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Lev Polugaevsky vs Anatoly S Lutikov
"Summer of Lev" (game of the day Apr-22-2017)
USSR Championship (1968/69), Alma-Ata (Almaty) URS
Zukertort Opening: Kingside Fianchetto (A04)  ·  1-0


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  An Englishman: Good Evening; Lutikov had a great result, ending in 3rd place and led all competitors with 9 victories, but lost to all of the other top six finishers. Therefore, this game was one of the most important. Seems that 13...Bd7 loses a pawn after a long forcing variation. Black found a way to make things interesting but might have mishandled his counterplay; 29...Kh8 and 30...Kg8 look like a waste of tempi.
Apr-22-17  thegoldenband: Strange, I submitted this pun just a couple days ago, but for a completely different game (and one with 67 moves, hence the pun):

Dzindzichashvili vs Polugaevsky, 1989

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  offramp: If you sellotape the two names together you get <POLLUTIKOV>.
Apr-22-17  clement41: After 36 Bd5!?, my eye jumped on the possibility Rc7-c8! Like in Tal-Brinck Claussen and Karjakin-Kosteniuk (2003). 39 d6 is the most direct way to win the rook endgame, as if 39 Rb7 black has hopes -practically speaking- with 39...d3 40 Rb8 d2! 41 RxR+ Kg7 and beware! : 42 Rg8+?? and white is swindled into a draw due to 42...Kh6 and there is no avoiding the perpetual. White must go for 41 c8=Q and trust his calcs that yes, one day, Black's spite checks will stop.
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  morfishine: Pathetic game title: This event was held in the dead of winter from Dec 1968 - Feb 1969

"Levimate" or "Levimating" is a vast improvement


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  catlover: Maybe Polugaevsky was a closet hippie. However, I believe the "Summer of Love" was in 1967.
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  morfishine: <blunderclap> Whats cruel is the author forgetting to do his/her homework.

At first I thought the play-on-word was acceptable since most if not all USSR championships were played in the summer. At least, I thought they were.

I guess not

<catlover> so its not even the right year, that makes this one a total blooper


Apr-22-17  RookFile: Lutikov had a great tournament but he wasn't in Polugaevsky's class.
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  catlover: I like how 23 Rd7! foreshadows the final position of pawns on the 7th rank threatening to queen and cost black a rook. If 23...BxR, 24 pxB forks the rooks and sets up a promotion to queen.
Apr-22-17  NimzoCharlie: "I'm just a Lev machine"
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  scutigera: <Morfishine>: Perhaps the dead of winter '68-'69 was "made glorious summer/By this son...", not of York, of course, but "Anatoly" is, etymologically, "sunrise". Far-fetched, maybe, but I hope it relieves the obvious discomfort this pun has made you feel.
Apr-22-17  Howard: Note who the co-winner was--Alexander Zaitsev.

He died in 1971, at 36---very prematurely. And, contrary to popular belief, HE was Asia's first GM---not Torre.

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  ChessHigherCat: Does anybody (besides me) think 24. Bd5 would have been an improvement on the game line? Congratulations all around on refraining from puns on "slutty cough", BTW, good work!
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  morfishine: <scutigera> Thank you sir, you are a kind gentleman.


Apr-22-17  thegoldenband: <morfishine: Whats cruel is the author forgetting to do his/her homework.>

I don't think there <is> an author to this pun, unless it's the staff. I certainly don't view it as my pun, since if they used my submission as the basis for it, both the title and the assigned game have been changed.

This is, I believe, the fourth time I've submitted a pun for a game, and had it then pop up just a few days later with my pun either assigned to a different game, edited, or both; my "The Lion, the Vish, and the Wardrobe" became "...the Ward Robbed", for example. In one case the edit was actually an improvement -- fair enough on that -- but not this time, IMHO.

Dzindzichashvili vs. Polugaevsky is a much more interesting game: Lev is absolutely dead lost out of the opening but manages to fight his way back. And of course it has 67 moves, which was the whole point of the pun in the first place (though the game took place in March -- so if you feel like kvetching about that, hey, go nuts).

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