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Nick DeFirmian vs Hikaru Nakamura
"Nick-Nak Paddywhack" (game of the day Jul-15-2017)
Chessmaster US Championships 2005 (2004), San Diego, CA USA, rd 4, Nov-28
Scandinavian Defense: Main Lines (B01)  ·  0-1
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Nov-29-04  Shams: great game from Nakamura!

I don`t know Scandinavian very well, but 11. d5 seems to ease black`s game. White`s rooks aren`t even developed (does black meet 11. Nf3 with ...Bg4 offering to play knights against bishops?). I would rather make black work to enforce ...c5 or ...e5.

Also black`s exchange sac looks so strong I`m surprised de Firmian allowed it. I`d like to think even I would avoid it.

Nov-30-04  themindset: i dont know why defirmian waited so long to play Nf3.

Although 8.a3 looks technically good (breaking the pin, winning the two bishops), i think it's actually premature. Best to develop an attack rather than free up blacks awkwardly placed pieces.

Dec-03-04  fgh: 26. Qxf7+ Kxf7 27. fxe5 is much better.
Dec-22-04  themindset: <fgh> i'm not sure how much "better" that line is. in terms of computer assessment, sure it might be better by half a pawn or something... but that would be pretty much accepting to draw with white.

obviously, DeFirmian wanted to play for the win... and that is something that i respect.

Dec-01-05  stephenw: I dont know what DeFirmian is doing in this game. d5 is almost always bad for white in a scandinavian game, and this one is no exception!
Dec-01-05
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  RookFile: Lasker would have played the principled 5. Nf3, not fearing the ....Bg4 6. h3 Bh5 7. g4 business.
Dec-01-07  sushijunkie: 37...Nxa4 is quicker to the finish line: 38.Kb1 e2 39.Rxa2 Qd1+ 40.Ka2 Nc3+ 41.Ka3 Qa1+ 42.Ra2 Nxa2 43.Qxa2 Qxa2+ 44.Kxa2 f3 45.e7 Kf7 46.h4 f2 47.e8Q Kxe8 48.Kb2 f1Q
Apr-04-08  Vollmer: It does seem that 26Qe4 is the turning point of the game . Sometimes discretion is the better part of valor .
Jul-15-17
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  offramp: Nick DeFirmian is of Irish heritage so Paddywhack in today's game title refrs to a "Paddy" (Irishman) being "whacked" (assassinated/murdered).

It's quite funny.

Jul-15-17
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  ChessHigherCat: This game has finally succeeded in making me a Nakamura fan. 31. RxB! 35. Qd7 instead of the tempting but inferior Qxe5. 39. Nc3 instead of the tempting but losing QxR. What a ninja!

<offramp: Nick DeFirmian is of Irish heritage so Paddywhack in today's game title refrs to a "Paddy" (Irishman) being "whacked" (assassinated/murdered).

It's quite funny.>

Having to point out that a joke is funny is a sure sign that it isn't. It's just like "the famous doily designer Pidny Paskuniak". If the person is really famous there's no need to spell it out: "the famous Jesus Christ"

Jul-15-17
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  thegoodanarchist: < ChessHigherCat: ...

Having to point out that a joke is funny is a sure sign that it isn't. It's just like "the famous doily designer Pidny Paskuniak".>

I've never heard of that guy.

Jul-15-17
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  ChessHigherCat: Surprisingly enough,"Paddy" (short form of Patrick/Padraig) really is slang for Irish, according to this etymology of "paddy wagon" (horse-drawn police van):

"The most common understanding in the United Kingdom stems from the belief that the most common occupants of the vans were Irish, though they were not driving, they were the arrested passengers. This comes from several perspectives: a) prejudice by English people that the Irish immigrants were largely common criminals, b) from the legendary stories of their fighting spirit and the fact that when arrested they were less likely to "go quietly" than other nationalities, requiring the use of the van rather than a carriage, and c) that the Irish liked to drink so much that drunken brawling would often ensue and thus the police van would be called to take them away into custody."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polic...

Jul-15-17  paavoh: <"the famous Jesus Christ"> Well it depends who you ask from - I sat once at a dinner table, supposedly for passover celebration, with Indian and African people who had no clue what Easter or Jesus were.
Jul-15-17
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  ChessHigherCat: < paavoh: <"the famous Jesus Christ"> Well it depends who you ask from - I sat once at a dinner table, supposedly for passover celebration, with Indian and African people who had no clue what Easter or Jesus were.>

Could you spell that last name for me? K-R-Y and then?

Jul-15-17
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  offramp: I half-knew this Greek guy, and one day I called him "Jesus."

He said, "Why are you calling me Jesus?"

I said, "I heard one of your friends call you Jesus."

"No. They were saying Hey, Zeus! My name's Zeus. I'm Greek, not Mexican."

Jul-15-17
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  ChessHigherCat: <offramp: I half-knew this Greek guy, and one day I called him "Jesus."

He said, "Why are you calling me Jesus?"

I said, "I heard one of your friends call you Jesus."

"No. They were saying Hey, Zeus! My name's Zeus. I'm Greek, not Mexican.">

And you said, "Oh my God!"

And he said, "Yes, my son?"

Jul-15-17  catlover: <offramp> Well, Nick did get whacked in this game. But he wasn't a Paddy. Wikipedia lists his name as "Nick de Firmian". The preposition "de" is Spanish. So he must have been Mexican.
Jul-15-17  catlover: It looks like DeFirman's game really fell apart after 26. Qe4 f5 with Naka getting a passed pawn soon afterwards.

I wonder if the game would have been even if DeFirmian would have played 26. QxQ+ KxQ, 27. f4xe5 Nxe5, 28. BxN RxB, 29. RxR f6xR, 30. Kd2. Pieces are off the board and DeFirmian still has a pawn majority on the queen side the he can turn into a passed pawn.

Jul-15-17
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  offramp: <catlover: <offramp> Well, Nick did get whacked in this game. But he wasn't a Paddy. Wikipedia lists his name as "Nick de Firmian". The preposition "de" is Spanish. So he must have been Mexican.>

His mother is Irish and his father is Mexican. His language is Spanish, but he follows Irish culture closely.

I have heard him singing "Danny Boy" as he climbed a mountain drinking tequila.

Jul-15-17
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  HeMateMe: Isn't half a paddy good enough?
Jul-15-17
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  ColeTrane: Couple bad games from defirmian as puns lately.... I actually liked my defirmian pun a little better. It can be applied to any loss of his because the title is: "Last Name Think of Detective Mark Furhman in the O.J. Simpson Trial He Was the Rascist Arse Pig Who Got Embarrassed on the Stand by Kardashian Lawyer" ....and We wonder why it never been selected...?
Jul-15-17
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  ChessHigherCat: He's not really Eire, he's just Eire-ish
Jul-15-17
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  RandomVisitor: Chessmaster US Championships 2005 (2004), San Diego, CA USA was played in 2004, but called the 2005 Championship, for legal reasons.
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