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David H Cummings vs Gary Basanta
"dead every enormous piece" (game of the day Nov-16-2011)
Canadian Open (1999), Richmond, Vancouver CAN, rd 9
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Queen's Indian Formation (A15)  ·  1-0



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  kevin86: Funny,I looked for the mate at h8-not seeing the gate opening sac at g6. The pawn and bishop pin the king on the edge-It becomes the job of the hidden rook to push him over...
Jan-05-05  Fulkrum: I don't understand move 15 by black. Maybe e5 would have been better. It It's like black lost the thread of the game after move 14. I will have to sit down with this game later.
Jan-05-05  Stonewaller2: <weary willie> Not having read the piece, it's sort of like saying a soldier taken by surprise should let himself be shot rather than surrender. My inclination would be to resign, shake my opponent's hand, then make whatever forced move in order to let him have the pleasure of "mating" or go over the line in a postmortem analysis. There's no dishonor to either side from an honorable surrender.

My fear as the mating player would be making some horrible kind of fingerfehler. I got caught out in a tournament once when I absentmindedly touched a piece in order to squish a bug that had landed on it. My opponent made me move it since he apparently hadn't seen the bug. Good thing for me he blundered a few moves later. So I'd be OK with the other guy turning his King over.

Jan-05-05  MindlessOne: <Starscream>
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Jan-05-05  jedlen: <starscream74>
Jan-05-05  MatrixManNe0: What about 32. Bf5?
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  patzer2: Today's puzzle solution 32. Qxg6+ fxg6 33. Be6+ Kh8 34. Kg2+ Bh6 35. Rxh6# is a simple deflection tactic.
Jan-05-05  Sonic Youth: This was too easy
Jan-05-05  Strategic Joker: this was a piece of cake is like asking a GM rated 3500 to beat a player rated 800 or so
Jan-07-05  JohnBoy: Here's the Anand game mentioned above. Should be in everyones files!

Anand vs Illescas-Cordoba, 1992

Nov-16-11  sleepyirv: My first thought: Uncapitalized punning? One of the players must be named Cummings! Looking up, I was glad to see I was correct.

Named after the poem by e.e. cummings.

Nov-16-11  Oceanlake: Black committed slow-motion suicide. Black;'s pieces shuffled while White's were gathering.

h6 was a nice present, and Rxc4 tests the adage "Better late than never."

Nov-16-11  sevenseaman: How come I never see these wonderful heavy piece sacrifices! I feel even dumber after I spent a couple seconds before this move.
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  Phony Benoni: Now that the pun is solved, we get to the really big question of the day:

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After Black's king moves to the h-file, should White play 34.Kg1+, 34.Kg2+, or 34.Kg3+? While it makes no difference on the board, there are aesthetic sensibilities to consider.

I'll cast a vote for 34.Kg1+ myself. Seems the funniest. Second choice would be The Alekhine Maneuver of picking up the king and throwing it across the room, while announcing mate in two.

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  HeMateMe: Does the pun relate to something from the entertainment world?
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  Phony Benoni: <HeMateMe> Go back to <sleepyirv>'s post. It's the title of a poem by e.e. cummings.

<dead every enourmous piece
of nonsense which itself must call
a state submicroscopic is-
compared with pitying terrible
some alive individual

ten centuries of original soon
or make it ten times ten are more
than not entitled to complain
-plunged in eternal now if who're
by the five nevers of a lear>

If it's puzzling, ask Rybka.

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  HeMateMe: How can I read it, if I can't even pronounce it?
Nov-16-11  rilkefan: 14.Nd5 is more thematic, I think.
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  piltdown man: Obscure pun for a lovely game.
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  kevin86: ee cummings had to have something to do with it-no caps.

The trigger move for mate is a king move-or as sportcaster charlie jones used to say "let's step aside"

Nov-16-11  ZZpatzer: I just assumed <chrisowen> submitted the pun.. ;-)
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  chrisowen: in see head a remi lion one to white instigate <ZZpatzer> outside a hi bishop e6+ woke emancipation it nice in pine for eddy it ninon the wools current g6 in?
Nov-17-11  Dr. J: Isn't it obvious? chrisowen IS e.e.cummings!
Jan-24-12  reilouco: <metallurgist> 11... Qxc4 12.Rc1 Qb4 13.e5 Bxg2 14. a3 Qa5 15. exf6 Bb7 16. Bd2 Ne5 17. Ncb5

Just an example.
Taking the pawn is bad for black.

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  perfidious: <Dr. J....chrisowen IS e.e.cummings!>

Hmmmm--the thought never occurred to me.

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