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Yuri L Averbakh vs Cecil Purdy
"You Know The Rules, And So Do I" (game of the day Sep-23-2021)
Australian Championship (1960), Adelaide AUS, rd 4, Oct-08
English Opening: Golombek Defense (A16)  ·  1-0

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Mar-16-13
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  FSR: I think this was played in a simul. I would be shocked to learn that Averbakh played in an Australian championship.
Mar-16-13
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  keypusher: <FSR: I think this was played in a simul. I would be shocked to learn that Averbakh played in an Australian championship.>

As was I! But it happened. See posts below. I think Purdy would be far too strong for a simul anyway.

Mar-16-13
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  FSR: <keypusher> Thanks. Guess I should have read the prior posts before making mine.
Jan-24-14  morfishine: 14...O-O-O was Purdy nifty
Jan-24-14  optimal play: <RUSSIAN CHESS STARS EACH WILL MATCH 40 PLAYERS AT ONCE>

[PHOTOGRAPH]

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/art...

<<World-rated Russian chess players Vladimir Bagiro [sic], 24, and Yari [sic] Averbakh, 38, arrived in Sydney yesterday from Moscow to play in the Australian Chess Championships at the request of the Australian Chess Federation.

They will play exhibition matches at Wollongong, Newcastle, Adelaide and Sydney, playing 40 players at once.>

- The Canberra Times (ACT) issue Friday 30 September 1960 page 4>

Sep-27-19
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  Jonathan Sarfati: <FSR:> Averbakh also played in the 74th New Zealand Championship (1967), Christchurch.
Sep-23-21  Honey Blend: <"You Know The Rules, And So Do I">

<rookrolled>

Sep-23-21  areknames: Ok, so the 'pun' is also a line from Rick Astley's most well-known song. What has it got to do with this game?
Sep-23-21  Brenin: <areknames>: See the first couple of postings from January 2005 for the explanation.
Sep-23-21
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  Phony Benoni: <areknames>: This is one of those games where the real story happens behind the board.

After <14.Nd1>


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Black castled queenside. Averbah (an experience Soviet Grandmaster who had reached the Candidates level) protested that this was illegal since Black's roo had to pass over an attacked square. The rule was epatiently explained to him, thugh he remained incredulous. "Only the ing? Not the rook?" he is alleged to have said.

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Sep-23-21  Knightmare07: This was the least expected place to get rickrolled.
Sep-23-21  areknames: Thanks <Brenin> and <PB>, I get that part, was only wondering about this game's connection to the line in Astley's song "Never Gonna Give You Up".
Sep-23-21  optimal play: <Champ Supernova: Hard to believe Averbakh didn't know the rule ... it should be embarassing for these great GM's to not know the rules of the game they have mastered.>

IKR!

Top Soviet Grandmaster comes all the way down here to give the Aussies a lesson in chess and as it turns out, it's an Aussie who literally gives him a lesson!

<Ken MacGillivray: ... Averbakh could speak no English, and Purdy could not speak Russian, but Purdy by moving pieces on the chess board, and using body signs and facial expressions, was able to convince Averbakh of the legitimacy of his move.>

Weren't Averbakh's Soviet minders there? Surely they could speak English? One of them could have acted as interpreter. Soviets never left the USSR without a minder to make sure they came back.

<GrahamClayton: Both Averbakh and his compatriot Vladimir Bagirov played "hors concours" in the 1960 Australian Championship at Adelaide, Averbakh finished 1st with a score of 14/15, while Bagirov finished second with a score of 12/15>

It must have been a huge relief for Averbakh to have not only won this game but finished clear 1st in the tournament. At least that would have mitigated the embarrassment somewhat.

Sep-23-21
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  OhioChessFan: Funny backstory for an excellent pun.
Sep-23-21
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  Messiah: May Justin forget how to castle in his next game.
Sep-23-21
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  fredthebear: <Sep-23-21 Knightmare07: This was the least expected place to get rickrolled.>

Just u wait 'till it really getta rollin' 'round here. It's mostly not like Blake tells it: https://www.bing.com/search?q=video...

P.S. Did anybody watch the new season of "Survivor" on CBS? It was decided that Jeff Probst's standard line "C'mon in guys" is now offensive, after 40 seasons of the show. That's about where I checked out. Can anybody give a word police update on "Drop your buffs" or the theme "Outwit, Outplay, Outlast"? https://www.menshealth.com/entertai... Nok? Snoop Doggy? Liz? Janis? Schwartz? Ringo? Mick? Dice? Olga? Anybody?

Well, there is some good news to share from HeHateMe: <Sep-13-21 HeMateMe: I was going to wait until the right time to tell you Harry (that's <<harrylime>> from the night show), but--you're my son.> Let's all congratulate Harry!

Sep-23-21
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  Teyss: Just wondering if the great Averbakh didn't know the rule or was trying to hustle his opponent.
In the abovementioned Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1974 game it made sense Viktor wanted to double-check the move with the referee instead of playing it and being penalised.
Sep-23-21
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  MissScarlett: I suspect that Purdy, at least, was a stranger to Lvov.
Sep-23-21
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  Teyss: <"Averbakh became an International Judge of Chess Composition in 1956 (...)"> Seems strange not to know the rule because compositions sometimes involve tricky castlings.

<"(...) and an International Arbiter in 1969."> Either he dramatically improved his knowledge in nine years, either my above question is somewhat relevant. Or maybe he was jetlagged?

Sep-23-21
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  keypusher: <Benzol: An interesting question cropped up at my club last week. We are currently playing a handicap tournament and one player was playing without his Queen's Rook. During the game he asked me if he could castle by just moving his King since he didn't have the Rook. I didn't know the answer and was left wondering the same thing. Does anyone know?>

Yes, apparently, you can castle on the side of the missing rook. Sorry to be sixteen years late with this response!

Tarrasch vs Hermann Hirschler, 1893 (kibitz #4)

Sep-23-21
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  MissScarlett: Anyone au fait with the chess world of the 1840s would know this.
Sep-23-21
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  keypusher: <optimal play>

<<GrahamClayton: Both Averbakh and his compatriot Vladimir Bagirov played "hors concours" in the 1960 Australian Championship at Adelaide, Averbakh finished 1st with a score of 14/15, while Bagirov finished second with a score of 12/15>

It must have been a huge relief for Averbakh to have not only won this game but finished clear 1st in the tournament. At least that would have mitigated the embarrassment somewhat.>>

He scored 14/15...I'm sure that mitigated whatever embarrassment he may have felt. Luckily I know from other posters that most Australians don't have a chip the size of Uluru on their shoulders.

<Messiah: May Justin forget how to castle in his next game.>

May you drop dead.

Sep-23-21
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  fredthebear: Let's all whistle why we work, shall we now?

https://www.bing.com/search?q=whist... I thought I said work, not twerk.

As far as castling goes, Justin sometimes forgets his chess participles and adverbs: Carlsen vs P Maghsoodloo, 2020

Sep-23-21
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  Phony Benoni: MTeyes> You know, I was sort of wondering much the sam thing, whether Averbakh was just having a little joke.
Sep-24-21  optimal play: It's not at all likely that a top Soviet Grandmaster on a communist propaganda tour of any western country, playing in that country's national championship as an honoured guest, is going to "hustle" his opponent.

Clearly Averbakh was so far ahead of the competition, as is evident by the results, that it would be incredulous to think he would resort to hustling an opponent.

Neither would he be "just having a little joke" since that would have been considered not at all funny, and even insulting, given the circumstances.

There is no reason why he would have deliberately embarrassed himself, and by extension, the mighty Soviet chess establishment, by playing the fool.

<most Australians don't have a chip the size of Uluru on their shoulders>

Of course we don't, as is evident from my own posts.

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