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Windhorst vs Karl Shoup
"Shoup's On!" (game of the day Dec-04-2018)
corres DDR/BRD (1985) (correspondence)
Scotch Game: Göring Gambit. Main Line (C44)  ·  0-1


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  offramp: Today's GotD title, "Shoup's On!", is based on the French word "soupçon", which means suspicion.

White's play was very suspect, while Black's play was as adventurous as a wolverine on meth.

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  ChessHigherCat: Shoup-doopty-doop went for the pedestrian mate-in-two (Ra3 b2xa3 Qb3#) instead of the spectacular mate-in-9: 1) 30.Kxb2 Rb8+ 31.Kc3 Nxe3 32.Qxe3 Rb3+ 33.Kd2 Rb2+ 34.Kd3 Qa3+ 35.Rc3 c4+ 36.Kxc4 Qa6+ 37.Kd4 Rb4+ 38.Rc4 Qxc4#
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  wtpy: Offramp, So soupcon can also mean a little bit and perhaps that is how it applies to suspicion because you have just a little evidence, not enough to know for sure. I suspect that the pun is related to the colloquial call to mealtime--Soup's on--though it is often gumbo in my neck of the woods.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Suffering a soupçon of suspicion Sargon selected "soup's on."

As for the game itself, it appeared that White had plenty of compensation for his gambit pawn after 12.0-0-0. Perhaps 13.Rhe1 was a little slow? In any case, Black did well to neutralize White's initiative.

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  Check It Out: Wally Shoup is an award-winning free jazz saxophone player I'm acquainted with.

The name Shoup seems to be a common pun-theme these days.

Dec-04-18  Ironmanth: Great little game; thanks chessgames!
Dec-04-18  Nosnibor: Thinking of the Shoop Shoop song ( It`s in his kiss ) it was nice to Cher all your comments.
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  offramp: <wtpy: Offramp,...I suspect that the pun is related to the colloquial call to mealtime--Soup's on->

I had never heard that phrase until today. It is not used in Western Europe and almost certainly not in Eastern Europe or Asia, or Africa for that matter.

It is not used anywhere in Australia, Canada, or South America, nor in Mexico.

People on the West Coast of the USA almost never use it. In the central states it is almost unknown. It is used rarely on the East Coast of the USA.

However, it is used occasionally by people living in the Everglades. So anyone reading that pun from around Fort Lauderdale will have a right old belly laugh.

For them, it could be <PUN OF THE YEAR>!

Dec-04-18  Castleinthesky: Nice tactical game-Matzoh Ball Shoup for Dinner!
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  scutigera: <Offramp>:My grandmother was a Westerner (from Montana) and she used it all the time. I picked it up from her and am doing my best to spread the infection along the West Coast; it's readily comprehended, I find, and I have heard others use it more often than "almost never".

White seems to put himself in the soup with 9.Qb3, 10.Qxc3, and 11.Qb3: the point of Qb3 is to put pressure on f7, so relieving it on the next move and then putting it back on when Black has had time to reinforce it, and then castling on the side where the gambit pawn would actually have been useful, shows something like a death wish, or possibly a case of "Let's try this fun-looking gambit I heard about somewhere" syndrome.

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  thegoodanarchist: <scutigera> Were you ever disappointed when your granny announced “soup’s on!”, but she served something other than soup?
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  ChessHigherCat: <offramp> is obviously just being facetious, as almost always. I couldn't believe the number of people who took his joke about "starting with the tiebreak" seriously!
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  jith1207: <CHC>: this one looks spectacular too

29...Rxb2+ 30. Kxb2 Rb8+ 31. Kc3 Nxe3 32. Kd2 Qd4+ 33. Qd3 Rb2+ 34. Rc2 Rxc2#

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  AylerKupp: <<scutigera> ... I have heard others use it more often than "almost never". >

Well, hardly ever.

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