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Peter Leko vs Peter Svidler
"The Peter Principle" (game of the day Dec-19-2013)
Dortmund Sparkassen (1998), Dortmund GER, rd 9, Jul-05
Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. Modern Variation (C89)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-02-06  suenteus po 147: What I call an "ouch ending." Leko faces doom in this resigned position as 36.Rd2 Rh5+ 37.Rh2 Rxh2+ 38.Kxh2 Qxd3.
Jun-08-09  freeman8201: The maneuvering of the Black from h3-f5-g6 on moves 15 & 16 are worth noting. And then it stikes like a snake on Pawn-d3!
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  plang: Svidler's wins in the last two rounds against Ivanchuk and Leko enabled him to tie for first with Kramnik and Adams at 6-3. Leko finished fourth a full point behind. Svidler: "The Marshall Attack had always been the most frustrating opening for me. The longer I studied it, trying to find an edge fir White, the more I realized that any reasonable player would want to play the other side. But I still needed some final proof. And then it came - the revelation. I remembered that Jimi Hendrix's real name was James Marshall, and that was that - I was converted." This was the first game that he played it with Black. 18 Nf3 was new; 18 c4, 18 f4 and 18 Ne4 had been played previously. 24 a4? was a mistake as after 24..h6 Black was threatening 25..Rxe5 26 Qxe5..Rf5; Svidler recommended 24 c4 with equality. After 27..Qxd3 Svidler had recovered his pawn and still had a solid positional advantage. There was still no time for 28 axb..Qf3 29 Rf1..Rf5 30 Qe8+..Kh7 and Black wins. 29 Be1? lost quickly to Svidler's clever 29..Qe2!; after 29 Re1 or 29 Bc1 White could have put up a better fight.
Oct-14-09  SugarDom: I like 29...Ne3
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  FSR: The Peter Principle.
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  Phony Benoni: In this case, more like "The Peter Principals."
Dec-19-13  offramp: The pun would be better if the game contained a promotion.
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  FSR: Number 60 for me, and the third in the last five games. Game Collection: Puns I submitted
Dec-19-13  mrsaturdaypants: "I'm just a pun machine. And I won't work for nobody but you."

(I mean this as a compliment, FSR.)

Dec-19-13  offramp: <mrsaturdaypants: "I'm just a pun machine. And I won't work for nobody but you." (I mean this as a compliment, FSR.)>

Perhaps he's at it all day long at work.

Dec-19-13  morfishine: I don't see how this pun is applicable at all

The humorous concept that "Employees tend to rise to their level of incompetence" could possibly be utilized as a pun in a chess game if there actually was a promotion, as <offramp> noted

Perhaps something along the lines of "Peter the Great" would work since Black, a Russian, won

Or maybe, "Peter, Peter, Pawnkin Eater" would work...nah, thats no good


Dec-19-13  fokers13: Petered out.
Dec-19-13  morfishine: <fokers13> For Pete's sake
Dec-19-13  Al Copawn: Pete and Repeat
Dec-19-13  catlover: Wow...I guess the Marshall Gambit still has some teeth.
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  FSR: <mrsaturdaypants> Thanks!

<offramp> I have developed the habit of, whenever I hear a familiar phrase, line of a song, etc., thinking if there's a way to use it for a GOTD.

<morfishine> You're right that the game really has nothing to do with the Peter Principle as such. It would have been better if I could have managed to find a game between two Peters where one of them had a crushing position and totally blew it, or lost by having his cell phone go off or some such. It's not easy to find such games, though.

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  kevin86: White king save the king,but lose the queen
Dec-19-13  vsiva1: Better to be named as "Peter got Better" or "Peter(s) like Principles"
Dec-19-13  srinidhi88: What about 18. c4? Doesn't black lose a piece? If the knight moves away, there's c5+ and the bishop falls. If bxc4, then dxc4 and the threat cannot be parried.
Dec-19-13  BOSTER: Nice POTD black to play the game Marshal goes to Peter Great.
Dec-19-13  morfishine: <FSR> You are the maestro. I still think "Control Ault Delete" is the #1 pun here at <CG>, a crown jewel in my view. Unfortunately, when one raises the bar, expectations are also raised.

Perhaps, like some Twilight Zone episode, you've ironically been ensnared in the "Peter Principle"? We've promoted you in our own minds based on your wonderful puns, but now, due to our over eager elevating of you and your position, you've reached your own level of incompetence.

I'm just kidding, I couldn't resist having researched more on the Peter Principle and found it quite enthralling :)


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  FSR: <morfishine> Thanks. You're too kind. I'm glad you like <Control Ault Delete>, but it's far from my favorite. To each his own. As you know, <Control Ault Delete> won the Caissar for Best (Worst) Pun last time around. I nominated and voted for two different entries by other people: <Mira Mira On the Wall Houska Fairest of Them All> and <Phony Benoni>'s <Zapoleon Blown Apart>, both of which I love.

I just hope that when Caissar-time rolls around again in a couple of weeks people remember <The Old Man and the C>: Caruana vs Korchnoi, 2011. I love that one both for the pun and the game - probably the last hurrah for an immortal chess genius.

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