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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Charles Jaffe
"Man. Woman. Birth. Death. Checkmate" (game of the day Dec-14-2020)
NYSCA ch playoff (1910), New York, NY USA, rd 2, Mar-05
Semi-Slav Defense: Chigorin Defense (D46)  ·  1-0



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  FSR: Horrid play by Black.
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  kingscrusher: Hmmm... Jaffe's revenge 3 years later...

Capablanca vs C Jaffe, 1913

Aug-09-15  jdhb2015: como cubano que soy no puedo menos que estar superorgulloso de que este monstruo magnifico del ajedrez haya sido mi compatriota!! particularmente este es una de mis partidas favoritas, la sencillez conque es ejecutada cada jugada es asombrosa.
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  Messiah: OK someone please explain why is this a knee slapping joke.
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  offramp: A highly raunchy, sexy pun for today. It's based on the name of Jaffé. Sam Jaffé was a cartoonist for Mad magazine. If you write those symbols horizontally and fold them in half, the name Jaffé appears.
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  Phony Benoni: Back in the 1960s, each episode of the television show "Ben Casey" began with this segment:

THe words were spoken by the actor who played Dr. Zorba, <Sam Jaffe>.

OK. It's not the best title in the eer. But I think it's up there in the "Obscure" category.

The words also remind me of the way Black's ingside pawns are ruthlessly destroyed.

Dec-14-20  Steve.Patzer: Ads are so annoying causing the board to jump up and down.
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  al wazir: Black could have put up more of a fight with 17...Rh8: 18. Rxg6+ fxg6 19. Qxg6+ Kf8 20. Bxh6+ (20. Qxh5 Qf6) Rxh6 21. Qxh6+ Ng7.

Black has a ♗ vs. ♙+♙+♙+♙

Dec-14-20  Infohunter: <Phony Benoni> Funny, I was thinking back to Sam Jaffe in that role just yesterday. What a coincidence.
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  Phony Benoni: <al-qazir> Your line does last longer than the game, but not by much. At the end of the analysis:

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Simply 22.Bg6 is crushing. If 22...Qf6 23.Re1

Dec-14-20  schnarre: ...A murderous miniature: Capablanca at his finest!
Dec-14-20  morfishine: Defund the GOTD!
Dec-14-20  Ironmanth: Surgical! Thanks, chessgames. Y'all stay safe out there today, this week!
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  Check It Out: I'm a bigly genius if I can memorize this pun.

Fun game, the sort I wish I could play.

Dec-14-20  Z4all: Oh lordy, lordy... there's even a graphic!

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  WannaBe: I thought the MAD Mag cartoonist was Al Jaffe

Dec-14-20  Granny O Doul: @Wannabe: One reads offramp for the deeper truths.
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  technical draw: Dr. Jaffe from Ben Casey sported an Einstein hair-do. That gave him a very intellectual look.
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  Phony Benoni: <technical draw> Which is why they called him Zorba the Geek?
Dec-14-20  bamaexpert: I don't think this was Capa at his finest at all..more likely Jaffe at his worst. This game was like an eight year old (Jaffe) playing in a 20 game simul vs. an invincible older Capablanca. Geez, what a terrible game.
Dec-14-20  Z4all: What was Sam Jaffe's best role?

One could arguably say it was as Dr. Jacob Barnhardt in

<The Day the Earth Stood Still> --

But my favorite(*) is his role as Doc Erwin Riedenschneider in

<The Asphalt Jungle> --,

an absolutely terrific film directed by John Huston, Jaffe's only academy award nomination, starring a former Communist btw.

Speaking of commies, Jaffe (as busboy!) translation skills were utilized in this film:


(*) Hey, opinions differ, consider...

< Louis B. Mayer said about the film, "That 'Asphalt Pavement' thing is full of nasty, ugly people doing nasty things. I wouldn't walk across the room to see a thing like that.">

And to finish, a quote by the Doc:

<<Doc Riedenschneider:> Experience has taught me never to trust a policeman. Just when you think one's all right, he turns legit. >

Dec-14-20  thegoodanarchist: The key to this pun is to not over-think it.

And I still don't understand it.

Dec-15-20  Brenin: <thegoodanarchist>: The pun is obvious: Black's surname is Jaffe; in the 1960s an actor called Sam Jaffe appeared in a US medical TV series called Ben Casey; each episode started with Jaffe's character uttering the words "Man. Woman. Birth. Death. Infinity."; hence the game title "Man. Woman. Birth. Death. Checkmate." What could be clearer than that?
Dec-23-20  thegoodanarchist: < Brenin: <thegoodanarchist>: The pun is obvious: Black's surname is Jaffe; in the 1960s an actor called Sam Jaffe appeared in a US medical TV series called Ben Casey; each episode started with Jaffe's character uttering the words "Man. Woman. Birth. Death. Infinity."; hence the game title "Man. Woman. Birth. Death. Checkmate." What could be clearer than that?>

I am too young to know any of that.

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  kingscrusher: What a crush!
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