|Apr-24-11|| ||FSR: What does this game have to do with Easter? And "O'Hare" refers to an airport, not a bunny.|
|Apr-24-11|| ||W O C E: Hare = Bunny|
|Apr-24-11|| ||HeMateMe: <Pterodactyl Defense: Western. Rhamporhynchus > Goodness. The name of the opening is an 800 pt clue on Jeopardy! or UK's Mastermind.|
|Apr-24-11|| ||An Englishman: Good Evening: Nice game, but if Wikipedia is correct, then this should be the Pterodactyl Defense: Western Rhamp<h>orhynchus. All of which begs the question of why is this called the Pterodactyl.|
|Apr-24-11|| ||Phony Benoni: I agree; the pun is stretching it quite a bit. But at least it's an interesting game.|
First of all, that tournament title indicates a correspondence game, so expect a few puzzling moves. Particularly the sudden resignation:
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I think the idea is 30.e7 Rf7 31.Nf5, with threats of 32.Nh6+ and 32.Nxg7 Rxg7 33.Qxe8+.
|Apr-24-11|| ||Phony Benoni: <An Englishman> Good morning. Perhaps if I mention <Eric Schiller>, he'll swoop in and enlighten us about the Pterodacytl.|
I've been scanning some of his kibitzes about the opening, which he plays and has written about. He mentions Lawrence Day and Ray Keene as influences, and that he has named the variations after other dinosaurs.
|Apr-24-11|| ||psmith: I recall this opening being named as such in Toronto back in the early 80s when I played there. I suspect it was actually named by Lawrence Day, or maybe Bryon Nickoloff. I remember something like "it has a big bite and it plays on the wings" as a kind of joke about the name.|
I suspect Lawrence Day would be able to enlighten us if he could be persuaded.
|Apr-24-11|| ||psmith: I mean that it was called the Pterodactyl. I'd never heard of the names for the variations.|
|Apr-24-11|| ||psmith: The wikipedia entry for Lawrence Day says "he developed the Pterodactyl Variation and used it with success against strong players". So if we can trust wikipedia, my memory is working pretty well.|
|Apr-24-11|| ||Domdaniel: I played Ciaran O'Hare a few times OTB in the 1970s - along with zillions of speed games when we were on the same college team. He has concentrated on corr play in recent years.|
<FSR> - < What does this game have to do with Easter? And "O'Hare" refers to an airport, not a bunny.>
Follow the logics, doc. O'Hare, airport, jet set, playboy, bunny, Easter ...
Mr Pterodactyl ("Wingfinger") sounds like an ancient Greek Bond villain.
An Ionic Bond, presumably.
|Apr-24-11|| ||Once: <FSR: What does this game have to do with Easter? And "O'Hare" refers to an airport, not a bunny.>|
O'Hare was an Irish surname long before the invention of airports! It probably refers to a clan title, although some version of "Hare" do refer to the animal.
As to the link with Easter, maybe this will help:
Now what I cannot understand is just how a rabbit or hare would get hold of an egg...
|Apr-24-11|| ||Sho: Who hasn't heard of the Easter Pterodactyl?|
|Apr-24-11|| ||fyjx: the Easter Pterodactyl, or the scientific name rhamporhynchus sunnysideupus.|
|Apr-24-11|| ||WhiteRook48: quite an interesting attack|
|Apr-24-11|| ||Domdaniel: The big over easy.|
|Apr-24-11|| ||Lil Swine: the pressure is setting in on blacks dark squared bishop.|
|Apr-25-11|| ||Bdellovibrio: The Easter egg hatched a Pterodactyl chick.|
|Apr-25-11|| ||Eric Schiller: I have some relevant articles at chess.com:
|Apr-26-11|| ||kevin86: It has rained so much around here,that the rabbit was replaced by an easter duck.|
|May-28-12|| ||DanielBryant: O'Hare is an Irish postal chess master who now lives in Oklahoma and plays actively there, albeit with an OTB rating around 1950.|