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Ulrik Rath vs Bent Larsen
"And the Mome Rath's Outplayed" (game of the day Nov-11-2019)
Esbjerg (1978), Esbjerg DEN, rd 5, Jul-??
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack (B30)  ·  0-1



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Nov-11-19  andrewjsacks: Excellent idea for tonight's pun.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Dunno about this pun--looks like a bunch of jabberwocky to me.

Can't help but love the position after 51...d2, though.

Nov-11-19  goodevans: An excellent follow-up pun to this recent one: Znosko-Borovsky vs Nimzowitsch, 1907. If only they'd been back-to-back!

Larson must have looked at 40...e4 and rejected it for some reason. Maybe the complications following 41.Nf4 were too much to calculate at the time control.

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  FSR: I don't understand the pun.
Nov-11-19  Retireborn: <FSR> Refers to a nonsense poem by Lewis Carroll ("Twas brillig").
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  FSR: Jabberwocky

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand;
Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
He chortled in his joy.

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

Nov-11-19  mrknightly: Larsen was bent on rath.
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  catlover: Larson's center pawns went snicker-snack.
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  perfidious: Had wondered about the pun also, illiterate wretch that I am.

The ending itself is piquant, though.

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  keypusher: Second time that poem's been used for a GOTD recently.

Znosko-Borovsky vs Nimzowitsch, 1907

Maybe go with Morrie Rath next time.

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  Williebob: That's a lovely poem to read aloud.
Nov-11-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: You get connected passed pawns, and YOU get connected passed pawns ...
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  Annie K.: :)

Educational note: this poem is the origin of the now-legit word "chortle".

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  HeMateMe: These puns are getting into deep waters, Watson.
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  Breunor: We can't accuse white of resigning too early.

Thanks for the pun, in High School we had to choose a poem to read aloud, I picked Jabborwocky!

Nov-11-19  thegoodanarchist: <mrknightly: Larsen was bent on rath.>

Good one!

Nov-11-19  thegoodanarchist: In any event, Rath put up a good fight against the Great Dane.
Nov-11-19  Granny O Doul: I got the reference, but I still don't see in what sense Ulrik is a Mome Rath.
Nov-11-19  thegoldenband: <<Granny O Doul:> I got the reference, but I still don't see in what sense Ulrik is a Mome Rath.>

"Mome" I'm not certain about, but I think it's short for "from home" -- meaning that he'd lost his way, you know.

Nov-12-19  WorstPlayerEver: 16. Ng3 advantage for White
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  diceman: Ulrik suffered the Rath of Bent's Larseny.

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