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Valentina Gunina vs Anna Muzychuk
"Lady Gu-Gu" (game of the day Dec-27-2016)
European Individual Women's Championship (2012), Gaziantep TUR, rd 11, Mar-13
Semi-Slav Defense: General (D43)  ·  1-0


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  tamar: The last round must win game that made Gunina champion.

The extended tactical sequence around move 20 leading to victory is well hidden, and full of chances for Black if White does not play precisely.

23 Qc1! is a key move, not just because it breaks the pin on the a pawn, but it attacks h6 which is useful later.

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  Penguincw: Beautiful mate coming up.

38...♔e7 39.♘c6# 1-0.

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Mar-13-12  4tmac: Picturesque or what! Without the mate the position was still a win(?) but very difficult in practice. Both players only had a few minutes before time control.
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  tamar: 28 Qf3 leads to a duel of the Queens for a few moves, but gives Black at least the hope of a draw with the piece sacrifice and diminution of the pawns.

28 Ng3 would have been a different duel, this time two knights versus the two bishops.

Houdini finds a clear win for the knights here.

28 Ng3 Bxe4 29 Qe1! f5 (29...Rxb2 30 Qxe4 Qxe4 31 Nxe4 Bd4 32 Ne3 and the knights are too agile.) 30 Nxf5! Bxf5 31 Qxe5+ Kg6 32 Qf6+ Kh5 33 Qxf5 Qxg4 34 Qxc5 and White is two pawns up.

or 28...Qe6 29 Rc1 Bd4 30 Nf5+ Kh7 31 Nxd4 exd4 32 e5 Kg7 33 Nf6 Rxb2 34 Qxd4 Rb8 35 Re1 a5 36 Qd3 Rh8 37 Nh5+ Kg8 38 Qd8+ wins another pawn 2.23/23

or 28...Bd4 29 Qf3 Qe6 30 Nxh6!

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If 30...Qxh6 31 Nf5+, or 30...Kxh6 31 Qh5+ 32 Kg8 Nf5 winning because of the unprotected rook on b8, a sequence which most clearly shows the advantage of moving the knight to g3 first.

Mar-23-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: SELF-BLOCKS: CAN'T CAPTURE YOUR OWN PIMP

V Gunina vs A Muzychuk, 2012 37 ... Bd5-e6? blocks e6-sq and Black king get mated on e7-sq

Mar-28-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: KNOW THE ENEMY KING'S FLIGHT SQUARES AT ALL TIME
Mar-28-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: ANTICIPATORY SELF-BLOCKS
Apr-21-12  JohnDahl: Watching this, Kramnik's mind couldn't have been completely on the game. I think he was hankering after a sandwich....with him in the middle.
Apr-21-12  King Death: < notyetagm: Game Collection: SELF-BLOCKS: CAN'T CAPTURE YOUR OWN PIMP>

I don't have any game collections set up yet but I must say that this isn't the first idea I'd have for a title. Very good one though!

Jul-10-13  notyetagm: <King Death: < notyetagm: Game Collection: SELF-BLOCKS: CAN'T CAPTURE YOUR OWN PIMP>

I don't have any game collections set up yet but I must say that this isn't the first idea I'd have for a title. Very good one though!>


Dec-27-16  newhampshireboy: Nice game!
Dec-27-16  Saniyat24: Nice game and a very nice pun...!
Dec-27-16  Saniyat24: Black could have played 29...Qd4
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  catlover: Excellenet GOTD.
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  ChessHigherCat: I guess black can't really win a piece with 15... Ng6 because of 16. Rd3..RxR, 17. BxR
Dec-27-16  JohnBoy: I wonder if white foresaw the swing to the k-side when entering the tactical sequence at about move 15. Nice whole-board play.
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  ChessHigherCat: Sorry, I meant black can't really win a piece with 15... Nb6 because of 16. Rd3..RxR, 17. BxR
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  ChessHigherCat: A pathological condition of a male chessplayer who types g instead of b has been elegantly described by Freud in the now classic formula as "He be gee bee"
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  morfishine: Another complete failure, an absolute gaffe, a truly laughable FUBAR of a game title. Besides the normal lacking of the necessary second reference (which we've all come to expect), in order to qualify as an actual "pun", this one is spelled wrong

The "Gaga" in Lady Gaga is one word, not two words: Ga Ga

Gu Gu flames out in spectacular fashion

What a joke

This one takes the cake for the most miserable lemon, the most incredible bungle, the most stupendous oversight, a virtual total loss on all fronts



Dec-27-16  TheFocus: I agree. These puns are not funny.
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  ChessHigherCat: 1) The puns are inevitably getting trite because of the limited scope (almost always centered on distortion of the players' names and contemporary US pop culture). It would be better to allow the use of foreign words/phrases, for example. At least the puns would be educational that way and non-native-English-speakers wouldn't complain about ethnocentrism. They should also allow anagrams, spoonerisms, etc.; 2) I don't get the pun this time, either, but I'm so (deliberately) out of touch with contemporary US culture that I could well be missing something. Just to give an example of how hard it may be to get a pun, in my post above "He be-gee be", you have to understand that I invented a transitive verb "to be-gee" meaning to transform something into the letter "gee" (like belittle, to make small) and that "He be" is colloquial for "he is" and that "heebie-jeebies" is US slang for a type of anxiety, with the result that very few people probably understood and even most of them are no doubt plotting revenge at this very moment 3) jith1207 had a good point the other day: Criticizing a pun without offering a better alternative is an admission of one's own inability to do better, unless you want to argue that all puns should be banned from the face of the earth, which strikes me as a rather extreme position. Good puns, while rare, can be very funny. 4) I totally agree that bad games shouldn't be chosen solely on the basis of puns, but not every GOTD has to be so sophisticated that only a GM can appreciate them because it's a site for beginners, too.
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  tamar: the day the Muzychuk died
Dec-27-16  WickedPawn: The final knight-rook mate threat is similar to what GM Gildardo Garcia pulled here after the striking 38...Rg2!!:


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White to move (resign).
J M Bellon Lopez vs G Garcia, 1976.

Dec-28-16  ColeTrane: Hey all you guys who hate on puns here should use that gusto to simply visit the pun voting page..... By not voting is how we got Trump.
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