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Frank Babar vs Michael John Basman
"Holy Queen Sac, Basman!" (game of the day Mar-28-2018)
17th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1993), London ENG, rd 1, Aug-21
Carr Defense: General (B00)  ·  0-1



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Jun-10-09  theodor: <syracrophy: Wasn't 20.e6+ much better, with the idea of 20... Kxe6 21.d5+?> completely agreed!
Jun-10-09  Thrajin: < Phony Benoni>, I agree. Don't forget all those horrible Fischer puns too.
Jun-10-09  benjinathan: This is a list of all the "Holy...!" phrases in the Batman series:

Jun-10-09  ajile: <TheTamale: And THAT'S why you don't mess with IM Basman. Thanks to Basman, my winning percentage vs. my computer has gone up...Grob as White, and 1)... h6 and 2)... g5 as Black. I don't play these variations all the time, because they're not the most enjoyable, but when I'm in need of a win (for you see, I am playing a 300-game match vs. my computer), I roll 'em out for a satisfying thrashing.>

You must have a very weak computer. Try playing these lines against Rybka 3 and see what happens. These openings only work against weaker opposition and get thrashed by higher rated stronger opponents.

Jun-10-09  benjinathan: I see there is a chess reference: "Holy Reshevsky!" which is said to take place: "as Dick & Bruce play 3D chess, Sammy Reshevsky was one of the great chess players of 20th century, also known as the Wonder Boy".

Not sure I would have got that one as a kid...

Jun-10-09  Bobsterman3000: Quick Batman, pull Pocket Fritz off of your Bat Utility Belt!!
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  Annie K.: Another winner from our Good Doctor! :)

Interestingly, I don't think I've seen <any> of these 10 puns in the pun booth. :s

Jun-10-09  WhiteRook48: is this #1?
Jun-10-09  SirChrislov: <OhioChessFan: The first pun I saw was Marjanov Error, which I expected to be a top 10, though the game wasn't as good as the pun.>

I remember reading somewhere in the pun contest rules that quality of the game would rule over quality of the pun. therefore the judges favored good games with bad puns over bad games with good puns. that's why it's not surprising to me that the top 10 were victories by such greats as Spassky, Aronian, Tal, Nimzovitsch, Kasparov, Anand.

The contest was for the purpose of your game entry to make game of the day. so no matter what, you had to submit a graet game in order to have a chance to win. now as far as the pun, it was left to the judges and voters to decide how well it related to the game.

congrats to tpstar. I believe he made 3 in the top 10. I enjoyed the book imensely and sure you will too. I'm sure you already have more puns up your sleeve for next year's contest, don't cha boy?

Jun-10-09  Hugh the Drover: Benny Hill had a batman joke, a batman being some butler type of person or something.
Jun-10-09  TheTamale: <ajile: These openings only work against weaker opposition and get thrashed by higher rated stronger opponents.>

True enough, but I get thrashed by higher rated opponents notwithstanding. Against players of my own strength, Grob-like openings are worth trying, especially if the opponent develops passively: open up the g and maybe the h file, castle queenside, and attack on the kingside. It's fun and it's copasetic.

Jun-10-09  SirChrislov: <TheTamale and ajile>:

If you're crazy about beating computers like I was, I've beaten my program(+2500) and others sevaral times using "the barrage position". It takes practice, and you will lose a lot, but don't jam your foot into the computers' screen when that happens.(you'll just end up buying another one like I did) you will improve and soon beat it to a bloody pulp. It's a book called 'Chess: A psychiatrist matches witz with Fritz.' he's beaten Fritz countless times:

Ernest F Pecci

Jun-10-09  SirChrislov: Here's what I'm talking about, this is the barrage position, look at that fantastic Queen sac!! this is what you're supposed to do against computers:

Kramnik vs Junior, 2000

Jun-10-09  ajile: <SirChrislov: <TheTamale and ajile>: >

The only opening I used to have good results with was a Stonewall Dutch setup. But this was a long time ago when computer programs were not as good.

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  tpstar: Gentlemen - let's broaden our minds! Lawrence?!

All hail (1. e4 h6) the new King in town [last book move] (lol)/Young and old (2. b3 e6), gather round (3. Bb2 b6)/Black and White (4. g3 Bb7), red and green (5. Bg2 Nf6)/The funkiest man (6. d3 d5) you've ever seen (7. e5 Nfd7), tell you what his name is (8. d4 c5)/Partyman (9. c3 Nc6), Partyman (10. Ne2 Ba6)/Rock a party like nobody can (11. 0-0 cxd4)/Rules and regulations (12. cxd4 h5) no place in his nation (13. f4 h4)/Partyman (14. g4 h3), Partyman (15. Bf3 Qh4)/Party people (16. a3 g5), say it now [16 ... Be7!? =]/YEAH (17. f5 exf5), YEAH [17 ... Rc8 ], YEAH (18. Bxd5), YEAH [18. Nbc3 Bxe2 19. Nxe2 Ne7 ]/Somebody holler (18 ... Rc8) if you want to party [18 ... Qxg4+ 19. Ng3 Bxf1 20. Bf3 =]/Ladies and gentlemen (19. Bxf7+??), no pictures please [19. Ng3 Nxd4 20. Nxf5 Nxf5 21. Rxf5 ]/Get it up (19 ... Kxf7), oh yeah (20. Rxf5+)/Partyman [20. Ng3 Kg8 21. Nxf5 Qh7 ], Partyman (20 ... Ke8)/Get it up [20 ... Kg6!? 21. Ng3 Nxd4 ], get it up (21. Ng3 Ne7), ooh I love purple [21 ... Nxd4 22. Rxf8+ Kxf8 23. Nd2 Qxg3+ 24. hxg3 h2+ 25. Kf2 ]/I rock the party (22. Nd2), I rock the house [22. e6 Nxf5 23. exd7+ Kxd7 24. Nxf5 ]/I rock the whole world (22 ... Qxg3+?!), North East and South [22 ... Nxf5 23. Nxf5 Qh7 =]/In the West (23. hxg3 h2+), 17 horns blowing (24. Kh1 Nxf5)/Partyman (25. gxf5 Bb7+), Partyman (26. d5 Rc5)/Get it up [26 ... Bxd5+ 27. Nf3 Rc5 ]/All hail (27. e6??) the new King in town [27. Qf3 Rxd5 28. Ne4 ]/Ain't nothin' but a muffin (27 ... Rxd5)/We gotta lotta butter to go (28. Qf3)/And if it break when it bend [28. exd7+!? Rxd7+ 29. Qf3 Bxf3+ 30. Nxf3 ], you better not put it in (28 ... Nc5)/Giddy up (29. Bxh8 Rxd2), ride 'em boy (30. Qxb7 Nxb7)/Partyman (31. Rc1 Nc5), Partyman (32. b4?! Ne4), Partyman [32. Re1 Nd3 33. Rf1 ]/Young and old (33. Rc8+ Ke7), gather round (34. Rc7+ Kd8)/Everybody hail the new King in town (35. Rd7+ Rxd7)/Partyman (36. exd7 Nxg3+), Partyman (0-1) - Prince + Fritz 7, "Partyman"

My sister named her dog Lawrence after that line. ;>D

<Puns should be much more universal so almost everyone can get it immediately. Therefore I consider this contest unfair and boring> The pun is merely an entry point to the reference game. Hopefully the title makes people laugh or at least smile, but the primary focus should always be on the game itself. I think people take the GOTD & pun way too seriously; if there's one you don't like, just wait a day.

I was also surprised by these results, but that's why we vote. There are bound to be winners in #11 through #20 that people like better than the top 10, and that's fine. =)

Jun-11-09  TheTamale: <SirChrislov> As Spock would say, "Fascinating." I would like to think that I'm not driven by the vain ambition of being able to thrash my computer, but let's face it, part of me is. Thanks for the info.
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  Phony Benoni: What else could Basman play against Babar? He couldn't try the Elephant Gambit.
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  FSR: Apparently chessgames has decided that there are no new puns that are worthwhile, so it's recycling the old ones (as it did with yesterday's <Kavalanche>). The pun for the present game was previously used on June 10, 2009. Weird.
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  ChessHigherCat: How about Frankly Babaric defeat?

What a fantastic game, is that for real? A lesser player (like yours truly) would have played 26...Bxd5+ directly, but SF says that loses because of 27. Nf3 Rc5 28. e6.

I admit I have a preference for wild games like this, even if the electronic abacus claims they're unsound.

Mar-28-18  schnarre: ...Classic Basman!
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  sfm: I like Keene's statement about Basman (as pr. my memory):

"Luckily for the rest of us he always played these crazy openings. When he played something sensible he was really dangerous."

But even with the crazy openings, he could obviously still be dangerous.

Mar-28-18  Ironmanth: Wow! Great little game.
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  offramp: Basman always reminded me of Iain Anderson from <Jethro Tull>.
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  morfishine: <offramp> David Goodier of <Jethro Tull> reminds me of Jethro from <The Beverly Hillbillies>
Mar-28-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4
19.Ng3 Ne7 20.Bc4 Bxc4 21.bxc4 Qxg4 22.Qxg4 fxg4 23.Nd2 Ng6 24.Nf5 Nh4 25.Rae1 Nxf5 26.Rxf5 Be7 27.Bc3 a5 28.a4 Rh6 29.Re4 Re6 30.c5 Rg6 31.Rxg4 f6 32.exf6 Nxf6 33.Rg3 bxc5 34.Rxh3 cxd4 35.Bxd4 Rc1+ 36.Kf2 Rc2 37.Ke3 Bb4 38.Nb3 Ng4+ 39.Kd3 Rxh2 40.Rg3 Nh6 41.Rfxg5 Rd6 42.Kc4 Nf7 43.Rg7 Rc2+ 44.Kb5 = (0.23) Depth: 25

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