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Orest Averkin vs Yuri Balashov
"You're Under Orest" (game of the day Jul-08-2018)
URS-ch First League (1974), Odessa URS, Oct-??
Indian Game: Yusupov-Rubinstein System (A46)  ·  0-1



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Jul-08-18  birimbombum: Sorry, I don't understand this game.
Jul-08-18  Ironmanth: birimbombum, I agree with you; this make little to no sense to me. Sigh; apparently, playing the game for 45 years has not helped me in this one. More study I guess. :(
Jul-08-18  jinkinson: How is white supposed to win after 30...Kg8?
Jul-08-18  AlicesKnight: <jinkinson> White doesn't win - check the result - a faulty combination with the problems starting earlier on - White from move 25 onwards is trying to avoid a piece loss.
Jul-08-18  morfishine: Another "Double-Bubble": We, the innocent viewing public, are treated to a lousy game AND a backwards, nonsensical, illogical, idiotic game-title, all in one!!!

What more could one ask for?


Jul-08-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 24 dpa done

<1. = (0.00): 24.f4> Nf7 25.Nh5 Ng6 26.Qg3 Nh6 27.Ne5 fxe5 28.dxe5 Qe6 29.Nf6+ gxf6 30.Bxg6 Qg4 31.Bxe8 Rxe8 32.Qf2 Nf5 33.Qxb6 Nh4 34.Rd2 Nf3+ 35.Kh1 Nxd2 36.Qxb7 Qe6 37.Rc6 Qg4 38.Rc1 Qe6

2. - / + (-0.71): 24.Kf1 a5 25.f4 Ne4 26.Nxe4 dxe4 27.Qxh4 Ba6 28.Qg4 Qd5 29.Kg1 f5 30.Qg3 exd3 31.Bxd3 Bxd3 32.Qxd3 Bxf4 33.Rc2 Be3+ 34.Kh1 f4 35.Re2 Qh5 36.Rde1 Rd6 37.Qc4+ Kh8 38.h3 Red8 39.Qd3 Qg5 40.Qe4 Kg8 41.Qe5 Qxe5 42.dxe5 Rc6 43.Kh2 Kf7 44.Rf1

Jul-08-18  Castleinthesky: I don't see this one as a GOTD. It is an error in calculation and no brilliance.
Jul-08-18  ChessHigherCat: <Castleinthesky: I don't see this one as a <GOTD>. It is an error in calculation and no brilliance.>

So what's the problem?

error in calculation = <GOT> (Gone Off Track)

no brilliance = <D> (Dull)

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  FSR: Must agree with <morfishine> on this one. Lousy game and lousy pun: having won the game, Balashov was "over Orest" rather than under him.
Jul-08-18  hdcc: Better pun required? How about "Averkin disaster"?
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  Count Wedgemore: What about "Report for yuri duty, or you'll get orested"..?

Too elaborate? Yes, it'll need some work.

Jul-09-18  ChessHigherCat: <CW> Pretty good but it needs some tweaking:

Yuri votes to orest Averkin

Anyway, the problem with our puns is not that they're too elaborate, it's that any kind of intelligent pun is taboo.

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  Count Wedgemore: <CHC: Anyway, the problem with our puns is not that they're too elaborate, it's that any kind of intelligent pun is taboo.>

I see. Then it is no wonder our pun suggestions have so limited success . We must try to dumb them down, so the commoners can understand them.

By the way, do you know what the priest said at Averkin's funeral?

"Orest in Peace".

Jul-09-18  ChessHigherCat: <Count Wedgemore: <CHC: Anyway, the problem with our puns is not that they're too elaborate, it's that any kind of intelligent pun is taboo.>

<I see. Then it is no wonder our pun suggestions have so limited success . We must try to dumb them down, so the commoners can understand them.>

Exactly, and make sure you include a reference to U.S. pop culture, preferably one that has nothing to do with the game. The ideal pun here would probably be:

<Un, Orest, un!>

Jul-31-19  jinkinson: Clearly the sacrifice feature is broken on this game since it is describing a move that was not actually played (29...Bxh7+).
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Entertaining bit of play.

A spotted threat countered with a slack move then a double Bishop sac bluff meeting calm play

Here Black has just played 23...Ng6-h4

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and is threatening Nhxf3+ gxf3 Nh3+ winning the Queen.

White flicked out 24.Kh1 to stop it but looks like he missed 24...Nf5! (see cormier's box analysis for an idea of what he could/should have played.)

White faced with losing a pawn on g3 ending with Bxg3 which covers e1 so no challenge on the e-file and a miserable position to untangle tries to tactically trick his way out of it.

It culminates here with the desperate 28.Ba3

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If 28...Qxa3 29.Bxh7+ Kxh7 (actually not forced in this line - the double bluff.) 30.Qg6+ is a draw. Black refuses the a3 Bishop.

We get to here.

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White realises after 30...Kg8 he has nothing and resigned.

Pity. He could have tried 30...Kg8 31. Ng4 and if 31...Nh8 32.Nh6 mate and then we would not have got that pun. (which is not as bad as some of them on here.)


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