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Bill Robertie vs Girome Bono
"Pro Bono" (game of the day Oct-30-2018)
? (1976)
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Goteborg (Argentine) (B98)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-21-04  DanielBryant: Is this *that* Bono?
Nov-21-04  offramp: I doubt it:
From This is Bono & Bob Dylan - I think - talking.
Bono: Chess, do you play chess?

Dylan: Yeah, I play chess. Are you a chess player?

Bono: I am a chess player.

Dylan: I'm not that good actually.

Bono: I'll challenge you to a game of chess.

Dylan: I don't have it right now actually, I just don't have one on me, but the next time you see me!

Bono: Oh, you can get these little ones you know, that you can carry around.

Dylan: Yeah, I take them on tour all the time, but nobody in the band will play me.

Bono: Really?

Dylan: Yeah, they say it's an ego trip. They say I want to win, I don't want to win, I just like to play.

Bono: What's your opening game?

Dylan: My opening game, you mean king's pawn up two - and all that? I don't know.

Bono: You just takes it as it comes.

Dylan: Yeah. I don't really play that seriously.

Bono: Well, I thought I did until I played Adam's brother Sebastian - he was only about 13 years old and he beat me!

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  tpstar: Bono was born May 10, 1960, so either he was a 16 year-old chess whiz who knew the Sicilian Najdorf through Move 10 or else it wasn't *that* Bono. Yet it could have been Sonny Bono. ;>)
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  BishopBerkeley: or Yoko Bono :)

Then again, perhaps it was a lawyer playing pro bono!

(: ♗B :)

P.S. There isn't such a thing as "amateur bono" is there? Maybe for attorneys that just aren't that good?

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  tpstar: Your jokes are a bono fide hit. But as far as lawyers, I've got a bono to pick with you. Until then, bono appetit!
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  BishopBerkeley: <tpstar> It's OK if you have a bono to pick with me -- but don't pick a bono with Akebono!!:

(: ♗B :)

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  WannaBe: Surprised this is the only game by Robertie in the Database.

He is/was a speed chess champ and backgammon champ. Have written quite a few books on both subjects.

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  perfidious: Girome Bono was Black in this game, which was most likely played in a Boston area event.

As to this being the only game of Robertie's here, it comes as no surprise, really; long before I moved to Boston in the spring of 1982, he was out of chess, which was well before the age of databases with every game played everywhere....LOL

Robertie has just co-authored a book on another subject.......No-Limit Holdem.

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  mahmoudkubba: I thought that white was Bono and b was Robertie. Well, may be I am mistaken.
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  OhioChessFan: "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
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  perfidious: <mahmoudkubba: I thought that white was Bono and b was Robertie. Well, may be I am mistaken.>

Bono was never theory-oriented as White; his preference was for 3.Bb5(+) vs the Sicilian.

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  OrangeTulip: Impressive play for these coprimate out of Africa
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  al wazir: <OrangeTulip: Impressive play for these coprimate out of Africa.>

That's "Bono," not "bonobo."

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Perhaps 19.0-0 represented White's attempt to improve upon Gligoric vs Fischer, 1958.
Oct-30-18  offramp: This game follows Gligoric vs Fischer, 1958 right up to here:

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Where White played 19.0-0, instead of Gligoric's 19.0-0-0.

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  HeMateMe: bill Robertie is a backgammon champion, has written extensively on the game. He's won tournaments against the world's best players. He won the USA speed chess championship (5 min, no increments) sometime in the 1970s or early 80s. Robertie has also written a few beginner chess books.
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  perfidious: <HMM>, Robertie was speed champion in 1970. He also co-authored works on poker with Dan Harrington, the 1995 main event winner at the WSOP.
Oct-30-18  Ironmanth: Great game; had to look at the result at first during initial glance to be certain of the winner. Thanks for this one chessgames!
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  scormus: 19 O-O would have been very tempting, as W must have known the Gligoric-Fischer game, and W could only draw from such a nice looking position. As I played through the game I wondered if he might have played it on move 14 when it would be check, I'm sure I would have. But by 19 it doesn't look so good, my engine gave O-O-O as equal but O-O it's at least a slight edge to B.

As often, W throws the kitchen sink at B's Najdorf, but cannot win

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