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Johannes Leonardus Switzar vs Edward Douwes Dekker (Multatuli)
"I Have Suffered Much" (game of the day Feb-10-2007)
corr (1873) (correspondence), Postal
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo (C53)  ·  1-0

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Feb-10-07
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  cu8sfan: Good morning to everyone. Somebody, please explain the pun. Thank you.
Feb-10-07  Archives: IIRC, "I have suffered much" is a quote from Homer (the author of the Iliad not the guy from the Simpsons!)

Other than that I have no idea.

Feb-10-07  amuralid: <cu8sfan: Somebody, please explain the pun. Thank you.> Multatuli in latin means "I have suffered to much."

It was Dekker's pen name.

Feb-10-07  arctic tern: 'Multatuli' is latin for 'I have suffered much,' according to <dakgootje>. See Dekker's page.
Feb-10-07
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  WannaBe: I'm gonna guess the word have/is the root of mutilate?
Feb-10-07  Gryz: FYI Douwes Dekker was a dutch writer. One of his books (Max Havelaar) is consider one of the major books in dutch 19th century literature. As amuralid wrote, Multatuli was his pseudonym.

I had no idea he played chess.

Feb-10-07  Knightlord: His real name was Eduard Douwes Dekker, not Edward.
Feb-10-07  dakgootje: <'Multatuli' is latin for 'I have suffered much,' according to <dakgootje>. See Dekker's page.>

And I still agree with myself ^^

Feb-10-07
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  Marius: i think 26.Nc2 is good,
26...Rxa4 27.Rd8+ Ka7 28. Nxe3 (Ra1+ 29.Nf1+)
26...Rd2 27.Rd8#
Feb-10-07
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  ganstaman: <WannaBe: I'm gonna guess the word have/is the root of mutilate?>

I could easily be wrong, but the spelling doesn't seem similar enough to me. While 'mutil' and 'multat' look alike, the ls and ts don't really fit together.

Feb-10-07
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  playground player: The source of the pun is obvious: in this game, poor Dekker suffers the chess equivalent of the death of a thousand cuts.
Feb-10-07  Uri: <WannaBe: I'm gonna guess the word have/is the root of mutilate?>

nope. "multa" is related to other words in english (multiply, for example), and means 'many things' (nt.acc.pl. of multus,-a,-um), while "tuli", the (first singular plural) perfect form of the verb "fero", means "I have borne/suffered".

Feb-10-07
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  cu8sfan: Thanks, guys. Seven years of Latin didn't help me find this one out. (-:
Feb-10-07  aragorn69: Swiss schools aren't worth all the fuss made about them, are they, <cu8sfan>? ;-)
Feb-10-07
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  kevin86: What a strange fork:attack one rook and another rook (which was taboo) with one fell swoop.

Black was asking for trouble by castling against an open file and adverse pawn on c6.

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