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Alexey Shirov vs Boris Gelfand
"Fire on the Boris" (game of the day Aug-03-2014)
Chalkidiki (1993), Chalkidiki GRE, rd 7
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Classical System Neo-Classsical Line (E99)  ·  1-0

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Feb-14-08  PAWNTOEFOUR: faced with mate in three,gm gelfand packs it in.....31...Kf6 32.Qxf7+ Ke5 33.Qg7+ Kxd6 34.Rh6#.....this would make a nice monday puzzle
Aug-03-14
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  offramp: Another superb pun! The Boris was a Russian aircraft carrier that exploded killing all 1,227 on board.
Aug-03-14  Conrad93: <Another superb pun! The Boris was a Russian aircraft carrier that exploded killing all 1,227 on board.>

Are you sure that's what it's referring to? It may just be a forced pun.

Aug-03-14  SpiritedReposte: Shirov did have a book called <Fire on Board> didn't he?
Aug-03-14
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  morfishine: Exciting game and yes a superb pun, although it had nothing to do with any Russian aircraft carrier
Aug-03-14
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  watwinc: My question: where did Gelfand miscalculate? Did he simply miss 30 Rh8? Or was he already scrambling for swindles?
Aug-03-14
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  thegoodanarchist: <SpiritedReposte: Shirov did have a book called <Fire on Board> didn't he?>

Yes, and I suspected that the pun was based on that. Since the Russian language doesn't use articles, I doubt that the carrier <offramp> referred to was named "The Boris".

Aug-03-14
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  thegoodanarchist: I propose a different title for this game:

"Getting Freaky-Deeky in Chalkidiki"

Aug-03-14
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  thegoodanarchist: <offramp: Another superb pun! The Boris was a Russian aircraft carrier that exploded killing all 1,227 on board.>

This immediately aroused my suspicion, because an explosion on a large ship does NOT kill all hands on board.

That, and as I mentioned previously, Russians don't use articles such as "The".

To top it all off, the Soviet Union never built traditional aircraft carriers. Their carriers are ASW ships with helicopters, which don't carry large crews.

I can state categorically, <offramp>'s post is complete bunk.

Aug-03-14  ColeTrane: that game was the fire
Aug-03-14  Strelets: You're correct; Russian would just put the noun in the accusative case. But since the "Boris" in question (better known as Boris Abramovich Gel'fand) is a second declension animate noun, it takes the genitive marker -а instead of the accusative -у. If it was indeed a ship, it would stay in the nominative as an inanimate noun. This leaves us with the following: Пожар на Бориса. Russian grammar is really hard...
Aug-03-14  tatarch: Best response to 29...Qd5?

30. Qxf5 is straightforward, wondering if something like Qc3 is better.

Aug-03-14
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  morfishine: <thegoodanarchist> Lighten up, <offramp> often offers satirical or sarcastic wit, a levity that is refreshing

*****

Aug-03-14
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  HeMateMe: I recently submitted "Fire on Boris" as a pun, and perhaps a CG employee edited it slightly, to broaden the idea [or, someone submitted a similar pun to mine].
Aug-04-14  HighestUnrated: Instead of 29....Nxf1 black could have played 29...Qd5
Aug-04-14
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  Zhbugnoimt: If 28...Qd5? 29.Nf6+! Rxf6 30.Qh7+ Kf8 31. Rxf6+ 1-0
Aug-04-14
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  kevin86: Black will be mated quickly.
Aug-04-14
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  thegoodanarchist: <morfishine: <thegoodanarchist> Lighten up, <offramp> often offers satirical or sarcastic wit, a levity that is refreshing>

The supposed death of over a thousand people is levity?

Ok, that's good to know. I've been using the word levity incorrectly, I guess.

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