chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Alexey Suvorin vs Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
"Chekhov's Gun" (game of the day Oct-17-2014)
Melikovo (1893), Melikovo RUE
Van't Kruijs Opening: General (A00)  ·  1-0

ANALYSIS [x]

FEN COPIED

find similar games more games of A Suvorin
sac: 17.Nxg6 PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You can learn a lot about this site (and chess in general) by reading the Chessgames Help Page. If you need help with premium features, please see the Premium Membership Help Page.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.
PREMIUM MEMBERS CAN REQUEST COMPUTER ANALYSIS [more info]

Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-21-03
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: This game was played by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (see http://www.abacci.com/books/authorD...)
Dec-15-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: He didn't last long. Guess he didn't play right.
Dec-15-07  Jim Bartle: Probably distracted by a seagull.
Dec-15-07  Kangaroo: Another day, another fake game. Played allegedly by famous writer (as black) against the not-so-famous publisher.

Any proof of authenticity? Please show!

Jul-29-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  vonKrolock: ...the score was found in the <cherry orchard>, now owned by <three sisters>, by their <uncle>, named !? <Vania> ...

In some way, references to Chess are, if possibly found, very scarce - and seemingly cold - in Anton Pavlovich's work...

Jan-29-12  Antiochus: Better was 15...f5 with Nxe5 avoiding the "Train" to g6.
Oct-17-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: The games of those famous outside the chess world have an inherent interest outside of quality. And it's always refreshing to be reminded why Chekhov was a playwright, not a chess player.

But I admit the "pun" had no meaning for me. Wikipedia to the rescue:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chekho...

"Chekhov's gun is a dramatic principle that requires every element in a narrative be necessary and irreplaceable, and that everything else be removed."

<"Remove everything that has no relevance to the story. If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it's not going to be fired, it shouldn't be hanging there."> -- Anton Chekhov

OK. But I don't really see its applicability to the game, unless the final position:


click for larger view

is meant to illustrate what happens if the principle is not followed.

Oct-17-14  ASchultz: You could say that the Ne5 is a Chekhov's gun, waiting to go off--from a writing class, I remember the general rule being reduced to a gun: "if there's a gun in your story, it should get fired." Once it's dropped there, you know it'll do something, and rather quickly. As it does in the game.
Oct-17-14  waustad: With only 2 major pieces on the file, perhaps it shoud be Derringer.
Oct-17-14  rogl: This is what happens when a playwright doesn't play right.
Oct-17-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: George M Cohan had a different idea.

He was in a play where one scene was set in an office. His secretary came in and said, "Mr Smith is here to see you." There was a lot of dialogue between Cohan and Smith and the audience became very restless.

Next night, when the secretary came in and announced Mr Smith, Cohan took a revolver out of his drawer, checked it was loaded, put it back, and told the secretary to send in Mr Smith.

The gun was never mentioned again - but the audience was not restless.

True story!

Oct-17-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: Of course after 19...♘g7, 20 ♗g6#.

Did Chekhov rewrite his plays at the line of scrimmage?

Oct-17-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: <kevin86> No. He always checked off.
Oct-17-14  erimiro1: "Chekhov's Gun" in our case is Bc2, that was waiting silently since move 8, to kill the black king 12 moves later.
Oct-17-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gilmoy: <Phony Benoni> I know that joke. It was invented in Russia!
Oct-17-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: THIS should've been today's POTD.

Just kidding, although 17.? would probably make a good mid-week puzzle.

Oct-17-14  TheFocus: This game was featured in an episode of Star Trek.
Oct-17-14  thegoldenband: Very strange -- I submitted this pun recently, but for a totally different game:

W Koenig vs V Arapovic, 1991

I guess Chessgames.com liked the pun and fast-tracked it (?), but applied it to a different game without the Star Trek reference and the quasi-Alekhine's gun formation seen in Koenig-Arapovic.

Actually, I think that's the second or third time that's happened to me. And my puns have been edited a couple times too, e.g. "The Lion, The Vish, and the Wardrobe" --

C Ward vs Anand, 1990

-- which was turned into "...the Ward Robbed" (I'd have preferred "...the Ward Rubbed", myself). I don't mind, but it's a bit confusing!

Oct-17-14  NBAFan: An unusual opening by white.
Oct-17-14  nalinw: It can refer to the Bishop on c2 - which comes in at the end to give mate!
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any gratuitous name-calling of any members—including Admin and Owners—or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Van't Kruijs Opening/Copycat (A00) 1-0 Kside Crossfire!
from Leearn Checkmates on the 3rd/6th Outer File by fredthebear
Van't Kruijs Opening/Copycat (A00) 1-0 Kside Crossfire!
from Ne5 Holler of a Tree in Fredthebear Country by fredthebear
19 moves
from Chess Miniatures, Collection XI by wwall
Van't Kruijs Opening/Copycat (A00) 1-0 Kside Crossfire!
from Leearn Checkmates on the 3rd/6th Outer File by trh6upsz
19 moves
from Chess Miniatures, Collection XI by PinkLedDoor
October 17: Chekhov's Gun
from Game of the Day 2014 by Phony Benoni
Van't Kruijs Opening/Copycat (A00) 1-0 Kside Crossfire!
from Hostilities on the h-file by mneuwirth
various games
by pim


home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us


Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC