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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Semion Alapin
"Alapin, But Not a Safety Alapin" (game of the day Dec-10-2021)
Nuremberg (1892), Nuremberg GER, Jul-11
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation (D11)  ·  1-0

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Dec-10-21  areknames: <Phony Benoni>'s immortal, LOL!
Dec-10-21
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  OhioChessFan: Got a laugh out of this pun.
Dec-10-21
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  Honza Cervenka: Instead of 29...Kf7(?) it was better to play 29...g5. If 30.g3, then 30...gxh4 31.gxh4 Rf8 is good for black.
Dec-10-21
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  eternaloptimist: LOL 😀, 😀...😀! It just keeps going on & on. <Phony> Thx a lot for the hilarious pun & interesting game! <OCF> I got a laugh out of this pun also!
Dec-10-21
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  perfidious: <PB>, indeed.
Dec-10-21
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  HeMateMe: Geez, what was black thinking? That's horrible chess.
Dec-10-21  sudoplatov: Tarrasch's Bd2 and Rc1 against the Schlecter variation seems rather modern. I'd expect something like this from Petrosian.
Dec-10-21
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  HeMateMe: ...but, a terrific pun!
Dec-10-21  SkySports: HAHAHAHA!!!!
Dec-10-21
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  Teyss: <Phony Benoni> ROFL, a terrific Meta-Pun. Wouldn't mind seeing this one from time to time, would me a Meta-Meta-Pun.

The game is a rare example of helpmate, very brave of the K to sacrifice himself to save the N. Granted 28...Ng5 29.Bxd5 cxd5 30.Rc5 would have also lost, but slower. Maybe Black should have immediately tried 27...Bxa2 28.Rxc6 with some counterplay?

That's the thing about Chess (and life): instead of taking a small loss straight away, you try to hang on and make matters worse step after step.

<Immortal Gambit> The so-called Immortal Pun appeared several times for these games: Karpov vs Timman, 1988 Averbakh vs Kholmov, 1947

No clue why. Someone with a very special sense of humour in CG team? A sadist? An insider payed by another Chess site?

Dec-10-21
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  Messiah: Finally, an exceptionally good pun.
Dec-10-21  Cheapo by the Dozen: Well done finding a pin-heavy game to use this pun with!
Dec-10-21  paavoh: Contender for the Pun of the Year!
Dec-10-21  offramp: <OhioChessFan: Got a laugh out of this pun.>

Agreed! Very funny! Well done to <Phony Benoni>.

Dec-10-21
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  WannaBe: Great job <Phony>!!
Dec-10-21
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  Check It Out: LOL!!
Dec-10-21  woodenplayer: Truly a fabulous, inspired pun, but deeply ironic that it required a string of mediocre, repetitive GotD puns as a set up.
Dec-10-21
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  Teyss: <woodenplayer> Yes! I see the ploy now. <Phony Benoni> is actually a sock puppet account of <MissScarlett> selecting the puns. He exasperated us for months on end with <Safety Pin> and just when we couldn't stand it anymore, he comes up with this gem to save the day. A safety pun.

Well, it was worth it.

Dec-10-21
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  Teyss: @ CG Admin: you need to close down <Messiah>'s account which was hijacked since he could have never have posted <"an exceptionally good pun">. Maybe "Mediocre" or "Average" in his very best days.
Dec-10-21
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  Diademas: <Phony Benoni> to the rescue.

I'm proud to live in the same universe.

Dec-10-21
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  WannaBe: <Teyss> LOL, Funny.
Dec-10-21
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  Check It Out: "A safety pun" - good one <Teyss> :)
Dec-10-21  RookFile: Mommy, make it stop.
Dec-12-21
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  diceman: This must be a bad game.

<Phony Benoni> is getting more credit than the players!

Dec-13-21
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  nizmo11: Tarrash writes in <Dreihundert Schacpartien > (Three Hundred Chess Games, translated by Sol Schwarch, 1999):

"The King wants to come to the aid of the locked in Knight, but the king itself, by so doing, invited misery." He ends with "<(This reminds one of the Sedan catastrophe of 1890.)>"

The reference is to the Battle of Sedan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battl..., resulting in the capture of Emperor Napoleon III.

Now, to what event one would compare the Dubai match?

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