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Zeyu Xiang vs Yibo Zhou
"The XYZ Affair" (game of the day Mar-02-2021)
Chinese League (2019), Daqing CHN, rd 1, Jun-19
Queen's Indian Defense: Classical. Traditional Variation Main Line (E19)  ·  1-0

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Mar-02-21
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  al wazir: Who would have thought that a single isolated pawn is enough of a weakness to decide the game?

I think that after 28...Qb4, threatening to win one of white's ♙s in exchange for the isolato, black can draw.

But I'm not sure about that.

Mar-02-21
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  beatgiant: <al wazir>
The problem is that after 28...Qb4 29. Qxe5, White threatens 30. Qe8# so Black does not have time to recapture a pawn. Black can try chasing the king after 28...Qb4 29. Qxe5 Qd2+ 30. Kh3, but I don't see a perpetual.
Mar-02-21  Cheapo by the Dozen: I agree with all the praise.
Mar-02-21  Brenin: With a rating difference of over 500, one can understand Black's eagerness to simplify the game by exchanging pieces. Unfortunately, as is often the case in this situation, this had the effect of exposing the main weakness of his position, namely the isolated e-pawn. Concerning 28 ... Qb4, I'm inclined to agree with <beatgiant>: White can play 29 Qxe5 and eventually escape from the checks via h3, g4 and f4.
Mar-02-21  AlicesKnight: Fascinating win of a "drawn" game, showing an exception to the rule that Black pawns travel faster than White (?Manhatten Chess club).
Mar-02-21  goodevans: Between 20...Bxe4 and 26...Kxf8 it felt like almost every move saw another piece leave the board. I wonder if black would be so keen on such simplifications the next time.
Mar-02-21
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  MissScarlett: Pun is racist. Reported. Not interested in the game.
Mar-02-21  phantasmagorium: I wonder if <MissScarlet> is serious, or if it is a joke. Why so easily offended?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XYZ_A...

Mar-02-21  phantasmagorium: Sorry.... I mean <MissScarlett>
Mar-02-21  phantasmagorium: I personally find the game quite entertaining - though I am not good enough a player to tell if White's conception beginning with 31. Kf3 is sound. It is fun, though, to see His Majesty work a lot - even doing work that involves a lot of traveling.

Oooops... hopefully I won't be reported as racist or sexist for the above comment.

Mar-02-21  goodevans: Thinking along similar lines to <al wazir> earlier, I wonder if 29...Qa3 holds.
Mar-02-21  acapo: I am not a racist I dont see any here and as a musician most Chinese names sound musical to me like a xylophone or kettle drums would make it is a fascinating language.
Mar-02-21
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  MissScarlett: <I am not a racist> I bet you got black friends, too. Reported.
Mar-02-21
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  beatgiant: <MissScarlett> The charge of racism also came up on my pun on T Do vs T Nguyen, 2005, with no explanation given. If you indeed seriously believe this is racist, can you please explain why? If not, I would request you to retract the statement.
Mar-02-21
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  beatgiant: <MissScarlett> Unless you mean that, by referening the XYZ Affair, the pun is spreading negative stereotypes about French diplomats. If that's what you believe, I think I can live with that
Mar-02-21  acapo: MissScarlett yes to black friends! I have played in bands all my life some with black musicians music is color blind you either cut it or you suck you seem to have an ax to grind with nothing to grind it on.
Mar-02-21
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  perfidious: That, ah, poster heads a chapter of the British National Party.
Mar-02-21  Z truth 000000010: <Missy> has a rather, err, shall we say, imitable acerbic style.
Mar-02-21  Shadout Mapes: < Unless you mean that, by referening the XYZ Affair, the pun is spreading negative stereotypes about French diplomats.>

If there's one thing that should have been learned early on, it was to never trust Talleyrand.

Mar-02-21  goodevans: <acapo> Does your IP charge extra for commas and full stops?
Mar-02-21  acapo: Ah, thank heaven the punctuation patrol is on duty. Did you have trouble understanding what I posted? or are you just having some fun with me (my grammar is bad) from time to time, .....and fully deserves criticism.
Mar-02-21
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  thegoodanarchist: <beatgiant>

Thank you so much for this blast from the past! I had completely forgotten about this incident in US history, even though we studied it in high school.

Makes me wonder what else I forgot?

Mar-02-21
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  scutigera: Lucky thing MissScarlett wasn't here for "Fellowship of the Ding".
Mar-02-21
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  NM JRousselle: This was a great Q end game.
Mar-02-21
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  beatgiant: <scutigera>
See Ding Liren vs Anand, 2019 where <MissScarlett> posted hoping for Ding to beat Vishy for the <World's Greatest Chess Pun>. In fact since that time, that has happened a couple of times in Legends of Chess (2020) but neither game has been Game of the Day yet.

Clearly sense of humor varies a lot among kibitzers.

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