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Govind Ballabh Joshi vs Gole Shweta
"Is This Shweta Hand-Joshable, or Pry-Queen Only?" (game of the day Apr-05-2020)
Commonwealth Championship (2008), Nagpur IND, rd 1, Sep-28
Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation. Barmen Defense Central Exchange (B22)  ·  1-0



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Oct-31-08  gambitfan: a strange game indeed !

White sacrifice the Queen as early as the 9th move...

and win the game at the 48th move !

Apr-05-20  andrewjsacks: Chess from Mars?
Apr-05-20  dumbgai: Black could have safely resigned by move 39.
Apr-05-20  spingo: An unusual game. It starts off like something from the 19th century.
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  Phony Benoni: The game is the thing here. But for the record, I think the pun translates to:

<Is This Sweater Hadn-Washable, or Dry Clean Only?>

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  Stonehenge: Tomorrow's pun:

<Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict>

Apr-05-20  goodevans: I don't get why 'Pry' rather than 'Dry' but I'm glad this is GOTD. I absolutely love the way white played the opening.

365chess has a 2001 game <Bendel vs. Eschk> where black varies with <13...a6> which might be better.

<15.d6 exd6 16.Re1> and black would have been busted. If he doesn't take the pawn then it's promotion will cost black his Q.

After that let-off black would have done better to activate his other pieces quicker rather than have his Q try and do everything.

Apr-05-20  ndg2: The game pun sounds dirty, but I don't know why. Strange
Apr-05-20  RandomVisitor: "Govind yourself a better 9th move."
Apr-05-20  RandomVisitor: "9.Nxe5? Surely you're Joshi-n."
Apr-05-20  offramp: Once White played Kg2 and got his other rook out, Black had had it.
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  thegoodanarchist: Great pun! love it!
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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: Brilliant title, surely a candidate for Pun of the Year. Does anyone understand either 13th move? Why didn't White immediately take the Rh8, and why didn't Black rescue it?
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  OhioChessFan: It's almost but not quite so bad a pun it's good. I'm a bit flummoxed people think it's great.
Apr-05-20  RandomVisitor: Both 9.Bb5+ and 9.Qb3 appear to be better than this tricky queen sacrifice initiated by 9.Nxe5:

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<54/92 10:40:36 +4.83 9.Bb5+ Bd7 10.Nxe5 Bxb5 11.Qb3 a6 12.d6 e6 13.d7+> Bxd7 14.Nxd7 Bb4 15.0-0 Rd8 16.Ne5 Bxc3 17.Nc4 Qc7 18.bxc3 Ne7 19.Ba3 0-0 20.Rad1 Rxd1 21.Rxd1 b5 22.Ne3 Ra8 23.Bd6 Qd7 24.c4 bxc4 25.Qxc4 h6 26.a4 Nc6 27.Bb4 Qe8 28.Bc3 Ne7

53/95 10:40:36 +3.67 9.Qb3 Nxf3+ 10.gxf3 Bd7 11.Qxb7 Rc8 12.Bb5 Qc7 13.Qa6 e5 14.0-0 Bc5 15.Bg5 h6 16.Rac1 hxg5 17.Ne4 Bxb5 18.Qxb5+ Qd7 19.Qxd7+ Kxd7 20.Nxc5+ Kd6 21.Nb7+ Kd7 22.Rxc8 Kxc8 23.Nd6+ Kd7 24.Nxf7 Rh4 25.Nxe5+ Kd6 26.Nf7+ Kxd5 27.Re1 Rf4 28.Nxg5 Rf6

...after 9.Nxe5 Bxd1 10.Bb5+ Kd8 11.Nxf7+ Kc8 12.Kxd1:

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<58/96 10:28:38 +1.31 12...Nf6 13.Nxh8 Nxd5 14.a4 Nxc3+> 15.bxc3 a6 16.Bc4 Qf5 17.f3 Kc7 18.Nf7 e6 19.Ng5 Rd8+ 20.Ke1 Qc2 21.Be3 Kb8 22.Ne4 Qxg2 23.Rf1 Be7 24.Bf4+ Ka8 25.Ra2 Qh3 26.Rd2 g5 27.Rxd8+ Bxd8 28.Bg3 h5 29.Bd3 Qg2 30.Rf2 Qh1+ 31.Kd2 Bb6

Apr-05-20  RandomVisitor: <An Englishman><Does anyone understand either 13th move?>As <goodevans> points out above, this Queen sac occurred in a 2001 game that both players were likely familiar with, so it is quite likely that each player tried to take their opponent into lines that were outside of their opponent's prepared analysis variations.
Apr-08-20  Ironmanth: Delightful game! Thanks, chessgames. Y'all stay safe out there.

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