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Yuri Rafailovich Yakovich vs David Bronstein
"Eat It" (game of the day May-20-2014)
Hastings Challengers (1994), Hastings (England)
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Classical Defense (D26)  ·  1-0


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Sep-10-10  sevenseaman: Amazing denouement at Move 22. How I wish I'd foreseen this Q flourish!
Mar-20-11  redcircle: Monday or Tuesday puzzle on move 22.white to play
May-20-14  sleepyirv: A reference to Weird Al Yankovich, I think.
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  Phony Benoni: In the beginning, there was the song and video "Beat It" by Michael Jackson. In the fullness of time, "Weird Al" Yankovic came up with a parody, "Eat It":

"Eat It" can also be slang term for cramming something down somebody's throat. That might be descriptive of the game as well.

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  Jim Bartle: Don't forget the flip side to <Eat It>: "I Love Rocky Road,"

May-20-14  consul: 22. …… Ng8
23. Qh8 .. Bf7
24. Bh6 .. Bxe6
25. Qxg7+ .. Ke8
26. Rxc6

? Or what's the plan?

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  Phony Benoni: <consul> In your line, After 23...Bf7 White regains his sacrifice piece with 24.Bxf7 Kxf7 25.Rxc6, remaining three pawns ahead.
May-20-14  RookFile: I guess they can put this one right next to the Michael Jackson hologram that's out there these days. Was watching the Wierd Al video, it's hilarious. :)
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  jahhaj: So the pun refers to Weird Al Yankovich? Pretty weak IMHO.
May-20-14  consul: Hi, <Phony Benoni>, thank you! You're right, the dark-squared white <b>, in h6 is just lost. I was thinking there might be a checkmate, but it resolves with a probably long battle, especially with the ladies still on the board…

The pun is nice in my opinion, because it refers to the obvious mate after 22. … gxh6 23. ♗h6 #.

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  naresb: Continuation of the game is as follows:--
22... gxQh6
23. Bxh6+ # (1-0).
However here Black appears to have made some mistakes and thus shortened the game, he coould have played like:-- 21... Bf7 22. Bxh6; gxBh6
23. Qxh6; BxBe6
24. Ng5; Ng4
25. Qh7+; Kf8
26. Qh8+; Bh7
27. Nh7+; Ke8
28. QxBg8+; Kd7
29. QxNg4+;
and black could have lost a Bishop, a Knight, two pawns against that of whites' two Bishops; material damage alongwith positional loss.
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  Once: <Phony Benoni> "Eat it" was good, but that led me to "Amish Paradise" which had me in stitches. Great stuff.
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  Jim Bartle: My favorite is "Another One Rides the Bus."
May-20-14  TheTamale: So, instead of taking the queen, can't Black extend his life expectancy by playing 22)... Bf7? Then if 25) Qh8+, Black can safely block the check.

Or can he??? Clearly Bronstein would have known better than I... I just can't see it.

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  Castleinthesky: Black definitely "ate it." It is a nice, almost miniature. Without the assistance of any computer, Bronstein played much too passively and set himself up for a great combination.
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  kevin86: Black had some counterplay, but it wasn't going to be easy. The taking of the queen results in immediate mate, of course.
May-20-14  Conrad93: So he defeated a very old bronstein with a typical mate.

Why is this GOTD?

May-20-14  Jazzer32:

This one is definitely best Al's song...

P.S. interesting chess game

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  Domdaniel: Was this 'Weird Al Yermolinsky' ...?
May-20-14  goodevans: <TheTamale: So, instead of taking the queen, can't Black extend his life expectancy by playing 22)... Bf7? Then if 25) Qh8+, Black can safely block the check.>

That stops the immediate mate but leaves the ♘c6 hanging. And once that's gone there will follow <Ne5> and the roof caves in.

May-20-14  Tim Delaney: <The Tamale> "So, instead of taking the queen, can't Black extend his life expectancy by playing 22)... Bf7? Then if 25) Qh8+, Black can safely block the check."

However, White then exchanges bishops and wins the knight at c6. Three pawns up and a raging attack. Even I could handle that.

The best seems to be 22 Bd6, creating a flight square. but then 23. Qh8+ Ke7, 24 Qg7+ Kxe6, Re1+ and black loses quickly.

May-20-14  celtrusco: Great pun!
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  WannaBe: My favourite Weird Al, Saga Begins, Forrest Gump, White 'n Nerdy, Amish Paradise (Churning Butter Scene), Bedrock Anthem, Smells Like Teen Spirit, I Love Rocky Road.

Um, I think that's it... =))

May-20-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: Fred Reinfeld would have approved of this game; it's like something out of his Complete Chess Course (which is a book I grew up with, many decades ago).
May-22-14  TheTamale: <TimDelaney>: OK, yes, thanks. I knew I must have been overlooking something simple.
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