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Larry Tamarkin vs Eric Schiller
"R to d2" (game of the day May-17-2009)
New York (1979), ?
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Modern Variation (B42)  ·  0-1



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  chancho: <JoeBanks> In Sunil Weeramantry's book: "Best Lessons Of A Chess Coach", Sunil uses the game he played against you in 1991, as one of the lessons in that book. You were down three pawns in the endgame, but you hung on to beat him on time.
May-12-06  JoeBanks: Thanks for the memory chancho - I was very flattered that Sunil put this game in his book. Interestingly, GM Joel Benjamin told me that it was good strategical play by Sunil but that he let the reader down by not pointing out the currect strategic plan for Black to not get the lost position that I wound up with in that game - Ah yet another memory of why I seem too not improve at chess... - I don't remember what GM Benjamin recommended!
May-17-09  Kinghunt: Wonderful pun - especially since it's such a critical move too!
May-17-09  Sicilian Dragon: Nice pun!

Perfectly fitting for the game :-)

Good game too (I almost forgot to mention that)

May-17-09  PolishPentium: Is there no merit in White trying 28 e7? Clearly 28 Qxd2 loses, but it seems without excessive analysis that the threat of promotion helps White survive. Would appreciate it if someone wiser than PP could validate or rebut 28 e7...^^
May-17-09  SuperPatzer77: <PolishPentium: Is there no merit in White trying 28 e7? Clearly 28 Qxd2 loses, but it seems without excessive analysis that the threat of promotion helps White survive. Would appreciate it if someone wiser than PP could validate or rebut 28 e7...^^ >

28. e7!? Bxe7!, 29. Be6+ (only move) (29. Qxd2 Qf3+! ) Qxe6, 30. Qxd2 Qxe4+.

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  ray keene: congrats eric-fine game-looking forward to seeing you in london as arbiter of the all play all group of the staunton memorial which will include korchnoi timman speelman davies and wells
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  whiteshark: 27...Rd2 is a nice <deflection>.
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  Richard Taylor: I get the pun -I mean I know who R2D2 was and that Rd2 was a winner but what is the other connection was Schiller's opponent a Robot /associated with the Star Wars movie ... or what?

I took my son to the first one - it was a great movie...

Great game by Professor Schiller!

May-17-09  zzzzzzzzzzzz: rd2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May-17-09  Lastwarrior: R to d2
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  Phony Benoni: I'd have to save a few of those exclamation points for "R to d2" in this game: Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907
Premium Chessgames Member <Richard Taylor> As you may know, this month we are doing reruns of the best puns from years past. When we first ran this pun in 2005, the movie "Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith" was debuting in the theaters.
May-17-09  Poohblah: Why not play 26. ... Rd2 instead of 27. ... Rd2?
May-17-09  WhiteRook48: I don't get it
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  Domdaniel: <Phony Benoni> Good point ... but the discovery that a humanoid robot in a galaxy long ago and far away was really a Polish Immortal might have confused the humans. Not to mention George Lucas.

As for Revenge of the Sith, you can be sure the Sith weren't into puns. Or anagrams. (Like, umm ... 'this' ...)

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  Eric Schiller: Thanks for all the comments. It is a simple deflection, really, but I think the use of Black rooks in the game is instructive.

I played my first serious tournament of the year last week at the Mechanics and scor4ed 70% in a 5-0 blitz memorial event. I'm usually terrible at 5-0 as I'm getting old, but my Pterodactyls flew well and I was 4-1 with Black.

May-17-09  randomsac: Black harassed White's king all game.
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  Phony Benoni: <Poohblah: Why not play 26. ... Rd2 instead of 27. ... Rd2?>

As mentioned earlier, after 26...Rd2 White escapes with 27.Be6+ and 28.Bxg4.

May-17-09  mack: <the discovery that a humanoid robot in a galaxy long ago and far away was really a Polish Immortal might have confused the humans>

John Paul 2.0?

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  Richard Taylor: Eric we're all getting old but you played well here! Keep on! May The Force be with you!

Thanks <>

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  Domdaniel: <mack> Heh. Have they made him *Saint* <John Paul 2.0> yet? Anyway, all immortalities are potential until you've had your *second* big bang, aren't they?

Composed chess problems, apparently, did JP2. A fan of Dr Nunn, they said, although that was French pranksters having a *jeu des ouanqueres*. [source: Fox & James 1987]

Come to think of it, they waste their Saintness function on all kinds of minor catholic do-gooders and lesser martyrs -- terribly nice people, I'm sure, the odd fascist excepted -- when they could be using it as a major PR device.

I recall seeing a religious propaganda book for kids, which seemed bent on encouraging martyrdom in a very Enid Blyton sort of way. Martyrs got a personal congrats and a hearty handshake from the Boss on arrival: "You *were* brave", said the Lord, "it must have hurt terribly!" ... sort of thing. [source: More Saints For Six O'Clock].

I'd vote for St Andy Warhol and St Marshall McLuhan. Saint Buddha is in the roster already -- been there since the 8th century under a false name.

But voting isn't allowed, is it? And if it was, we'd probably end up with Saint Tony Blair. "Saint Tony cured me warts miraculously! Saint Tony made my braincell grow back!" etc.

The only fun in that would be devising an appropriate martyrdom.

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  kevin86: Is this a reference to ARTOO DEETOO?

May the force be with you...

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  Domdaniel: <kevin86> And may you be with the force...
Nov-04-12  vinidivici: 27.Rd2!

Use as a POTD for monday

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