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Sawyer Tom vs Kerry Bateman
"Whitewash" (game of the day Jan-22-2019)
Chess Olympiad (2018), Batumi GEO, rd 7, Oct-01
Benoni Defense: King Pawn lines (A65)  ·  1-0
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Jan-20-19
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  OhioChessFan: "Whitewash"
Jan-22-19
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  FSR: I see what you did there.
Jan-22-19
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  al wazir: The pun was better than usual, but the game was substandard.
Jan-22-19
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  OrangeTulip: Yes, alas, nice puns are becoming the criterium, not the level of the players
Jan-22-19
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  piltdown man: Still, it was an excellent pun.
Jan-22-19  Autoreparaturwerkbau: I am not english-born speaker. I understand whitewash means "to paint with white" but i am not sure how that matches with the game.

As far as i understand this pun of today is rather brillant, so i guess there must be some "whitewash" meaning i am not aware of.

Can please someone of the english first speakers explain the true meaning of the pun to me?

Thanks for helping clueless kibitzer in advance. :)

Jan-22-19
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  Korora: <Autoreparaturwerkbau> From Wiktionary, the fifth definition seems to give the most probable meaning of the pun:

<(US, Britain, slang) In various games, to defeat (an opponent) so that they fail to score, or to reach a certain point in the game; to skunk.>

I'd run across the term in a related sense in Cricket for Dummies, where is was used to mean winning every single match of a series; what in baseball is called a sweep.

Jan-22-19
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  saffuna: The book "Tom Sawyer" opens with Tom whitewashing a fence, and tricking a friend into doing it for him.
Jan-22-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: <saffuna>,

Multiple friends and acquaintances, actually, but yes. And indeed the winner of today's game got what he wanted with his opponent thinking it was his own idea.

Jan-22-19
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  saffuna: Multiple friends. I'd forgotten.
Jan-22-19  NightKnight: This is actually a rare double pun. Whitewash refers also to a scene in American Psycho (Bateman). Bravo.
Jan-22-19  EboLedder: At first I agreed with the sentiment about the substandard game--it seemed a clear case of white overreaching and getting punished for it. But the heavy trading and brash play of white, and black's patient rebuffs and cunning in nursing the advantage, did make for a pretty spectacular game, in reflection.
Jan-22-19  Jimmy720: <Autoreparaturwerkbau>, the pun is a reference to Mark Twain's novel, Tom Sawyer (the reverse of the first player's name). In the novel, Tom Sawyer is forced to whitewash a fence.
Jan-22-19
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  thegoodanarchist: < al wazir: The pun was better than usual, but the game was substandard.>

Agreed. Black's piece sac was weak, and Black never got close to adequate compensation for it.

Jan-23-19
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  Count Wedgemore: Black's piece sacrifice was dubious, yes. However, not at all unplayable. I think where he really went wrong was with 18...Qxf2+?, which was a senseless choice. Exchanging queens a piece down? After that White has a won endgame. Instead 18...Qxg4, and White still has some problems to solve.
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