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Elena Sedina vs Joanna Majdan
"Knights of Sedina" (game of the day May-25-2020)
European Championship (Women) (2006), Kusadasi TUR, rd 7, Apr-10
Formation: Hippopotamus (A00)  ·  1-0

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May-14-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: "Knights of Sedina"
May-25-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: I suppose the pun is a reference to <Knights of Sidonia> described by Wiipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knigh...) in terms far beyond a person who grew up in an era when the Heights of Technological Entertainment were ViewMaster and the 16 rpm record.

But that's OK. I'm sure my irritation is nothing compared to that of those trying to decipher some of my cultural references.

Aptwise, I don't think the White nights did enough to get top billing. When I sued a similar pun for Alekhine vs Reshevsky, 1936, there was no doubt who were the stars of the game.

But that's just another personal bias. I like puns that describe the game. Others lprefer a clever reference. To each their own.

By the way, as long as I'm in the mood to spout off (my air conditioning broke down on our first 90-degree day),, you can put me in the camp who think we would do well to drop the puns and just udge games on quality and memorability. It's a wonderful tradition but I don't believe it serves us well any more. Too much emphasis is put on the pun, not enough on the game.

For example, see this kibitz.

May-25-20
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: I don't know, <Phony Benoni>. For me, trying to get one of my pun submissions accepted has proven an even greater challenge than Sunday puzzles, and heaven knows I rarely solve any of those.
May-25-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: I'm new to the pun game, proud of some of my accepted ones, etc., dismayed with some of my unaccepted ones, etc.

But I'd also be happy with GotDs being chosen purely on merit.

May-25-20  Brenin: Mystified by the "pun" (thanks, <PB>, for the reference), I expected to see some interesting horseplay in this game. The only equestrian interest I could find was a tenuous etymological link in Black's weird opening.
May-25-20
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  offramp: <Cheapo by the Dozen: I'm new to the pun game, proud of some of my accepted ones, etc., dismayed with some of my unaccepted ones, etc.>

My first tip to you is that the <Pun Submission page> is useless. You can verify this by using the <Pun Voting Booth>, which you'll see quickly becomes identical to a Puffin <Fighting Fantasy> novel in that you go round and round but never reach anywhere resembling an exit.

In fact, <step 1> is to ensure that your pun has no <non-PC> aspect that you might have missed. The best thing is to email it to your gay, hispanic, black, disabled, asian, fat, old friends to see if they are insulted by it. 90% of my own puns fail this crucial test.

<Step 2> is to post the pun in the kibitzing section. If there is no response within a week proceed to...

<Step 3>, bombard Sargon/the chessgames office with emails. This is best done from sockpuppet accounts, saying that you <just saw a really great pun> etc etc.

If still no luck, then <Step 4> is to either buy a subscription or increase it, then resend the email.

If all else fails then <Step 5> is to hold your nose and buy some of the crappy merch that <cg.com> sells: the "I'm With Stupid" t-shirts, the "You Don't Have To Be Mad" coffee mugs, the "Winner of Chess Match" medals .... buy about a hundredweight of that brummagem and resend the email.

If it doesn't work now then I'm afraid you might as well just lie down and hope that some random event propels your pun to the top of some list.

Good luck and happy punning!

May-25-20  Muttley101: <Phony Benoni: ... By the way, as long as I'm in the mood to spout off (my air conditioning broke down on our first 90-degree day),, you can put me in the camp who think we would do well to drop the puns and just udge games on quality and memorability. It's a wonderful tradition but I don't believe it serves us well any more. Too much emphasis is put on the pun, not enough on the game.

For example, see this kibitz.>

Why not have a section for "Pun of the day", so those who like the word play can continue to submit, and "Game of the day", which combines outstanding games with a pithy title?

Seems to solve the problem and cover both bases. If users gravitate to submitting "game + pun", with "pun alone" falling into disuse, then dropping the emphasis happens naturally anyway.

May-25-20  morfishine: <Muttley101> About 6 years ago, I made the same suggestion, not knowing that <DomDaniel> made the same suggestion 10 years before that.

Certainly does make sense having a separate section for levity and hilarity while restoring the GOTD to what is connotated: GAME OF THE DAY

May-25-20
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  Diocletian: <Phony Benoni
I like puns that describe the game.>

Ditto.
May-25-20  jith1207: I like the PuOTD (!) and GOTD formats.

But, I don't think pun business closes anytime soon, as there are 6,000+ puns submitted that haven't been picked up or many of them not even voted yet.

It's better to keep GOTD without any title at all. If someone comes up with an appropriate title for a game, they can always Kibitz and engrave their honors for ever and ever.

May-25-20
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  OhioChessFan: Daniel Freeman was adamant puns were here to stay. I can't imagine that changing now.
May-25-20  morfishine: <jith1207> We didn't suggest closing the "pun business", we just suggested moving it to another location, so the GOTD can actually be a GAME OF THE DAY
May-25-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Breunor: Very nice combination starting with 21 Rxb7.
May-25-20  jith1207: <morf>, I was replying to this comment <Seems to solve the problem and cover both bases. If users gravitate to submitting "game + pun", with "pun alone" falling into disuse>

Also, making trip different categories, and submission process all require more than few changes in this website. So, I think it would be difficult to anticipate them making any changes at all, which probably is why suggestions from <morf> and <Dom> weren't taken in the past.

I think it's a good point to say a pun, which suggests a certain occurrence in the game, should be expected to be close enough. Like praising the knights should have the game where knights played standout role.

May-27-20
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  OhioChessFan: Rough crowd. Through 32 moves, White's Knights dominated the landscape. Anyonene want to spend a few days looking through every Sedina game showing a better example of Knight play?

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