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Viktor Korchnoi vs Zoltan Ribli
"Ribli's Believe it or Not" (game of the day Oct-09-2015)
Reggio Emilia (1987/88), Reggio Emilia ITA, rd 6, Jan-01
Semi-Slav Defense: General (D43)  ·  0-1



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Apr-27-05  BlazingArrow56: <RT>Hot water really does freeze faster than cold!
Apr-27-05  maoam: Regarding hot water freezing faster than cold water:

Apr-27-05  Ezzy: <maoam> That simple eh!! :-)
May-02-05  Rama: Er, okay, b5 is out. It is true that you ought to think of 0C as the melting point rather than the freezing point. Supercooled water is involved in most rain clouds, for example.
May-02-05  hjsukthankar: I found this sentence from the article interesting: "As the initially warmer water cools to the initial temperature of the initially cooler water, it may lose significant amounts of water to evaporation."

I'm not very good at chemistry, so could someone explain to me why water evaporates as it cools? I thought liquids were supposed to evaporate as you heated them.

May-06-05  Rama: We're kind of off-track here, but evaporation takes place at all temperatures; even ice evaporates.

The water does not evaporate as it cools -- it cools as it evaporates. Evaporation is a cooling process, you feel this on your skin when you get out of the water. It takes about 600 calories of heat to evaporate one gram of water.

When the water condenses back again, this heat is liberated. Put your hand in the steam coming out of your tea kettle and you will achieve enlightenment on this topic. Have some aloe handy, though!

Apr-11-06  dramas79: Superlative amazing.......pun!
Apr-12-06  Open Defence: <curiosity: Korchnoi would have been world champ if not for politics.> And Bush working for minimum wage ? LOL
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  keypusher: <curiosity: Korchnoi would have been world champ if not for politics.> He wouldn't have received state training to play chess if not for politics.
Mar-27-07  thatsmate: <hjsukthankar>, Rama's explanation is true but perhaps a bit unclear. The explanation is reasonably simple. When water evaporates, it takes a water molecule and converts it into its gaseous state. Now Gaseous states are higher energy than solid states- this is fairly obvious, seeing as they move around so much. So, to make water evaporate, you must add energy. So, in a pool of water, when a molecule evaporates it leaves with the energy it requires to evaporate, leaving the pool with slightly less energy. This causes cooling.
Dec-12-14  celtrusco: When I was a child, Jacques Cousteau taught me: "water freezes faster at 4ÂșC", but is not precisely hot water. Try take a bath with it.
Jun-28-15  SpiritedReposte: It's true, take a cup of boiling water, go outside on a very cold day, (if like me you are quite north of the equator) throw it into the air and it freezes before it hits the ground.

Quite amusing for a 5th grade science class.

Oct-09-15  RookFile: Korchnoi lost matches to Spassky, Petrosian, and Karpov. He admitted he would have lost to Fischer. He hung around long enough to lose another to Kasparov. Conclusion? He should have been world champion.
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  piltdown man: Old Monopuntal ls back.
Oct-09-15  morfishine: Why in the world would <CG> re-hash this snooze-fest? It was boring 10 years ago and its boring now. There are plenty of brilliant Ribli games to choose from. Thats whats really hard to believe
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  offramp: I can believe the hot water garbage. What I can't believe is that this pun has been used again. It was used for Ribli vs Smyslov, 1982 where one can read this interesting comment:

"Ringo van Flintoff had a chess career spanning three centuries!

In 1798 he played the automaton Mephisto in Paris when he was aged only four!

He continued playing throughout his life and finally died at the chess board 103 years later in 1901!

A career which covered the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries!


Oct-09-15  jhelix70: << cu8sfan: <a famous book called "Ripley's Believe it or Not"> I only remember a TV show called by that name. >>

For those of you who are curious, Ripley's Believe it or not started out as a long running newspaper feature (a cartoon drawn by Ripley accompanied by an amazing fact or stat). It was extremely popular, at least in the U.S. Ripley traveled the world extensively collecting stories and facts for his work.

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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> Visit one of the many Ripley's Believe It Or Not museums at a location near you.

My favorite item here is the life-size gorilla made of bobby pins. Somebody really had lots and lots of time on his hands.

Oct-09-15  kevin86: Ripley's used to be a newspaper "cartoon". Black will queen very soon.
Oct-09-15  thegoodanarchist: A while back I submitted the EXACT same pun, but for a different game:

Ribli vs Karpov, 1969

The fact that this game got selected to be GOTD, with a pun that I also submitted, but with the credit going to someone else, is a bit irksome.

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  FSR: <thegoodanarchist> The pun had already been used twice before:

Ribli vs Smyslov, 1982

And for this very game - see Phony Benoni's December 12, 2014 comment on the above game.

Believe It Or Not!

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  AylerKupp: <RookFile> Well, maybe Korchnoi <would> have been world champion if he had lived in another time and did not have to play Spassky, Karpov, Petrosian, or Fischer. ;-)
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  AylerKupp: Heck, if I had lived in prehistoric times, and all my opponents were Neanderthals, I might have been world champion. Then again, maybe not.
Oct-09-15  thegoodanarchist: <FSR: <thegoodanarchist> The pun had already been used twice before:

Ribli vs Smyslov, 1982

And for this very game - see Phony Benoni's December 12, 2014 comment on the above game.>

I looked at that game already, after <offramp> posted it above.

I also replied to <PB> with 2 new Zoltan pun suggestions, based on Dire Straits' breakout hit of the 1970s, Sultans of Swing, and Babe Ruth's nickname "Sultan of Swat".

Admittedly not great, but what else is there?

Sep-07-20  Diana Fernanda: Jack Palance, believe it or not, hated chess, but he received an Oscar for being a better actor than the ignorant reegan.
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