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Anatoly Karpov vs Aleksander Sznapik
"Sznap Shot" (game of the day Feb-25-2017)
Chess Olympiad (1986), Dubai UAE, rd 14, Dec-01
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack (B78)  ·  1-0
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Dec-23-16  RookFile: Fischer would have rattled off these moves when he was about 14 years old. It was one of the first attacks he learned. Things go in cycles, I guess by 1986 they may have forgotten Fischer's recipe for beating the Dragon.
Feb-25-17
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  offramp: <RookFile: Fischer would have rattled off these moves when he was about 14 years old.>

At 14 Fischer was too busy raising money for charity and designing jet engines to worry about chess.

Feb-25-17
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  Sularus: a squeeze with tactical fireworks from my pov
Feb-25-17
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: In this decade 14...Re8 has led to fearsome battles. One example of Black winning in a blaze of glory: Kulaots vs Petursson, 2015
Feb-25-17  The Kings Domain: Brilliant victory by Karpov. The foresight and execution he had in winning this gem are to pocket and remember.
Feb-25-17  AlicesKnight: After White's exchange sacrifice I like Black's counter with 19.... Rc4 to blunt the pressure on the diagonal. But the contrast of two deadly White horsemen against two lethargic Black clergymen is striking.
Feb-25-17
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  Richard Taylor: <RookFile: Fischer would have rattled off these moves when he was about 14 years old. It was one of the first attacks he learned. Things go in cycles, I guess by 1986 they may have forgotten Fischer's recipe for beating the Dragon.>

I think you will find there are counters to both Fischer's and Karpov's plans. The Dragon remains a difficult opening to combat.

But Karpov played other good attacks against the Dragon.

In relative terms Karpov's opponent here is not strong. Whether Fischer would have "rattled" of moves when he was 14 against what he would term a 'patzer' playing the Dragon is moot.

He may have done so in blitz games, he was good at blitz.

Feb-25-17  ughaibu: A patzer plays the dragon against Fischer: Fischer vs C Munoz, 1960 I guess Fischer was seventeen. Analysis by RookFile: "This is silly. Fischer lost a game of chess. It happens."
Feb-25-17
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  offramp: <ughaibu: A patzer plays the dragon against Fischer: Fischer vs C Munoz, 1960 I guess Fischer was seventeen.>

Obviously some sort of error. Fischer had a recipe for beating the Dragon and therefore could not be beaten by the Dragon. Fake news.

In any case at age 17 Fischer was working at Princeton University assisting Prof Einstein and combating climate change.

Feb-25-17
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  thegoodanarchist: Terrible pun. In chess, a "shot" is a sacrifice out of the blue that surprises analysts and onlookers.

Sznapik just curled up and died, whereas the pun implies that he had a spectacular surprise sacrifice.

Feb-25-17
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  perfidious: <offramp....In any case at age 17 Fischer was working at Princeton University assisting Prof Einstein and combating climate change.>

Einstein, or his ghost?

Feb-25-17  scormus: Certainly not the best of puns. If Schnapik had won with a surprise attack, that would have been something.
Feb-25-17  john barleycorn: < scormus: Certainly not the best of puns. If Schnapik had won with a surprise attack, that would have been something.>

Kodak moment?

Feb-25-17
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  thegoodanarchist: < john barleycorn: < scormus: Certainly not the best of puns. If Schnapik had won with a surprise attack, that would have been something.>

Kodak moment?>

You are lost in the 1980s. It is a smart phone moment nowadays!

Feb-25-17
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  WannaBe: Funny coincidence(??), 40 years ago today, the movie "Slap Shot" was released. And the pun today is "Sznap Shot".
Feb-25-17  sofouuk: <Karpov played other good attacks against the Dragon>

he sure did :-) including this masterpiece, for anyone who hasn't seen it for a while

Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1974

Feb-26-17  john barleycorn: <thegoodanarchist: ...

You are lost in the 1980s. It is a smart phone moment nowadays!>

you have a point.

Feb-26-17  john barleycorn: but I don't have a smart phone
Feb-26-17
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  perfidious: <john b>, why not pick up a dumb phone, a la the <Pernicious Pensacolan>?
Feb-26-17  john barleycorn: <perfidious> because I do not play and win tournaments where these dummy phones are first prize.
Mar-01-17
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  Fusilli: <scormus: Certainly not the best of puns. If Schnapik had won with a surprise attack, that would have been something.>

That would have been reasonable, but most puns are based on one of the player's names just for the sake of it, irrespective of who won, what the game looks like, or any other meaningful considerations. This pun could apply to ANY of Sznapik's 265 games.

I find them annoying, pointless, and biasing in the selection of GOTDs (players with names that lend themselves to easy puns get selected more often. Others never stand a chance.)

Mar-01-17
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  thegoodanarchist: <john barleycorn: <thegoodanarchist: ...

You are lost in the 1980s. It is a smart phone moment nowadays!>

you have a point.>

Hopefully, not on the top of my head :)

Jul-06-18  Howard: Both NIC and CL annotated this game.
Jul-06-18  Muttley101: <sofouuk: <Karpov played other good attacks against the Dragon>

he sure did :-) including this masterpiece, for anyone who hasn't seen it for a while

Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1974>

I appreciate this comment is from last year, but nonetheless it should be appreciated that the Dragon game against Korchnoi was actually Geller's analysis. Korchnoi was a known Dragon player, and had beaten Karpov with it in their training match for example. Geller was one of Karpov's seeconds and produced the line Karpov used.

Geller is one of the many greats who was capable of being world champion, but just didn't make it to a title match.

Jul-07-18
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  ChessHigherCat: The pun is pretty good. "Sznap shot" means Sznapnik is shot/screwed/killed (past participle of "shoot"). It doesn't have anything to do with the alleged meaning of "shot" in chess jargon.
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