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German Pankov vs Krisztian Szabo
"Don't Mention the War!" (game of the day May-13-2022)
European Youth Championship (2006), Herceg Novi MNE, rd 2, Sep-11
Queen's Indian Defense: Petrosian Variation. Farago Defense (E12)  ·  1-0



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Nov-28-07  GreenArrow: Great game by white. I don't know if 7.d5 is refuted, but 9...Be7 looks like a better try. The Nc6-a5/Be6 must be wrong because black got blown away in the centre. After 18.e6!, I do not think there is an adequate defence. 11...Bb7 followed by a swift 0-0 might be better (...d5 at various stages looks dodgy in view of stuff like e4 d4 Bb5+ when white has irritating moves like Bb5+ Nc6 Nxd4!) but then black simply has a compromised position, though he is still a pawn to the good. Playing the petrosian system myself I am going to give this 7.d5 move a try.
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  whiteshark: There's a racist and a communist hiding under every <pun>
May-13-22  Z free or die: You forgot the <groaning>!
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Always fun to see one of these old Eighties gambits get a workout. Esp. when the result consists of a game like this.
May-13-22  goodevans: Wow! White starts off with what looks like an exchange sac with 14.e5, inducing the error 14...Bb3?, then with 18.e6! he turned it into a whole R-sac. I'm wondering just how confident he was that these sacs were sound. I certainly wouldn't have had the courage to do this.
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  FSR: Great game, though I don't get the pun.
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  moronovich: <FSR: Great game, though I don't get the pun.>

It may be a phrase from " Fawlty Towers ". An episode were Basil/John Cleese suceeds in insulting his german guests : "What ever you say, dont mention the war".

May-13-22  nalinw: The episode is titled "The Germans" .....
May-13-22  goodevans: "Listen, don't mention the war. I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it alright."

Not my favourite episode but I still thought it bizarre that it was recently banned by the BBC for racism. It's obvious that Basil's racist attitude was being lampooned not lauded and after a public outcry they rescinded the ban.

May-14-22  areknames: <Not my favourite episode> Agreed, the laughs are few and far between and it's the only episode I never feel inclined to revisit. The other 11 episodes of the two series are simply masterpieces.

<it was recently banned by the BBC for racism.> Didn't know that but sadly it doesn't surprise me in the slightest.

The game is spectacular, not too sure about the pun's relevance though. White's name is doubly unusual, considering that Pankow is the largest suburb in Berlin, and which was sometimes considered by the allies to be the capital of the DDR.

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