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Nava Starr vs Julie Trottier
"When You Wish A Pawn A Starr" (game of the day May-28-2009)
zt 2.2 ch-CAN Women (2001), Toronto CAN, rd 1, Aug-04
Scandinavian Defense: Gubinsky-Melts Defense (B01)  ·  1-0

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May-28-09  JeanGiskan: Can anybody tell me why this game has been elected game of the day?
May-28-09  JeanGiskan: By the way, the Scandinavian is a great opening.
May-28-09  blacksburg: <Jean> didn't you see the clever pun? at chessgames.com, we don't care about the quality of the game, only the quality of the pun. :)
May-28-09  newzild: Add me to the list of people bored by the choice of a club-strength game for GOTD. Black simple blunders a pawn and gets crushed.

Is this GOTD because of the pun? I'd rather have an interesting game with a bad pun, frankly.

May-28-09  hedgeh0g: Oh, blacksburg... *rolls eyes in loving manner*
May-28-09  WhiteRook48: unbelievably clever pun!
May-28-09  miseiler: It's an interesting game because the scandinavian gets crushed. Hate that opening ;)
May-28-09  randomsac: NIce game, excellent pun. Now I've got that song stuck in my head.
May-28-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: I think that this pun should by hocked(ie;taken to a ♙ shop)-

The soldiers really decide this one...

May-28-09  charlie2000: \Sack them
May-28-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  playground player: For a moment there, it looked like White was setting up her pieces for the next game.

I won't say I hate the Scandinavian Defense; but no one has ever given me much of a reason to be afraid of it. I just don't see what that early commission of the Queen accomplishes for Black, other than to lose a tempo by having to move it twice after White developes with Nc3.

In the hands of a master, even the Damiano Defense might be dangerous, provided White is overconfident. So I suppose a player much stronger than I am could club me pretty good with the Scandinavian. But against a Black player on my own level, I'm always happy to see the Scandinavian--it almost always means a win for me.

May-28-09  Riverbeast: Pretty poor chess
May-28-09  kellmano: Reason not to play the Scandanavian #1,029,763
May-28-09  lzromeu: Nice pun. A dueto-star-pawn. Thanks ladies.
May-28-09  ROO.BOOKAROO: blacksburg has the most amusing line: " at chessgames.com, we don't care about the quality of the game, only the quality of the pun." I don't feel that this game reflects poorly on the merits of the Scandinavian defense per se. Even 2 ... Qxd5 is not the end of the world. See the exciting Kasparov-Anand, WC 1995, game #14. It's not the Scandinavian opening which is in question, but the quality of the moves following the opening. Black has winning chances, and the advantage of the opening is against players who are rutted in routine openings that they can play blindfoldedly, and who are suddenly challenged to play more ingeniously.
May-28-09  ruzon: 7...a5 would have forced 8.a3, making the Rook less vulnerable and making the c6 pawn easier to defend at no cost of a tempo.
May-28-09  psmith: 11...b4 12. Nce2 Bg4 13. Qe3 Nd5 equalizes, I think.
May-28-09  hedgeh0g: The main line of the Scandinavian is very solid for Black, in my opinion. White only gets one pawn in the centre since his early Nc3 blocks the c-pawn and Black can adopt a Caro-Kann-like structure with O-O-O. Dull with no chances for Black, but solid nonetheless. The opening hasn't been refuted by any means.
May-28-09  SirChrislov: I like blk's position after 20 moves, both sides are completely developed, and although a unit down, blk's 22... Qc6! with a long diagonal B+Q battery forcing the ugly 23. f3 was clever.. wht's breakthrough was 25. b5 and ultimately won thanks to Q-side pwn majority. 36. Ra8! was the finisher. blk lost but didn't get crushed; look how damaged wht's K-side pwns are at the end. if wht were a little careless, the point of 37... Qd6 was to play 38... e4!, attacking the weak structure (g3) with the queen.
May-28-09  SirChrislov: <ROO.BOOKAROO:> <I don't feel that this game reflects poorly on the merits of the Scandinavian Defence per se. Even 2... Qxd5 is not the end of the world. See the exiting Kasparov - Anand WCH, 1995, game #14 Kasparov vs Anand, 1995. It's not the Scandinavian opening which is in question, but the quality of the moves following the opening. Black has winning chances and the advantage of the opening is against players who are rutted in routine openings that they can play blindfoldedly, and who are suddenly challenged to play more ingeniosly.> I totally and completely agree. we can all learn something from this. On another note, in regards to this excellent, fighting defence for aggresive, competitive playes, I am reminded of some words from the famous GM G. "Kolty" Koltanowski: <"The fundamental principles of the game (e.g. control the centre, develop and castle early, don't place pieces on the edge of the board,etc.) are only to serve as a general guide and should not be applied or followed blindly for the entire game, but the player should keep an eye out and be aware for when these rules can and must be broken for positional purpose, to carry out a stategic plan, etc."> This defence is an excellent example of this for the rules are broken as soon as move 2...!(do not develop Queen too early.) This center counter attack has been played since 1475(!!!) and has not been refuted by any means.
May-28-09  JeanGiskan: I absolutely agree with SirChrislov and for the players who don t see what s the point with the Scandinavian I would say this: While openings like the french or the Caro-Kann loose a tempo to prepare d5, the Scandinavian just goes straight ahead and this might justifies the loss of a tempo. In addition I only can recommand to play that above mentionned game between Kasparov and Anand.(Although Kasparov won that game, everyone will agree that it was not because of the opening. Anand even came out of the opening with a slightly better position
May-28-09  lipschutz: Given White's four consecutive backward piece moves (#17-20) and another at move 24, this game could also have been titled "She Stoops to Conquer"!
May-29-09  Duque Roquero: CG: Itís clear that many users enjoy the pun contest and many others not at all. I suggest to divide this section into two: "Game of the Day" (always a great game of chess) and "Pun of the Day" (any game in your database with a clever pun). Thank you.
May-29-09
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  Gilmoy: <Duque Roquero: "Game of the Day" (always a great game of chess) and "Pun of the Day" (any game in your database with a clever pun)>

And every February 1, the pun could be a "Game of Day", featuring a great game of chess by our very own User: IMlday :)

Mar-10-11  Robeson: 37 b6 is faster.
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