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Walter Browne vs Anthony Saidy
"A Pin, But Not a Saidy Pin" (game of the day Apr-11-2022)
Lone Pine (1974), Lone Pine, CA USA, rd 5, Mar-28
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense (C75)  ·  1-0



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Apr-11-22  areknames: LOL @ the pun! The game itself is meh, Saidy could have resigned after the rooks came off the board.
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  OhioChessFan: If you're wondering, Saidy played two Alapins.

Bisguier vs Saidy, 1966

W A Bills vs Saidy, 1968

Apr-11-22  Honey Blend: At the very least, not another <safety pin>.
Apr-11-22  goodevans: <areknames: LOL @ the pun!>

Agreed. Newcomers to CG won't get it so for their benefit it regards some troubled times on this site as recorded in the comments for Karpov vs Timman, 1988, which also spawned Averbakh vs Kholmov, 1947.

<... The game itself is meh>

To some extent I agree. The middle section of the game is particularly dull, with Browne grabbing space and taking as long as he likes preparing to push his K-side pawns and Saidy doing very little about it.

Once the pawns started advancing it got a bit better but Browne would have got nothing from his endeavours had it not been for a couple of careless K moves. The first was <45...Kc6?>, putting the K in front of the c-pawn and losing a pawn since <46...Nxf4> or <46...Rxf4> would be answered with <47.Rc3+>.

<... Saidy could have resigned after the rooks came off the board.>

Indeed, which is where the second careless K-move comes in. After <47...Kb6?? 48.Re3> Black can't avoid the Rs coming off since <48...Rd4 49.Re6+> forces <49...Rd6> and the Rs come off anyway.

A below par game but a truly excellent pun.

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  MissScarlett: Not forgetting Tarrasch vs Alapin, 1892.
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  WannaBe: Interesting, both players' photo were submitted/taken by me. What are the odds?

Saidy's was taken during American Open in LA over Thanksgiving Weekend, and Browne was taken at International Open in Vegas the year after. Browne was doing a simul which <whiskey rebel> played in.

Apr-11-22  spingo: Which pin?
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  MissScarlett: This one, I assume, move 38:

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Apr-11-22  Brenin: <spingo, MissScarlett>: It's not much of a pin, since White immediately unpins himself rather neatly. Nor is the pin significant for the outcome of the game, since positions are fairly even before and after it, and Black's difficulties start later.
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  MissScarlett: < It's not much of a pin, since White immediately unpins himself rather neatly.>

Not a safe pin, in other words.

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