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Garry Kasparov vs Sting
"Every Move You Make" (game of the day Jun-09-2017)
Simul, 5b (2000) (exhibition), Times Square, New York, NY USA, Jun-29
Hungarian Opening: Indian Defense (A00)  ·  1-0



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Jun-09-17  morfishine: The highest priority or most important category determining "GOTD" should be game quality

Nothing else matters

Therefore, we can comfortably toss this atrocity into the trash bin of wasted time


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  offramp: Sting seems to be one of the better celeb chess players.

Amateurs will throw away tempi and are baffled when they get a lost position.

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  Plaskett: This guy -

was once recording a Rachmaninov Symphony at Abbey Road studios. Sting was recording there too. Between takes they played chess. Jason told me he usually beat Sting.

Kasparov himself (they have homes in New York City not too far from each other) told me that Sting " terrorizing the band" into playing him at chess.

The only occasion when I saw Sting and Kasparov together spawned an incident which I published in my 2000 book, Coincidences.

And also blog -


Jun-09-17  drleper: <offramp: Sting seems to be one of the better celeb chess players.>

Seems that way. Definitely better than Bill Gates, but not up there with Ray Charles or Humphrey Bogart.

Jun-09-17  Cheapo by the Dozen: The pun would be even better if the game ended in a true Zugswang. Oh well ...
Jun-09-17  sleepyirv: Not getting blown off the board in 20 moves is a TYPE of victory in a simul. But my preference is not to sit there watching Garry Kasparov strangle me to death.
Jun-09-17  ColeTrane: The stalker song....
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  offramp: <drleper: <offramp: Sting seems to be one of the better celeb chess players.> Seems that way. Definitely better than Bill Gates, but not up there with Ray Charles or Humphrey Bogart.>

Definitely Bogart is the best celebrity chess player.

I would like to see some games from Bono of U2. He played as a youngster, which is a good sign,

See .

Jun-09-17  john barleycorn: If Bono is as good at chess as in music I can beat him blindfolded.
Jun-09-17  Howard: Just who came up with this idea for making this GOTD ?!?
Jun-09-17  scolley: Talk about a "bad bishop", this one was excommunicated..
Jun-09-17  takchess:
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  Breunor: I think the best celebrity chessplayer was Marcel Duchamp.

I heard through the grapevine that Stanley Kubrick was master strength although he didn't play in tournaments as an adult. He was a USCF member as a child.

Heath Ledger won the Western Australia chess championship at age 10 and played in Washington Square Park as an adult.

Prokofiev was very good, he has a page here. He beat Cap in a simul and once beat Tartakower straight up.

Jon Anderson of Yes was a chess player, iirc he was master strength.

I think there are a few other very strong celebrities.

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  WannaBe: Celebrity Chess players, article from 2011

Jun-09-17  schnarre: ...Another fine handling by Kasparov!
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  jith1207: Think, the game was played in "Good Morning, America", not in a proper chess setting. Do you think the TV waited for 3 hours to finish this game? No, it was probably a speed game, and a simul in that with all band players. They might have also entertained TV audience in between playing.

So the quality of chess is worse, so what? (not that it would been much better against Kasparov). So a GOTD was not of highest quality, so what? People in this world get disappointed and feel lost for much more worthy things in life, here a GOTD does not satisfy some people, so what? A GOTD not only has to put up some high quality games, but it can also showcase different talents engaging in such battle, some good moment from History. Everyone does not have the same perspective of those who only want highest quality games always! Thank you <> for catering to a wide variety of aspects, not just monotonous meandering to quality, which those who advocate might not actually be able to showcase once if they themselves had to play such a game in their real life, without the comfort of an armchair and keyboard.

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  WannaBe: It was not played in "Good Morning, America".

Scroll half way down. Kasparov played the whole band, and it was over in about 50 minutes.

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  Plaskett: Offramp:

there are stories from the 1930s in New York of Reshevsky taking on punters in one store window, Denker in the next... and Bogart in the next. Certainly he was a NY City chess hustler before he got his first Hollywood break in 1936 with The Petrified Forest.

Interested to, at long last, come across confirmation at the thread to which you linked that Bono WAS indeed something of a chess player before music overcame that passion. Also interesting to see him say that he feels it to be a thing you either "use or lose". VERY interested to read here that Heath Ledger was Champ of Western Australia, too!

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  Gilmoy: <28.b5 a5> leaves him with a cardinal in a coal mine ...
Jun-09-17  morfishine: <jith1207> Drop it...the point is that a game titled "Game of The Day" REPEAT "Game of The Day" carries with it the connotation that quality is included in the selection, hopefully that is...

If its otherwise, and hence we may be presented with some "dog and pony show" or some poor game to satisfy an even poorer game title, please let us know

"Game of the Day" seems to mean something other than what it connotates


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  offramp: It would be odd to go to a restaurant, ask what the soup of the day is and be told it is rat's-arse and skunkweed, "Yesterday was bouillabaisse, but Thursday you get an oddity."
Jun-10-17  drleper: Thursday night is celebrity night. This rat's-arse and skunkweed was prepared by none other than Mr Sting himself!
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  ChessHigherCat: <Breunor: I heard through the grapevine that Stanley Kubrick was master strength although he didn't play in tournaments as an adult. He was a USCF member as a child.>

He was a very strong semi-pro (hustler) in NYC. He said that chess taught him how to solve problems and get things done (which is worth taking seriously considering that he's definitely one of the greatest directors of all time with very little or no professional training). For an excellent documentary, see:

Jul-04-19  newzild: Sting's play in this game is about that of a lower-level club player. Maybe ELO 1200.

Not a complete bunny.

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  HeMateMe: but how many GMs could write <Synchronicity>?
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