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Iain Swan vs Imre Hera Jr
"Hera's Revenge" (game of the day May-15-2022)
Scottish Championship (2012), Glasgow SCO, rd 3, Jul-09
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation Ponomariov Gambit (B48)  ·  0-1

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Nov-07-21
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  saffuna: Hera takes revenge.
May-15-22  Saniyat24: Unbelievable...Hera's Swansong...!
May-15-22  Brenin: White is losing anyway, but 52 Kd4 ?? Remember: bishops can move backwards.
May-15-22
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  perfidious: Hera meets the swan; time for retribution.
May-15-22  gary11201: Retribution/revenge against the victim?
May-15-22
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  HeMateMe: Some of these puns are too highbrow for me to understand.
May-15-22
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Indeed, a difficult pun (see Leda and the Swan), but if you know, this becomes an amazing title for our Game of the Day. Incidentally, the database has 43 games with the variation through 13.Qg4. Looks as if both White and Black like this line.
May-15-22  Brenin: A very clever pun. Unfortunately, in the game the Queen is outmanoeuvred by a small army of mortals, and at the end she falls while her consort negligently tries to improve his own position.
May-15-22  goodevans: Black missed a golden opportunity to finish White off much sooner with 35...Ng4.


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If 36.Qxd7+ Kh6 37.Rb1 then 37...Rb4 and the R has nowhere safe to go, e.g. 38.Re1 Nf2+ 39.Kg1 Nd3+

<Brenin: White is losing anyway, but 52 Kd4 ??>

I've seen on several occasions a resignation signified by sofware as a K move to the centre of the board so maybe White resigned directly after Black's 51st.

<An Englishman: Good Evening: Indeed, a difficult pun (see Leda and the Swan), but if you know, this becomes an amazing title...>

I do indeed know of the myth, largely through Renaissance art, but I'm struggling to see how Hera equates to Leda. Sure I must be missing something otherwise the pun is mediocre at best.

May-15-22
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  Teyss: <saffuna> Excellent pun as said before. Apparently Missy went through her profile posts 😉

Really thought White had it going with his three connected Qside Pawns, don't know where he messed up, will leave that to experts.

May-15-22  goodevans: <HeMateMe: Some of these puns are too highbrow for me to understand.> I would have proffered "Swan Upping" but perhaps that's even more obscure.
May-15-22
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  OhioChessFan: Excellent pun.
May-15-22
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  saffuna: It writes itself once you see the names of the players, and that Hera wins.
May-15-22  gary11201: goodevans: Hera does not equate to Leda. Instead, Hera was Zeus' wife (sister too, I think), and presumably she was upset, possibly jealous, when Zeus, taking the form of a swan, seduced Leda. (And for the record, my earlier comment - about taking revenge on the victim - makes no sense).
May-15-22
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  perfidious: <gary11201....(And for the record, my earlier comment - about taking revenge on the victim - makes no sense).>

If one were a narcissist and psychopath--and I have known at least one in real life--this revanchist attitude is actually quite reasonable in that person's mind.

May-15-22  goodevans: <gary11201> Thanks. So I was indeed missing something and the pun is much cleverer than I'd imagined.
May-15-22  goodevans: <Teyss: [...] Really thought White had it going with his three connected Qside Pawns, don't know where he messed up, will leave that to experts.>

I'm no expert but since today's rain is putting me off my usual afternoon constitutional I thought I'd return to today's GOTD and have a go at your question.

Here's the position before White's 30.Rc1.


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This morning I asked myself "why not 30.c5?" and quickly saw that that would trap the Q (30.c5 Rb8 31.Qa6 Ra8 32.Qb6 Rfb8). If 30.c5 isn't possible then the c-pawn is clearly doomed so what's the point of 30.Rc1? And likewise, what's the point of 28.c4?

Why not accept the inevitable loss of the c-pawn, omit these two moves and start pushing the a-pawn straight away? I doubt this is the whole answer but I really think White would have done a whole lot better with 28.a5, 29.a6, etc.

May-15-22  goodevans: <If 30.c5 isn't possible then the c-pawn is clearly doomed...>

Not true!

I'm sitting here staring at my own diagram and thinking that if White sacs <30.Rxf6> followed by <31.Rxd7+> he gets to keep all three pawns and now all three are passers so maybe that's good too.

One little finesse: If <30...Kxf6> then 31.Rxd7 wouldn't be check so White must play <31.Qf2+ Kg7> (31.Ke7? Qh4+ picks up the B) before capturing <32.Rd7+>.

May-16-22
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  Teyss: <goodevans> Thanks for looking into this. And yes, I would put you in the "expert" category.

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