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Alex Yermolinsky vs Emory Tate
"Warning: May Cause Emory Loss" (game of the day Oct-02-2014)
Western States Open (2001), Reno, NV USA, rd 4, Oct-20
Benoni Defense: General (A43)  ·  1-0



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Oct-02-14  Castleinthesky: I see this was previously a puzzle, I don't think it was worth a GOTD, as even I would realize that I'm not going to get a queen for nothing. Tate paid a queen's ransom in this game.

That said, Tate is one of my favorite players and I've actually played in a few tournaments where he was playing (in a much higher class, of course). His style is similar too Tal's, but much more reckless.

Oct-02-14  The Last Straw: Ouch! A sad blunder to make. Nice trap!
Oct-02-14  kevin86: Sudden death!
Oct-02-14  thegoldenband: <Castleinthesky: I see this was previously a puzzle, I don't think it was worth a GOTD, as even I would realize that I'm not going to get a queen for nothing. Tate paid a queen's ransom in this game.>

A high-level tactician like Tate knew full well that he'd be mated next move, but the only alternative is dropping the Queen after a move like 8...Na6, leaving him with a material disadvantage that's beyond hopeless. So he knew he was 100% dead lost, and playing 8...Qxa4 (rather than just resigning) speaks to his sense of humor and sportsmanship by letting the elegant mate play out on the board.

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  Once: <kyg16: Another repeated quote of the day today ...


You made the same comment today in the POTD.

Is this some kind of post-modern irony that you point out a repeated quote by way of a repeated post?

I haven't seen today's quote of the day, but I have seen your comment twice.

Oct-02-14  thulium: Would 7...Nbc6 have been black's best reply?
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  Domdaniel: This is ridiculous. Why do my opponents never walk into mates like this?

As for repeat quotes, <SwitchingQuylthulg> is, as usual, right on the button. Repeats are not a bad thing, just a normal part of the process. As it happens, a couple of years ago my friend <mack> and I compiled a set of little-known and offbeat chess quotations and sent them to CG. Most were used, and some have had another outing since.

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  Domdaniel: Vaganian vs Quinteros, 1985 is an example of how such a game might go, without a blunder. White still wins, but it comes down to a tempo in a Rook ending.
Oct-02-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: So Black should have played

7 ... N(b8)c6?

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  HeMateMe: It's a great pun. Never saw the original, if there was one.
Oct-02-14  thegoodanarchist: The pun could even be "sudden Emory loss"
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  HeMateMe: I submitted a pun some time ago, "Big man Tate", a win by tate. [There was a movie titled Little Man Tate, starring Jodie Foster.] It hasn't been used yet. I'm pretty broke up about it.
Oct-02-14  thegoldenband: <HeMateMe: It's a great pun. Never saw the original, if there was one.>

I was confused by <kyg16>'s comment too, but then I realized he was talking about the Quote of the Day -- a feature I've never noticed before -- and not the pun.

Oh, and thanks. :) The pun's mine, and I do make a habit of searching "" on Google before I submit them.

Apropos that, it's kind of tragic that "Sax and the City" has already been used, when it'd be perfect for this game:

Sax vs K Urban, 1997

Oct-02-14  TheBish: I was thinking 6. Bf6!? was interesting, since if 6...Qa5+ 7. Bc3 Qd8 leaves White with an advantage (but not 6...gxf6?? 7. Nxf6#). The way this game ended, I have to think Yermo's 6. Bh4 was better!

Classic game, in terms of a lesson in tactics. I was at this tournament; in fact I won the A class section 6-0 and beat Larry Christiansen in a simul! (He blundered a bishop, forgetting that he needed to save it before proceeding with his plan.) My reward for beating Larry C. was winning his book (which he signed) "Storming the Barricades."

Jan-04-15  Martin Riggs: This reminds me of a low-budget comedy movie called "The Bad Ta[s]te". :D
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  FSR: <TheBish> Yes, 6.Bf6! is considerably better than what Yermo actually played, tying Black up and preparing to redeploy the bishop to c3. In the game continuation, Black actually would have been OK after 7...Nxd5! 8.Qxd5 Nc6 followed by ...d6 and ...Be6.
Jun-13-15  sfm: 7.-,Nf5?? - a blunder we could all make.
8.Qa4! Lovely!
To moves like 8.-,Qd8 or 8.-,g5 a noble suicide was clearly preferable.
May-22-16  Zoroastre1o1: Beno-ni tricky trap.
Mar-22-18  bitter6290: Nc6 fails to Qxa5 and Black can’t recapture because of the same mate.
Mar-23-18  Saniyat24: ha ha ha...!
Mar-28-18  GilGandel: I mated a man in Reno, just to watch him cry.
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  Messiah: OK this is such an opening disaster I am creating a separate game collection for it.
Oct-28-19  sakredkow: A simple twist of Tate. (somebody may have already claimed this...five pages is a lot to scroll through for a nine-move game).
Sep-18-21  Whitehat1963: Whoops!
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  FSR: Cf. K Rogoff vs M Bertok, 1971.
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