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Valentina Gunina vs Samuel Sevian
"Three Times a Lady" (game of the day Apr-03-2015)
Tata Steel Challengers (2015), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 5, Jan-15
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Anderssen Variation (C77)  ·  0-1

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Jan-20-15  Mating Net: Black was careful not to rush into the triple Queen sac prematurely. He had to get the King to a light square and off the a1-h8 diagonal or else a1Q would have been answered by Qxa1+ spoiling the whole show.
Jan-21-15
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: "I'll have a triple sac, neat."
Jan-21-15
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  FSR: Once, Twice, Three Times a Lady. Or just <Three Times a Lady>, which is the actual title of the song. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaF...
Jan-21-15
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  FSR: <Penguincw> If the pawns are far advanced and the defending king isn't around, sure, the pawns can draw or even win. Keres vs E Eliskases, 1938 is a famous example where the man with the rook drew by the skin of his teeth. (Amazingly, I managed to pull off this exact draw in a game on FICS.) But Gunina's pawns here weren't going anywhere. Even three not-far-advanced connected passed pawns (e.g. pawns on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th ranks) lose in this kind of position.


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Jan-21-15  zanzibar: After 24...g5 25.fxg5 f5


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An interesting position.

Black's 24...g5?! is overly aggressive, and White probably wished she found 25.Qg6+! one move sooner (not so easy, there's loads of complications).

Jan-21-15  zanzibar: Another critical position for White, after 42...Re7, Black self-pins the rook and White misses a good chance:


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(White to move)

Jan-21-15  zanzibar: Another critical position for White, after 42...Re7, Black self-pins the rook and White misses a good chance:


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(White to move)

There is a nice attraction/fork tactic at White's disposal to neutralize the e-pawn.

Jan-21-15
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  OhioChessFan: Three Times a Lady is a top 10 of all time pun. I regret it wasn't Gunina who queened the pawns, but that's just a quibble.
Jan-21-15
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  FSR: <OCF>. Thanks. Glad you like it so much. Happily, it appears that neither <Three Times a Lady> nor <Once, Twice, Three Times a Lady> has been used before. Game Collection: Game of the Day Pun Index (T-Z); Game Collection: Game of the Day Pun Index (M-P).
Mar-02-15
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  FSR: I deleted my prior submission <Once, Twice, Three Times a Lady> and resubmitted it as <Three Times a Lady>.
Apr-03-15
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  HeMateMe: Great pun, nice tactical endgame work by Sevian.
Apr-03-15  Jim Bartle: Excellent pun. No game for "Back Stabbers"?
Apr-03-15
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  HeMateMe: What game would work with 'back stabbers'? A player named 'Back'? Back rank attack? Maybe too subtle, but it's a good idea.
Apr-03-15  morfishine: Very entertaining and highly instructive.

But White Blooped horribly with <56.Qxh6>?? when 56.Qxd7 Rxd7 57.Rxe2 at least draws:


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*****

Apr-03-15  Nerwal: <56.Qxd7 Rxd7 57.Rxe2 at least draws:>

Gunina probably didn't like this and wanted to keep playing for three results. It's very much a draw but it's White who has to be careful there; it's not as good for her as it looks, the a pawn is very annoying.

Apr-03-15  catlover: <morfishine> Yeah, I also thought that 56.Qxd7 would have been a huge improvement over the game line.

Of course, had Gunina played that, we wouldn't have had the treat of seeing this beautiful Queen-themed finish.

Apr-03-15
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  scormus: <catlover, morfishine: Yeah, I also thought ....> Glad I wasn't the only one who was puzzle ;)

<FSR, OCF> Yes, great pun :) If only Gunina had been B in this game it would have been perfection.

Apr-03-15
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  suenteus po 147: <Gregor Samsa Mendel> Kibitz of the year.
Apr-03-15
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  WannaBe: Grrrrrrreat, now I can't get Eddie Murphy doing Buckwheat sings (SNL) out of my head. Probably one of <THE> funniest skit, ever.

https://screen.yahoo.com/buh-weet-s...

Apr-03-15  zweigeltrebe: <zanzibar> is it Kf2?
Apr-03-15
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  thegoodanarchist: <WannaBe: Grrrrrrreat, now I can't get Eddie Murphy doing Buckwheat sings (SNL) out of my head. Probably one of <THE> funniest skit, ever>

The Buh Weet sketch where EM sings Fee times a Mady was the first thing I thought of when I saw the pun! Hilarious.

I think Rolling Stone ranked it as their #1 SNL sketch of all time, but for me #1 is Will Ferrell playing the cowbell as a fictional BOC band member named Gene Frenkle.

Christopher Walken plays the producer who says "I got a fever. And the only prescription is more cowbell"

Apr-03-15
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  WannaBe: <thegoodanarchist> I LOOOOOOVE Walken as "The Continental"!

Okay, back to discussing chess...

Apr-03-15  mruknowwho: When it is said that the rook belongs BEHIND the passed pawn, a game like this can demonstrate why that is.
Apr-04-15  vajeer: What if White plays 31. Qd5+ before playing Rf3? Then Black cannot play e4 in response.
Apr-04-15
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  kevin86: Black gives up three queens to win by a rook...and maybe another lady to come.
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