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Evgenij Agrest vs Ruslan Ponomariov
"Saved by the Bell" (game of the day Aug-07-2008)
European Team Championship (2003), Plovdiv BUL, rd 1, Oct-11
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Queen's Indian Formation (A15)  ·  1-0



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Aug-07-08  whiteshark: <Morphyisgod: <lmao! wydoncia tunyfonov, i typed her name in the search before i actually got it.>> Me, too. :D

Caller: "Sorry, wrong number."

Aug-07-08  BipolarFanatic: Phonomariov ...
Aug-07-08  arsen387: Agrest ...
Aug-07-08  TheaN: Phonomariov got Agrested by the FIDE because of Wydoncia Tunyfonov... yeah, bad story for him I guess.
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  Richard Taylor: I knew this was the famous incident of Ponomariov's phone as soon as I saw the word "bell" - it also happened in tournament I was in at Xmas when the leader lost a vital game - his cellphone went off when his position was very good and he had very good chances of winning the tournament.

I have never owned a cell phone and have no desire for one - to puzzled me what people are always doing talking on cell phones all the time... are they lonely people who pretend they have lots friends or do some of them actually have important calls to make or receive as they rush into the supermarket or sit down for chess game?

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  Richard Taylor: Maybe he had some hot sheila on tap who'd promised him a good time so he was waiting fro her call. Then - bingo Ringo!
Aug-07-08  cyruslaihy: wow, never thought there was a no cell phone rule for chess! my cell phone actually rang during the opening phase of a tournament game of mine, i chose to answer it, it was my mom, and i told her i was having a tournament game. i wasn't disqualified
Aug-07-08  kevin86: With this guy's luck,the call was from a telemarketer asking if he is unhappy with his present cell phone service.
Aug-07-08  AccDrag: What puzzles me are Luddites who fear simple advances in technology that make the completion of mundane tasks much simpler and more convenient.

Or we can stick with abaci over calculators.

And folks, please turn off your cellphones in the chess hall and movie house. :-)

Aug-07-08  AAAAron: ok, seriously, how is this the game of the day??? how about some good alekhine games????
Aug-07-08  Chessmensch: With all this about the bell, puns, etc., those of you who've not heard the story about seeking a replacement for Quasimodo (bell ringer at Notre Dame) should see one version of it.

Aug-07-08  Chessmensch: I did a quick infinite analysis of the last position on Deep Fritz 10. Very interesting how things progress from there. Take a look on your engine.
Aug-07-08  kinghunter: so why did black resign in that position?
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  playground player: <AccDrag> Luddites? I can't do my job without a computer; in fact, I don't think my job could even exist without it. Internet access has opened up a whole new world for me, including bringing me back to chess after a long absence.

That being said, I don't use computer analysis in my chess and I don't plan on getting a computer chess engine. I turn to chess for pleasure, and to exercise my mind. Coming up with the right move without a computer--to me, that's chess.

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  Once: It's Thursday evening on a squally british summer's day. The best-boy-in-the-world is watching a programme about sea turtles. The mem is looking up occasionally from her sudoku book. And a very puzzled Once is sitting at the table, trying to understand CG's game of the today on the laptop.

Furrowed brow. Don't understand the "saved by the bell" subtitle, but that's not too unusual. Some of the subtitles are too american for this limey.

Worse still, don't understand the game. Why did black resign? White has a pleasant edge, to be sure, but not yet resignable for black. So I spend a fruitless few minutes treating the final position as a puzzle of the day. Feeling ever more inept and frustrated. I just know that when I read the kibitzing, someone will point out the all too obvious tactic that I can't see.

Finally give in, look at the kibitzing and groan ... of course! The infamous phone game.

What a plonker. Contemplate throwing the laptop through the window. Or giving up and watching the sea turtles.

Aug-07-08  soberknight: Ah, puns! It's been a while, and I'm back from Wikipedia.

I echo Andrew Chapman's question about 4...Bxf3. The flip side argument is that after Black develops his knight to c6, the bishop is just sitting there doing nothing.

I think White had a strong position and was likely to win anyway.

The "cell phone game" reminds me of the infamous "plane crash game" in the Alaska baseball league. Two games interrupted by complete non sequitir events. Of course, the plane crash didn't cost the visitors the game.

Aug-07-08  FizzyY: Huh. . ? I don't get the pun, but I do see Black's done for.
Aug-07-08  ajile: White correctly sees that he can transpose to a favorable Q-Gambit type setup after Black exchanges 4..BxN.


This seems wrong because he is moving this pawn twice in the opening. But this is what separates a GM from a normal player.

Aug-07-08  ajile: lol

So he picks up the phone and it's his girlfriend who says:

"Hey you wanna go to lunch?"

Reply Ponomarjov: "Sure I'm free right now!"

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  Richard Taylor: <FizzyY> Ponomariov was the (youngest ever I think) FIDE World Champion but in the game here he had quite a good position but his cell phone went off and as the rules stand that means he lost the game immediately. The FIDE rules are that players switch off their cell phones and if they do go off they during play they forfeit...

As to the Luddite comment above - I personally have no use for cell phones but obviously I do have a computer. Also I use Fritz sometimes to analyse.

Jun-10-09  WhiteRook48: forgot to put it on vibrate?
Jun-10-09  SniperOnG7: My phone is always on silent
Dec-16-10  apexin: This game could have continued:
29.Nd4 Ng4 30.g3 Ne3 31.Nxe6 Nxf1!?
32.Nxf8+ Kxf8 33.Rxf2+ Kg7 34.Rxf1 bxc5
35.Qxc5 Rxe4
Mar-24-13  IndigoViolet: According to Ian Rogers, it was Pono's mum, calling with birthday wishes (for the next day), who was responsible.
Mar-28-21  Z4all: All these years later - do we finally know who really placed the call?

According to the following link, it was the FIDE president calling with the birthday wishes:


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