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Rabindranath Mesias Rojas vs Luis Rojas Keim
"The War of the Rojases" (game of the day Oct-20-2020)
Fenach Championship of Chile (2007), Santiago CHI, rd 7, Feb-10
Bird Opening: General (A02)  ·  0-1



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Oct-20-20  andrewjsacks: Great idea for the pun. Well done!
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Neglected the “0-1” and therefore thought that White would win after 27.Bd6. Black might have gotten lucky, but good defensive effort anyway.

The final error consisted of 63.Bg7. Kg2 had to be played, but the position remains rough for White; maybe Black can engineer a Zugzwang.

Oct-20-20  offramp: An interesting game all the way through. White lost it right at the end, and his ham-fisted clunker 63.Bg7?? reminded me of the story of that wily old Scot John Napier, who invented logarithms.

<Napier used his black cock to catch a thief. Napier told his servants to go into a darkened room and pet the cock, which had been coloured black by covering it with soot, claiming that the cock would crow if they were the one who stole his property. When the servants emerged, Napier inspected their hands to find the servant who was too afraid to touch the cock.>

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  FSR: <offramp> Your mind works in strange ways.
Oct-20-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: So White had the advantage in space, which Black got rid of at the cost of giving up his advantage in pawn structure. Then, although the engine saw the game as a draw, Black had the better practical chances due to good/bad bishop issues. And eventually White messed up.
Oct-20-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: Or should one not talk of good/bad bishops when the issue is solely about the attackability of pawns, rather than open lines?
Oct-20-20  Brenin: Interesting story from <offramp> about the ingenious Napier, but not what first came to mind when I saw 63 Bg7.
Oct-20-20  offramp: <Brenin: Interesting story from <offramp> about the ingenious Napier, but not what first came to mind when I saw 63 Bg7.>

No, but I am certain is was the very first thought of poor Rabindranath Mesias Rojas.

BTW, that's an odd sort of name: half Bengali and half Spanish. You don't see many of <them>.

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  Messiah: Terrible pun!
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  OhioChessFan: Nice pun. Unfortunate blunder at the end of a long game.
Oct-20-20  offramp: I like this position from today's game.

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If you had walked past the table you might have thought that White was winning, but it's really dead level: Black just has to be a bit careful.

Ever since I read 60MG last week, and played through Kholmov vs Fischer, 1967, I have not been worried by white bishops on d6.
Knights yes, bishops no.

Oct-20-20  sfm: Upvote for pun!
The game was a great fight, and the next to last blunderer won.
Oct-20-20  sfm: <Napier inspected their hands to find the servant who was too afraid to touch the cock.> Clever, but still not conclusive. I have seen movie-clips with people who appeared to be afraid to touch black cocks. But of course, maybe they too were not that innocent.
Oct-20-20  Ironmanth: Good game; thanks chessgames! Y'all stay safe out there; wear a mask, and save a life.
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  OhioChessFan: <Napier inspected their hands to find the servant who was too afraid to touch the cock.>

I've heard the same story attributed to a donkey with a tail covered with soot.

Oct-20-20  Diana Fernanda: What relationship is there between Sir John Napier and the player with the white pieces, only one; Napier was losing his mind and Mr. Rojas lost the game.
Oct-20-20  offramp: <Diana Fernanda: What relationship is there between Sir John Napier and the player with the white pieces...>


Oct-20-20  morfishine: There's only one Napier that matters, and he lost his brilliancy to Lasker: Lasker vs W Napier, 1904

A pity

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  MissScarlett: F D Rosebault vs H Rosenfeld, 1909 Just saying loike.
Oct-20-20  Brenin: <Diana Fernanda>: I don't think John Napier was ever knighted (though his father was), or that he ever lost his mind. He was a religious fanatic, which was quite common in those days, and he had a few odd habits involving spiders and cocks, but I don't think he was insane.
Oct-20-20  Axel1940: Seemed more like 100 Years War than War of the Roses.
Oct-20-20  areknames: < F D Rosebault vs H Rosenfeld, 1909 Just saying loike> Well, <MissScarlett>, your generic <War of the Roses> has got nothing on this game's <The War of the Rojases>. You deserve a B+ for effort but please try harder. Loike.

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