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Murali Karthikeyan vs Maxim Matlakov
"Murali, Life is but a Dream" (game of the day Aug-25-2021)
Gibraltar Masters (2019), La Caleta GIB, rd 9, Jan-30
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation (B92)  ·  1-0



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  OhioChessFan: "Murali, Life is But a Dream"
Aug-25-21  Brenin: The poem by Lewis Carroll? The BeyoncĂ© film? The song? I'm lost.
Aug-25-21  catlover: It is a line from "Row, Row, Row Your Boat."
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  Check It Out: I begrudgingly accepted the pun because it expresses a <maxim>, life is a dream.

Or, is it?

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Oh, I see--Murali is a pun on Merrily. Had thought the title might have referred to the Calderon play. Yes, maybe that was a tad too obscure.
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  al wazir: 68...Kg7 69. c5 f4 70. c6 f3 71. c7 f2 72. h8=Q+ Kxh8 73. c8=Q+ Kg7 74. Qf5.
Aug-25-21  Brenin: <catlover>: Thanks. Had the title been "Murali, Murali, Murali, Murali, Life is but a Dream" I would have got it instantly. Normally, normally, normally, normally I'd regard B+N as having a fighting chance against R+2P, but here the N was hopelessly, hopelessly, hopelessly, hopelessly inert.
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  Teyss: Good Wednesday puzzle after 62...Ke7.

<An Englishman: Yes, <maybe> that was a <tad> too obscure.> A fine example of British understatement ;-)

<Brenin> Yes. Maybe Black should have challenged the Rc6 before move 48, it was blocking the BK and keeping the N tied to the defence of the Ps. Meanwhile White improved his position and created a passed P on h.

Aug-25-21  Ironmanth: A GREAT game! Very tough fight right to the end! Y'all stay safe out there, chess peeps!
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  OhioChessFan: <CIO> yes, "Maxim" entered into choosing this game.
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  Check It Out: <OCF> Excellent! A worthy play of words, then.

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