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Kerry Corker vs Raul Samar
"How I Spent my Samar Vacation" (game of the day Jan-11-2017)
37th Doeberl Cup (1999), Canberra AUS, rd 6, Apr-04
Zukertort Opening: Nimzo-Larsen Variation (A04)  ·  0-1


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  GrahamClayton: Amazing final position with the White King on e8 totally surrounded by the Black pieces, while the remaining White pieces sit helplessly on "their" side of the board.
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  FSR: I guess White figured that since he was losing, he might as well go out with a bang.
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  backyard pawn: That game was a Corker!
Jan-11-17  ASchultz: Samar gonna groan at this pun I'm sure.
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  ChessHigherCat: <ASchultz: Samar gonna groan at this pun I'm sure.> A self-referential pun, that's pretty slick! I thought 43...Kg7 was a waste of time since black could have played b3 instead (Rxc3, Nb5+), but if he was already planning the mating net his move was better
Jan-11-17  nalinw: I thought the pun was lame until I saw the White King's vacation tour!!
Jan-11-17  AlicesKnight: White's QB is stunningly ineffective in its 2 moves. After a passive fianchetto, blunted by black-square Ps, it goes back to base at 23 and blocks all contact between the Rs. It is stalemated at move 27, and does not move for the rest of the game. The Black N rules the world. Perhaps the White K was trying to make up for the inaction of his forces.
Jan-11-17  razetime: God, the king is throw to the last rank of the board, and the other pieces sorta became spectators.
Jan-11-17 Black reverse-infiltrates along the a-file.
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  thegoodanarchist: The Battle Off Samar:

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  catlover: The white king begins the game on e1 and ends up on e8. That's quite a king walk. Corker seemed to be trying to use the king as an offensive piece.
Jan-11-17  stevemonicaparker: There was a famous doctoral dissertation in linguistics written several decades ago whose title was "How I spent my summer vacation", or something like that.
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  Gilmoy: On the plus side, at least White's QB isn't a <bad Bishop>. After <30..g5 31.Kd3>:

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it "forces" <31..h6>. Thereafter, it valiantly prevents the passed h-pawn from running!

Black's pawn structure was weak on the white squares. Yeah.

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  kevin86: How sad is it how the white king is to die alone in exile.
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  thegoodanarchist: The GOTD title should be "Yet Another Idiot Who Didn't Castle"
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  morfishine: <thegoodanarchist> Nice reference to the Battle off Samar: Tribute to the Tin Cans


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  thegoodanarchist: <morfishine: <thegoodanarchist> Nice reference to the Battle off Samar: Tribute to the Tin Cans>

We lost too many heroes that day, but their sacrifice was not in vain!

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  ChessHigherCat: <thegoodanarchist: The GOTD title should be "Yet Another Idiot Who Didn't Castle"> That's more polite than the rhyming version:
Yet another As**ole,
who didn't castle.
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  thegoodanarchist: <CHC>

I am glad to learn that I wasn't being too harsh!

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