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Jack Rudd vs Alex Golding
"Lord of the Files" (game of the day Aug-12-2015)
British Championship (2015), Coventry ENG, rd 2, Jul-28
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Positional Defense (E94)  ·  0-1



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  Sally Simpson: Was Jack going for the £100 Brilliancy Prize?

Here as White.

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He played 24.Qxd4 sacking his Queen for two minor pieces. (one of those being that fianchettoed Bishop) and was possibly expecting to pick up the b8 Rook.

He had no need to sac the Queen. 24.Nxd4 is looking good. He missed 26...Qxc4

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White could have taken the b8 Rook but in these positions you keep the initiative (swindling chances) by holding the centralised Knight and forcing the b8 Rook back to a8.

Jack nearly got himself back into the game. It was not for the want of trying. He's a tricky lad, usually very alert tactically and seldom gets involved in a dull game.

Black kept his nerve and returned the compliment with his own Queen Sac idea on the same square.d4.

Black has just played 45...Qd4

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Good Game.

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  FSR: Lord of the Files.
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  Phony Benoni: Those of a certain age -- namely, mine -- will no doubt remember William <Golding>'s novel <Lord of the Flies> from your high school required reading list.

At least it was short.

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  Penguincw: Great pun <FSR>!

"Lord of the Flies" is the name of a novel. That story is about a group of British boys (this here is the British Championship) who gets stuck on a deserted island, without any adults, and are forced to fend for themselves. Quickly, the boys form 2 groups: one lead by <Jack>, the other led by a guy named Ralph. One of them takes an autocratic approach, while the other is more democratic.

I never read the book, but I remember watching the movie (1963 version) in high school.

Aug-12-15  thegoldenband: No littlpun here -- this is definitely one of the bigpuns. It'll give a lot of literate people a chuckle before they conch out for the night.
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  al wazir: Why did white play 24. Qxd4 instead of 24. Nxd4 ?

For a change the pun was clever, not the usual unimaginative mispronunciation of a player's name.

Aug-12-15  Moszkowski012273: Does 20.c5... lead to a stronger position for white,
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: If the database is complete, 11...f5 is the TN! I wonder if Black intended play 11...c6 first and then 12...f5 (F Visier Segovia vs Minic, 1969), but mixed up the move order.
Aug-12-15  MNW: <thegoldenband> Did you just make a pun inside of a pun?
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  FSR: Thanks, <thegoldenband>! Your comment made me laugh out loud. Incidentally, it should be noted that Golding, the <Lord of the Files>, is, appropriately, 11 years old.
Aug-12-15  morfishine: <Sally Simpson> Nice post pointing out the missed or dismissed <24.Nxd4>

A bizarre and exciting game, probably the game of the tournament


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  mistermac: No comedy. A very dark novel. Had a short-sighted tubby boy named Piggy, if I can recall. The climax began with his spectacles being broken.

As for the game, I am still trying to figure 1. d4

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  kevin86: White can decline the rook...for one move, then gets it shoved down the throat.
Aug-12-15  morfishine: <TheAlchemist> Very Nice post, enlightening members that the title "Lord of the Files" had been well discussed prior to today


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  FSR: I was not aware of the precedent.
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  OhioChessFan: It's a great pun attached to a player named Golding.

Different uses of similar puns happens all the time. I once thought I had a winner when I found a really short game by Pelikan and suggested "Pelikan Brief" and then found out <OpenDefence> had suggested it a long time earlier.

Aug-12-15  shishio71: I appreciate the pun, but ugh, that book...
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  Richard Taylor: Great book. I like [Louis] Golding's books big time. But better are 'Pincher Martin' and 'The Spire'. True they are a bit dark but I enjoyed 'Lord of the Flies' as a teenager. It is darkly comic, the worry is that Golding might have thought he had proved something. He showed a possibility perhaps...

Not everyone's cup of tea though.

This game was an amazing struggle. The engine likes the early Ng4 move and it prefers Nbd7 to Nc6 early before White plays d5.

Sep-05-17  Arconax: <Richard Taylor: Great book. I like [Louis] Golding's books big time. But better are 'Pincher Martin' and 'The Spire'. True they are a bit dark but I enjoyed 'Lord of the Flies' as a teenager.>

Willliam Golding, not Louis, <Richard> but yes, he wrote great books. He was a pessimist, though. And his misantrophy shines through in many of his writings.

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  Richard Taylor: <Arconax> Oh yes, William. Who is he? It rings a bell...

Misanthropy? I think he was quite deeply religious, or at least he believed in evil (something like that).

Martin Seymour-Smith who seemed to have written about every 20th century writer with some exceptions points out that he was probably wrong re 'Lord of the Flies' (but it makes a rip roaring read! I must re-read it now I am in my dotage or almost...) and also that of course in 'The Inheritors' the premise is also technically wrong as now it is believed that these divisions are not so clear, that none of those 'men' were superior to each other but he does try to use the method of getting inside the thoughts etc

Pincher Martin is dark in the way that 'The Sound and the Fury Is'. But then that has echoes of MacBeth and also at a remove of Montaigne whose skeptical (but overall humane or humanist and complex approach) influenced Shakespeare and others. Golding is limited a bit to a rather dark view. But I think Pincher Martin (it has to be read at least twice, and sometimes it is really hard to read, but it is an amazing attempt)...Pincher Martin tries to commit a murder and then is thrown into the sea, then...well if you haven't read it, and someone who hasn't needs to read it all and maybe read it again (the same applies to Faulkner's book.

I am not sure he was a misanthrope. He was in the Navy so his sea descriptions are valid. He taught himself Greek and got into classics etc...

He has a unique style.

Another book I read once of his starts with a girl running out of the fire during the Blitz. It starts dramatically. I want to re-read that...

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  Richard Taylor: My mother typed up lists of the books she read and included Louis and William. Louis Golding was different and not related and she read 5 of his novels. He was of Jewish origin. His 'The Frightening Talent' -- it's about a man with a gift of prophecy -- she ticked as "good" and it was a posthumous book.

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