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Aleksandar Kovacevic vs Georgi Tringov
"Copacetic Kovacevic" (game of the day Apr-25-2018)
Arandjelovac (1993), rd 11
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  1-0



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  offramp: Wacky pun; copacetic apparently means 'all right'.
Jan-13-05  Shams: usually it`s pronounced "co-pus-THET-ic". I didn`t know this was how it was spelled.
Jan-13-05  notsodeepthought: <offramp> Thanks for the clarification regarding 'copacetic' - otherwise I would have guessed it might refer to a policeman in a sour mood. It's not exactly an everyday term.
Jan-13-05  BlazingArrow56: Wacky game!
Jan-13-05  Minor Piece Activity: Shams It's spelled copasetic, just changed it slightly to be punny. ;)
Jan-13-05  Shams: <Minor Piece Activity> actually prefers "copacetic" and lists your spelling as an alternate. other dictionaries may disagree of course. I`m kind of bummed that there is no known etymology for this strange word.

You never answered my question. Is your avatar a lotus flower? :)

Jan-13-05  Minor Piece Activity: I answered your question with "Yup" on the corus pgage so maybe you missed it. ;)

Anyway that's funny. I've always been told that copasetic is correct and copacetic is not. Perhaps it stems from all the different regional conventions, sort of like skeptical v.s. sceptical or armor v.s. armour.

Jan-13-05  Minor Piece Activity: Hmm that link didn't turn out the way I wanted to. Oh well the point was that it's a picture of a black lotus from Magic: the gathering, a famous card game that practically achieved cult status in some areas.
Jan-13-05  Shams: <Minor Piece Activity> I wonder if it annoys that they put up this great game and all people are talking about is words.

"sceptical" and "armour" are British spellings (and maybe all commonwealth countries). Are you British by any chance? I thought Magic was an American thing only.

So, I now assume you did not intend a Buddhist reference with the lotus flower. :)

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  Sneaky: When I was in gradeschool I was told by the English teacher not to use "humongous" nor "copacetic", as these were not realy words, and you won't find them in a dictionary. Now, of course, you'll find them in just about any dictionary.
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  Sneaky: Shams, I would comment on the game, but it blows my mind and I don't know where to begin.
Jan-13-05  Ed Caruthers: Did Black lose on time?

This is an ending I would have to play out with Black. If the Rooks get exchanged, it's a well-known draw. I think White can use the extra material to push Black to the edge & wind up winning the Rook. But Black gets lots of checks with the Rook. Does anyone know a textbook demonstration or a real example?

Jan-13-05  Cyphelium: I don't think there are a lot of checks. After, say, 53.- Re1+ 54. Nd3+ Kc3 55. Rc6+ Kb2 56. Kd3 black will probably be mated or lose the rook rather soon.
Jan-13-05  Autoreparaturwerkbau: Oh you western people, you'll probably never understand all those eastern words. Kovacevic is - by no means - spelled copacetic or anything close to that.

Correct spelling is: co-wa-che-weech.

So as you see i don't really get the link between "copacetic" and "Kovacevic". Kovacevic, btw. in Serbian means the same as Smith.

And for those who can't read word copacetic very well, it is pronounced: (ko'-p-set'-ik).

Everyone, have a nice time guessing how can white turn this out as a win, especially when exchanging rooks.

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  offramp: 'Copacetic' is pronounced

It's a red indian word for'Great smoking pile of gas.'

Jan-13-05  Autoreparaturwerkbau: Some sarcasm to my post, offramp.
Correct is ko'-p-set'-ik, check wherever you want.
Jan-13-05  JohnBoy: How about a total non-sequitur. The endgame explorer here has NO examples of R+N+N v. R endgames. I have no doubt that this is won, but would love to have the opportunity to play it out. From either side.
Jan-13-05  Leviathan: You don't see often a position with so many pieces and such a few pawns (after white's 35th move)
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  kevin86: I think his game should be a draw-black must have exceeded time control. The ending is strange because-normally white would exchange rooks-but since two knights cannot force checkmate-so he must keep them on the board. A win is problematic,at best.
Jan-13-05  Dillinger: <co-wa-che-weech> For English speakers, Ko-va-che-veetch is more accurate. And technically it would mean "little Smith".
Jan-13-05  drukenknight: <Kovacevic, btw. in Serbian means the same as Smith>

Wouldnt it be easier to just say "Smith?"

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  tamar: "Good game" in Serbian is "Eksellantar, Aleksandar"
Jan-13-05  catlover: Sure enough, according to the Webster's dictionary "copacetic" (alternative spelling "copesetic") means "very satisfactory."

I thought I had a decent vocabulary, but I'd never seen this word before.

Jan-13-05  catlover: It's sorta funny how White's king looks so exposed and lonely in the middle of the board around move 39, but it's the black king, with the queen lined up with it on the a-file, that is exposed and in danger.
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  patzer2: Kovacevic's 40. Ra1! Rb8 41. Qxa4!initiates an amusing but effective pinning combination.
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