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Denis Khismatullin vs Sanan Sjugirov
"Denis Rook can Sting" (game of the day Sep-12-2015)
Russian Championship Superfinal (2009), Moscow RUS, rd 4, Dec-23
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Panno Variation (E63)  ·  1-0


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  Ron: After 35 ... Nc3 it may seem that Black has put White in a difficult position, with White's queen and rook being forked and if 36 BxN then 36 ... Rxb1, but that is not the case! White plays 36 Rxb8, leaving his queen in en prise. Ater 36 .. NxQ White's pawn is set on a course to queen and Black resigns on move 40
Dec-24-09  XMarxT3hSpot: Indeed impressive combination. White must have seen it when playing 35. Rb1

Yet Black still went 35...Nc3. I wonder if Black didn't calculate, underwent time trouble, or simply thought that White overlook the move.

Jan-01-10  notyetagm: Great combination by Khismatullin.
Mar-13-10  notyetagm:

A nice finish from the Russian Championship

Senan Sjugirov

Denis Khismatullin

Position after 35...Nc3; Black\'s last move sets up a double attack but how did White finish the game off neatly


36.Rxb8! Nxa4 37.Nb6 Naxb6 38.axb6 c4 39.b7 Qb6+ 40.Kg2 1-0

May-08-10  alexrawlings: Could make a nice Wed or Thu puzzle with White to move at move 36.
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  GrahamClayton: While Khismatullin's performance in the 2009 Russian Championship is best remembered for his loss to A Tifomeev:

A Timofeev vs D Khismatullin, 2009

This game shows that he can also play spectacular moves as well.

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  Phony Benoni: This Old Fogey needs pun explained so he can get back to enjoying the game. That is some finish, and I'd rather spend time looking at it than Google.
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  al wazir: 35...Nca7 seems to hold for black. If 36. Nb6, then 36...Nd4.
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  Check It Out: A lot of interesting piece play in this game. I also don't get the pun.
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  offramp: Pun on <And Your Bird Can Sing>, a song by the famous English pop group The Beatles, who I believe have been mentioned before at, despite this being a chess site.

A rook is a bird, a herbiform of the species oroflammidae, of the genus Quincuncae.

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  HeMateMe: I was thinking Beatles, too. Forgot about the arcane Rook connection.
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  offramp: <HeMateMe: ... Forgot about the arcane Rook connection.>

Rooks (and other members of the squambasquissimus family) are considered among the most intelligent of species. They are certainly cleverer than most knights and nearly all bishops. They are often as clever as kings or queens (qv).

Sep-12-15  morfishine: Very pleasing and absorbing game with an alluring, magnetic quality. One compelling aspect was Black's offer of an exchange with 21...Rb8, which White declines; Black's QR then returns to its starting point with 25...Raa8. Another striking feature is an exception to the rule, where instead of rooks behind pawns, here we have a pawn behind the rook, both performing vital and dangerous duties for their country.

<offramp> I couldn't find any reference to oroflammidae, Quincuncae or squambasquissimus. Of course, even the most amateur of bird watchers is well acquainted with 'Corvus frugilegus' or the common Rook, who is closely related to the 'Crow' both having the same genus 'Corvus'. The main difference, which makes field identification swift and sure, is the Rook has a white beak with the remaining coloration exclusively Black, while the Crow is all Black

Is cleverer a word?


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  offramp: Of course I was only Grand Pastor of the Linnaean Society for fifteen years. What would I know?

But I admit I was being a bit imprecise, or, rather, unintentionally economical with the actualité.

The rook (rookus rookus), is of the

Phylum: Vincentum
Classum: Vanderwieliae
Orderum: Oriflammidae
Familium: Squambumaquissimus
Genus: Quidnuncae
Species: Turdus

There are two sub-species: kingside and queenside rooks.

I hope that clarifies everything about rooks.

Sep-12-15  vsiva1: One of the great chess tactics I have seen
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  kevin86: White will regain the queen and will be up a piece and rook.
Sep-12-15  Immortal Gambit: I don't understand the pun. Nice game though.
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  scutigera: <offramp>: not to spoil a good joke, but I must observe that Turdus names a genus, not a species, e.g. Turdus migratorius, the American robin (just about my favorite bit of taxonomic nomenclature).
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  HeMateMe: But, no one calls these birds 'rooks' anymore, do they? Isn't that a 19th century wording?
Sep-12-15  disasterion: <HeMateMe> It may be a British name only, but it's still current:

Sep-12-15  Abdel Irada: <The rook (rookus rookus), is of the

Phylum: Vincentum
Classum: Vanderwieliae
Orderum: Oriflammidae
Familium: Squambumaquissimus
Genus: Quidnuncae
Species: Turdus>

That would be Rookus rookus, otherwise known as Quidnuncae turdus?

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