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Ngoc Truongson Nguyen vs Meelis Kanep
"White to Play and Nguyen" (game of the day Jun-13-2017)
Chess Olympiad (2010), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 4, Sep-24
Indian Game: Knights Variation. General (A46)  ·  1-0


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  notyetagm: Ngoc Truongson Nguyen vs Kanep, 2010

LarryC at ICC was just amazed at how vicious and fast the White attack came from this innocent-looking position.

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  Chizoad: Now this is a great pun.
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  offramp: <Chizoad: Now this is a great pun.>

It should be "White to Play Nguyen", not "White to Play and Nguyen".

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  Chizoad: Disagree. The pronunciation of Nguyen essentially drops the "N" sound (although it is vaguely present). It's one syllable - not two. Thus, the "and" is necessary.
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  ChessHigherCat: It may not be absolutely phonetically correct but "White to Play: Nguyen" makes sense and "White to Play and Nguyen" doesn't.
Jun-13-17  actinia: pronunciation of the Vietnamese name "Nguyen" sounds like the English word "win"

Jun-13-17  lentil: Actually, to ease the burden on "Anglo" folk, who have a lot of trouble starting a word with "ng" (Try it!), Vietnamese immigrants to the US and Canada often pronounce the name as "Win". So...
Jun-13-17  JohnBoy: Can black improve w 21...de3?
Jun-13-17  JohnBoy: Answer: no. Not 22.Rxd7, but 22.Qh5+ leads to a quick mate.
Jun-13-17  bcokugras: JohnBoy: 21... de3, 22. Qh5+, then?
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  ChessHigherCat: If it's really pronounced "win" then a better pun would be "Kanep fails to Nguyen"
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  ChessHigherCat: Eureka! Luckily the guy's first name begins with an N: "White to play: N. Nguyen"
Jun-13-17  catlover: It's interesting that on moves 35 and 36 Stockfish rated the positions more or less even. That changed with Kanep's 36...Nxd4 which permitted Nguyen to simplify to a rook and pawn ending with four pawns versus Kanep's two.
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  piltdown man: Outstanding pun!
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  ColeTrane: Nguyen is common like Rodriguez...but how does one pronounce the first name....? Flied Lice anyone....?
Jun-13-17  nikromos: Pin and Nguyen would have been my choice, given how the game went.
Jun-13-17  JohnBoy: <bcokugras> 21...de3 22.Qh5+ Kg8 23.Qh7+ Kf8 24.Qh8+ Ke7 25.Qg7+ Ke8 26.Qf7#

On a phone w small screen, but pretty sure this works.

Jun-13-17  JohnBoy: <catlover> - It sure looked to me on initial view that 36...Rd4 was the way for black to proceed.
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  morfishine: Yeah, lets just bastardize another player's name for a cheap chuckle

Real classy stuff around here


Jun-13-17  catlover: <JohnBoy> I think you're right. 36...Rxd4 would have kept the game fairly even.
Jun-13-17  LivBlockade: This line was repeated in Le Thao Nguyen Pham vs A Zatonskih, 2012 when Black tried 15...Qb5, also without success.
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  kevin86: White's kingside pawn majority carries the day.
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