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Otto Feuer vs Alberic O'Kelly de Galway
"It's a Trap!" (game of the day Mar-23-2011)
Belgian Championship (1934), Liege BEL
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense (C73)  ·  1-0



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Mar-23-11  KingV93: Fritz does not give an enormous advantage to White after move 13, about +2.19 after 20 minutes of looking at 19 ply and 1030kN/s. Unfortunately while I might have seen 0-0-0 as White I probably would've insulted the chess gods and played on as Black...
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  kevin86: This trap is also a lesson in castling. The point:while it is illegal for the king to pass over a square covered by an enemy piece,it IS perfectly legal for the castling rook to do so. In fact even castling is legal in this position:

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but only if the king or rook has never moved.

Mar-23-11  jussu: <Garech> - I agree that this is not a particularly catchy pun, but it feels kind of refreshing to see something else among those hundreds of cheap misspelling-based wordplays.
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  al wazir: <Phony Benoni>: Thanks. I didn't look at O'Kelly's dates. I guess when I was 23 I could have fallen into this trap too.
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  Phony Benoni: And in the "What Goes Around, Comes Around" category,<kevin86>'s kibitz reminds me of this famous position:

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This is from Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1974. Korchnoi, about to make his 18th move, had to check with the arbiter to be sure that <18.0-0> was legal.

The arbiter? Alberic O'Kelly de Galway, of course!

Mar-23-11  NYRdefenseman: The pun refers to Admiral Ackbar's famous line in Star Wars: Episode VI, which has become an internet meme.

Crewman: "Admiral! We have enemy ships in sector 47!" Admiral Ackbar: "It's a trap!"

The pun could apply to any game involving a trap, but it is not entirely meaningless.

Mar-23-11  YetAnotherAmateur: Our central pawns can't repel brilliance of this magnitude!
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  playground player: Wasn't this game a Daily Puzzle here, a few years ago?
Mar-23-11  MaxxLange: <The arbiter? Alberic O'Kelly de Galway, of course!>

Hah, I was just wondering if picking this as game of the day was a subtle Korchnoi homage, because of the famous story about Korchnoi asking the arbiter about castling when the Rook is attacked. It must be.

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  Once: It's amazing what you learn on this site! Apparently, the phrase "It's a trap" is an internet "meme". No, I didn't know what that was, so I had to google it.

Apparently (again) a meme is a unit of social information - ideas or beliefs which transfer from one person to another.

It appears that there has been an internet craze to take the admiral ackbar "It's a trap" line and parody it over and over again. Heck, there's even a family guy episode dedicated to it.

Then it appears to get a little ... ahem ... sordid. Apparently (again, again) the phrase also denotes someone who looks female but actually has - how shall we say it? - more equipment in the toolbox than you might be expecting.

Confused? Then just stick "it's a trap" in your internet browser and see where the journey takes you. Just don't say I didn't warn you.

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  Penguincw: Wow.Black grabbed a poison pawn.
Mar-23-11  theodor: <<Once><Feuer>: It's amazing what you learn on this site! Apparently, the phrase "It's a trap" is an internet "meme". No, I didn't know what that was, so I had to google it. Apparently (again) a meme is a unit of social information - ideas or beliefs which transfer from one person to another...> you guys could berely hyde your relationship with Feuerbach, couldnt you?
Mar-23-11  scormus: 11. Fire in the Knight

Mar-23-11  DarthStapler: Alternate pun: Feuer Frei!
Mar-23-11  MaxxLange: <Once> the word "meme" was coined by the biologist Richard Dawkins, iirc, in a pop-science book from maybe 1985 or so.

He speculated that one might look at human culture, or some parts of it, in a way that is analogous to genetics. So we might, according to Dawkins, analyze human ideas like "the individual has innate rights" or "history is all based on the class struggle" as if they were kind of like independent entities, that survive, or don't, over generations, by a sort of cultural reproduction.

That is a weird and very interesting kind of philosophical quasi-Platonism, inspired by an analogy to science.

However, the meaning that you cite, which is sort of an Internet-bound, pop-culture referencing, inside joke (like "LOLCats"), has become, I guess, the main meaning of "meme".

So, the "meme" meme has changed quite a lot, since Dawkins' book! It was intended to be a Serious Idea for Serious Thinking about Man. Then came Fark, 4chan, etc.

Mar-23-11  WhiteRook48: wow, this is a very nice "castle with check" trick
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  Phony Benoni: And five years earlier, in NN vs G Abrahams, 1929:


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Hey, it's NN playing White. That you can udnerstand.

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  Penguincw: < Phony Benoni: And five years earlier, in NN vs G Abrahams, 1929 :


Hey, it's NN playing White. That you can udnerstand. >

I'm guessing 11.♖xb7??

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  Once: <MaxxLange> I am in your debt for a fascinating explanation. I now need to google Fark and 4chan which mean absolutely nothing to me.

And what that happens, I do feel rather old...

Mar-25-11  DarthStapler: Don't google 4chan. If you don't know what it is already, you will commit suicide from knowing such depravity exists in the human race
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  GrahamClayton: Here is another game featuring the same trap:

[Event "?"]
[Site "Kavalavci"]
[Date "1926.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Mattison, Hermanis Karlovich"]
[Black "Millers, R"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 c5 2. g3 ♘c6 3. ♗g2 ♘f6 4. ♘c3 e6 5. f4 d5 6. e5 d4 7. exf6 dxc3 8. fxg7 cxd2+ 9. ♕xd2 ♗xg7 10. ♗xc6+ bxc6 11. ♕xd8+ ♔xd8 12. c3 ♖b8 13. ♗e3

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13...♖xb2 14. O-O-O+ 1-0

Source: Bill Wall "500 Sicilian Miniatures", Chess Enterprises Inc, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, 1983

Aug-06-13  ajax333221: I thought I had discovered the trick

I guess everything in chess has already been played, like, the ideas and tactics...

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  FSR: H K Mattison vs R Millers, 1926
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  FSR: See also (No. 5916).
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  FSR: According to ChessBase Online, the game finished with 9.h4 (instead of 9.Be3) h5 10.Be3 Rxb2 11.dxe5 dxe5 12.Qxd8+ Kxd8 13.O-O-O+ 1-0.
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