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John Langreck vs John Easter
"Easter Egg" (game of the day Mar-31-2013)
Terre Haute Grand Prix (1997), rd 1, Jun-22
Pirc Defense: Austrian Attack. Dragon Formation (B09)  ·  1-0


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Mar-23-08  JG27Pyth: This is an interesting game, low ratings or not. I think Langreck played the opening really aggressively. The e6 push is interesting and not an obvious move IMO. e6 is easy to see after the fact, but I think I would tend to leave the pawn on e5 to bottle up Black's fianchettoed king-side bishop... but White's advantage for the rest of the game follows from that pawn push I think.
Mar-24-08  D.Observer: Mate in 2: 29. ? in this game.
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  kevin86: Do Easter bunnies play "Rabbit-transit" chess.

I wonder how an Easter bunny would do against Jerry Ferrara-aka Turtle on Entourage. You know:tortoise vs hare...

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  andrewjsacks: Easter bunny jokes here make me hopping mad!
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  andrewjsacks: I saw an Easter bunny reading "Warren Peace."
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  andrewjsacks: I told an Easter Bunny I had a great new joke he'd love. He said, "Go ahead. I'm all ears."
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  andrewjsacks: I got my favorite Easter Bunny a 14-carrot gold ring.
Mar-31-13  Abdel Irada: Eh, Doc <crunch! crunch! munch!>, you're a regular stand-up chameleon.
Mar-31-13  Abdel Irada: <I wonder how an Easter bunny would do against Jerry Ferrara-aka Turtle on Entourage. You know:tortoise vs hare...>

Hare today, gone tomorrow.

Mar-31-13  Abdel Irada: Actually, all of this reminds me of something that happened when my daughter was 18 months old.

I came out of the bedroom one day to see her sitting in the living room, holding a stuffed rabbit with a ponytail fastener that she'd just wrapped around its ears.

Asked why she'd put it there, she said, "It's a *hare* tie!"

Mar-31-13  Abdel Irada: Black's game was already compromised, but 19. ...Rg8 laid an egg; White didn't really threaten to win the g-pawn as long as the knight stood on e5, particularly since his own knight was loose on e6.

I wonder if Easter might have had a chance to resurrect some counterplay with 19. ...d4 or, more enterprisingly, 19. ...c4.

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  FSR: Where's <WannaBe>? You'd think he'd want to get in on the bunny jokes.
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  FSR: I was thinking that White was the guy who wrote the book <The Modern Morra Gambit>, but that was actually Hannes Langrock.
Mar-31-13  Abdel Irada: <FSR: Where's <WannaBe>? You'd think he'd want to get in on the bunny jokes.>

In honor of his 25,000th post (see <Beer>), and by special dispensation from <OhioChessFan>, he's spending the day hunting Elmer Fudd.

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  morfishine: Langreck has a last FIDE rating = 2207 while Easter's is 1800; perhaps this explains why Lang wrecks Black's position
Mar-31-13  Abdel Irada: <Lang wrecks Black's position>

I've been waiting to see who'd be the first to make a pun on the *other* player's name, and the answer is in.

(Although I was expecting something more along the lines of <LAN Grecque>.)

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  morfishine: <Abdel Irada> Personally, the one I like best is "Go ahead, I'm all ears" by <andrewjsacks>, but there's no use splitting hares over it
Mar-31-13  Abdel Irada: <morfishine: <Abdel Irada> Personally, the one I like best is "Go ahead, I'm all ears" by <andrewjsacks>, but there's no use splitting hares over it>

Now wait.

Are we talking about the Easter Bunny or Ross Perot?

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  playground player: How many times do we see a player come to grief because he hasn't castled?
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  WannaBe: Q. What do you call a bunny that has fleas?

A. A Bugs Bunny!

Oh, boy, I'm dying here...

Mar-31-13  Gambit All: Black's troubles start on his 6th move, ♗d7 - d7 is the natural retreat square for the f6 Knight. When white avoids the bishop exchange and pushes the e pawn, he leaves black no good square to redeploy the Knight. Black's pieces never get coordinated and his pawn structure ends up weak.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Actually, Black's troubles do not begin until 14.Ne6; this is the only game in the database where White does not play 14.0-0-0. 8...Bxb5 is the most common move, leading to oddball positions where the Black King ends up on d7 and yet still develops comfortably.
Apr-01-13  sorokahdeen: Actually, this variation, being as it is, old as the hills, is pretty well known and you can go a long way without having to think while playing it. Some of black's problem's stem from what looks like over-the board innovation.

The sequence I was used to when playing this variation is.

6Bb5+ Bd7.
7.e6 Bb5
8.ef7+ Kd7! (not losing immediately by Kxf7 Ng5+)
9. Nxb5 Qa5+
10. Nc3 cd
11. Nxd4 Bxd4
12. Qxd4 Nc6

Followed by a game that I would look up in every reference I could get my hands on *and then* run through a bunch of computer programs to look for useful middle-game pathways before I even dreamed of playing it in tournament.

When last I looked at it (20+ years ago) the variation was considered drawish in grandmaster praxis. 8... fe6 seems a deviation from that sequence of dubious value, allowing white to gain time for his attack by discovering an attack on the knight on g4 while attacking the pawn on e6 with his own knight.

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  kevin86: Headline:Easter lays Egg!
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  DarthStapler: This game reminds me of "The Immortal Mr. Magoo" game
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