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1.(Greek mythology; from Greek "without turn") The one of the Three Fates or Moirae (goddesses of fate and destiny), known as the "inflexible" or "inevitable", who chose the mechanism of death for, and ended the life of each mortal, cutting their thread of life with her "abhorred shears".

2.(Lepidoptery) Acherontia atropos, the Death's-head Hawkmoth

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   atropos has kibitzed 9 times to chessgames  
   Nov-10-10 Najdorf vs R A Redolfi, 1959 (replies)
atropos: Interestingly, Najdorf fell victim to a more complicated stalemating combination (involving a queen and double pawn sacrifice where the queen sacrifice was not the final move of the combination) in his game, as White, against the 1983 Uruguayan chess champion Ivo Kurtic at Mar del ...
   Jun-15-10 10th International Computer Tournament (2010) (replies)
atropos: <zanshin> You wondered why the people behind Firebird changed its name to Fire. Maybe it had something to do with the association of the Firebird with the activity of theft (in the Russian folk tale the mythological Firebird flew in at night to steal the golden apples from ...
   Jan-20-09 Mamedyarov vs Short, 2008 (replies)
atropos: Alas for Mamedyarov, Short sometimes remembers who he used to be... White's rapid demise in this game calls to mind Emanuel Lasker's quotation: "On the chessboard lies and hypocrisy do not survive long. The creative combination lays bare the presumption of a lie; the merciless fact,
   Jan-20-09 Morozevich vs Ponomariov, 2008
atropos: This game looks like a game from the first round of an open tournament, where the player of the black pieces heavily outrates the player of the white pieces. Except that, at the time of the game, Morozevich was ranked third in the world - which calls to mind Tarrasch's observation: ...
   Aug-05-08 J Nikolac vs V Kovacevic, 1980 (replies)
atropos: White's "hedgehog" formation in the Nimzowitsch-Larsen Opening leads, via such moves as 17.d4!? and in particular 22.Ba3!?, to a struggle in an unbalanced middlegame position. If 25.Bf1 Nh3, 26.Bh3 Rh3, 27.Ra1 Re3!, 28.Ra3 Ra3, 29.c6 bc6, 30.Rc6 Kd8 with compensation for the ...
   Jul-17-08 Radjabov vs Anand, 2008 (replies)
atropos: It is notable that the opportunity to draw by threefold repetition of position missed by Anand in this game cost him not only the half point but also, ultimately, a share of first place in the tournament. A fact which, presumably, must have increased his annoyance at having missed ...
   Jul-17-08 Kamsky vs Shirov, 2007 (replies)
atropos: A striking feature of the forced sequence of moves arising after 37.Ngf7 and culminating in 44.e6 is that it actively involves all of White's remaining fighting units(king, 2 rooks, 2 knights, 2 pawns) in bringing about the decisive pawn fork. A combination of the entire white army.
   Jul-17-08 Beliavsky vs Psakhis, 1980 (replies)
atropos: 27...Nc7! A combination on the themes of ambush and line-closure, initiated by a backward knight move which, importantly, defends the rook at e8(another backward knight move). An unusual and memorable winning move.
   Jun-30-08 D Perovic vs M Cebalo, 1986 (replies)
atropos: 22.Qf4!! White has knight, bishop and rook en prise; so, the logical move the queen en prise! If 27...de5 28.Rh8 Kg7 29.Be5 f6 30.Qf6 cuts the thread A combination which deserves to be more widely-known from the combinations section of Chess Informant 42
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