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James Tarjan vs Bent Larsen
"Me Tarjan, You Dane" (game of the day Aug-18-2015)
69th US Open (1968), Aspen, CO USA, rd 6, Aug-16
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Modern Variation (B61)  ·  0-1

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Aug-18-15
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  Penguincw: <morfishine> Did you submit this pun? ;)

Anyway, I like this pun. It's a pun on "Me Tarzan, You Jane", although I had to google it to find out.

Aug-18-15
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  FSR: Cute pun!
Aug-18-15  thegoldenband: Nice pun! Tempting to read it as a sort of Tarzan/Hamlet mash-up. "To vine own self be true..."
Aug-18-15
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  andrewjsacks: Good job on the pun.
Aug-18-15
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  jith1207: True to his name, Tarjan does like Leaving lot of pieces freely hanging at the same time.
Aug-18-15  Reisswolf: Larsen really straightened out James, who left a lot of his pieces hanging from vines.
Aug-18-15
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  profK: Like Blackadder , James should have had a better 'Punning Clan'.
Aug-18-15  ajile: White's first misstep appears to be 20.Rde1?

Both 20.Qd5 and 20.fxe5 appear to give White an advantage.


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Analysis by Rybka 3 32-bit

1. (0.76): 20.Qd5 Rd8 21.fxe5 Qc5 22.Nd4 fxg5 23.e6 Qxd5 24.exd5 g4 25.Nxb5 axb5 26.Rgf1 fxe6 27.dxe6 Rc8 28.Rd5 Rc5 29.Rxc5 dxc5 30.Rf7

2. (0.64): 20.fxe5 fxe5 21.Ng3 Qxd2 22.Rxd2 h4 23.Nf5 Rg8

Note that after 20.fxe5 the White Ne2 is poisoned since 20..Qxe2? is answered by 21.Qd5! and Black's center is crumbling with his king still in the middle of the board. Sample: 20.fxe5 Qxe2 21.Qd5 Rc8 21.g6!


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20.fxe5 Bxe2 also fails after 21.exd6! or 21.exf6

Aug-18-15  kamagong24: how about 23. Ref1 to mix things up a bit
Aug-18-15  sfm: What a pun. Candidate to funniest ever.
Aug-18-15  Eusebius: 28.Nc1?? ... Keep on pushing around black queen with the rook aiming at draw would be my advice for White.
Aug-18-15  gars: Great pun ! One of the best I have seen up to now.
Aug-18-15
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  playground player: As long as we're striking puns off Edgar Rice Burroughs' immortal ape-man, I suppose it would have been ungenerous to invoke the title of the 8th book in the series... which would give us "Tarjan the Terrible."
Aug-18-15
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  kevin86: Black will pick up a rook and be a bishop ahead.
Aug-18-15
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  MissScarlett: <What a pun.>

It was: G F Kane vs Tarjan, 1973

Aug-18-15
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  eternaloptimist: Sweet! I voted for this game in the Pun Voting Booth not too long ago. I gave it the highest grades for the pun & the game (mainly b/c it's interesting). 1 thing I noticed about this game is that Tarjan didn't pay enough attention to the flanks of the board. He didn't do a good job of anticipating of what could happen on them. He concentrated too much on the center. Of course controlling the center is 1 of the most important aspects of chess but moves like 9.♗xf6 & 17.♙g4 neglected the ♔side. I think it would have been better to keep the DS♗ on the board & retreat it to e3 if ...♕b6 to cover the a7 -> g1 diagonal. That would've kept the ♕side, center & ♔side in mind. 17.♖hf1 would've prevented ...♕f2. 9.♗xf6 & 17.♙g4 weren't bad moves but eventually b/c of inaccuracies by Tarjan, expedited his demise on the board. Larsen did a good job of controlling space & key squares on the board. It's good to know that after a 30-year hiatus, Tarjan started playing in tournaments again last year!
Aug-18-15
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  eternaloptimist: <MissScarlett> Actually <aw1988> made this kibitz back in '05 on the 1st page of Tarjan's profile section: "Me Tarjan. You Jane." That was way before <RedShield> made his kibitz in '14.
Aug-18-15  Jim Bartle: <eo><Redshield> and <MissScarlett> inhabit the same body.
Aug-18-15
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  eternaloptimist: <JB> No, that's not true! http://media.photobucket.com/user/I... 😃
Aug-18-15
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  plang: Is it possible that this game was chosen so the pun could be used rather than the game quality?
Aug-18-15
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  beenthere240: Quality? I loved this game. I thought that 18...Qf2?!? was a very gutsy and clever move that threw white completely back on his heels. It's the essence of the Sicilian. It's also not what one thinks of Larsen's game and sheds new light on his style, which is linked with the b3 f4 flank opening that sometimes bears his name.
Aug-18-15  LivBlockade: Here's another former GOTD E Torre vs Tarjan, 1983 "Me Tarjan, Eugene".

I actually submitted A Lein vs Tarjan, 1981 as "Me Tarjan, You Lein"

Aug-19-15
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  morfishine: <ajile> Nice post! The theme I was pondering but yours is a better move-order and implemented earlier
Aug-20-15  ajile: <morfishine:>

:o)

Dec-22-16
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  Fusilli: <plang: Is it possible that this game was chosen so the pun could be used rather than the game quality?>

That is often the case, but this game is very instructive to say the least. GM Yermolinsky uses it in a lecture on an ICC video, calls it one of his favorite games.

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