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Nigel Short vs Judit Polgar
"Hit Me With Your Best Short" (game of the day Apr-28-2017)
Intel Chess Grand Prix (active) (1994) (rapid), New York, NY USA, rd 1, Jun-??
Sicilian Defense: French Variation. Open (B40)  ·  0-1


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  offramp: Poor Nigel. Destined to be remembered as the poor sod with more GoTD puns based on his name than anyone in history. And that includes Mikhail Tal!

Today's pun makes more sense if you speak with a strong Leith accent, and it is funnier if you also say it out loud in front of a tall mirror with your sleeves rolled up.

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  HeMateMe: "Hit me with your best shot" was a big hit for rocker Pat Benetar in the 1980s:


Apr-28-17  TheBish: I'm a little confused. I thought the "Best Short" would be a game won by Short, and preferably, a great game by him, i.e. a brilliancy. And ideally, a miniature, making a pun on his name (as in short game). Isn't what the title is all about?
Apr-28-17  eykca: I agree w/ <TheBish> perhaps "Just Judit" (think Nike) is a bit more fitting.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 17...e5 and 18...d5--the Falkbeer Countergambit Ultra Deferred. Unstoppable.
Apr-28-17  PeterPringle: How about "Brit Me With Your Best Short"? How do you like that Mate?
Apr-28-17  newzild: Pun would work better with a comma after "best".

The significance of this game increases in the context of Short's correct but suicidal comments about female underperformance in the chess realm.

Apr-28-17  mravikiran: I think "Short fall" would be a good pun as well
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  offramp: Don't worry, everyone. All of those suggestions will be used in the future.
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  Stonehenge: What about <Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict>?
Apr-28-17  morfishine: Like a flood tide, the irresistible stream of candidates for "The most ludicrous, nonsensical and ultimately stupid game title of the year" award, continue to roll-in

Keep'm coming


Apr-28-17  Eusebius: Crystal clear game by Judith. I guess Nigel went straight to a bar after that to drown his misery with a couple of pints...
Apr-28-17  An Irishman: Good Morning: I was surprised by the sac on move 30. I was not sure if it would work at first. But of course GM Polgar made it work!
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  Willber G: I'd have been tempted to continue with 48.Re7
Apr-28-17  Eric Farley: The best title for this game, albeit not a pun, should be "Meet everybody's punching bag."
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  keypusher: <Eric Farley: The best title for this game, albeit not a pun, should be "Meet everybody's punching bag.">

All your posts are the same, and they all suck. Can you at least take the trouble to find a new metaphor? Even punching bags wear out.

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  ChessHigherCat: 17.... Ra4 doesn't really the win the e4 pawn because white plays 18. Nb5
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  ChessHigherCat: How about "Nigel under Judith's
Pulgar" (meaning thumb in English, unless Trump has outlawed all bilingual puns pending adequate security checks)
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  ChessHigherCat: You guys are a barrel of laughs. Quick to criticize a bad pun and too spiteful to acknowledge a good one!
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  keypusher: <ChessHigherCat: You guys are a barrel of laughs. Quick to criticize a bad pun and too spiteful to acknowledge a good one!>

I like your idea...<Just Judit> seems good...<Short fall> is OK.

<TheBish> has some good points. The pun would be better if the game wasn't 47 moves long. It is <rapid>, though.

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  tamar: Judit taking a long walk off a Short Peer.
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  ajk68: 17. Na2? White should have traded queens.
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