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Wolfgang Pietzsch vs Vasily Smyslov
"Pretty as a Pietzsch" (game of the day Nov-06-2013)
Rubinstein Memorial 6th (1968), Polanica-Zdroj POL, Aug-??
Torre Attack: Fianchetto Defense (A48)  ·  1-0

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Dec-21-10
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  wordfunph: Pietzsch - Smyslov

after 25.Rh3


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25...Rxd4?

maybe 25...e5 to prepare Rf6, this may be the greatest win by Pietzsch.

Dec-21-10  ZZpatzer: <wordfunph> After 25...e5, Shredder likes (+5.33):

26. Qh8+ Kf7 27. Rh7+ Ke8 28. Rxd8+ Qxd8 29. Qxf8+! Kxf8 30. Rh8+ & 31. RxQ 1-0

Nov-20-12
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  FSR: Pietzschy Keen. (Tragically, there are no games in the database between Pietzsch and Raymond Keene).
Nov-20-12
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  perfidious: <FSR> Pity the DDR federation never saw fit to have both of those fine players in the same event-if Keene were American, that would be understandable, at least-but BCF could have reached out!

On another note, how the *&!@# do people come up with such puns from nowhere? I couldn't do that in a hundred years!

Nov-20-12
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  FSR: <perfidious: ... On another note, how the *&!@# do people come up with such puns from nowhere? I couldn't do that in a hundred years!>

I once would have said the same thing, but it's actually surprisingly easy. Every time you hear a common saying, phrase, or song lyric, think whether you could use that as a pun for a chess game. So "I can see for miles" becomes "I Can c4 Miles" (then one looks for a nice game where someone used 1.c4 to beat Miles), "Georgia Peach" becomes the pun for a nice game played by a Georgian player, "Like a Rhinestone Cowboy" becomes the pun for a cowboy-ish game played by Rhine, "Hungry Like the Wolf" becomes the pun for a game won by Wolf or Wolff (I found a game that V. Wolf had won in a Hungarian tournament and made it "Hungary Like V. Wolf"), etc.

Nov-06-13
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  FSR: I suggested <Pietzschy Keen>, but this pun is better.
Nov-06-13
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  Richard Taylor: The pun implies we pronounce the Pietzsch's name with an e on the end so it sounds a bit like "picture" which is a good pun as it is a saying in English.

But pretty as a peach is good also.

I think <perfidious> may have been a bit tongue in cheek? It is indeed rather an obvious target, such a name...

Nov-06-13
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  Richard Taylor: Smyslov's games in his own book show some beautiful games by him. The first game is a brilliant combination to demolish the Reti-Nimzo or whatever it is. Even his "quiet" games are great. His style is somewhat like Fischer's or Karpov, it is hard to say. It is hard to see the difference between him and Botvinnik at their respective peaks.

Obviously <Pietzsch> was no bunny either.

Nov-06-13
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  kevin86: Smyslov runs into a buzzsaw.
Nov-07-13  Kikoman: <25...Rxd4?> was a real lemon.
Nov-19-20  jerseybob: Smyslov's careless 5..c5? (00 or d6 look better) lets Pietzsch play the nice liquidation 6.Bxf6!,Bxf6(..exf6!?) 7.Ne4! and black's game is suddenly a mess.

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