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Levon Aronian vs Francisco Vallejo Pons
"Soft Paco" (game of the day Mar-12-2006)
Morelia-Linares (2006), Linares ESP, rd 11, Mar-07
Semi-Slav Defense: Marshall Gambit. Main Line (D31)  ·  1-0



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Mar-08-06  EmperorAtahualpa: I'm not sure but I think 24...Nxb5 was also a mistake by Black. Can anyone verify this?
Mar-08-06  euripides: <Phil> Sorry typo - the recommendation is 16...Nh6.
Mar-08-06  Eatman: Was funny watching this game and thinking wait a minute, doesn't this look like a Tal game? Vallejo pays dearly here for not remembering it.
Mar-12-06  EmperorAtahualpa: I don't get the pun. Can anybody explain please? Thanks.
Mar-12-06  EmperorAtahualpa: <Where have I seen that symbol before, Atahualpa?>

<HrodHerich> It's the Aphex Twin logo, one of my favorite artists:

Mar-12-06  Fan of Leko: Beautiful game, but I must admit that 19...Nh6 seems to save black. Not an easy move to find (except for a Tal, or computer).
Mar-12-06  itz2000: can anyone write the way to the shortest mate?
Mar-12-06  backyard pawn: <itz2000> the shortest mate probably begins with 36..., Ka2? Followed up with 37..., c5?? ; )
Mar-12-06  blingice: <itz2000> There isn't an imminent mate. Chessmaster doesn't see even a mate within 10 moves.
Premium Chessgames Member The pun is shamefully poor; we apologize. Our normal pun-master will return tomorrow. (To understand the pun you need to be familiar with USA fast-food establishments. Rejected puns included "Paco Hell" and "Soft Chicken Paco.")
Mar-12-06  dakgootje: <backyard pawn: <itz2000> the shortest mate probably begins with 36..., Ka2? Followed up with 37..., c5?? ; )> I think you might want to study the basics of chess a little longer, as black pawns normally cant move from c4 to c5 ;-)
Mar-12-06  sciacca khan: <> but Taco from Paco is no problemo. What the question is: from where do we derive Paco?
Mar-12-06  dakgootje: <> Ah well, we will forgive you for the poor pun this time ;-)
Premium Chessgames Member Vallejo-Pons' nickname is "Paco." I have no idea why.
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  tpstar: When Vallejo-Pons wins, you get to choose between "Paco-Man Fever," "Paco Grande," and of course the ultimate = "Paco Flavored Kisses."

Switch it around for "Levon Las Vegas." ;>D

Mar-12-06  azaris: "Aronian Not Taken", or maybe "Death Vallejo".
Mar-12-06  meloncio: <> All the Spanish men named Francisco are nicknamed as "Paco", but usually only for close friends and family (but if you're famous things are different...) :-)

I'm not sure of, but I think 'Paco' comes from the fact that is difficult for little children to pronounce 'Francisco', so they say something having a, more or less, similar sound.

By the way, why the "-" in Vallejo Pons? Nobody writes it this way in Spain. He's just Francisco (Paco) Vallejo for us.

Premium Chessgames Member <By the way, why the "-" in Vallejo Pons?> It helps with certain database functions, otherwise for example he would show up in the P's of our Player Directory. At the time this was implemented our programmer was informed, perhaps wrongly, that the hyphen was optional in Spanish names.
Mar-12-06  meloncio: <...otherwise for example he would show up in the P's of our Player Directory> OK, thanks, that's a good reason.

<..the hyphen was optional in Spanish names.> Not really, but some people do it because they think that his full name would have a more aristocratic sound. Of course, this is not the Paco's case.

Mar-12-06  jamesmaskell: Of course if Aronian has an exciting game thats game of the day theres "Levon Da Vida Loca"...
Mar-12-06  Jim Bartle: Ugh, Ricky Martin. But on another musical note...

This will only appeal to a few of the older members here, if any at all, but there could be "Levon at the Helm," honoring the great singer/drummer from The Band (vocals on "The Weight", "Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", "Don't Do It", "Daniel and the Sacred Harp," etc.)

Mar-12-06  Al Notation: How about "walled-in Pons"?
Mar-12-06  backyard pawn: <dakgootje> right you are! I must have meant c5?? or some other sui-mate type of stupid move. Thanks for catching my error.
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  kevin86: What a bizarre game! It looks at times like a suicide game!? White eventually comes to his senses and runs black down with the rooks.
Mar-12-06  TheUnkraut: Go, danailov,go....
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