely Richard Sutton...

I see the Ort... I knew Sarapu was known as 'The Ort" but didn't know why...In fact I had to consult Wikipedia. The connection? Is this the image of his "smoke cloud" or something, or his limiting power at the board?

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  Wayne Power: - yes, you're on the right track with most of those. Michael Whaley was quite a nickname generator. It was he who preferred "The Trashman" for Paul, Tricky Dick for Richard Sutton and "Whalebone" for himself.

It was Ian Mitchell who coined the term "Mrs Mop" for Graham who, quite laudably, made it one of his duties to keep the Chess Centre as clean as possible.

I think you have guessed who Niggle was/is and, on reflection, yes -let's leave his identity and that of "Sniff" a little vague.

I should make the point that the impacts of nicknames totally depend on the way they are used and all the above were delivered with a kind of cheeky affection by everyone. Peter was one of the best in that regard.

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  Richard Taylor: <Wayne Power> I didn't have much to do with Whaley over the years...But I recall him, not sure if we ever played.

Re "Sniff" I feel it was, ahem, I realise now that it is almost a homonym. I went for the meaning but realise there is a pun there....the persona in question and the other persona....well, enough said....

Ewen was there also. "Sniff" and (what was Ewen's, I suppose a lot of them were North Shore players). I played there one year in the 80s. What would Tony Carpinter be?

I played a kind of mini match with Sutton once. The point was that in one of the Howick-Pak Champs I drew against him in a strange game. (Last round of a Club Tournament). Then we had a decider at his place. It went something like 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 Bc5 4 Nxe5 and there was an explosion of tactics but Sutton had prepared well. I cant recall if it was a Berlin or I had played 3 ... a6.

Of course there was no way I was going to play a passive system.

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