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Florin Felecan vs Frederick Rhine
"Felecan Brief" (game of the day Sep-12-2019)
Illinois Open (2019), Downers Grove, IL USA, rd 3, Sep-01
Hungarian Opening: Sicilian Invitation (A00)  ·  0-1


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Sep-08-19  Granny O Doul: I once bought this book (for a buck, at the used book store): but I'm not sure I ever finished reading it.
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  FSR: <Granny O Doul> LOL!
Sep-08-19  morfishine: The Felecan variation!
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  moronovich: "Rhinestone Cowboy"
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  OhioChessFan: "Felecan Brief"
Sep-12-19  ASchultz: Whenever I see Downers Grove, I always think of Emo Philips's song "Downtown Downers Grove" and how he loves to shop there.
Sep-12-19  spingo: <FSR>: Can he contend with Felecan? Like hell he can.
Sep-12-19  birimbombum: 25.Qxf5!! Incredible move. Pity,no one saw it. Gg, FSR.
Sep-12-19  JohnBoy: Nice game, Fred. I saw your plan to strand the white R and enjoyed seeing it come to fruition. 25.Qf5 never occurred to me, but, once I saw your mention of it, the continuation was clear. Ouch!
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  keypusher: <FSR> You have to feel good about this one. Who's the strongest player you've ever beaten in a regular tournament game?
Sep-12-19  RandomVisitor: <FSR>points out that <White could have equalized with the amazing 25.Qxf5!! gxf5 26.Rg1+ Kh7 27.Bxf5+>so black might have tried 21...Ng8 knocking the rook back without complications and working with his one pawn advantage:

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<41/55 06:24 -1.49 21...Ng8 22.R6f2 Bb7> 23.Re2 Qd4 24.Ng5 h6 25.Bxb7 hxg5 26.Bf3 Qf4 27.Qc3+ Qf6 28.Re5 Kh7 29.Bg2 Qe7 30.d4 cxd4 31.Qxd4 f6 32.Re2 Kg7 33.Qe3 e5 34.Rd2 Qc7 35.b3 Rbd8 36.Rfd1 Nh6 37.h3 Rh8 38.Rxd8 Rxd8 39.Rxd8 Qxd8 40.Bd5 a5 41.Kg2 Qc7 42.Qf3 f5 43.gxf5 gxf5 44.a3 Qc5

Sep-12-19  RandomVisitor: After 19.Kh1 black can pick up two pawns, then knock the rook back

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<40/66 03:10 -2.55 19....Nxe5 20.Raf1 Qxd3 21.Qe1 Ng4> 22.R6f3 Qd4 23.Ng5 f6 24.Rf4 Qe5 25.Nxh7 Qxe1 26.Rxe1 Kxh7 27.Rxg4 e5 28.Rge4 Kg7 29.Kg1 Rd8 30.R4e3 Bb7 31.h3 Kf7 32.Bxb7 Rxb7 33.g4 g5 34.Rf3 Re7 35.Ref1 Re6 36.Re3 Rd4 37.b3 Kg6 38.Rf2 Red6 39.Kg2 Rd7 40.Ref3 R4d6 41.Re3 Rd2 42.Kg3 R2d3

Sep-12-19  Parachessus: "Hungarian Opening: Sicilian Invitation." This is one of the things I love about this game- the gloriously creative names of the various opening variations. The more syllables the better.
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  perfidious: When, in truth, the opening is a Symmetrical English by transposition.
Sep-12-19  Parachessus: One of the rules in Lev Alburt's book "Chess Rules of Thumb" is to always try to swap off the opponent's fianchettoed bishop as Felecan does here (11.Bh6 and 12. Bxg7).
Sep-12-19  morfishine: What does the "Felecan Brief" have to do with anything?

Another example of a Non-Pun that missed the connection

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  keypusher: Well, <Pelican Brief> is a legal thriller, FSR's a lawyer, the game is pretty brief and Felecan loses. I'd say this pun is more relevant to the game than most.
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  FSR: <OCF> Nice pun!
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  FSR: <keypusher> Yes, I'm very happy with the game, despite the possible miracle save on move 25. I've beaten two more low 2400s - see L Kaushansky vs F Rhine, 1997 and F Rhine vs G S DeFotis, 1988. I think that Kaushansky at 2424 might have been the highest-rated of the three. Felecan is an IM; Kaushansky and DeFotis were FMs. DeFotis at his peak was one of the country's best players, as shown by his stellar +2 result at the US Championship (1972). Kaushansky was a co-winner of the 1994 U.S. Open.

I've lost to about 10 or 11 senior masters. Never a draw! The USCF shows that since 1991 I'm +2 -3 =0 against 2400s.

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  FSR: <perfidious> Yes, this opening should be classified as A36, English Opening - Bovinnik Variation. A more natural way for it to have begun would have been 1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 Nc6 5.e4 d6 6.Nge2 e6 7.O-O a6. Opening Explorer I sent a correction slip.
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  parmetd: Actually <morfishine> I rather like that pun. It's one of the few I have seen on this site that I can genuinely appreciate. Sorry, normally the punsters think of themselves as gods while producing utter crap... In this case, a rather godly pun was actually produced. Now if you haven't seen the movie, I would understand not getting the reference.
Sep-13-19  Granny O Doul: <ASchultz> On another visit to this same used book store, I bought a copy of "The Power of Judyism", by Judy Tenuta. Within it is a postcard, perhaps a forgotten bookmark, from "the Loyal Order of Emo-Philiacs", PO Box 359, Downers Grove, with this message: "To Liz, Thanks for being a saucy little weenie teaser! emo".

It seems to have been delivered in person, as it is unaddressed, unstamped, and unpostmarked. I hope this Liz did not inadvertently part with a prized keepsake.

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  FSR: <Granny O Doul> That seems to be a defunct group of Emo Philips fans.
Sep-13-19  Granny O Doul: <FSR> I'm always too late to the party.
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  FSR: Oh, I'm a bit slow! I just noticed that they used <OCF>'s pun and made this GOTD two days ago. Good job, <OCF>!
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