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Andrew Foulds vs Ben de Cat
"You Know We'll Have A Good Time, Ben" (game of the day May-27-2019)
12th NATO (2001), San Remo ITA, rd 1, Oct-08
Benoni Defense: Vulture Defense (A56)  ·  1-0
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Jun-20-08
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  whiteshark: Curiosity killed Ben De Cat.
Mar-15-11
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  Domdaniel: This is feline origami.
Jul-25-12  Abdel Irada: "Foulds-De Cat": I'd think the SPCA would find that *most* interesting. Then again, cruelty can work both ways, as when De Cat plays with a Vulture.
Jun-10-14  GumboGambit: If he could have held out a few moves more:

Ben Foulds @ Fifty-Five.

Apr-04-15  A.T PhoneHome: Cat Unfoulded.
Sep-03-17
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  tamar: Foulds' notes begin, "My only win against de Cat. Therein hangs a tail."
May-27-19  nalinw: Nice pun .... RIP Harry Chapin
May-27-19  Rumor: 18...Nxd2, and white has nothing better than 19. Ne7+ Qxe7 20. Qxh7+ with a perpetual.
May-27-19  goodevans: Given the rich pun opportunities afforded by the two protagonists' names it's difficult to imagine a lamer, less appropriate pun.

<Rumor: 18...Nxd2, and white has nothing better than 19. Ne7+ Qxe7 20. Qxh7+ with a perpetual.>

Absolutely. Maybe black needed a win at all costs otherwise <18...Rxf5> is a difficult choice to understand.

May-27-19
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  HeMateMe: Love the pun, from the Harry Chapin song <The Cat's in the Cradle>.
May-27-19
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  catlover: I enjoyed the game title and the posts making word plays with the players' names.

<The Cat's in the Cradle" is one of my favorite songs—not because it mentions a cat, but because of the cautionary tale that it tells.

May-27-19  ASchultz: I thought this was a movie quote I missed until I read the comments.

I do hope Ben has a relative named Bill, though. Oop ack!

May-27-19  AlicesKnight: The two together creased me up.....
May-27-19
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  Breunor: What a great pun!

The big problem for black starts with move 10, where f5? costs 1 pawn according to Stockfish.

After f5:

1) +1.16 (22 ply) 11.exf5 gxf5 12.Ng3 b5 13.cxb5 Nb6 14.Nh5 Rf7 15.a4 Nxd5 16.Nxg7 Rxg7 17.Qf3 Be6 18.c4 Nb4 19.O-O Nxd3 20.Qxd3 Rg6 21.Bc3 d5 22.Qe2 dxc4

However, black seizes equality with e5.

1) =0.00 (22 ply) 11.dxe6 fxe6 12.O-O b6 13.Be3 Bb7 14.h3 Nf6 15.Ng3 Nd7 16.Ne2

There are a lot of inaccuracies, but the game turns bad for black after 18 Rxf5 which looks like the decisive mistake After Bxf5:

1) +2.31 (23 ply) 19.Bxf5 Qf6 20.Bxh7+ Kf8 21.Re1 Rd8 22.Bc1 d5 23.Qe2 Nd6 24.Bg6 b5 25.Kh1 Ne4 26.Bxe4 dxe4 27.Qxe4 Qd6 28.Ba3 Kg8 29.Qb1 Qd3 30.Bxc5 Bxc3 31.Rc1 Qxb1

Instead, Nxd2 is even:

1) =0.00 (32 ply) 18...Nxd2 19.Ne7+ Qxe7 20.Qxh7+ Kf7 21.Qg6+ Kg8 22.Qh7+

May-27-19
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  OhioChessFan: Hmmm, apparently at least 3 people like the pun. There's no accounting for taste. Anyway, I have to agree with <goodevans>.
May-27-19  john barleycorn: <OhioChessFan: Hmmm, apparently at least 3 people like the pun. There's no accounting for taste. ...>

I wait for <morfishine> and his superior "pun" intellect for the final assessment.

May-27-19  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 23 dpa done

1. = / + (-0.30): 10...e5 11.dxe6 fxe6 12.0-0 b6 13.Qc2 Qe7 14.Rae1 Bb7 15.f5 Ne5 16.Nf4 Bc8 17.fxe6 Bxe6 18.Nd5 Qd7 19.Be2 Rxf1+ 20.Rxf1 Rf8 21.Rxf8+ Kxf8 22.h3 Kg8 23.Bc1 h5 24.Kh2 Kh7 25.Qd1 Bg8 26.Bg5 Qe8 27.Be3 Qc8

2. = (-0.18): 10...e6 11.0-0 b6 12.Ng3 Re8 13.Rb1 Bb7 14.Qf3 Qc7 15.Bc2 Re7 16.Ba4 f5 17.exf5 exf5 18.Rfe1 Rae8 19.Nf1 Re4 20.Bc2 Rxe1 21.Rxe1 Qd8 22.Rxe8+ Qxe8 23.Ba4 Qe7 24.Bc6 Nf6

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