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Ruth Sheldon vs Giorgi Kacheishvili
"You Can't Handle the Ruth!" (game of the day Feb-14-2019)
Berliner Sommer 14th (1996), Berlin GER, rd 2, Aug-11
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Leningrad Variation. Benoni Defense (E31)  ·  1-0
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Feb-14-19  newzild: Giorgi eschews the draw by repetition and regrets it three moves later after 27...Bg6??
Feb-14-19  FairyPromotion:

I know people often make a fuss about puns, but do they ever complain about the selected games? In Pun Voting Booth I'd go:

PLEASE RATE THE TITLE/PUN
3 · The pun is clever; it's usable for the Game of the Day.

PLEASE RATE THE GAME (OPTIONAL)
1 · An exceptionally dull game; nothing of interest here.

Seriously though, while <28. ?> can be used as an early week puzzle, this game seems like one of the lowest quality GotD selections ever made. It should have ended as a dull draw 3 moves earlier and todays GotD should have been one of the many games that are much more worthy candidates. First game that came to my mind was Gelfand vs B Kantsler, 2001. For that game years ago I have suggested a worse version of todays pun (You Kantsler Handle the Truth), but the game quality on that suggestion is uncomparably superior. In fact I can literally think of more than a hundred games that would have been better choices.

Feb-14-19  Granny O Doul: Hey there Girl-Giorgi.
Feb-14-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  OrangeTulip: Several times I have made remarks about Pun going before quality of the game. I have seen last months games from players without rating. So my proposal is to weigh the Pun and The Game, 35% and 65%. By the way the game above is not as all so boring as said.
Feb-14-19  7he5haman: 22...Bc8-d7-c8 with a draw - I guess Black wanted more!
Feb-14-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Count Wedgemore: I think the pun is great, and the game has certainly some entertainment value. Ruth Sheldon was only 16 when she won this game against GM Kacheishvili (who, by the way is one of the world's foremost experts on the Caro-Kann).
Feb-14-19  Muttley101: Go Rooto Rootolovich! If you ever see this, I hope Helen and Mick are happy and well. And you too.
Feb-14-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <Summer of '96> ♫ ♪

I got my first real six-string
Bought it at the five-and-dime
Played it 'til my fingers bled
Was the summer of ninety-six ♫
Me and some guys from school
Had a band and we tried real hard
Jimmy quit, Jody got married
I should've known we'd never get far
Oh, when I look back now
That summer seemed to last forever
And if I had the choice
Yeah, I'd always wanna be there
Those were the best days of my life
Ain't no use in complainin' ♫
When you've got a job to do
Spent my evenings down at the drive-in
And that's when I met you, yeah
Standin' on your mama's porch
You told me that you'd wait forever
Oh, and when you held my hand
I knew that it was now or never
Those were the best days of my life
Oh, yeah ♫
Back in the summer of ninety-six, oh
Man, we were killin' time, we were young and restless We needed to unwind
I guess nothin' can last forever, forever, no
Yeah ♫
And now the times are changin'
Look at everything that's come and gone
Sometimes when I play that old six-string
I think about you, wonder what went wrong
Standin' on your mama's porch
You told me that it'd last forever
Oh, and when you held my hand
I knew that it was now or never
Those were the best days of my life
Oh, yeah
Back in the summer of ninety-six, oh
It was the summer of ninety-six, oh, yeah ♫ Me and my baby in ninety-six, oh
It was the summer, the summer, the summer of ninety-six, yeah

♫ ♫ ♫

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFj...

Feb-14-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  AylerKupp: <<7he5haman> 22...Bc8-d7-c8 with a draw - I guess Black wanted more!>

You know the old saying, less is more. But after 25...Bd7 White could have played 26.Qb3 or 26.Qb2 followed by (if 26...Bd7) by 27.Qa3 followed by 28.Ba4, 29.Bxd7, and 30.Qxa5 regaining the pawn and maintaining his bind on the q-side light squares. So a draw by repetition was not a foregone conclusion.

Besides, having a nearly 300 rating point advantage over a 16 year old it's understandable that Black, a GM, wanted more. But a high rating does not guarantee good judgment.

BTW, clever user name.

Feb-14-19  zealouspawn: Good pun, but it’s a crime we didn’t have a Valentine’s Day theme. How about the recent awesome game from the Cairn’s cup leader?

V Gunina vs M Sebag, 2019 I’m no genius pun-maker, but any should work
“Be my Valentina”
“Happy Valentina”

Feb-14-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: with apologies to Jack Nicholson:

<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Fn...>

Nicholson was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for that movie but didn't win. I was surprised, it was one of his best hollywood roles. He got up at the awards ceremoney as a presenter for sometihng else and looke pretty miserable, as I recall.

Feb-14-19
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  fm avari viraf: [ whiteshark ] You made me nostalgic with your lovely poem!
Feb-16-19  7he5haman: <Aylerkupp But after 25...Bd7 White could have played 26.Qb3 or 26.Qb2 followed by (if 26...Bd7) by 27.Qa3 followed by 28.Ba4, 29.Bxd7, and 30.Qxa5 regaining the pawn and maintaining his bind on the q-side light squares. So a draw by repetition was not a foregone conclusion.>

Yes I saw that! But my comment is regarding <22>...Bc8, where your line does not arise and the forced draw by rep is elementary :-)

Tis understandable that the much stronger player wanted to play on though. I was merely pointing out the drawing line, nothing more.

Thanks on the username front! :-)

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