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John C Fernandez vs Peter A Venables
"Venerable Venables" (game of the day Feb-08-2009)
IECG, Cat-C corr (1995) (correspondence)
Spanish Game: Cozio Defense. General (C60)  ·  0-1



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Feb-08-09  dtowliat: game of the day? looks like a simple mistake on white, and a easy mate.
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  sleepyirv: White must have thought they were playing suicide chess after the 17th move. I don't think this game makes a lick of sense after 12...Rab8, what a horrible way to handle a pawnstorm ESPECIALLY in a correspondence game. Nice pun though.
Feb-08-09  JG27Pyth: Funny... b3 is a poisoned square for the K.
Feb-08-09  areknames: <I don't think this game makes a lick of sense after 12...Rab8, what a horrible way to handle a pawnstorm>

I completely agree, <sleepyirv>. Castling on the Q-side on move 13 makes no sense whatsoever and the remainder of the game is just ludicrous, including the silly march of the white king. Absolutely ridiculous.

Feb-08-09  NewLine: Stupid game. A little disappointing finish to a great week...
Feb-08-09  laskereshevsky: mmhhh... maybe the white was in time pressure...
Feb-08-09  DarthStapler: <laskereshevsky> in a correspondence game?
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  Once: I normally try to be as charitable as possible on CG. I don't like to diss mistakes by GM because their general standard of play is way above mine. And everyone makes a mistake from time to time.

But this, frankly, is pants.

White's play is utterly mysterious for someone rated 2459 and in a correspondence game. The unforced king march (Kb2? Kb3? Kxb4??) makes absolutely no sense.

Or maybe there is a story behind this one? Perhaps black was gifting white some rating points? Or they did it for a bet? Or white's postman has a wicked sense of humour?

The truth is out there ... somewhere ...

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  Once: A flash of inspiration ...

Remember the opening of Die Hard 3? Die Hard, Die Harder, Oh why don't You Just Die Please? The milking-the-franchise-for-all-it's-worth-when-we- -really-should-have-stopped-at-2 second sequel? A film so poor that not even Samuel L Jackson's velvet voice could rescue it.

Bruce Willis is forced to walk into Harlem wearing only his (very uncool) underwear and carrying a placard with a racially insulting phrase on it. The baddie says that unless he does this, a bomb will explode or something like that. Simon says ...

That is what must have happened here. An English actor pretending to be German (why oh why must we always be the bad guys in Hollywood?) was threatening to blow up a bus if Fernandez didn't walk his king all naked and unprotected into black territory ...

So there we have it:

Die Hard 2 = Die Hard in an airport.
Die Hard 3 = Die Hard in a city
Under Siege = Die Hard on a ship
Air Force One = Die Hard on a plane
Con Air = Die Hard on a different plane
Under Siege 2 = Die Hard on a train
Die Hard 4.0 = Die Hard on a hard disk

A Fernandez vs P Venables, 1995 = Die Hard 3 on a chessboard.

Feb-08-09  newzild: Yes, I agree with the comments below. Apart from the "ludicrous king march", 15.b3 was just plain bad chess. It's rarely a good idea to move pawns in front of your king when facing a pawn storm.

Even stranger is 16.h4. How could white possibly think he could win an opposite-side-castling pawn-storm race when white needs at least 5 pawn moves to open black's kingside, and black needs only two (a5-a4)?

Feb-08-09  laskereshevsky: <darth> No matter what kind of humor a person have....

his joke we'll b always got seriously by same looney-fooley!!!....:)

Feb-08-09  Samagonka: Not even my 8 year old son would have dared such moves with his king. This is a good game on "How to jump into your enemy's trap."
Feb-08-09  groobs168: Alcohol was probably involved. Lots of it too. Though I like how all the light pieces are gone (with all pawns remaining) after move 11.

And Once... that's gotta be the more random rants I've seen in a while. Kudos. :)

Feb-08-09  Chessmensch: I tend to think of such games as "research in chess," that is, one of the players (perhaps both) wanted to try out something and a good way was in a correspondence game (better might be with an engine). Doesen't really care about the outcome; it's trying out his idea that matters. Just a thought.
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  Once: <groobs168: Alcohol was probably involved. Lots of it too. >

And given that this was a correspondence game, it would have to be a protracted bender.

Feb-08-09  Aspirador: <Die Hard 4.0 = Die Hard on a hard disk>

Windows 7 = Die Hard using soft ware.

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  cu8sfan: <Venerable Venables> It sounds as if today's pun of the day was coined by Donald Rumsfeld.
Feb-08-09  Chessmensch: <cu8sfan> Or maybe Spiro Agnew. For those too young or outside the U.S. vice president Spiro Agnew was famous for using alliteration (see Wikipedia article about him). Examples are "pusillanimous pussyfooters" and "nattering nabobs of negativism."
Feb-08-09  WhiteRook48: outstanding king hunt
Feb-08-09  Lemon69: One of those "not so nice and sluggish day"...hohum.
Feb-08-09  xrt999: I think white's king belongs on d2 followed by g4 and h4
Feb-08-09  pyresword: antonio fernandez after move 11:"Hey, i bet i can still beat you if i take a shot after every move."
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  kevin86: White's king is chased to perdition by angry black pieces.

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