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NN vs Jacob Henry Sarratt
"Sarratt in the Kitchen" (game of the day Jul-18-2004)
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King's Gambit: Accepted. Muzio Gambit Wild Muzio Gambit (C37)  ·  0-1



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Jul-18-04  DanielBryant: I don't get the pun.
Jul-18-04  mynameisrandy: There's a rat in the kitchen.

Yeah, it's a stretch...

Jul-18-04  ArturoRivera: where is the rat?
Jul-18-04  macphearsome: Damnit all anyways. First I don't get today's puzzle, and then to add insult to my injuries, I don't get today's pun, either.
Jul-18-04  mynameisrandy: Well, it had to happen eventually. Today's pun is more popular than the game. :P
Jul-18-04  Lawrence: <ArturoRivera>, in the kitchen.
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  kevin86: A nice attack AGAINST the Muzio. I really enjoyed the ballet of bishops and knights-with a rook chaser.
Jul-18-04  Phoenix: Must be really tough for N N to keep up-to-date on the latest opening theory...I mean, how many openings have gone through refutations in his time?!
Jul-18-04  Calchexas: Great. They need more puns like "A Knight Can't Mate." ;)

But seriously, this only confirms my suspicion that almost all lines of the King's Gambit are fatally flawed. Bust it!

Jul-18-04  dac1990: Another one of my favorite miniatures comes out of this line:

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 g5 4. Bc4 g4 5. O-O gxf3 6. Nc3 fxg2?! 7. Rxf4 f6?? 8. Qh5+ Ke7 9. Qf7+ Kd6 10. e5+! Kxe5 (10. ...fxe5 11. Qd5+ Ke7 12. Qxe5#, and if 10. ...Kc5 or ...Kc6 then 11. Qd5+ and 12.Qb5#)11. Re4+ Kd6 (11. ...Kf5 12.Qh5#) 12. Qd5# 1-0

Note that not one of Black's other pieces were developed. White had such a lead in development it doesn't matter if he's down a Knight.

Jul-18-04  Leviathan: Wow! Probably the 1st time I see black beating the Muzio.

I think the reason for white's defeat is 9.Qd5: that allows Sarratt to force 13.gxf3, blocking the f column (which is white's best weapon in the Muzio)

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  tpstar: <> My other half bgitw (true to his drunk crazy American big geek status) is making me write this. (Timmy!) I/we love your Game of the Day and usually savor the accompanying title, but trying to use "Sarratt" in a punny sense was perhaps a much higher degree of difficulty than expected. The most famous "rat" colloquialism would be "rat in a cage" from Smashing Pumpkins (BWBW), so maybe "Sarratt in a cage" would work. It would be less good to utilize the root "sara" (e.g., "Sarratt Smile") as nobody would get that either. The only other suggestion I/we had was "Que Sarratt, Sarratt" which unfortunately is very stupid. Therefore, I/we recommend "Jacob's Ladder" next time around. (Timmy.)
Jul-18-04  uglyhorace: what a terrible game. white seems just so awful. what a waste of my time to look at.
Jun-03-05  MoonlitKnight: It seems NN was only mucking about with his queen all the time. Definitely not the way to play the Muzio.
Jun-08-05  aw1988: tpstar, forgive my ignorance, but who on earth is "Timmy!"?
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  tpstar: James Mason

The Lords of the Underworld/Darkness fills my heart with pain

If you don't get it
Then you don't get it

Feb-02-08  wolfmaster: There is a rat is a huge stretch of Sarrat, but it was the best Chessgames could do.
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