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Henry Bird vs William Pollock
"Henry & Henry" (game of the day Dec-08-2018)
6th American Chess Congress (1889), New York, NY USA, rd 5, Mar-29
Scandinavian Defense: Modern Variation (B01)  ·  1-0



Annotations by Wilhelm Steinitz.      [129 more games annotated by Steinitz]

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Oct-11-04  Knight13: 40. Re1?? did black not see 41. Nf5+! ? As steintz said, mate in two moves would be 56. Qh6+ Kg8 57. Re8#. Good game.
May-09-05  who: Knight13 your variation is mate in 1. However you forgot 56.Qh6+ Kg8 57.Re8+ Qf8 58.Rxf8#
Dec-12-07  Udit Narayan: Great, great game. Steinitz's notes are excellent!!!
Dec-08-18  Whitehat1963: Wild game!
Dec-08-18  offramp: It is wonderful that User: castleguy12 has been honoured with his pun being used for a GoTD. Well done!

She has only kibitzed 32 times in her three years at this site, but she has come up with a cracker of a PUN for this game.

However, I don't get the title, "Henry & Henry". Is that a film or what?

The two players have the first names of Henry and William, so I don't get that either.

APART from that, I think it is a reasonable pun.

Dec-08-18  PhilFeeley: <I think it is a reasonable pun.>

I don't get the title either, and don't think it's pun at all.

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  Korora: They say that the winner is the one who blunders second-to-last.
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  whiteshark: <Black‚Äôs last move was a grave error and White takes hold of the attack with great ingenuity.>

<40...Rb5>, and black is o.k.

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  Domdaniel: If you end up in one, then it is a grave error.

Nicht Wahr?

Dec-08-18  newzild: <PhilFeeley> You're quite right - it isn't a pun at all. It's simply a name or title.
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  al wazir: I don't understand Steinitz's comment after 24...BNxc4. If <25.Qxc4 Bxf2+ 26.Kh1 Bxe1 27.Nxe1 Qf2>, then 27. Nf3. Now what?

If 28...Rd1, then 29. Qg4+ Kf8 (29...Kh8 30. Qb8+ repeats; if 29...Kf7, then 30. Ng5+) 30. Qc8+ Ke7 31. Qb7+ Rd7 32. Qa3.

I don't think black can get anything better than a perpetual.

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  Domdaniel: Well, actually "Henry & Henry" *is* a pun. "Un peu obscure" - as somebody in Paris said of the great proto-surrealist Raymond Roussel, but still a pun:


The collections of Henry and Henry Shoes. ... Henry & Henry Shoes is a trademark of Randi Creazion...>

There are other possibilities: Niall Henry, an Irish theatre director who studied mime with Marcel Marceau, and who now works in theatre in Sligo; or, Regarding Henry, a film from the 1980s, directed by Mike Nichols, starring Harrison Ford as a lawyer who suffers brain damage after a shooting; or Henry & Henry, a bakery in Buffalo, New York; or, well, buttercream, meringue and sandals, plus related products.

I apologize in advance for having so much trivia in the grotesque filing cabinet of my mind.

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  Domdaniel: "A Bird and two smoking pollocks" ... note that each player had a 'Henry' in his name.
Dec-18-18  newzild: <Domdaniel> The fact that other Henrys exist doesn't make it a pun either.

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