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Ljubomir Ljubojevic vs Vladimir Kramnik
"I'm so Vlad; I'm Vlad, I'm Vlad, I'm Vlad" (game of the day Feb-26-2017)
Amber Blindfold Monte Carlo (1996), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 2, Apr-??
Sicilian Defense: Classical. Anti-Fischer-Sozin Variation (B57)  ·  0-1
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Feb-26-17  thegoldenband: Fresh Cream, eh?
Feb-26-17
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  WannaBe: I am so surprised that our daily 'put down' by <offramp> have not appeared, yet.
Feb-26-17
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  Phony Benoni: You're so Vlad, you probably think this pun is about you.
Feb-26-17
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <thegoldenband> and <Phony Benoni>, I salute you. As for the game itself, seems that Kramnik solved the puzzle of how to defend against Ljubojevic's 6.Bc4. First, don't let him sacrifice with Nc3-d5. Second, do all of the sacrificing yourself.
Feb-26-17
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  Abdel Irada: ∞

White's play is a bit odd, with the maneuver 10. Qd3, Qc7 11. Qg3, angling to win the g-pawn. More sensible, I think, would be the straightforward 10. Be3, developing with tempo, followed perhaps by 11. f3, with a solid position.

Still, he might have got away with pawn-snatching, were it not for the disastrous weakening move 23. g4?, enabling Black's attack. If your king is on h1, and your opponent has a bishop on the a8-h1 diagonal *and* controls the g-file, any move that tends to weaken the pawn structure on the long diagonal is likely to be suicidal, and that's how it turned out here.

Feb-26-17
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  offramp: <WannaBe: I am so surprised that our daily 'put down' by <offramp> have not appeared, yet.> I don't do daily put-downs.
Feb-26-17  erimiro1: Creamy game indeed
Feb-26-17  rwbean: White has the chance to swap off an important piece with 22. ♘h5

Black can sac a move earlier with 23... ♘xg4 24. fxg4 ♖xg4 25. ♖e1 ♖xe4 26. ♗a7+ ♔xa7 27. ♘xe4 ♗xe4+ 28. ♖xe4 ♕xe4+ winning

Feb-26-17  gars: Lovely pun!
Feb-26-17
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  morfishine: That lame song has no connection to chess, this chess game or these chess players, thus we have another prime contender for worst play-on-word Game Title for 2017

Flimsy and irrelevant best describes this title

Keep'm coming

*****

Feb-26-17
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  ColeTrane: Càlmate <Morfishine> when you start hatin' on Clapton a lot of folks would go grab they pitch forks...! If not for the acid flashbacks this pun inspired I might be one of them.....
Feb-26-17  scormus: <Phony Benoni> !!
Feb-26-17
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  Breunor: I'm not sure that 24 g4 was the problem here - Black was threatening 24 ... B c8 after playing e5 with threats to trap the white queen. I think the problem was that white felt he had to play 24 g4 (or potentially find some tactical shot I'm not seeing) to get the queen free.
Feb-26-17
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  AylerKupp: <morfishine> I take it that in order to meet with your approval the subject of the pun used for the GOTD must have a connection with either chess, the particular game used for GOTD, or the players involved. While I agree that would be desirable and increase the merit of the pun, it would greatly increase the difficulty of coming up with a suitable pun, although that's not necessarily a bad thing. If this guideline is followed it may result in less puns being used a titles for GOTD but that's not necessarily a bad thing either, although it would reduce, at least from me, the number of chuckles I get from the titles. But that might be more a reflection of me than anything else.

Having said that, my all-time favorite GOTD pun is from Yanofsky vs J Therien, 1947, "I concede clearly now, Therien is gone." from the song titled "I can see clearly now, the rain is gone." I would think that would meet with your approval; "Therien" is a play on "the rain" and "concede" is also a play on "can see", although that term is obviously not unique to chess.

Feb-26-17
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  ChessHigherCat: And I should note for the record that my pun specifically related to the content of the game yesterday ("Igor back-rowed", where Bacrot's winning move was Qxa8) met with thunderous silence.
Feb-26-17
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  morfishine: Sorry <Calmate> The song sucks along with the stupid play-on-word game title

No offense to the legend Clapton

...but the song sucks as well as the stupid play-on-word game title

case closed

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Feb-26-17  The Kings Domain: Good attacking game by Kramnik.

Being a fan of Cream, it's nice to see them paid tribute here. :-)

Feb-26-17
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  ChessHigherCat: < The Kings Domain:
Being a fan of Cream, it's nice to see them paid tribute here.>
I'm a fan, too, but that song is more of the dregs of cream rather than "la crème de la crème", which is probably why it's so popular. I'll take "Crossroads" or "Spoonful" any day. That said, I'm sorry to see it fell victim to the great Teutonic humor-bashing crusade (proving once against that people hate what is totally foreign to them)
Feb-27-17  The Kings Domain: ChessHigherCat: Good to see another fan here. Nah, "I'm So Glad" is one of their more catchy and amusing tunes and "N.S.U."'s a personal fave. Such a great track.

The pun critics round out the site to a well-balanced whole. What would the puns be without morfishine? :-)

Mar-01-17
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  Abdel Irada: ∞

<morfishine> is beginning to remind me of Statler and Waldorf, the two scowling old judges on "The Muppets."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSD...

Mar-01-17
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  john barleycorn: < Abdel Irada: ∞

<morfishine> is beginning to remind me of Statler and Waldorf, ...

∞>

Hey genius <Abdel>, listen up sucker. <Morfishine> seems to be single here. (For a reason though)

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