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James Tarjan vs Robert Hammie
"Moons Over My Hammie" (game of the day Nov-10-2012)
San Francisco (1976)
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation. Yates Defense (E83)  ·  1-0



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Nov-10-12  The Last Straw: Another king chase!
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  Sneaky: 14...fxe2? 15.g7!!
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  Phony Benoni: OK, this gets complicated.

Once upon a time--around 1935 or so--there was a song called "Moon Over Miami". It became popular enough to turn into a 1941 film.

Many years later Denny's, a US restaurant chain which is open 24/7, needed a new early morning snack. They came up with a sandwich made of scrambled eggs and ham, and having no shame named it "Moons Over My Hammy".

Why moons, I don't know. I can see eggs over easy resembling moons, but scrambled eggs?

At any rate, when this game played by someone named Hammie hit the database, somebody else who probably stays up all night at Denny's thinking up puns noticed the obvious application.

As for the game, a better pun might have been Slaughterhouse Five.

Nov-10-12  backyard pawn: Too bad Tarjan's middle initial isn't "U." as in "Me, James, U. Tarjan."
Nov-10-12  Garech: Painful to watch. I hate playing against the Saemisch. Well played by Tarjan!


Nov-10-12  Abdel Irada: <Phony Benoni: Many years later Denny's, a US restaurant chain which is open 24/7....>

I can't help wondering if someone will read that as meaning that Denny's is open on 24 July.

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  playground player: Who is responsible for this shameless pun?
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  kevin86: After the tsunami of exchanges,white will be a rook ahead!
Nov-10-12  rilkefan: Re the pun, note that "hammy" can refer to "hamstring", the muscles in the back of the thigh below the buttocks (the "moons" here").
Nov-10-12  rilkefan: Per stockfish, black had to play 13...Nxh5 or ...e5 with approximate equality, though the evaluation is not especially stable at a depth of 23. It doesn't much like 12.g4, preferring the calm Kb1 with the usual large white edge in engine evaluations of KID openings.
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  Infohunter: <Phony Benoni> You are correct: It WAS 1935.

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