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Alla Kushnir vs Jana Bellin
"Desperate Chesswives" (game of the day Dec-12-2005)
Skopje Olympiad (Women) Final-A (1972), Skopje YUG, rd 2, Oct-04
Benoni Defense: Czech Benoni Defense (A56)  ·  1-0

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Dec-12-05  notsodeepthought: Given that black is at her third marriage (for now), the "wives" in the title could refer to her alone, regardless of Kushnir's marital status.
Dec-12-05
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  WannaBe: Great, great pun... good game, the mistake was 38. ...Nxd6? was 38...Rxd6 better?
Dec-12-05  spudhead: Would 38. ...Rxd6 39. Rxd6 Nxd6 40. axb6 not leave black in similar difficulties?
Dec-12-05  samikd: <Given that black is at her third marriage (for now), the "wives" in the title could refer to her alone>

the word "desperate", too, could refer to her alone :)

Dec-12-05  weary willy: Isn't this a load of ball cocks? Nobody thinks there's fun to be had when a male player has a number of partners.

... and in 1972, Jana was still just "Malypetrova"

Dec-12-05  Rogon: 38 d6! Nxd6 39 axb6!! ... very nice technique!
Dec-12-05  moiz: My! We are getting personal now. It dont behove us to get so close to call. Lets concentrate only on the game, please.
Dec-12-05  EmperorAtahualpa: Great pun, and the game is just so so....until the last few moves (which are brilliant)!
Dec-12-05  EmperorAtahualpa: <WannaBe> <spudhead> I am actually inclined to think that 37...Ne8?? was Black's main mistake!

Would 37...Ke7 not be better?

Dec-12-05
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  keypusher: Speaking as a Czech Benoni veteran, I think black's decisive error was 3...e5. :-)
Dec-12-05  dakgootje: creative ending =)
Dec-12-05  weisyschwarz: I think that we need to be a little more kind. Patriarchal society drummed up the rule of women having to carry more names if they had more marriages. Let's not beat them up for complying with that rule. I side with <weary willy>.
Dec-12-05
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  kevin86: Breakaway! The pawn queens next move by advancing or taking the knight.

Pawns look so small-so it's no surprise that they can sneak up on an unsuspecting opponent.

In this case,black is lost.

Dec-12-05  notsodeepthought: <samikd> good one.

<weisyschwarz> I think many of us would be inclined to make just as much fun of a repeatedly married male chessplayer - except that we would have to come up with a different pun since there is no "Desperate Husbands" show on the air. Incidentally, which country has the rule you refer to? (the US certainly doesn't - where does Jana MHMB reside?)

Dec-12-05
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  OhioChessFan: Ne8-c7 is just awful. I like <EmperorAtahualpa's> suggestion of 37....Ke7
Dec-12-05  JohnBoy: Madam MHMB was desperate for many moves - trying to find tactical salvation in a difficult position. Maybe 37...Ke7 38.d6+ Kd8 39.Bb7 Ne8 holds, but black still seems to be hanging by a thread.

I side with <nsdt> on this - I am married to a woman who does not share my name and do not feel the slightest threatened because of it. We look with amusement, envy, pity or some combination at men with many women and more so men with many wives. The whole thing arises from the obvious and naturally distinct roles of men and women in the process of producing progeny. For eons, the only usually effective way to identify a child's father was through name - it's not like the newborn pops out of the dad's crotch. Fathers have a stake in the well-being of their children (gives us a reason to stick around after the deed), though some evidently less than others. A bit too much PC posturing, <ww>.

Dec-12-05
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  OhioChessFan: <Great, great pun... good game, the mistake was 38. ...Nxd6? was 38...Rxd6 better?>

I'll give it a shot.
38...Rxd6 39 Rxd6 Nxd6 40 axb6
and now we are at the game, Black to move 39, but the Rooks off the board. Same result.

Feb-14-14
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  whiteshark: <weary willy> No, back then, <Jana Hartston>, playing already for England.

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