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Zhaoqin Peng vs Arlette van Weersel
"March of the Peng Wins" (game of the day May-05-2009)
Dutch Championship (Women) (2005), Leeuwarden NED, rd 8, Sep-14
Gruenfeld Defense: Makogonov Variation (D94)  ·  1-0



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Dec-05-05  THE pawn: Chessgames, how about you start a humorous crew?
Dec-05-05  bishopawn: One vote for: "Weerse Defense"
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  sleepyirv: How can we mere mortals create a pun like that?
May-05-09  Sicilian Dragon: <How can we mere mortals create a pun like that?>

My thoughts exactly.
I haven't seen anything nearly as good at the pun contest :-(

May-05-09  cheeseplayer: Same thought as OhioChessFan!

Peng-Wins = Peng actually wins = penguins = pawns which move like penguins!


May-05-09  Andrijadj: The pun is great,and so is the endgame,but black's play in the opening and middlegame is terrible.

Instead of making use of killing bishop pair,black simply let white transpose to better endgame...

May-05-09  sultanmir: Great Pun.. I guess this is not part of the current Pun Contest, because I can see much older comments about it. I wonder who came up with this pun.
May-05-09  TiTi: Good game!
May-05-09  gus inn: Brilliant pun !
May-05-09  refutor: <I wonder who came up with this pun> Rumour is they have 10 Russian Grandmasters in a bunker underground churning these out 24/7...I've always subscribed to the 1000 monkeys with 1000 typewriters theory myself :)
May-05-09  thefish: Untill critical 46 move exchange white moved powns 11 times and black 9, final is 20 14 for white, ther must be some unnessesary moves made by black before 46 move exchange
May-05-09  WhiteRook48: nice one!
May-05-09  dumbgai: But the Pittsburgh Penguins lost. :(
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  kevin86: good knight vs bad bishop-just that simple...
May-05-09  310metaltrader: I do not know the technical term, but for my money, a horsie versus bishop is easily better for the horsie. Just put your pawns on opposite colored squares and so long as your king is active the bishop poses no danger. then just move your horsie around until you win a pawn. rinse and repeat.
May-05-09  Kwesi: Ah but maybe in a diiferent situation (not this game) the player with the bishop can create threats on both sides of the board, and the 'horsie' is too slow to control such a wide area...
May-05-09  Kwesi: Also sometimes the horsie runs out of good places to run to if the bishop can cut off the good squares
May-05-09  Kwesi: Fischer vs Taimanov, 1971
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  patzer2: Black's game starts to go down hill after 37...Bxd7 ?!, starting the process of simplifying to a lost endgame. Instead, 37...Ba6+ =, keeping more active pieces on the board seems to offer dynamic counter-chances.

After 52. g4! White seems to be securely on her way to the win, which she forces from there with very good technique.

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  mjmorri: Normally the Bishop, which can cover both sides of the board quickly, and also "lose a move" when necessary, has an advantage over the Knight in these types of endings.

Here, though, White's well placed King, coupled with Black's weak b Pawn, which ties up the Bishop, allows the Knight to carry the day.

May-05-09  Sabinas: One thing that stuck out in this game is how in love with her knights Van Weersel was: nearly half of her moves up to move 25 were knight moves. At one point she moved her knight 4 times in a row simply to exchange it for a bishop that was not commanding that much influence. Peng on the other hand played masterful throughout, nice game for her.
May-05-09  310metaltrader: I understand the advantage of a bishop covering both sides of the board, but if it is, for ex, the black bishop, and all of the other side's pawns are on white squares, the bishop is really a phantom. On the other hand, the horsie can create innumerable difficulties everywhere. One point i do agree on is that the action of the king is truly critical.
Premium Chessgames Member Not to "toot our own horn", but what really makes this pun so on target is that Peng really did secure 1st place in the Dutch Women's Championship (2005) with a "march of wins". Peng won rounds 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 and finished a solid two points ahead of 2nd place Marlies Bensdorp.

See Dutch Women's Championship (2005)/Zhaoqin Peng to see all of her games from this event.

May-05-09  vikinx: Awesome pun! This game and pun are the best I've ever seen!
Dec-09-13  freeman8201: I've picked up the Makogonov line as of late and pondering on making it my one line for White....what else has he done...I know he's come up with some pawn moves like b4 in other games as well. Of course I'm not saying all of them are b4, but that they're pawn moves.
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