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Jovanka Houska vs Andrew Harley
"The Mating Game" (game of the day Jun-17-2020)
4NCL (2001), Birmingham ENG, rd 7, Mar-17
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0

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Jun-08-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: A race to avoid stalemate ends in a surprise checkmate
Jul-04-05  Madman99X: Fascinating endgame, and rather unique. To chessgames: the 57th move should read 57. Be1# should it not?
Sep-07-05  lopium: That's not only a nice end, but what a nice game!
Apr-30-06  soberknight: Interesting endgame, and thanks to <kevin86> for putting it in his collection. The final position is "checklock" in fairy chess language: it's checkmate, and it would also be stalemate even if it weren't checkmate.
Dec-30-07  DanLanglois: 12 f4? Instead, 12 Ne4! and White is just winning (12...Bxe5 13 c3 Ndf5 14 Bxc5 Qc7 15 f4).
Jun-03-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: The Mating Game.
Jun-12-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  jith1207: I wanted to submit this pun, this week be a good game for the name of the novel she co-wrote. Hope it gets selected for GOTD, <FSR>.
Jun-13-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Thanks, <jith1207>. It's been over three years, so who knows if it'll ever make it. The powers that be evidently don't think much of my puns.

<Sargon> even created a hierarchy of punsters, and awarded commissions to the greatest punsters. Search Kibitzing I have never been, and I assume never will be, included in it. Apparently my 145 Games of the Day and two Caissars for Best/Worst Puns of the Year don't cut the cake.

Jun-13-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  jith1207: Hahahaha... That was a funny reference and a sad accompanying story at the same time that I was unaware of so far, <FSR>. I've not actually checked his forum since I got to know about him taking over the site works in place of Daniel Freeman, and I didn't realize there have been punnery fire going on in <CG>. I also didn't seriously start submitting puns until last December, and only have 48 in my submitted list right now, a few of them which never should see the light of the day.

I recently read from your comments in another place that you've submitted close to thrice of that amount of puns to cg and twice of them have never been selected for <GOTD>.

I have now come to realize that <enemy punfire> referred in the pun master general forum is none other than <FSR>. <punmatched poise and courage—often in the face of heavy enemy punfire>

So, it's not like you've been completely overlooked and unappreciated, after all ;)

From what I've seen, I regularly come across unknown games where you've commented your pun submission from years or even a decade ago, IIRC. I also noticed a pun commented from 6 years ago got selected in past two weeks for GOTD, so I'd think there may be some hope.

But, if I could point out as consolation for you, even if it doesn't sound so, <CG administration> across all its history of changes at the helm, have consistently ignored much of your pun submissions, so there's at least this consistency to look forward to.

Jun-13-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  fredthebear: Another routine KIA mislabel

B23: Sicilian, Closed 3.g3
B24: Sicilian, Closed
B25: Sicilian, Closed
B26: Sicilian, Closed, (5...d6 is most common, then 5...e6) 6.Be3

A White kingside fianchetto should not be automatically labeled A07.

(FTB waited until the prior post had dropped toward the bottom of the kibitz list before posting this correction.)

Jun-13-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <jith1207> <Heavy enemy punfire> could refer to <morfishine>, who used to trash virtually every pun. I don't think he does so nearly as often these days.

I have 301 puns, the maximum number, on my Pun Submission List, as always. Every time I submit a new pun I have to delete one. I have no idea how a pun like <Short Lopez>, which I submitted over nine years ago for Short vs A A Lopez, 2008, doesn't make the grade.

The life of a chess punster is hard. Unless you're that guy whose every submission is made GOTD three days after he submits it.

Jun-13-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  jith1207: Ha, I used to dislike and argue with <morfishine> in early days about that all the time, but got warmed up to him later because of his honest takes.

But, that's what makes pun submission hard. Someone like him would be hard pressed to please, while someone like me would like the puns more easily and warm up to it. Many puns would make sense for the time being or with relevant knowledge, but without that perspective it might look confusing or "meh" to some. It's tough to get someone to like the pun to pick it for GOTD.

I just submitted "Khovid-19" for this game

V Malakhov vs N Sulava, 1996

But I don't know if it's silly or hurtful to someone who's affected by it or it's pure jolly fun.

Some puns could be exceptionally good and universally likeable, while some would be very good in academic terms and in terms of worthiness but some puns would be just poking silly fun around. Expectations cannot always be met.

I don't know about how it used to be in the past, but I see people look into pun submissions more closely nowadays, if not <Sargon> it's <Annie K>, the recent puns tend to get selected often while historically submitted ones also get the look mixed in.

You should submit more right now, or resubmit some of your best ones from the past that didn't get the look so far.

Jun-17-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  An Englishman: Good Evening: 8.0-0 looks like a gambit; Black could have played 8...Nxe2+ and it appears that he wins a pawn in all variations. Would White have enough compensation after 9.Qxe2,Bxc3; 10.bxc3,Qxc3? Houska would have a pair of Bishops, a lead in development, and lots of dark squares for fun.
Jun-17-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: I have never seen this before. After 27.Nd7...


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Black's rooks are <double-forked>.

Jun-17-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  jith1207: Ha ha.. good find.
Jun-17-20  goodevans: <An Englishman: Good Evening: 8.0-0 looks like a gambit; Black could have played 8...Nxe2+ and it appears that he wins a pawn in all variations. Would White have enough compensation after 9.Qxe2,Bxc3; 10.bxc3,Qxc3?>

Good question. According to the Opening Explorer this gambit has been offered 16 times but only accepted once, in F Garcia Lechugo vs P Straub, 2006. We can't tell much from that game because white blundered away his R just a couple of moves later but judging by the other games the weight of opinion is that the gambit is sound.

Jun-17-20  Swedish Logician: The Power of those two bishops is awesome; would a rook have managed, with such ease, to win or even to hold that avalanche of pawns?
Jun-17-20  Ironmanth: Incredibly interesting game by one of my favorite authors and commentators. Bravo, Jovanka! Thanks, chessgames.
Jun-17-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  paavoh: <Would White have enough compensation after 9.Qxe2,Bxc3; 10.bxc3,Qxc3?> I think so. With Bd2 + f4 or e5 coming and b-file and h1-a8 diagonal open, Black will be severely constricted without much counterplay.
Jun-17-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <FSR: Thanks, <jith1207>. It's been over three years, so who knows if it'll ever make it. The powers that be evidently don't think much of my puns. <Sargon> even created a hierarchy of punsters, and awarded commissions to the greatest punsters. Search Kibitzing I have never been, and I assume never will be, included in it. Apparently my 145 Games of the Day and two Caissars for Best/Worst Puns of the Year don't cut the cake.>

I recently received an email from someone purporting to be <Sargon>. It was soon after I had emailed cg.com, so I took it to be a genuine response.

<To Offramp @ the Bridge Inn.com.

I appreciate the puns you have submitted so far.

The work of your assistants is praiseworthy too; you know how to keep them busy.

Do not desist from your zealous labors!

Bring the work to a happy conclusion!

Any interruption would be irksome to me.

Furthermore, rest assured that the matter of your promotion will be decided very soon.

Yours in a frightful rush,

S.’>

What can it mean?

Jun-17-20  ajile: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQ-...
Jun-18-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Predrag3141: I expected 28 Bxc6 to be followed by 29 Bd4. After 28 Bxc6 a 6-second Stockfish analysis suggests a similar idea: 28 … Rxc6 29 Be7 and 30 Bf6

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