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Borislav Ivkov vs Stojan Puc
"Knock the Puc Around" (game of the day Mar-03-2005)
YUG-ch (1955), Novi Sad YUG, rd 17, Feb-23
French Defense: Tarrasch. Closed Variation (C05)  ·  1-0


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  Honza Cervenka: Not bad. By the way, few years later Puc took revenge in a way, which was deja vu for both players, of course with reversed roles. See Puc vs Ivkov, 1960
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  kevin86: In homage to both gangster drama and hockey-wouldn't a better title be "icing the puc"? By the way,the game was played in Monica Seles' hometown.(just a bit of useless,chessless trivia)
Mar-03-05  pantlko: why on move 31, black can not play ...Qxh4......thanks for explaining
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  beatgiant: <pantlko>
I think the point is that on 31...Qxh4, White has 32. Nh5+ Kh6 33. Qe6+ Kg5 34. Rg8+ etc.

But on the game's 31...Nxd4 32. Nh5+, Black has 32...Qxh5! 33. gxh5 Nxe2+, so White must prepare with 32. Nhf5+ to deflect Black's knight.

Mar-03-05  DWINS: <pantlko>, If 31...Qxh4 32.Nh5+ crushes Black.
Mar-03-05  The beginner: Pantklo

32 Nh5+ ..Kh6
33 Qe6+ ..Rf6
34 Nxf6

Black lose the exchange.

Mar-03-05  admeyer: hey Kevin86: More chessless trivia... Novi Sad translates roughly to "New Now."
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  TheAlchemist: Nice pun, although 'Puc' is pronounced 'Pootz' rather than 'Puck'.
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  kevin86: <TheAlchemist>then the pun could be "boos in Puc"-though you would have to speak Serbo-Croat to understand.

On a more somber note:"New now" sounds shockingly appropriate to the mood after September 11th.

Mar-03-05  Dillinger: <admeyer> Sorry, my friend, but Novi Sad means "new planting".
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  TheAlchemist: <kevin86> Well, I am from Slovenia (where Puc is actually from) and I still don't understand :( , I hope you can enlighten me :)
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  kevin86: <TheAlchemist> forget aboutit-the translation was wrong,anyway. However,"new planting" fits 9/11 because a new,even greater tower has/is being "planted" to replace the twin towers.
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  TheAlchemist: <dillinger>, <admeyer>

"Sad" means "now" too, but not in the case of Novi Sad, of course. "Sad" as "planting" is a noun, while "sad" as "now" is an adverb and are used in completely different contexts.

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