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Vladas Mikenas vs Alexander Kotov
"Vladas I Wanna Be" (game of the day May-03-2015)
USSR Championship (1949), Moscow URS, rd 2, Oct-18
Dutch Defense: Blackmar's Second Gambit (A80)  ·  1-0


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  bright1: Instead of 24. a4, White should have played Na4 with the threats of Nb6+ and Nc5. For instance:

24. Na4 Bxb5, 25. Nb6+ cxb, 26. Qxb8+ Kd7, 27. Qc7+ Ke8, 28. Qc8#

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: How extraordinary of Mikenas that in his most brilliant games we often find moments where he could have won more quickly. Rather inclines me to wonder how many of his losses could been spectacular victories.
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  thegoodanarchist: a rather contrived pun, IMO
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  thegoodanarchist: And Kotov just gets absolutely butchered tactically.

Hopefully this was Kotov's inspiration to study in the manner he described in "Think Like a Grandmaster", and not the result of following the advice in that book :)

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  whiteshark: What exactly defines <Blackmar's Second Gambit>??
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  moronovich: <whiteshark: What exactly defines <Blackmar's Second Gambit>??>

When he gets tired of his second,he sacks him.

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  offramp: I have discovered that the pun is based on the title of the memoirs of an American netball player named Mr Denis Rodman, "As Bad As I Want To Be." This amusing autobiography was adapted into a kinematographic picture with Michael Cera portraying the principal character.
May-03-15  morfishine: What an interesting game! Black was under pressure before he could even take his "coat-off"

<offramp> Thanks for the research! This sparked distant memories of my journeyman pro-golfer days when I worked as a waiter at a Seafood Restaurant to make expenses. The NBA All-Star game was in town, and near closing, in walked Barkley & Rodman along with their prodigious entourage. I don't remember much except that Barkley & Rodman were funny and engaging and generous tippers. Their obnoxious entourage however, drank heavily and didn't tip so well


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  maxi: I really enjoyed playing over this game! Peculiar how Kotov just refused to resign!?
May-03-15  rollingrook5: Kotov guard might have been a runner up for pun.
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  offramp: <rollingrook5: Kotov guard...>

That would've been a definite winner!

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  thegoodanarchist: < offramp: I have discovered that the pun is based on the title of the memoirs of an American netball player named Mr Denis Rodman, "As Bad As I Want To Be." >

I knew there was something familiar about the pun. I heard of the book when it came out, since I watch eSPN, but of course I would never buy nor read something like that.

If I want the life story of a self-worshiping egomaniac, I need only reflect on my own past

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  offramp: White's queen is such a gadabout.
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  kevin86: After white's queen destroys the queenside, the pawn anxiously await their crowning as her successor.
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