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David Howell vs Boris Gelfand
"I'm Just Mad About Four Queen" (game of the day Sep-06-2020)
Rising Stars - Experience (2010), Amsterdam NED, rd 1, Aug-12
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Jaenisch Variation (C42)  ·  0-1



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  HeMateMe: a rare 4 Queen position! Howell is a fighter. This one isn't as good as the 4 queen game, Fischer v. Korchnoi.
Aug-12-10  Eduardo Leon: The 4 queen game was Fischer vs Petrosian.
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  tpstar: Game Collection: Multi-queens!
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  whiteshark: According to the technical department <55.Qg8+> was the only move for Howell to draw the game.

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Aug-13-10  wordfunph: <whiteshark: According to the technical department <55.Qg8+> was the only move for Howell to draw the game.>

...but i believe he was in time trouble as always! and he missed that drawing line.

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  whiteshark: "For David Howell it will not have come as a surprise that Boris Gelfand defended himself with the solid Petroff Defence. After all the Israeli grandmaster is one of the world’s greatest experts in this opening that makes many fans yawn.

However, Petroff supporters have often pointed out that the game can become very sharp and today Gelfand demonstrated that his pet defence can also lead to other problems for White. When he liquidated to a queen ending many spectators believed that we would soon see a draw, but Gelfand felt that he had chances because of the weaknesses in the white pawn army.

Patiently and with a lot of creativity he kept posing White problems and Howell could be forgiven that at some point he collapsed under the pressure. With <55.Qg8+> he could still have fought on, but after the immediate 55.h8Q he ended up in a mating net and soon had to resign."

-- Round 1 report

Aug-13-10  Dr. Funkenstein: 64. Qg4 Qxf3+ 65. Kh2 (Kg4 Q-either-g4#) Qee2+ 66. Kg1 (Qg2 Q(either)xg2#) Qef2# is a fun finish solely to write on the scoresheet. How often to do you have to specify which queen you are talking about?
Aug-13-10  culei: What happends if 55 qg8+
White cannot draw because of kc2 wins for black
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  whiteshark: What happens if 55 qg8+ kc2
Black cannot win because of qg2+ draws
Aug-20-10  culei: You are right I tried to find somethibg but couldnt
Sep-06-20  offramp: Today's pun is based on a line from a song by Donovan: <"First there is a mountain, then there is no mountain, then there is.">

When Bob Dylan died in a motorcycle accident in 1966 his brain was kept alive in a bottle of formaldehyde and re-sellotaped into Donovan's Body.

A ground-breaking procedure.

Sep-06-20  Brenin: The pun is indeed based on a song by the Dylan substitute Donovan, but it's Mellow Yellow ("I'm just mad about Fourteen, Fourteen's mad about me"), not First there is a Mountain, which is about a snail on his garden gate.

An interesting game. Regrettably, my favourite endgame book has no chapter on K+2Q vs K+2Q.

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  MissScarlett: The song was - allegedly - covered by Ryan Adams.
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  FSR: Fourteen? There are women named Fourteen? I always thought it was <Fronteen>, not that that's a typical name either. This version of the lyrics has both <Fourteen> and <Frontine>, strangely enough:
Sep-06-20  Ironmanth: Fascinating game! Y'all stay safe out there in chess land!
Sep-06-20  offramp: <FSR: Fourteen? There are women named Fourteen?>

I thought it was a <The Prisoner> reference:

<On the first two nights, Number 6 is sedated through his evening tea, brought to Number 14's laboratory, injected with the drug, and connected to the machine. Numbers 2 and 14 watch events unfold in Number 6's visions of the party...>

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  Williebob: I think of that song every time we make our lovely yellow saffron rice here. We serve it with turkey meatballs in a roasted red pepper sauce.
Sep-06-20  jith1207: The actual lyric is

<<<<< I'm just mad about Four Queen, Four Queen is mad about me >>>

Sep-06-20  jith1207: For a moment, the page loaded only until this part, and it was funny < :

<<<<< I think of that song every time we make our love >

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