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R U Anantharam vs Shardul Gagare
"Dandy Lion" (game of the day Aug-15-2019)
Commonwealth Championship (2008), Nagpur IND, rd 3, Sep-30
Lion Defense: Lion's Jaw (B07)  ·  0-1



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Have never seen a pawn sacrifice for development so late in a game, but whilst White surrounds and captures the e3 pawn, Black gets his Queen and Rh8 into the game. Doesn't mean that Black has a forced win, though; that comes with 38.b5??. White must not have seen 40...Re4.
Aug-15-19  Pyrandus: Shardul Gagare: great Talent!
Aug-15-19  catlover: This a good game.

However, I don't get the pun. Any explanations would be most welcome.

Aug-15-19  rcs784: <catlover> A dandelion (from the French "dent de leon" or "lion's tooth," I believe) is a type of weed/wildflower commonly found in the United States (probably elsewhere as well, but it might be called something different wherever you live). But in this game, of course, Black played a dandy Lion defense and won a nice victory.
Aug-15-19  catlover: Thanks, <rcs784>. I had not noticed that the name of the defense was Lion's Defense.
Aug-15-19  rcs784: <catlover> Actually, the pun works on a couple levels. As I mentioned above, the word "dandelion" in English comes from a French phrase meaning "lion's tooth," which is quite fitting for an opening known as the "Lion's Jaw." That's the second pun hidden inside the first one.
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  Check It Out: As <An Englishman> said, 38.b5 looks horrible. White's trying to force the issue but gets crushed by the very pretty 40...Re4.
Aug-15-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 26 dpa done

1. + / = (0.50): 7.c4 c6 8.Nc3 Nh6 9.Bd3 dxc4 10.Bxc4 Bg7 11.Be3 0-0 12.d5 b5 13.Bb3 Bb7 14.Rc1 Nf5 15.Bf2 b4 16.Ne4 cxd5 17.Nc5 Bc6 18.Bc2 Nh6 19.h3 Qa5 20.0-0 e6 21.Bd3 Nf5 22.Bxf5 exf5 23.Qd2 Nd7

2. + / = (0.49): 7.Be2 Nh6 8.c4 c6 9.Nc3 dxc4 10.Bxc4 Bg7 11.Be3 0-0 12.d5 b5 13.Bb3 Bb7 14.Rc1 Nf5 15.Bf2 b4 16.Ne4 cxd5 17.Nc5 Bc6 18.Bc2 Nh6 19.h3 Qa5 20.0-0 e6 21.Bd3 Nf5 22.Bxf5 exf5 23.Qd2 Nd7

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  aikane: White was 9 years old. Black was 11.
Aug-15-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 24 dpa done

1. + / = (0.31): 6...Bf5 7.c4 e6 8.cxd5 Qxd5 9.Nc3 Qd7 10.Nh4 Ne7 11.Nxf5 Nxf5 12.d5 Bb4 13.Bc4 Na6 14.dxe6 Qxd1+ 15.Kxd1 Rd8+ 16.Ke2 fxe6 17.Rd1 Kf7 18.Bxa6 Rxd1 19.Nxd1 bxa6 20.Be3 Rd8 21.Rc1 Ba5 22.Bxa7 Rd2+ 23.Kf3 Nh4+ 24.Kg3 Nf5+ 25.Kh3 Bb6 26.Bxb6 cxb6 27.g3 Kg6 28.a3 Nd4 29.b4 Kf5 30.Ne3+ Ke4

2. + / = (0.37): 6...Bg4 7.h3 Bf5

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