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Samuel Schweber vs Bernardo Wexler
"Knight after Knight" (game of the day Mar-03-2014)
ARG-ch (1964), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 11
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Modern Variation (B42)  ·  1-0



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Mar-03-14  Tim Delaney: I like it; quite an original theme. Good pun as well.
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  Phony Benoni: There's also G MacDonnell vs Bird, 1874, but I remember reading somewhere that in this game the double-knight promotions are the clearest way to win. Anyone want to take a crack at that?
Mar-03-14  waustad: The way the puns are going now, maybe "2 knights the knight" will be next.
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  al wazir: Cute. And yes, the pun was tolerable, for a change.
Mar-03-14  morfishine: I thought a pun was only supposed to be used once
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  Once: Now that is a fun finish.

It's a shame that the newly promoted knights didn't survive very long. That would have been an interesting challenge for some versions of descriptive notation - ie those which insisted on talking about the king's knight and the queen's knight - even to the point of having a small king's crown or queen's crown carved into the knights so you could remember which was which.

But just how would you have referred to a newly promoted knight which owed its allegiance to neither king or queen?

Mar-03-14  Ratt Boy: Interesting thoughts, Once.

I like people who think too much.

Mar-03-14  The HeavenSmile: If 46...Ke5, 46.b8=B#! Now that would be a cool double under promotion finish. Anyone know if that's ever happened, under promoting to both bishop and knight in order to mate?
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  kevin86: Do knights go to school in the daytime? In that case, wouldn't they be in a daze?
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  Once: Ah yes, Phil Collins, the (third) drummer with the group Genesis which started at the English public school Charterhouse in Godalming, Surrey, which is less than 100 yards from where I am right now and is also where the best boy in the world will be going to school in around eight months time.
Mar-03-14  thegoodanarchist: Lots of GOTDs from the early 1960s lately. I wonder if someone near and dear to the website master turned 50 recently.
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  Honza Cervenka: <Phony Benoni: There's also G MacDonnell vs Bird, 1874, but I remember reading somewhere that in this game the double-knight promotions are the clearest way to win. Anyone want to take a crack at that?>

I think that the problem with game G MacDonnell vs Bird, 1874 is that there the double under-promotion was objectively a mistake (22...Nc6 or 22...Rf7 was correct), which could have drop the win. Here it is sound and even the best continuation, though 46.c8Q wins easily too.

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