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Hrair Simonian vs Igor Lutsko
"Bad Hrair Day" (game of the day May-19-2013)
5th Platonov Memorial (2007), Kiev UKR, rd 7, Feb-08
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation. Traditional (B25)  ·  1-0

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May-19-13
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  Phony Benoni: Looking at the contrast between White's queen and Black's king, I might have preferred "The Tortoise and the Hrair."
May-19-13  PaulLovric: so close again
May-19-13  thegoldenband: <Phony Benoni: Looking at the contrast between White's queen and Black's king, I might have preferred "The Tortoise and the Hrair.">

Is that a subtle allusion to Watership Down?

May-19-13  Abdel Irada: <thegoldenband: <Phony Benoni: Looking at the contrast between White's queen and Black's king, I might have preferred "The Tortoise and the Hrair.">

Is that a subtle allusion to Watership Down?>

No, but this is:

<One bad day is enough, but a thousand* of them?>

°

*In Lapin (the rabbits' language), /hrair/ can mean any number over four; roughly equivalent to "many," it is also figuratively represented as "a thousand."

Consider two names: the deuteragonist, Hrair-roo (Fiver or "Little Thousand"), and that legendary trickster-folk hero, Elahrairah (aka Elil Hrair-rah, literally "Enemy Thousand-Prince" or idiomatically "Prince with a Thousand Enemies").

°

Okay. Maybe not so subtle.

May-19-13  Abdel Irada: <Phony Benoni: Looking at the contrast between White's queen and Black's king, I might have preferred "The Tortoise and the Hrair.">

As I recall, the tortoise won that race.

May-19-13  newzild: If the sacrifice had've won a bit quicker then the pun might have been, "Lutsko Home Early."
May-19-13  KlingonBorgTatar: This game somewhat reminded me of the famous Fischer - Tal game Bled 1959. Tal won.
May-19-13  007chess: Could also have called this game Igor's Hrair kiri
May-20-13
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  kevin86: The Hrair vs the Tortoise:part 2;the Hrair's revenge. OR Hrair cuts Igor!
May-21-13  Abdel Irada: In post-Soviet Russia, Hrair cuts YOU.

May-21-13  newzild: <klingonborgtatar>
Me too! I had exactly the same thought when playing through the game. Tal employed an Ra7 rook luft in that game to defend against checks on the open files. Fischer called it an "inspired defence", if I recall correctly.

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