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Yuri Balashov vs Alexander Shabalov
"Salvo? Bah!" (game of the day May-01-2011)
Jurmala (1985), Jurmala URS, rd 10, Sep-10
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. General (A30)  ·  1-0
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Apr-24-08  Bobsterman3000: Balashov or Shabalov should have played against Labashov.

Dec-19-08  thebribri8: Bobsterman, you are a prophet! Too bad you couldn't have realized that a few months later.
May-01-11
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  Phony Benoni: Uh oh. Looks like we've got an anagram here--for both names.
May-01-11
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  FSR: That's brilliant. Wish I'd thought of that. At my old law firm, Satoskar left and her office was filled by Katsaros.
May-01-11  sevenseaman: A chess game/win is another anagram-like reconfiguration and placing of pieces in their new places?
May-01-11
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  Phony Benoni: After <18.Qh5>:


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Sadly, Black simply blunders with <18...Be4>. Instead, 18...Be6 safe, though White can pretty much force a draw with 19.Bxh6 gxh6 20.Qxh6.

May-01-11
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  FSR: Ouch - easy to overlook those backwards queen moves.
May-01-11  Jamboree: On the second-to last move, before black commits the final game-losing blunder 24. ... Nd7?, does he have any way to save the game?

I keep finding potential miracle-save moves, then find a beautiful refutation, then find another miracle continuation, followed by another amazing refutation, and on and on, and now I can't figure out if black has a save at all.

One interesting try is 24. ... Bc5+, then if 25. Nxc5, black has 25. ... Qxc5+ 26. Kh1 Nc6 27. Rc1! Rd8! 28. h3 Qd4! 29. Qe6+ Kh8 30. Be3 Qe5! 31. Rxc6 Rd1+ 32. Bg1 Qd4, and I thought that was winning for black, until I saw 33. Rc8+ Kh7 34. Qf5+ g6 35. Rc7+ and mate follows.

There are so many amazing lines that I can't sort them out. Anyone able to find a way through the maze for Black to survive?

May-01-11
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  FSR: <Jamboree> Here's something to encourage you and other advocates for Black's cause: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBR2...
May-01-11
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  Phony Benoni: <Jamboree> Well, let's see.


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After <24...Bc5+ 25.Nxc5 Qxc5+>, the simplest line seems to be <26.Be3 Qc6 27.Rd8+! Kf7 28.Qxc6 Nxc6 29.Rxa8>.

I can't see anything better than protecting the bishop (e.g., 24...a5), and giving up the exchange to 25.Qxa8 Qxf4. White can't go for the knight (26.Rd8+ Kh7 27.Q/Rxb8?? Qe3+ and 28...Qe1#), but should win with careful play.

There doesn't look to be any hope for Black, but nobody ever found a miracle by resigning.

May-01-11  I play the Fred: Does anyone have the game score to Britney Spears - Presbityreans?
May-01-11
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  Phony Benoni: That's <Presbyterians>. Still works, though, and very nice.

Another religious one is Episcopal - Pepsi Cola.

May-01-11
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  FSR: Ronald Wilson Reagan - Insane Anglo Warlord
George Herbert Walker Bush - Huge Berserk Rebel Warthog

Mother-in-Law - Woman Hitler
Eleven plus two - Twelve plus one

I once sent Meg Ryan an e-mail telling her that she is IMO the greatest actress whose name is an anagram of a country. She never responded. Seriously.

May-01-11  ycpl: 10... exd5 wins a pawn, why didn't black go for it?
May-01-11
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  FSR: <ycpl: 10... exd5 wins a pawn, why didn't black go for it?>

10...exd5 11.cxd5 Nxd5 12.Nxd5 Bxd5 13.Bxh7+ Kxh7 14.Qxd5 regains the pawn.

<I play the Fred: Does anyone have the game score to Britney Spears - [Presbyterians]?>

Myself, I'm looking for that correspondence game between Tokyo and Kyoto.

May-01-11
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  FSR: I found Alt vs Karpov, 1970. What about Alt-Tal?
May-01-11
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  FSR: And then there's that consultation game against a basketball team, Lasker-Lakers.
May-01-11  Jim Bartle: In this game the players played the same moves, just in a different order.
May-01-11  WhiteRook48: I never realized anagrams were so fascinating... up until now
May-01-11  Oceanlake: Lasker would be (nearly) invincible provided Mrs. Lasker is playing guard and the cames are not in Cuba.

P d5 usually means death to Black's Queen's Indian.

May-01-11
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  FSR: <WhiteRook48: I never realized anagrams were so fascinating... up until now>

Yes, anagrams are great! See, e.g., http://wordsmith.org/anagram/

May-01-11  Lil Swine: Dan from the 39 Clues is the master of anagrams.
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