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Luis Also Alvarado vs B Rodriguez
"Also Schach Zarathustra" (game of the day May-23-2009)
Mesa (1992), rd 5
Indian Game: King's Indian. Fianchetto Variation (A49)  ·  1-0


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  kevin86: White will end up a rook and bishop + four pawns vs two bishops and three pawns. If it were played out,white has a little work left. Maybe black didn't need to fight for the possible half point. After all,life is too short.
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  WannaBe: Looks like an early nomination lock for Caissar later in the year. (pun category)
Jan-24-07  Timothy Glenn Forney: He who fights with chess puzzles should look to it that he himself does not become a puzzle. And when you gaze long into an position, the position gazes also into you.
Jan-24-07  Kreifi: I never get the puns. :( And the game was dull. Nothing ever is not fine.
Jan-24-07  cannibal: Hehe. That pun certainly brings out the best in cg's members.

"One must have chaos in one to give birth to a dancing rook." (Friedrich Wilhelm Topalov)

Jan-24-07  astaub: The original title of Nietzsche's book (which was written in German) is "Also sprach Zarathrusta". So the pun is just two letters different from that title.

I was able to deduce this because of my high school German. The other day, I was talking to a German tourist couple in New York City. They spoke fluent English but I could not resist showing off, so I spoke to them a little bit in German. I asked how they liked my high school German. The husband replied "It's about on the same level as your high school English".

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  al wazir: I have to say, this "pun" is utterly stupid. It makes no sense in English or German, and neither the game nor the players have any connection with Nietzsche, Zarathustra, or Zoroastrianism. The supposed pun does nothing more than exploit the similarity between a player's name and the German word _also_, meaning "thus." That word happens to occur in the title of a well known book, but it also occurs in about a billion other contexts.

If this were an exceptional departure from <CG>'s otherwise uniformly high standards it would not be worth harrumphing about; but ALL of <CG>'s puns are similarly pointless.

There's an old saying in England, dating from before the currency was decimalized, as follows: "Take care of the pence, and the pounds will take care of themselves." ("Pence" means "pennies.") In _Alice in Wonderland_ Lewis Carroll changed that into "Take care of the sounds and the sense will take care of itself."

That, to my mind, is a truly clever pun, but it might also be the motto of <CG>'s punsters.

May-23-09  newzild: Okay, nice pun - but not much of a game. 25...Nc8 was a clear blunder. I'd rather see the latest brilliancy from Carlsen or Shirov.
May-23-09  UnsoundHero: Black's best try appears to be 25...Re5 26 Qxf4 Ne8.
May-23-09  mworld: black gives up at move 25...not sure why this is a good game yet. look forward to the master players weighing in on this one.
May-23-09  I Like Fish: what also speaks against this is...
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May-23-09  ILikeFruits: also is...
so so...
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  Jim Bartle: "Also Schach Zarathustra"

Instead of resigning, Rodriguez threw his king high in the air, where it spun in slow motion for several minutes.

May-23-09  remolino: What a strage game. I would need to spend 30 minutes to determine if the game made any sense, and I do not think this game is worth the time.
May-23-09  randomsac: How did this make game of the day?
May-23-09  ILikeFruits: randomsac...
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  kevin86: That 31st move could have floored me with a feather.
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  AylerKupp: And don't forget, Zarathustra must be German for Rodriguez.
May-23-09  zzzzzzzzzzzz: h ♖xd4? ♕e1!
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  fm avari viraf: Well, being the Zoroastrian, I understand that "Zarathustra" was a Prophet but I have no idea what is "Also Schach Zarathustra" mean. Will Chessgames clarify the meaning. Thanks.
May-23-09  VaselineTopLove: <FM Avari Viraf> there is a book titled "Thus Spake Zarathustra" by the famous philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. He talks about God and religion in the book.
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  fm avari viraf: Thanks <TopLove>
May-23-09  WhiteRook48: what a weird...
May-23-09  apple pi: Best pun in history of GOTD.
May-24-09  Nietzowitsch: O man, take care!
What does the deep midnight declare?
"I was asleep—
From a deep dream I woke and swear:—
The world is deep,
Deeper than day had been aware.
Deep is its woe—
Joy—deeper yet than agony:
Woe implores: Go!
But all joy wants eternity—
Wants deep, wants deep eternity.
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