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Norman Littlewood vs Bjorn Brinck-Claussen
"Late December Back in '63: What a Lady, What a Knight!" (game of the day Dec-30-2019)
Hastings (1963/64), Hastings ENG, rd 1, Dec-30
Bird Opening: Dutch Variation (A03)  ·  1-0

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Nov-14-19
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  FSR: Late December Back in '63: What a Lady, What a Knight!
Nov-17-19
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  FSR: 12...f6? was horrific. Obviously Brinck-Claussen was trying to get in ...e5, but since he never was able to, it was terribly weakening and turned his bishop into a big pawn. It's also hard to believe that taking twice on f5 was correct. Not B-C's best effort.
Dec-30-19
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  FSR: Today is the 56th anniversary of this game! Yes, it was played on December 30, 1963 and the star players were White's queen and knight. Easily my greatest pun ever!
Dec-30-19
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  andrewjsacks: Excellent idea for the pun. And lengthy!
Dec-30-19
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  FSR: The odds of finding a game played in late December, 1963 where the star players were a queen and knight were astronomical. I was elated to find this game.
Dec-30-19
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  andrewjsacks: You did quite well!
Dec-30-19
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  al wazir: Why not 26. Ne3, winning the exchange? If 26...Qc5, then white simply unpins with 27. Kh1. If now 27...Nd3, then 28. g3. (Not 28. Rf1 because of 28...Nc1.)
Dec-30-19
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: We need a Pun of the Year competition, because this one might deserve the title!
Dec-30-19
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  Check It Out: Nice job <FSR>. You pulled out all the stops for this one.
Dec-30-19
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  Check It Out: Four Seasons for posterity:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDx...

Dec-30-19  hdcc: <FSR: Easily my greatest pun ever!>

Not only the best chessgames.com pun, but the cleverest wordplay I've ever seen.

Dec-30-19  mckmac: <al wazir: Why not 26. Ne3, winning the exchange? If 26...Qc5, then white simply unpins with 27. Kh1. If now 27...Nd3, then 28. g3. (Not 28. Rf1 because of 28...Nc1.)>


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I think in that line black equalises with 28...Nc1, knocking the black queen off the rook pin.

Stockfish gives 26. Bxe5 fxe5 27.Ne3 Qc5 28.Kh1 b5 29.Nxd5 cxd5 30.Rd1 Qc4 with advantage (+2.2). The pin through d5 is still the problem.


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Dec-30-19  mckmac: <FSR> You've taken punning to another level here. Congratulations!
Dec-30-19  eaglewing: Still, star players only due to 34. ... Qc2??
Sometimes it is better just to be greedy. 34. ... Qxa2 (options to play Qf7/Qg8) and Black is better.
Dec-30-19  W Westerlund: I think that not 12. ... f6 was the main problem here, but 17. ... gxf5, which is so horrendous that the Black game is as good as lost. Although after 17. ... g5 Black is also in problems. Simple Nxg5 and White has a big attack.
Dec-30-19  Andrew Chapman: 25.Bh6 wins a piece
Dec-30-19  RandomVisitor: <eaglewing>yes, 34...Qxa2...

Why'd it take so long to see the light? Seemed so wrong but now it seems so right... as far as the game goes...

...it ended much too soon...


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Stockfish_19121008_x64_modern:

<39/23 00:17 0.00 34. ... Qxa2> 35.Qc5 Nf3+ 36.Kg3 Ne1 37.Nh4 Qg8+ 38.Kh2 Qe8 39.Qxa7 b5 40.Qb6 Qe5+ 41.Kh1 Kg7 42.Qd8 Qe4 43.Qd7+ Kf8 44.Qc8+ Kf7 45.Qd7+

...What a Lady, what a knight


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Stockfish_19121008_x64_modern:

<29/53 00:09 +7.46 35. ... Nf3+> 36.Kg3 Qc7+ 37.Kxf3 Qf7 38.g4 b6 39.Kg3 b5 40.Kh4 Kg8 41.a3 Kh8 42.Qd2 Qe8 43.Qc3 Qe6 44.Qa5 Qe8 45.Qxa7 Qe1+ 46.Ng3 Qe8 47.Qd4 Qe7 48.Qc3 Kg8 49.Qc8+ Qf8 50.Qe6+ Qf7 51.Qe4 Qd7 52.Nf5 Kf8 53.Qe3 Kf7 54.Qb3+ Kf8 55.Qc3 Kf7 56.Qe3 Kg8

Dec-30-19  mckmac: <Andrew Chapman: 25.Bh6 wins a piece> It does indeed. One of those cases where (a) if you see a good move (b) look for a better one :)


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Dec-30-19  Cibator: It was of course a Norman knight, the sort that's often tended to do well at Hastings.
Dec-30-19  waustad: Let's hear it for the little lady!
Dec-30-19  mckmac: <Cibator: It was of course a Norman knight, the sort that's often tended to do well at Hastings.>

Brilliant. Methinks you may have just made <FSR>'s day.

Dec-30-19
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  thegoodanarchist: All I can think of, when I see this pun, is James Brown's chorus girls singing <Oh What a Knight!>
Dec-30-19
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  Breunor: Oh what a pu-u-un!
May-04-20
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  SkySports: <An Englishman: Good Evening: We need a Pun of the Year competition, because this one might deserve the title!> It seems it got it: Pun of the Year 2019 in The Caissars!

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