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Isaac Boleslavsky vs Genrikh Kasparian
"The Polygamous Monarch" (game of the day Nov-28-2005)
Parnu (1947), Parnu URS, rd 12, Aug-01
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense (C71)  ·  1-0


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Nov-28-05  EmperorAtahualpa: Polygamy:
1 : marriage in which a spouse of either sex may have more than one mate at the same time 2 : the state of being POLYGAMOUS -->

--> Polygamous:
1 a : relating to or practicing polygamy; b : having more than one mate at one time 2 : bearing both hermaphrodite and unisexual flowers on the same plant

If I'm not mistaken, the "gamy" part in "polygamy" has to do with sex rather than marriage. Since many of us assume that someone only has sex with his spouse, we tend to change the definition "polygamy" to "having one spouse". But, theoretically, when e.g. a man has a sexual affair outside of his marriage, he is also polygamous.

Nov-28-05  EmperorAtahualpa: A nice pun (or title rather) for this GOTD! Actually, for some reason, I always enjoy the puns on Mondays. Coincidence?
Nov-28-05  Eric Xanthus: <EmperorAtahualpa> is, in fact, mistaken. The ancient Greek verb gameo (sorry no characters) is a gendered verb which means "to take a wife." In the middle or passive it can refer to the woman, giving herself as wife to a man, or to the parents, giving their children in marriage. Of course it does have the close connotation of sexual intercourse, but the derivation of one from the other is not as <Atahualpa> has described it.

Sorry to take up so much space on non-chess.

Nov-28-05  TigerPawns: while you're all having so much fun, how about a definition of pedantry?
Nov-28-05  lentil: "polygamy" = more than one spouse.
"polygyny" = more than one wife.
"polyandry" = more than one husband.
Nov-28-05  Eric Xanthus: <TigerPawns> It wouldn't be the first time I've been accused of being pedantic. ;) I do apologize, but I just can't let an incorrect statement like <Atahualpa>'s go. :)
Nov-28-05  dakgootje: <A nice pun (or title rather) for this GOTD! Actually, for some reason, I always enjoy the puns on Mondays. Coincidence?> easier puzzle so less variations to calculate so more time to think of a good pun...Ah okay i have no clue...
Nov-28-05  caballos2: -gamy is derived from the Greek verb gameo, which means 'to marry'. poly- is Greek for 'much'. So sex has little to do with the etymology of polygamy.
Nov-28-05  EmperorAtahualpa: thanks, <EX> for the correction. My bad.
Nov-28-05  lopium: Not that easy to win with such a material advantage!
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  kevin86: An alternate title for this could be:"dance of the three queens",but that is not really a pun.

I said above that black tanked the game-I see two definitions of "tanking"-First is when a players intentionally makes a bad move to lose-for whatever reason. The second is a player makes an innocent-but lethal-blunder.

Nov-28-05  ajile: Black should have taken the draw. Especially after White got 2 Queens.
Nov-28-05  Koster: When you have a sure draw with black against a strong GM take it. Who wants to play 89 moves (probably 10 hours or more of hard work) and lose? Just looking at that game tired me out.
Nov-28-05  Koster: High school acquaintance of mine had over 20 "wives" (not all at once). Now he's doing 15 years in prison, where maybe he's someone else's "wife".
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  Robin01: <over 20 "wives"> Sounds like piggamy to me.
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  TheAlchemist: What happens if Black repeats one more time with 53...Qc6?
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  OhioChessFan: How doesn't Black take the perpetual at move 32?
Nov-28-05  PaulLovric: why is gotd so late of late?
Jan-25-06  Tamerlan: Genrikh Kasparian could easily draw the game, by repeating his moves.
Feb-04-06  CapablancaFan: "A man has got to know his limitations"-Clint Eastwood. Here Kasparian is under the illusion that he can win the game, but in reality, he only has a draw. He had 2 chances to bail out with perpetual check by 32...Qf1+! or 56...Bf2. When you're an up and comer and you have a chance to get a draw against a well known GM, take it! You may not get another oppurtunity.
Jan-22-07  James Bowman: Interesting topic no doubt, it appears that in the most specific definition of polygamy means more than one wife simultaneuosly, not two as was said, but at least two wives. In English it more generically used to mean more than one spouse as <Lentil> has said with more specific terms for which gender those spouses are. <caballos2> is correct in that the greek definition implies marriage. I am not sure if her statement is talking about sex as in gender though?
Jan-10-09  WhiteRook48: three queens on the board.
Sep-09-09  WhiteRook48: soon to be joined by a fourth...
Jun-09-11  Gogia: black was too ambitious not taking his draw on 31th move
Dec-03-14  goggi: Looks like Kasparian wanted to win. He could make draw:

32...Qf1+ 33.Kh1 Qf4+...=

38...Qe2+ 39.Kh1 Qf2+ 40.Qg2 Bxg3+
41.Kh1 Qe1+ 42.Qg1 Qe4+ 43.Qg2 Qe1+...=

53...Qc6 54.Qf3 Qb5...=

After 57.Qdxb6 white is winning.

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