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Cenek Kottnauer vs Efim Bogoljubov
"Cenek View" (game of the day Jun-07-2013)
Prague clock simul (1932) (exhibition)
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran Variation (D47)  ·  1-0



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Mar-22-12  LoveThatJoker: What a great game!


Apr-21-13  EvanTheTerrible: Great game.
Jun-07-13  zakkzheng: boom! Boom! BOOM! goes the black tower!
Jun-07-13  ajax333221: I think I will analyze the final position just to see how far is the mate is.

I find it extremely fun to find the exact moves to last as long as possible (very unsound moves)

I think some of the following moves include Qxg2+ and Bc4, we'll see...

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  Phony Benoni: I get the blame for the pun. Apologies to anyone who actually knows how to pronounce Kottnauer's name.

The finish I would have liked to see is 32...Qxd8 33.Rxg6+! Kh8 34.Rg8#

Jun-07-13  Tired Tim: Hi Phony ... I regret I need some help here ... what is the pun!? I can't make anything I recognise no matter how I try to pronounce Cenek - (and here's an astonishing aid for that:
Jun-07-13  offramp: Say Cenek as you would say "scenic".
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Kottnauer had a curious record vs. the Semi-Slav in general and the Meran in particular (if the database is complete). Out of 12 games, he scored +4, -4, =4, but he won his first three, all against WC contenders, two of those three have become Games of the Day, and the third might be the most exciting of the trio!
Jun-07-13  morfishine: Great game, truly fascinating!

BTW: Its not pronounced "scenic"

Its pronounced "CHEN-EK"

Jun-07-13  Tired Tim: Thanks - it never occurred to me to pronounce it "scenic"!
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  kevin86: What a goodie! Pieces are flying from everywhere! It's fuuny,in some languages CE is pronounced like CHE and CHE is pronounced as kay.
Jun-07-13  waustad: I suppose it seemd to me that it might say something more about me than the pun that I immediately thought of Diogenes.
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  Gypsy: <It's fuuny,in some languages CE is pronounced like CHE and CHE is pronounced as kay.>

However, the proper Czech spelling of the player's name is <Čeněk Kottnauer>, with the diacritical 'hooks' as indicated. With these hooks, the name pronounces (as in the youtube video given earlier) <Cheniek> or <Tscheniek>.

If spelled without those 'softening hooks', <Cenek>, then Czech pronunciation would be something like <Tsennek>.


As for <ch>, in Czech it is considered a single 'hard' consonant that sounds similar to <kh>, but is still noticeably different from it.


The pun is good. However, since I know the name, I doubt my mind would have made the jump all the way to <scenic>. (Glad others have pointed it out.)

Jun-07-13  Cibator: <kevin86: It's fuuny,in some languages CE is pronounced like CHE and CHE is pronounced as kay.>

It gets even odder in Turkish, where CE is pronounced "Jay". Or as "Chay" if there happens to be little squiggle - called a cedilla - under the C.

Jun-07-13  Tim Delaney: ajax: The actual mate is many moves in the future, since black is pretty much forced to play 32. ... Qxe6 to avoid the mate that PB points out. Although tedious, the ending isn't much of a challenge.

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