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Jiri Pelikan vs Willem Jan Muhring
"Jirimandered" (game of the day Feb-23-2015)
non-FIDE Munich Olympiad (1936), Munich GER, rd 19, Aug-30
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0



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  perfidious: One consolation: veeps usually improve their golf game.
Feb-23-15  morfishine: 3 minors for the Queen: I'll take it!
Feb-23-15  HighestUnrated: I feel 18...e4 was better as it blocks the bishop for good.
Feb-23-15  SimplicityRichard: 15.Nxe4? - A greedy pawn grab that is soon to face severe punishment......

16.Nxe4 - Can he take with his beak food enough for a week?

"A wonderful bird is the Pelican,
His bill will hold more than his belican,
He can take in his beak,
Food enough for a week,
But I'm damned if I see how the belican".

18.Nxd4, was a little impatient as 18...e4, may seal a slight advantage to Black, albeit leading to a drawn endgame. 18.Nxe5! and it's curtains for Black in several variations I have analysed with my new " best-mate" 'Stockfish 5'.

Easily one of the best King's Indian Attack (KIA) I have seen; "up there" with Leonid Stein's KIAs' against the Caro Kann.

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  Bubo bubo: <HighestUnrated: I feel 18...e4 was better as it blocks the bishop for good.>

Good point! By blocking the bishop Black also prevents the knight invasion, and it will not be that easy for White to untangle his minor pieces.

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  offramp: There's a very funny story over at the Willem Jan Muhring page.
Feb-23-15  Mating Net: What a great game. An excellent example of the importance of the initiative in chess. Black was under siege without the slightest hint of counter play.
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  kevin86: Black can prevent mate, but will be hopeless down in material by a piece and a pawn.
Feb-23-15  SimplicityRichard: Correction; 15...Nxe4, 16.Qxe4.

After 18...e4, in one variation White has to sacrifice a piece in order to extricate his blocked Bishop. However, the game I'd drawn.

Feb-23-15  SimplicityRichard: drawn. Sorry, I need to replace my Tablet which insists on "correcting" my correct spelling and vocabulary inspite of disabling the "spell checker" and "dictionary" functions. It makes too many typos.#
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  offramp: <SimplicityRichard: drawn. Sorry, I need to replace my Tablet which insists on "correcting" my correct spelling and vocabulary...>

Dear <SimplicityRichard>, I would not worry about those minor errors. People are always posting to <> from smartphones and minor errors such as you mentioned are spotted as <smartphone errors> pretty quickly.

Feb-23-15  rogl: < Phony Benoni: Quick lesson in U.S. politics. In the United States, voting districts are periodically redrawn. The goal of the party in power is to shape district boundaries in such a way as will favor them in future elections. This process, which can result in some very oddly shaped districts, is called <gerrymandering> after an early practitioner, Elbridge Gerry.>

For a non-american US politics is sometimes very confusing. So, now I have to add gerrymandering to filibustering and philandering on my list of US political terms.

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  fm avari viraf: This reminds me of my favourite Pelikan Beer. Here, the attack was so lethal that ultimately drowned the Black King in the barrel of beer.
Feb-23-15  SimplicityRichard: <offramp> Thank you for your kind words and consideration. Much appreciated.#
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  Peligroso Patzer: <Ratt Boy: By the BTW, Elbridge Gerry pronounced has name with a hard G—though "gerrymander" is pronounced with a soft G. He became VP under Madison, where he died in office. Usually, only a politician's career dies with the VP post. I thought the pun was awfully forced—which I like—and the game was inventive.>

Hear! Hear! (mostly).

Many philologists would assert that the pronunciation of gerrymander with a hard “G” is historically preferable, although the variant with a soft “G” is more common. Good dictionaries give both pronunciations in the alternative.

The word “gerrymander” is a portmanteau formed from a combination of (1) as noted above, the last name of Elbridge Gerry (a prolific practitioner of the practice) and (2) as not previously mentioned, the last two syllables of the word salamander (the amphibian whose shape the resulting districts often resembled).

As a final observation, I suppose the game went too many moves to make this fully suitable, but a possible alternative pun could have been: “Pelikan Brief”.

Feb-23-15  drnooo: this is one great site: so many net places have usually just a bunch of drivel and dribble, but on days like this the comments are super sharp. Very erudite and informative.
A real pleasure to be listening in.
Feb-23-15  Volmac: <offramp: A game by Anish Giri might have been more sensible for the pun.> Or a game by Garry.
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  AylerKupp: <SimplicityRichard> If you like your new "best-mate" Stockfish 5 you might consider upgrading to Stockfish 6. It has incorporated the changes for the Stockfish 5-based mate finder, additional enhancements, and (finally!) official Syzygy tablebase support. It is currently ranked #1 at both the CCRL 40/40 and CEGT 40/20 engine tournaments.

And it is still free.

Feb-23-15  Chessmensch: <offramp: There's a very funny story over at the Willem Jan Muhring page.> Yes, very good. Thank you for alerting us.
Feb-23-15  bengalcat47: <rogl> For a non-American US politics is sometimes very confusing. Don't feel bad; it's very confusing for us Americans too, wondering what our elected officials are really up to!
Feb-23-15  grboris: <offramp: Love the story, reminds me of the Karpov/Korchnoi Marathon (in the dim distant past when telephone calls were the contact of choice) when one of the commentators was harangued by one caller who insisted that the game could not be equal and 'who was winning?' - The long-suffering expert stated that Mr Karpov had made 17 moves to Mr Korchnoi's 18 and the caller said Thankyou and went away happy. Some jobs are easier than others
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  Phony Benoni: I just realized the pun is one of my submissions. Apologies to all who actually know how to pronounce names.

By the way, if you feel your pun submissions are being ignored, this was sent in over four years ago when I was working on a collection for the tournament. Maybe it's not a great pun, but I'm glad it called attention to an unknown but remarkable game.

Feb-24-15  SimplicityRichard: <AylerKupp> Thank you. I will download it with immediate effect. And by the way, I was so impressed by your Kibitzing and Profile that I almost sent you an e-mail last week; and then, here you are! Call it telepathy. Much gratitude.#
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  perfidious: <rogl> Politicians haven't got a corner on philandering, though with all the coverage such affairs receive, it might seem that way at times.
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  Messiah: Wonderful game! Pelikán shows how absolute destruction could be done when you have the initiative!
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