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Hans-Joachim Hecht vs Boris Spassky
"Spassky and Hecht" (game of the day Dec-27-2015)
FRG-ch International (1973), Dortmund FRG, rd 2, May-18
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack. Fianchetto Variation (B31)  ·  1-0



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  FSR: I don't get the pun.
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  Phony Benoni: <FSR> Starsky and Hutch.
Dec-27-15  Abdel Irada: I don't *want* the pun. :-P

(And yes, sad enough to admit, I got the bloody thing immediately. In other words: I watched 1970s television.)

Dec-27-15  Abdel Irada: Speaking of things unwanted, White's clever 17. Ba5! must have come as a cold fish to the face.

White's trick relies on a back-rank fork. If Black nabs the impudent prelate with 17. ...Qxa5?, White picks up a pawn and the exchange: <18. Nxf6+!, Bxf6> ([a] 18. ...Kh8? 19. Rxe8+, Bf8▢ 20. Rxf8+, Kg7 21. Rxc8 ; [b] 18. ...Kf8?? 19. Rxe8#) <19. Rxe8+, Kg7 20. Rxc8 >

Dec-27-15  morfishine: <FSR: I don't get the pun> Probably because it isn't a pun in the first place. This is just another sad play-on-word, again making fun of chess players' names while vaguely referencing a short-run cops and robbers TV series?????

Pathetic in the extreme


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  thegoodanarchist: <morfishine: This is just another sad play-on-word, again making fun of chess players' names while vaguely referencing a short-run cops and robbers TV series?????>

Don't forget the movie! :)

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  catlover: And of course, there was the 70s cops and robbers TV series about a giant potato and an alaskan sled dog. It was called "Husky and Starch".
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  thegoodanarchist: < catlover: And of course, there was the 70s cops and robbers TV series about a giant potato and an alaskan sled dog. It was called "Husky and Starch".>

I got a good laugh out of this one.

Dec-27-15  Abdel Irada: "Husky and Starch": That one elicited a laugh (and several groans) from my wife.

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  tamar: I got that joke in .025 seconds, give or take 5 minutes:)
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  diceman: <Phony Benoni: <FSR> Starsky and Hutch.>

A play on: "Cagney and Lacey."

Dec-27-15  psmith: There was an SNL skit I have always remembered, Sartresky and Hutch. Existentialist cop show...
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  scutigera: <Abdel Irada>: Don't feel bad; I watched no more than a minute or two of the show and avoided the movie entirely, and I still got the joke right off. Like mercury, once it gets into the biosphere, you're going to start ingesting and accumulating it, and there's no known method of excreting it. Apart from that, 64 f4+ is a neat trick I hope to remember for knight endings.
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  offramp: A spin-off from this series was Sheriff Lobo, which included an actress surnamed Botvinnik.
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  kevin86: What the Hecht went wrong with Spassky? lol
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