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Lars Stark vs Maxim Barth Stanford
"Stark Craft" (game of the day Mar-02-2015)
Hereford International (2006), Hereford ENG, rd 9, Sep-03
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Mikenas-Carls Variation (A15)  ·  1-0



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  Phony Benoni: I do not see the point of the pun. Does it have something to do with Ironman or Game of Thrones? Both appear to have characters named Stark.

But that's OK, because I do not understand the game either. All I can see is that neither light-squared bishop distinguished himself. At least Black's tried to do something, though he had to endure sitting at home for thirty moves until he learned to behave himself. But that's still better than his White counterpart, who plopped himself down onto g2 at move 5 and refused to stir until making a token effort with 71.Bh3. Having satisfied his Inner Bilbo Baggins, he returned home and spent the last few moves in happy retirement watching the pawns block his view.

Mar-02-15  ninja warrior:
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  al wazir: After 84 moves the game ends when black overlooks a threat.
Mar-02-15  mike1: yes, do not think that White would have won it if not for the 84th move. Not a worthy game of the day.
Mar-02-15  swr2408018: The pun is on the video game StarCraft.
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  Gilmoy: Early weenie rush, then Zerg-side creep in the middle game ...
Mar-02-15  celtrusco: Stark works.
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  kevin86: Is this the whole idea? The queenswoops down and takes a pawn? Ho-Hum.
Mar-02-15  1 2 3 4: <Phony Benoni> Perhaps because the endgame looks like it's a Star Wars Fight? and the last name of this dude is Stark.
Mar-02-15  waustad: I guess I'm dating myself when the name Stark reminds me of Robert Penn Warren or Carlisle Floyd.
Mar-02-15  kellmano: <al wazir: After 84 moves the game ends when black overlooks a threat.>

I thought that too. Was enjoying flicking through the moves thinking 'How is White going to win this?' then it seems there is a blunder that loses a pawn. Why not ....Nf7 or ......Qc5?

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  HeMateMe: Maybe a reference to the passing of Leonard Nimoy?
Mar-02-15  celtrusco: <HeMateMe>My respect and admiration for Leonard Nimoy, but no, this would be "Stark's trick".
Mar-02-15  waustad: For curiosity sake, since I have made it a policy to abstain from voting on GOTD puns since I submit them, how many people here would know what I was talking about if I'd made a reference to "All the King's Men?" How about making a reference to "Leaves of Graz" when posting a game by Walter Wittmann? You are not all 20 years old and some of you read. By the way, is there a place where I can look up whether a pun has been used before? If so, where.
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  Phony Benoni: <waustad> I have been compiling lists of the puns for some time. You can start here:

Game Collection: Game of the Day Pun Index (A-B)

And, despite having celebrated my 20th birthday less than a half-century ago, I understand your references.

Mar-03-15  waustad: <phony benoni> Thanks for the link.

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