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Istvan Bilek vs Jozsef Szily
"'Twas Bilek, and the Szily Jozse Did Hide and Crumble in f8" (game of the day Nov-16-2019)
Hungarian Championship (1954), Budapest HUN, rd 2, Nov-21
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack. Fianchetto Variation (B31)  ·  1-0



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  gawain: This is easy, but not easy in the usual Monday way. There is no queen sac and no rook sac. The forced win is 29 Bh6+ Rxh6 30 Qg7#. Pretty.
Sep-29-14  davidcinca: As a Monday puzzle I've only seen the queen sac and mate in a few moves.
Sep-29-14  Lighthorse: Interesting posts. I'm fairly new here, and so I'm not used to what seems to be a consistent Monday theme of a Queen sack.

Thus, I saw the solution in about 2 seconds. I guess I'll need to be careful in about a few more months.

Sep-29-14  BOSTER: Looking at <POTD> I recognized him immediately. The knight on g8. The beautiful body ,grace, bright color and ...sleeping standing. He was <pinned>.

Couple days before I met him in the <foggy KID>, on the same place g8, when Tal playing 27.Re8 (see picture) not only <pinned> the proud knight g8,but also freezed everything , what young Bobby holded in the bank rank.

Maybe it sojund strange ,but "The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed".

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But the most unforgettable <pin> was in the game Polugaevsky vs Hort,1976(diagram).

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Black to play.You can try.

Sep-29-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: Actually, wouldn't Black have been in good shape if he'd castled long on Move 17? After that, ... Kb8 and ... Nc6, in some order, would seem to address a lot of White's threats.
Sep-29-14  Superjombonbo: Obviously, 29. Bh6+ wins, right?
29...Rxh6 30. Qg7#.
That was the puzzle of September 29. I saw the answer immediately.
Sep-29-14  paavoh: This was a Monday plus, 'cause it starts with a Bishop sac, followed by mate on g7.
Sep-30-14  patzer2: Most difficult Monday in a while! Finally found 29. Bh6+ Rxh6 30. Qg7#, but only after overlooking mate-in-one and exploring 29. Bh6+ Rxh6 30. Rxe8+? (initially missing 30. Qg7# or 30. Re1!? Rxc8? 31. Qg7#) 30...Kxe8 31. Qxg8+ Kd7 32. Rc1 Ke6! =.

I had to slow down to clearly visualize and recheck the position after 29. Bh6+ Rxh6 to find 30. Qg7#.

Incidentally, 29. Qxg8+?? Kxg8! (not 29...Rxf8?? 30. Bh6+ Rg7 31. fxg7+! ) 30...Kh7 31. h4 Rg8 leaves White with a lost position.

Sep-30-14  patzer2: White's win begins earlier than the two-move-mate 29. Bh6+ Rxh6 30. Qg7#.

The decisive combination begins with the combined pin and clearance move 25. Qh8! . This clever move (25. Qh8!) not only pins the Knight and defends the overloaded pawn on f6, but also threatens to win the trapped Rook with the pawn advance h4 and h5.

Earlier, Fritz recommends the improvement 13...h6! when play might go 13... h6! 14. Qh5! d5! 15. Bxd5 Rf8 16. Bxe7 Qxe7 17. Nd2 d3! 18. Rae1 f4! 19. Rxf4 Be6 20. Bxe6 Qxe6 21. e5 O-O-O = to .

Nov-16-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: Brilliant pun!!!
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Swear to God, it feels like Lewis Carroll has come back to life, and I'm looking over the writer's shoulder during the writing process.
Nov-16-19  faulty: OMG. Amazing. Respect to the Author of the pun.
Nov-16-19  goodevans: Such a sharp opening by white had black walking a tightrope from pretty early on. His position was a mess after <11...Ne7 12.f5> (I think 11...Nf6 holds but it's still difficult).

<15...f6> was worth considering but I don't think it helps much. The B is safe on g5 (16...fxg5 17.f6) and black's K would now be stuck in the middle.

Beautiful finish.

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  Messiah: Please explain this pun.
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  Diademas: <Messiah>
Welcome to Jabberwocky week.

<Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe>

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  FSR: Talk about an opening gone horrible wrong. Bilek slapped him Szily.
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  FSR: I'm tiring of these Jabberwocky puns, but have to admit this one is brilliant.
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  OhioChessFan: I usually agree with the consensus on good puns, but I'm not feeling this one. Jabberwocky is a bit obscure, for starters. And the nonsensical language lends itself too easily to puns. Sort of like applauding free verse in a competition where everyone else writes rhyming verse.
Nov-16-19  ajile: I'm clearly not educated enough to get the pun...

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  beatgiant: <OhioChessFan> Yeah. My first pun. It was "Jabberwocky Week," so can I cop a plea of entrapment?

I'll also confess I submitted a few others that didn't make the cut - a Ju Wenjun game for a "jubjub bird" pun, a Van der Stricht game for a "bandersnatch" pun, an obvious Ulf Andersson "uffish thought" creation (someone else's Ulf Andersson uffish thought pun was used instead), and a Mamedov game for a "mome rath" (Mame Rauf) pun.

Now what? Sentenced to 20 pages of hard labor in my forum debating statistics with Ayler Kupp?

Nov-16-19  goodevans: <Sep-29-14 Cheapo by the Dozen: Actually, wouldn't Black have been in good shape if he'd castled long on Move 17?>

<18.Nf6> would have been an unpleasant move to contend with.

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As well as attacking the Q white has discovered an attack on the f-pawn. Black could try to save both with <18...Bxf6 19.Bxf6 Rhf8> but now white can take advantage of the pin on the N with <20.Rae1 Rde8 21.Bg7 Rg8 22.Qxf7 ±>.

On the other hand, <17...O-O-O> looks no worse than the move played and may well have been a deal better.

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  Breunor: Goodevans,

Once again the computer agrees with you. Black is fine after 11 Nf6:

1) =0.00 (23 ply) 12.Qxd4 O-O 13.f5 Ng4 14.Qd2 Be5 15.h3 Qh4 16.Nc3 gxf5 17.exf5 Ne3 18.Qxe3 Bd4 19.Nd5 Bxe3+ 20.Bxe3 Kh8 21.Rf4 Qd8 22.Bd4+ f6 23.Rd1 Bd7 24.Bb6 Qb8 25.Bd4 Qd8

2) -0.16 (22 ply) 12.Qxd4 O-O 13.e5 Nh5 14.Nd2 Be6 15.Bxe6 fxe6 16.Nf3 dxe5 17.Qxd8 Raxd8 18.fxe5 Rd3 19.Bg5 h6 20.Be7 Rf7 21.Bc5 Nf4 22.Rad1 Rxd1 23.Rxd1 Nd5 24.Bd4 Nf4 25.a3 Ne2+ 26.Kh1

After Nd7 23 have:

1) +1.01 (21 ply) 12.f5 gxf5 13.Bg5 h6 14.Qh5 d5 15.Bxd5 O-O 16.Bxh6 Nxd5 17.exd5 Qf6 18.Bxg7 Kxg7 19.Nd2 Rh8 20.Qf3 Qe5 21.Qf4 Qxd5 22.Nb3 d3 23.Rf3 Rh6 24.Rd1 Rg6 25.Rdxd3 Qe4 26.Nc5 Qxf4 27.Rxf4

So 11 Nd7 is't losing yet but starts putting the pressure on black, now down 1 pawn.

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  Annie K.: <beatgiant> very nice work on this and several other puns - I would have liked to use your Wenjun one, but we already passed the Bandersnatch by then and I didn't want to go backwards in the poem. Keep submitting puns if you liked the experience, I'm sure you will make the headlines many more times! :)

This concludes our Jabberwocky Week, folks - it's been fun, and there are quite a few fine new submissions in the pun queue, so apparently posting the link to the Pun Submission Page brought us a good harvest besides. I will now hand the pun selection reins back to <Sargon> for a while... ;)

To end with another educational note, to all those who are not familiar with Lewis Carroll's work - here's the explanation for the first verse, as it appears in <Through The Looking Glass>:

('Through the Looking Glass' can be found on Project Gutenberg in its entirety, at


'You seem very clever at explaining words, Sir,' said Alice. 'Would you kindly tell me the meaning of the poem called "Jabberwocky"?'

'Let's hear it,' said Humpty Dumpty. 'I can explain all the poems that were ever invented - and a good many that haven't been invented just yet.'

This sounded very hopeful, so Alice repeated the first verse:

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

'That's enough to begin with,' Humpty Dumpty interrupted: 'there are plenty of hard words there. "Brillig" means four o'clock in the afternoon - the time when you begin broiling things for dinner.'

'That'll do very well,' said Alice: 'and "slithy"?'

'Well, "slithy" means "lithe and slimy." "Lithe" is the same as "active." You see it's like a portmanteau - there are two meanings packed up into one word.'

'I see it now,' Alice remarked thoughtfully: 'and what are "toves"?'

'Well, "toves" are something like badgers - they're something like lizards - and they're something like corkscrews.'

'They must be very curious looking creatures.'

'They are that,' said Humpty Dumpty: 'also they make their nests under sun-dials - also they live on cheese.'

'And what's the "gyre" and to "gimble"?'

'To "gyre" is to go round and round like a gyroscope. To "gimble" is to make holes like a gimlet.'

'And "the wabe" is the grass-plot round a sun-dial, I suppose?' said Alice, surprised at her own ingenuity.

'Of course it is. It's called "wabe," you know, because it goes a long way before it, and a long way behind it - '

'And a long way beyond it on each side,' Alice added.

'Exactly so. Well, then, "mimsy" is "flimsy and miserable" (there's another portmanteau for you). And a "borogove" is a thin shabby-looking bird with its feathers sticking out all round - something like a live mop.'

'And then "mome raths"?' said Alice. 'I'm afraid I'm giving you a great deal of trouble.'

'Well, a "rath" is a sort of green pig: but "mome" I'm not certain about. I think it's short for "from home" - meaning that they'd lost their way, you know.'

'And what does "outgrabe" mean?'

'Well, "outgrabing" is something between bellowing and whistling, with a kind of sneeze in the middle: however, you'll hear it done, maybe - down in the wood yonder - and when you've once heard it you'll be quite content. Who's been repeating all that hard stuff to you?'

'I read it in a book,' said Alice. 'But I had some poetry repeated to me, much easier than that, by - Tweedledee, I think it was.'

Nov-16-19  goodevans: <Breunor: Goodevans,
Once again the computer agrees with you. Black is fine after 11 Nf6...>

Thanks, but I don't think it's as simple as that.

With the benefit of hindsight, seeing how much pressure black was under after <11...Ne7 12.f5> I had a hunch <11...Nf6> might be better. At least the N there blocks the f6 square. So I did a bit of analysis but it was too complicated, for me at least, to come to a proper conclusion.

I think SF is great for checking your analysis for complete oversights. I use it like that quite a lot (prone as I am to missing the obvious!) but when it comes to such complex positions I don't fully trust it.

In your own post we see that it charges its mind between 13.e5 at 22 ply and 13.f5 at 23 ply, just two moves into its analysis. I take that as evidence it doesn't fully 'understand' the position and the <=0.00> it assigns in no way reflects how difficult it would be for black to defend that position.

But yes, 11...Nf6 does seem to give black less trouble to deal with than 11...Ne7.

Nov-16-19  ajile: <Annie K.: <beatgiant> very nice work on this and several other puns - I would have liked to use your Wenjun one, but we already passed the Bandersnatch by then and I didn't want to go backwards in the poem.>

IMO This one wins 2019 and made me seriously LOL.

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