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Pavel Skatchkov vs Konstantin Krovelschikov
"I'm the Skatman" (game of the day Jan-28-2023)
6th Leg Russian Cup (2001), Tomsk RUS, rd 2, Jul-01
Philidor Defense: Hanham Variation (C41)  ·  1-0



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Mar-13-05  percyblakeney: 8. ... Kxe5 could be followed by 9. Qd5+ Kf6 10. Qf5+ Ke7 11. Nd5+ Kd6 12. Bf4+ Kc6 13. Qe6+ Bd6 14. Nb4+ Kb6 15. Bxd6 Ndf6 16. Bc5+ Kxc5 17. Nd3+ Qxd3 18. Qe5+ Kc6 19. cxd3.
Mar-14-05  THE pawn: I've never seen a 2200+ rated player getting beaten so bad...I've never seen someone play Nd7 in an opening anyway,not like this at least...
Dec-21-12  dehanne: 4...c6 is the only move for black.
Apr-11-16  joddle: I think black must have been hoping for 8. Qd4 c5 9. Nxd7+ Ke7 which is not so clear, but 8. Nc3! is really strong.
Apr-11-16  morfishine: Black was kroveling at the end
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  Messiah: Terrible pun. THX for providing me this service! I enjoy paying for this!
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  OhioChessFan: I was able to figure out what the pun referred to. I was able to listen to the song for about 45 seconds before running away.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: One of the many, many, many traps that Black must avoid in the Hanham Variation--and even if he does avoid all of them, White still secures an edge with 4...c6; 5.dxe5,dxe5; 6.0-0,Be7; 7.Ng5!,Bxg5; 8.Qh5.
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  Teyss: Baked ham.

After 8.Nc3, Black had already tried two other moves, also losing: Ne7 E Formanek vs F Metz, 1967 and Kxe5 Vasiukov vs Boris Lebedev, 1960

Did Black know about these games and wanted to improve with Bb4 or wasn't he aware of the dangers of the variation? The odd thing for such a rout is his moves do have some logic even if it doesn't work (as opposed to some miniatures where they don't make sense):
4...h6?! to prevent Ng5. SF says exd4, or c6 as per <An Englishman>.
5...dxe5? you're damn right I'll take the Pawn.
7...Kxf7 is forced: if Ke7, 7.Ng6+ or Ke8, 7.Qh5+ or Ke6, 7.Qd5+.
8...Bb4 oh no not another Knight here, I'll pin it.
10...Ke6? you won't discovery check me, smartass. If Ke7, 11.Ba3+ and 12.Nf7.

<OhioChessFan> Yeah, the song "I'm the eggman" (I'm the walrus) is better.

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  OhioChessFan: I thought it was referring to "I'm the Taxman" at first.
Jan-28-23  ndg2: It may not be apparent, but as <dehanne> pointed out 12 years ago, an early c6 is needed here. In the Philidor, early ..c6 is often the only move to avoid immediate desaster. But <An Englishman> showed, this might still lead to inferior play in this particular situation.
Jan-28-23  Ron: Wikipedia:
John Paul Larkin (March 13, 1942 – December 3, 1999), known professionally as Scatman John, was an American musician. A prolific jazz pianist and vocalist for several decades, he rose to prominence during the 1990s through his fusion of scat singing and dance music. He recorded five albums, which were released between 1986 and 2001.

In the United States and Europe, Larkin is recognized for his 1995 singles "Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop)" and "Scatman's World". He achieved his greatest success in Japan, where his album Scatman's World (1995) sold over a million copies. Larkin was also a recipient of the American Speech–Language–Hearing Association's Annie Glenn Award for outstanding service to the stuttering community and a posthumous inductee to the National Stuttering Association Hall of Fame.

Jan-28-23  Ilkka Salonen: Bii-bib-bib-bidi-di.

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