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Jack Killane vs Sean Godley
"Killaneliness is Next to Godleyness" (game of the day Jul-20-2011)
Phibsboro Tournament (2009), Dublin, Ireland, rd 4, Jul-12
Sicilian Defense: Smith-Morra Gambit. Accepted Scheveningen Formation (B21)  ·  0-1



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  HeMateMe: "Killanely Godley with this song".
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  scormus: <Killaneliness is Next to Godleyness> Only someone from Ireland could make such a pun. (And if he wasnt from Oirland, he was from somewhere else.)

<HeMateMe> one of best puns ever.

OK, pun I mean fun over. Now to look at the game

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  Check It Out: Not only a good pun, <Garech>'s dream has come true.
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  scormus: Very fine game by <Sean>. Played it very natural in the opening, leaving W with next to nothing for the gambited pawn, and when the chance came took the bold decision 17 ... Rxc3. W's play faltered allowing B an adv which he exploited with clinical precision.
Jul-20-11  Garech: Wow!! I am amazed! Thank you very much voters - and I'm glad that the pun is so popular!

As indicated by <wouldpusher> 19.Qc7 would have given me some woes - I've done extensive analysis on it (and the rest of the game) that you can link to on youtube from the link I posted in the comments on the first page.

Thanks again; I nearly dropped my breakfast logging in today to see the GOTD! Glad everyone seems to be enjoying it anyway; 17.Rxc3 was a "no guts no glory" decision - never did I think it would end up as the move that made the game a GOTD though! Cheers,


Jul-20-11  Garech: <wouldpusher>

I've just had another look at my analysis, I hadn't considered (after 19.Qc7 Kf8) 20.b4, and it's definitely a contender for best move. I've just this morning got Fritz 12 up and running, and it's of the opinion that playing instead 20.Nd4 gives white an edge of +1.42, so virtually winning:

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with all kinds of tactical threats to deal with. I thank my lucky stars that Jack did not play 19.Qc7! It does look like the best move alright, but it does come with some instinctual danger as it's advancing the queen into potentially dangerous territory for the middlegame, and I think this is what put him off. I guess when your opponent has sacked the exchange (dubiously!) it's natural to want to play safe and try and get to a good endgame. Thanks for your comments!


Jul-20-11  TheTamale: The player of the Black pieces has, in my opinion, the best YouTube chess channel. He can take a high-level game and make it somewhat understandable to "the veriest tyro" such as me. Great game, Sean!
Jul-20-11  Lady Sue: Great play by Sean "no guts, no glory" Godley.
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  scormus: <TheTamale: The player of the Black pieces has, in my opinion, the best YouTube chess channel>


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  kevin86: A good game where the pawns take over.
Jul-20-11  Lady Sue: Not only does he have the best YouTube chess channel but I have it on very good authority that he is in the middle of writing an absolutely ground-breaking genius of a novel that's bound to win the Mann Booker.
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  Domdaniel: Jack Killane - once described as 'the archetypal 2000 player' - has been a stalwart of Dublin's Rathmines club for, well, years. I played alongside him on their A team for a season once, and drew a couple of tournament games.

Very solid player, unless you'd care to explore the depths of the Two Knights Defence, where he becomes a maniac.

It's Kill-ahn, not Kill-ayn - but it makes no difference to the pun.

Jul-20-11  nolanryan: what means killaneliness?
Jul-20-11  wouldpusher: <Garech> Just watched your videos on this game, and it's very informative. Thanks :)
Jul-20-11  dbquintillion: That's a pun worthy of coming out of comment semi-retirement.
Jul-20-11  TheTamale: <nolanryan>, there is an old, kind of silly expression: "Cleanliness is next to godliness." The pun works both players' names into that expression.
Jul-20-11  weisyschwarz: Excellent pun...much like my own, but I rarely see mine here. Alas. Haven't seen one this good since "Hou Wears Short's Shorts".
Jul-20-11  WhiteRook48: those are powerful pawns there.
Jul-20-11  MikeB20: Best. Pun. Evah.
Jul-27-11  Billy Vaughan: Beautiful pun!
Aug-17-11  DarthStapler: Another one of my puns, apparently I missed this one
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  technical draw: I think I wrote a pun for this game. Something like <Killer Killane Killed> or something like that. This pun is better. I also like <HeMateMe>'s < "Killanely Godley with this song".>
Aug-10-12  whiteshark: <MikeB20: Best. Pun. Evah.> Totally!
Dec-27-13  MarkFinan: Moves 13 and 23 deserve question marks. 13.Bd2 and 23.RxB would have been much better and probably winning for white. I haven't looked with the engine yet though so I could be wrong. Nice endgame play by cheers-garech though.
Dec-27-13  MarkFinan: Yup. Wrong on both counts, lol 😆
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