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Garry Kasparov vs David Letterman
"Don't Quit Your Day Job" (game of the day Aug-25-2019)
? (1990)
Scandinavian Defense: General (B01)  ·  1-0



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  Richard Taylor: The Letterman Defense!!
Aug-16-09  Tim G: I vaguely remember this game. Letterman would call Kasparov via telephone to get his move. It may have been at a less-than-ideal time for Kasparov's time zone and, if I remember correctly, Letterman had all day to make his move while Kasparov made his immediately afterward. Is that correct?
Feb-06-10  edbermac: Letterman was probably cheating with a computer. I play Big Bang Chess that came with my MAC and it plays 3...Qe6+ 80% of the time. In fact it plays 1...d5 80% of the time! The other 20% is 1...Nc6.
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  whiteshark: A woman will always sacrifice herself if you give her the opportunity. It is her favourite form of self-indulgence.
Mar-23-10  markwell: Really, no one gives a rat's butt about David Letterman.
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  wordfunph: Kasparov-Letterman

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...and 22.Qxf6+ end the game.

happy birthday David!

Apr-21-10  pink gorilla: why does kasparov get to be white
Aug-20-12  Helios727: David would call Kasparov and have him state his move while David had to make his move immediately after. So it was Kasparov who had all day to think of his move while David made his move in a few seconds. This may have been to prevent David from using computers or getting help from other grandmasters.
Sep-16-12  Everett: Computers? 1990?
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  Dionysius1: Lovely finish - a bit of genial showboating from Kasparov!
Aug-13-13  Abdel Irada: <whiteshark: A woman will always sacrifice herself if you give her the opportunity. It is her favourite form of self-indulgence.>

Thank you, <Whiteshark> Somerset Maugham.

Apr-03-14  waustad: As a youth I used to watch Steve Allen when I was allowed to stay up that late. I confess that I haven't watched the show much since, though I'm often up that late. I wish him a comfortable and active retirement.
Apr-04-14  Granny O Doul: Steve's retirement seemed to be active enough. He wrote about 6,000 songs, but only a few hundred would I call really essential.
Nov-26-14  WhiteAnemone: Funny game, almost made me laugh.
Aug-25-19  thegoldenband: "Stupid Human Tricks"
Aug-25-19  newzild: Letterman is worse than Sting.

At least there was a nice queen sac at the end.

Aug-25-19  cunctatorg: I don't get it at all! After 15. Bxa5 Garry Kasparov had an advantage of a Queen (and a pawn) for just one Knight... If this can be a game of the day, I should have played a game against Kasparov and Chessgames should include it a the GOTD collection; there is a good chance that my play wouldn't be worst than Letterman's!!...
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  OhioChessFan: It's slightly possible that people wouldn't be as interested in the Legendary cunctatorg as they are in David Letterman.
Aug-25-19  cunctatorg: Why David Letterman is more legendary -regarding the game of chess- than this cunctatorg guy?!?

And who's David Letterman by the way?!?

Aug-25-19  ajile: Letterman is a comic genius. Without him many other comics like Colbert probably wouldn't have made it. He was doing his unique style DECADES before anyone else on television. For example on youtube search for "Letterman Flunky the Clown" and you can find a collection of his bits with this character that was made up from a write-in letter from a viewer.
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  WorstPlayerEver: "This forum is for this specific game and nothing else." Yeah well, there are exceptions!

Aug-25-19  RookFile: I wonder what the top ten reasons are for black losing this game.
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  OhioChessFan: Thanks for the inspiration <rookfile> I have 5 off the top of my head and will come up with a list by tomorrow.
Aug-25-19  lemaire90: « Garde ta job. »
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  OhioChessFan: ** Top 10 Reasons David Letterman Says He Lost This Game **

10. My opponent threatened to send his Russian “friends” after me if I even got a draw.

9. Joan Collins promised to come on the show if I lost in less than 25 moves. I did, and she didn’t, the slut.

8. I thought I was doing okay until he started moving his horse thingy.

7. I don’t think so well when it gets late.

6. I got overconfident after I took an early lead in captures.

5. Some woman player told me that Kasparov took back a move.

4. Mike slip.

3. It wasn’t so bad. I won his Queen for my horse thingy.

2. I got confused and thought I was going to play Boris Becker until this Kasparov guy kept calling in.

1. Hey, I bet I’m better at chess than he is at writing Top 10 lists!

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