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Todd Southam vs Jacques Cote
"Cote Hanger" (game of the day Jan-11-2013)
North Bay International Open (1996), North Bay, Ontario, rd 5, Aug-13
Queen Pawn Game: Veresov Atack. Dutch System (A80)  ·  1-0



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  Eggman: Black's attempts to prevent 9.g4 see the move come with all the more impact. An impressive game by White.
May-31-06  borisbadenoff: g4 isn't the real problem. The moves which really make black loose are Qa5 and Nb6. The b4 comes much too late should have been played instead of Qa5.
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  HeMateMe: Nice king hunt.
Jan-11-13  weisyschwarz: Impressive process of thought.
Jan-11-13  abstract: The move 25.Bd7+ reminds me of the famous 21.Bg7 move in Petrosian vs Pachman game.
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  kingscrusher: I just got a message on my video annotation for this game that this is game of the day today.

Video annotation:

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  Eggman: I don't understand: over a year ago I submitted this game with the title "Black Jacques Shellacking", yet today it appears as game of the day with the title "Cote Hanger"; I thought people weren't allowed to submit titles for games that had already been submitted. I think my title was fantastic. I'm seriously disappointed.
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  Eggman: "Cote Hanger" wasn't bad, but "Black Jacques Shellacking" was better. Perhaps voters aren't familiar with Black Jacques Shellacque:
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  Phony Benoni: <Eggman> The rule about multiple puns for the same game applies to the <same person>. From Pun Submission Page:

<4. You should take great care when selecting the game to use, because you will not be allowed to submit another pun for the same game. Likewise, you will not be allowed to submit the same pun for a different game....>

Going through the Pun Voting Booth, I have often seen different puns for the same game. I've even submitted a few myself.

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  Eggman: Yes, you're right PB.

Still, I'm disappointed. I had one of the all-time great puns here. Shucks!

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  Phony Benoni: <Eggman> It's happened to me--as well as many others, I'm sure--that what we consider to be surefire puns seem too obscure to others. I know I had no idea who Black Jacque Shellaque was, and I thought I'd seen every Bugs Bunny cartoon ever made.

As a result we wind up with a generic pun like today's, based on a player's name and some appropriate synonym for "defeated". Adequate, but a dime a dozen.

As for the game, I definitely get the impression Black could have beaten off the original wave. ♖+♗+nasty pin might be compensation for the queen, but no more.

But Black got too focused on his counter-attack, and the second wave got him. The initial queen sacrifice was surely intuitive, but the final half-dozen moves were calculable.

Am I sounding dismissive? The fact is that games like this are common enough, but they seem rare and spectacular because we only see the few where the attack prevails. The majority, where it fizzles out and the defense prevails, disappear from the pages of history. They just don't make good puns.

Jan-11-13  King Sacrificer: Black's defense may be far from perfect (i'm not in a position to judge it) but White's attack surely inspires me to play a game of chess. Worthy GOTD in my opinion.

Everytime i stopped and guessed "Ok, he needs to play a forcing move now", White played a silent one.

Jan-11-13  Castleinthesky: <kingscrusher> thanks for the link. This game reminds me of Morphy's best games, alot of fireworks!
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  kevin86: Cote was painted! with a coat of paint! lol.

Nice queen sac-so early!

Jan-11-13  weisyschwarz: <kingscrusher>, thanks!!

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