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Renier Gonzalez vs Mikhail Tal
"The Lady Doth Protect Too Much" (game of the day Feb-21-2020)
Seville op (1992), Seville ESP, rd 1, Jan-10
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  0-1



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  kingfu: Gonzalez was 20 years old and rated 2500. These are both good things for a chess player.

Tal was 56 years old. He smoked too much and drank too much.

And he had this kid for breakfast.

This is the stuff of legends.

Nov-24-14  tranquilsimplicity: Sucb a simple tactic! And it wins on the spot.#
Nov-24-14  tranquilsimplicity: Such; I need glasses.#
Nov-16-16  acantonelli: why did white move his knight on #26 to d3 ???
Feb-01-18  kishore4u: h5! Pawn
Feb-21-20  andrewjsacks: Great pun. Literate. Well done.
Feb-21-20  ndg2: The play's the thing!
Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king!
Feb-21-20  areknames: <Great pun. Literate. Well done> Yes, lovely pun. That is one overworked Queen if I ever saw one and a Hamlet reference never hurts.
Feb-21-20  CJC: Beautiful tactic, great wordplay.
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  fredthebear: The Ng1 made 9 moves that turned out rather useless.
Feb-21-20  raviarun: Why not 27.Ne1...does'nt it counter the hxg4 threat, and protect g2 ?
Feb-21-20  raviarun: Just realized that 27...Qc5+ and then black will win the white queen!
Feb-21-20  CaliWest: What is wrong with 27. Nb4 ?
Feb-21-20  CaliWest: oh nvm raviarun just said what's wrong with it
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  OhioChessFan: Nice pun, a bit cliched but okay, great Tal magic.
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  OhioChessFan: <Phony> may know, but surely this pun has been used before?
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  HeMateMe: The Magician of Riga.
Feb-21-20  Ratt Boy: <OhioChessFan: Nice pun, a bit cliched…> I hear ya, OCF, butt I do like it. A lot.
Feb-21-20  piltdown man: An excellent pun, for a beautiful game by the Wizard.
Feb-21-20  Phony Benoni: <OCF> As far as I can tell, the pun or something similar hasn't been used before.
Feb-21-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: Brilliant pun!

As for the game, 20 f5 regrettably doesn't work, because after White sacs the exchange Black's recapturing pawn attacks the queen, for a crucial defensive tempo.

Feb-21-20  newzild: A good title (though not a pun, as others have suggested), and a cute shot at the end.
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  Annie K.: Methinks some commenters may be overlooking the fact that the original line is <protest>, rather than <protect>. ;)

And that's actually understandable, as the very *aptness* of this original adaptation makes it seem so natural - and that's what makes this title a brilliant pun indeed. I was delighted to find this little gem waiting in the queue! :)

Feb-22-20  jith1207: Well, if there's a game where the Queen resists the loss for as long as possible, can we suggest the pun:

<"The Lady Doth Protest Too Much">


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  Korora: To quote another line from the same play as the pun: I like thy wit well, i'faith.
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