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Hector Horta vs William Palmkoeck
"NO KILL I" (game of the day Apr-03-2017)
EM/MN/011 (1999) (correspondence), ICCF Email, Mar-15
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation. Keres Defense (E32)  ·  1-0



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Apr-03-17  ninja warrior: First & um... hmwuh?
Apr-03-17  Delboy: Did someone load the wrong game? If this is a worthy Game of the Day then I am giving up chess for a more exciting passtime such as counting sheep
Apr-03-17  ChessHigherCat: <ninja warrior: First & um... hmwuh?> Is that a quote from R. Crumb?
If 18...Nxe3 19. Rxd7 Nxf1 20. Rxb7 Rxb7 21. Kxf1
Apr-03-17  ChessHigherCat: <Delboy: Did someone load the wrong game? If this is a worthy Game of the Day then I am giving up chess for a more exciting passtime such as counting sheep> 39. a5 wasn't so sheepish. If 39...Rxa5 40. Bxd7+ Kxd7 41. Bb4+. I thought the pun was a palindrome of "Illikon", whatever the hell that may be (a sort of retard's "Able was I ere I saw Elba) but a Google search revealed it to be an arcane Trekky allusion (
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  Bobby Spassky: It is Star Trek.
Apr-03-17  AlicesKnight: I'm beginning to think I can cure a rainy day..... 41...Rxa5 loses to 42.Bxd7+ Kxd7 43.Bb4+. Live long and prosper.
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  Gilmoy: Considering the game after <30..Ra2 31.Bb5> (or maybe even earlier, after <27..Rb2 28.Bxa7>), the pun should have been updated to ... <NO KILL H>

It's what the Horta carves into the floor in front of Kirk and Spock, as he offers up his h-pawn to deflect Kirk's rook :)

Apr-03-17  The Kings Domain: Nice game. White has black in a stranglehold. Appealing in its simplicity.
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  thegoodanarchist: I've heard that Horta plays like a silicon monster.
Apr-03-17  kdogphs: It's a Star Trek reference from the Horta monster from the episode "Devil in the Dark", one of my all time favorites.
Apr-03-17  catlover: "NO KILL I" But does this mean that Horta is asking Palmkoeck not to kill him, or is he promising not to kill Palmkoeck?
Apr-03-17  dhotts: It doesn't look promising for Black, but doesn't 41...Nb8 seem to keep Black alive?...42.Bxd5 Rxa5
Apr-03-17  ChessHigherCat: The horta is saying "don't horta me, I bear all the eggs of our race." This is a plot that has such a ridiculously optimistic view of the universal benevolence of sentient beings that it could only have been written in 1967. Kirk convinces the miners who want to kill the horta that "it is sentient, and therefore just wants to be left alone" (like the cute friendly aliens in "E.T.", and unlike their rather nasty sentient cousin in "Alien")
Apr-03-17  offramp: Did he died?
Apr-03-17  ChessHigherCat: <offramp: Did he died?> It di(e)d -- at a ripe old age after spending its much-fĂȘted golden years in the Beverly Hills sewer system.
Apr-03-17  thegoldenband: I love this pun.

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