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Francis William Viney vs Herbert Francis Gook
"Box King Clever" (game of the day Nov-06-2021)
Customs - GPO m (1926), ENG, Dec-03
Bird Opening: General (A02)  ·  1-0



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  Phony Benoni: Sorry. I have just realized the previous message is totally incorrect.

Since I can't delete it, I can only apologize and hope your will ignore it.

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  MissScarlett: Ignore what?
Aug-28-20  NBZ: It's true, though, isn't it? Every Black piece is needed. Some of the pawns, maybe not.
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  fredthebear: Is it true?

“There's no one thing that's true. It's all true.” -- Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.” ― Mark Twain, Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World

“The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” ― Flannery O'Connor

Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.

— Benjamin Franklin, in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Le Roy, 1789

However, Franklin’s letter is not the origin of the phrase, which appeared earlier in Daniel Defoe’s The Political History of the Devil.

Things as certain as death and taxes, can be more firmly believ’d.

— Daniel Defoe, The Political History of the Devil, 1726.

And in The Cobbler of Preston by Christopher Bullock (1716)

’Tis impossible to be sure of any thing but Death and Taxes,

Jesus says in John 14, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:1–3).

This ballad was "Truly" a #1 hit November 27, 1982.

The great Roy Clark says "Be true to yourself"... listen all the way through:

“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can't be any large-scale revolution until there's a personal revolution, on an individual level. It's got to happen inside first.” ― Jim MORRISON

Can others trust you? Can others count on you? Will others miss you?

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” ― Ernest Hemingway

“The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.” ― Kalu Ndukwe Kalu

"If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything." -- Mark Twain

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.” ― Winston S. Churchill

“Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion.” ― Edward Abbey

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” ― Marcus Aurelius , Meditations

“The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.” ― David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” ― Aldous Huxley, Complete Essays, Vol. II: 1926-1929

“Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.” ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

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  beatgiant: Is the pun a reference to <boxing clever>, which is apparently a British idiom?
Nov-06-21  CCastillo: Might be. I find it baffling. There are some American idioms that are extremely unfortunate in this context.
Nov-06-21  CCastillo: "And the lonely voice of youth cries, What is Truth?" --Johnny Cash
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: After 5.Bb5!, Black might already have serious problems. Never let those Knights establish a beachhead on e5. Even when Black can push ...f7-f6, White simply shifts targets.

That smothered mate looks spectacular. Not often one needs *eight* pieces and pawns to confine a King.

Nov-06-21  Muttley101: <An Englishman: Good Evening: After 5.Bb5!, Black might already have serious problems.>

No, black is fine after 5. Bb5.

Nov-06-21  Brenin: <beatgiant>: The phrase to "box clever" is used in the UK for acting adroitly. I always assumed it was an Americanism, but apparently not: it was used first by British boxing correspondents in the early 20th century, and soon transferred to general use.
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  MissScarlett: I might have used <Kill a Gook> but I want to avoid Americanisms.
Nov-06-21  offramp: It's fun to watch the queen's meander from d1 to g8. Gook was sporting to play the last move rather than resigning.
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  MissScarlett: As Gook worked for the GPO, he probably didn't mind being in a box. I believe this was a Civil Service league match.
Nov-06-21  Brenin: It's the old trick: trying to conceal the most precious object in your luggage from a customs officer by wrapping it up tightly with less valuable material. It doesn't always work.
Nov-06-21  Z truth 000000001: <<Missy> I might have used <Kill a Gook> but I want to avoid Americanisms.>

Another classic misyfire, at best brandon level.

To wit: <Lazy. Do better.>

Mitkov vs B Clarke, 2018 (kibitz #2)

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  perfidious: That particular Americanism the <Divine Miss S> makes such a show of avoiding would actually be something of which he is much enamoured, given his status as point man for the BNP and the header's clearly racist overtones.
Nov-06-21  snarky: On Earth 2, black won this.

Incredible final position.

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  Teyss: <perfidious: (...) given his status as point man for the BNP> Is this true?
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  OhioChessFan: 4 of your 5 puns have been poor. Do better.
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  MissScarlett: 6 puns, not 5. Count better.
Nov-06-21  Cibator: <“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always.” ? Mahatma Gandhi>

True, as far as it goes - but nearly all such bastards, after they fall, just tend to be replaced by other bastards. Cases in point: Egypt (Mubarak and Al-Sisi); Nicaragua (Somoza and, seemingly, Ortega); Burma* (a whole succession of them for about 60 years now) .... "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss".

* I don't recognise the rebranding to "Myanmar"

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  0ZeR0: Now that's a cute finish if I ever saw one. Does anyone know if there are any other games in the database that end in a similar formation with the defeated boxing in his own king?
Nov-08-21  CCastillo: I'm sorry for bringing it up. That was really immature. I should not have drawn attention to the fact that <gook> was racist American slang for a Vietnamese person during the American Occupation of Vietnam (aka the Vietnams War).
Nov-08-21  CCastillo: Miss Scarlett you are <shameless> girl!
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  MissScarlett: <I'm sorry for bringing it up.>

To whom, exactly?

I've found this game in the <Falkirk Herald> of April 6th, 1938, p.15, which credits Mr. Meek of the London <Evening News> with its recent revival, and confirms it was from a Civil Service match. My memory is that I first saw it in the <BCM>, probably in Whyld's Q&Q column.

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