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Zsofia Polgar vs Vasily Smyslov
"The Old Man and the Z" (game of the day Nov-09-2011)
Veterans-Women (2000), Munich GER, rd 5, Jul-07
Spanish Game: Fianchetto Defense (C60)  ·  0-1



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Nov-09-11  JoergWalter: I always thought that there is no time / no need for black to play 4. a6. Did I overlook something?
Plenty of similiar games here in CG.
Nov-09-11  goodevans: <rodchuck> I'm a Brit but I still think it's a fantastic pun.

I've got no problem with US pronunciation when it's used by Americans. It's when it's used by us Brits that it makes my skin crawl. Only a couple of days ago I heard the presenter on a UK quiz show ask a question about a "zeebra" (rather than "zebra"). The thin edge of the wedge!

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  playground player: There's always some Russian Grand Master you can't beat, even if you're Zsofia Polgar.
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  kevin86: The Old Man and the Sea-didn't let his Marlin get away like Joe Torre in 2003 and Mike Hargrove in 1997-but too bad,the sharks (not from San Jose) ate it.

Funny how I introduced baseball and hockey into a chess discussion.

Nov-09-11  JoergWalter: <goodevans>
question about pronounciation.
I heard a british commentator upon a move Bd5 to b3 saying "bishop to "bee free"". what happened to b three?
Nov-09-11  goodevans: <JoergWalter> Don't get me started. I hate it when people are too damned lazy to pronounce things properly. I remember trying to persuade one of my friends' kids that "free" and "three" are different words. I gave up in the end when I realised he just didn't get it!

The one that completely mystifies me is why some people say "arks" instead of "ask", as in "'as 'e arksed you out yet?". It's actually so much easier to use the right word, so why bother?

One more thing, it's "pronunciation" rather than "pronounciation". ;)

Nov-09-11  JoergWalter: <goodevans> thanks and forgive me my "pronunciation".
Nov-09-11  lost in space: I love the dark side!
Nov-09-11  knighterrant999: What's that old expression, something about having one hand tied behind your back?!
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  Peligroso Patzer: <The pun is great if you are an American - we British would have left it zed.>

Perhaps this quibble would have been better left un-zed.

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  HeMateMe: Peligroso

1. A brand of Tequila

2. Dangerous, perilous

3. an album title by the metal band Hamlet.

Nov-09-11  Gambit All: Why not 24. ♘xe4?
Nov-09-11  njchess: <Gambit All:> 24. Nxe4? Rde5 25. Nf6+ Kh8 26. Qf3 Re2+ 27. Kf1 R8e3 28. Qxe2 Rxe2 29. Kxe2 leading to a position where Black's queen keeps checking the exposed White king while slowly picking off White's disorganized pieces.
Nov-09-11  scormus: Great game from the old guy. Great pun too.
Nov-09-11  drnooo: poor Polgar,

she went out too far

Nov-09-11  howlwolf: I don't think white's b3 is a problem. Bishops on c4 and a3 are reminiscent of an Evans Gambit. Just looking at the game quickly 15 c4 seems like a mistake. What about Qb3 instead? (A move that crops in the Evans though I haven't played it since I was a kid, 35 years or so ago.
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  ajk68: I was thinking 15. c6 seemed like a reasonable reply. Possibly followed by Qb3. I now notice howlwolf thinks 15. c4 was a mistake too and Qb3 was a possibility.
Nov-11-11  JoergWalter: I think 13.b4 is weak.
Why not 13.c4 followed by Nc3 developing harmoniously?

17.g4?! (provoked by Bf5!) and now 17.... Nxf2!

26. Kg1? accelerates matters (26.Rb6 doesn't give much for white)

Nov-14-11  njchess: A masterful game from Smyslov.
Sep-05-18  tigreton: 17 ... Nxf2! is an effective and inmediatte way to punish such a move as g4.
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  thegoodanarchist: I love the pun! Yes, I tend to be a sucker for mediocre puns.
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  thegoodanarchist: 17...Nxf2!?

The ol' champ still had it, half a century later!!!!!

Oct-12-19  Damenlaeuferbauer: The 79 years old former WC Vasily Smyslov was nearly blind, when he played this game, but it did not matter, because he had already found the eternal harmony of the royal game!
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  Fusilli: Tour de force of elder Smyslov. The poor development and misplacement of the white pieces combined with the drafty king make 17...Nxf2 a demolishing shot.
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  perfidious: Had never seen this Smyslov game, with le grand maître trotting out his old favourite 3....g6, which had already scored him a series of victories when his opponent was but a babe.
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