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Loek van Wely vs Ivan Sokolov
"Sokolov the Dogs" (game of the day Aug-03-2004)
Dutch Championship (2004), Leeuwarden NED, rd 6, Jul-06
Slav Defense: Czech Variation. Classical System Main Line (D19)  ·  1-0



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  jaime gallegos: and the black king has no time to scape of the white move f7# or Rh8#
Aug-03-04  Spudds: f7 is not mate, not positive of the continuation after something like 52..Re5
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Spudds, after 52...Re5, does 53.f7+,Kf8; 54.Ne6+,Rxe6; 55.fxe6 give White enough of an edge to win? What about 54.f5-f6, threatening Rh8?

But the big question is this: where does ChessGames get these puns?

Aug-03-04  Kneverknighted: If 52 ... b4-b3 53 f6-f7+ Kf8 54 f5-f6 b3-b2 55 Ne6# Something like that.
Aug-03-04  chslvr: If Re5, f7+ Kf8 Rh8+ Ke7 f8=Q
Aug-03-04  Spudds: Ahh, king blocks the bishop from protecting the promotion square. Very good.
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  kevin86: Black doesn't escape the check by e7,instead he inscapes to g7. No,white plans on bringing his king to g6,menacing last rank mates and promotion.
Aug-03-04  white pawn: I'm not sure if I get today's pun... Is it supposed to be "circle of" the dogs? And if so... I don't really see how that appliles. Someone care to clarify. I hate to be left out ;-D. Thanks
Premium Chessgames Member <But the big question is this: where does ChessGames get these puns?> The president of 20/20 Technologies, Lee Cummings, is an unrated chess player but a strong master of puns.

Today's pun was a little obscure; the intended interpretation is "So call off the dogs! (I give up!)"

Also let me point out we now have the Game of the Day Archive so you can review previous games (and puns).

Aug-03-04  Lawrence: I didn't find it obscure at all. Cummings's puns are great.
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  tpstar: 52 ... Re5 53. Rg7+ Kf8 (53 ... Kh8 54. Nf7++) 54. Ne6+ Ke8 (54 ... Rxe6 55. fxe6 b3 56. Rd7) 55. f7+ Kd7 56. f8=Q+ is decisive. The only way to prevent 53. Rg7+ is 52 ... Bf8 which loses to 53. f7++. Yes, the humor is there waiting to be found - we just have to loek for it.
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  lostemperor: thanks for the archive and the puns. Here some player's comments (in black).

Van Wely-Sokolov
<31...Nxd4 32.Bxd4 Nxf4!> Not 32...Rxd4 33.Nxe6 Rd2 34.exf5 (34.Bc4!? Nh4!) 34...Rxe2 35.fxg6+ and 36.Ng5. <33.Be5 Nxe2 34.Nxe6 Nxg1 35.Rxg1 g5 36.Bxb8 Rxb8 37.exf5 Bxb4 38.Rd1!> It seems to become a disaster for white but rook, knight and f pawn will become very strong <38...Bxa5 39.Rd7+ Kg8 40.f6 Bb4 41.h4!Re8?!> 41 ...a5 better <42.Nd8! Re1+ 43.Kg2 Bf8> Otherwise 44.Rg7 en 45.nf7+ will come. <44.Nf7+ Kg8> Critical perhaps was 44...Kh7. Van Wely was planning 45.Rd8! en 46.h5 threatening 47.Rh8 mate, but the piece sac is probably ok 47...\Be7! . <45.hxg5 hxg5 46.Nxg5 b5> What now 47.Rh7? 47...Bc5! (48.f7+ Kf8 49.Rh8+ Kg7!) <47.f4! b4>

The GMs were speculating the winning 48.Kf2! Rh1 ( 49.f7+ Kh8 50.Ne6 and now a) 50...Bh6 51.Rd8+ Kh7 52.Rg8! followed by 53.Ng5+; b) 50...Rh6!? 51.Rxf8+ Kh7 52.Rh8+. Van Wely saw something else. <48.f5!? Re2+?>
Crucial was 48...Re5 and white can win a rook: a) 49.f7+ Kh8 50.Rd8 Kg7 51.Ne6+ Kxf7 52.Rxf8+ Ke7. : b) 49.Rh7 Rxf5 50.f7+ Rxf7 51.Rxf7 AnD nOW eG. 51...a5 52.Rb7 a4 53.Ne4! black loses one moVe by threatening 54.Nf6+ Kh8 55.Rh7 mate. <49.Kf3 Re5 50.Kf4 Rd5 51.Rh7! Bd6+ 52.Kg4 1-0>

I hope things are put correctly otherwise let me know.

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