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Walter Shawn Browne vs Donald Byrne
US Championship (1973), El Paso, TX USA, rd 4, Sep-13
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack Main Line (B77)  ·  1-0



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  Phony Benoni: Browne was lucky he was a rook ahead and didn't need to use the ♖h1.
Feb-22-13  RookFile: Humorous. I wonder what Byrne was thinking about. They probably just blitzed the last dozen moves or something.
Nov-11-15  jerseybob: <Phony Benoni: Browne was lucky he was a rook ahead and didn't need to use the ♖h1.> Just because a piece doesn't move from its home square doesn't mean it's not being "used". From h1 the rook guarded both the pawn on h2 and the whole back rank.
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  keypusher: <jerseybob>

Nov-12-15  jerseybob: <keypusher:> If I missed the joke on this one occasion, my apologies to<Phony Benoni>! It's just that so many surreal posts on this site are NOT jokes. One of my own rare attempts at humor was severely slapped down a few years back by an irate poster:(see postings for Skuja-Tal, 1965).
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  perfidious: <jerseybob> Read the thread for the game cited; the only reason for such obtuseness is, very definitely, the absence of any sense of humour. About anyone with a functioning cerebellum would instantly recognise your post as dry wit.
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  Sally Simpson: Gosh Jersey Bob, that joke was posted 7 years ago.

R Skuja vs Tal, 1965

I cannot remember anything I posted last month and if I ever get slapped down (often happens) I pride myself in dusting myself off, holding no grudge and posting again...and again...

Some (and not just here - but everywhere) read posts with a hammer in one hand, a spear in the other whilst drinking hot bitter lemon.

Mind you, there are some serious posts, not meant to be jokes at all that are very funny.

I recall an incident on Red Hot Pawn years ago.

Both players player posted saying there is something wrong as the position is checkmate yet the system has not stopped the game.

White had been 'mated' with a pawn and can get out of the checkmate with an E.P. capture but both players did not realise this.

You are not allowed to comment on a game in progress so everyone is giving them gentle hints.

One of the players got really upset with the crowd of helpers and the longer it went the more hilarious it got.

Eventually one lad cracked and told them about the E.P. capture.

Enter a MOD who declared you are not allowed to give help to a game in progress and promptly hit the helpful lad with a two week forum ban!

That was years ago and I still chuckle about this incident.

Nov-12-15  jerseybob: <Sally Simpson: Gosh Jersey Bob, that joke was posted 7 years ago.> I know,it makes me seem obsessive, green eye-shades and all. That's not really me. And to be fair, that poster and I have since exchanged a couple friendly posts, so amity has been restored, peace in the valley, etc. I can laugh about it now, but I'll always remember it!
Nov-12-15  Shams: <Sally Simpson> Hilarious story.
Nov-14-15  gokusano: There's no hillary at all with it.
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  HeMateMe: u just can't beat chess players for deep humor, can't beat 'em with a stick.
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  perfidious: <Sally....Enter a MOD who declared you are not allowed to give help to a game in progress and promptly hit the helpful lad with a two week forum ban!>

Sounds like some admins over at Wikipedia, so inflated are they with a sense of self-importance, that the ban hammer is their weapon du choix.

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  Sally Simpson: Hi perfidious,

The mod did appear in the middle of it saying something like I'd like to remind everyone that you are not allowed to give advice about a game in progress.

They gave the players links to 'how to play chess' & 'the rules of chess' sites and one player was screaming he knows the rules and was calling everyone a @#$%@#$%.

I'm trying to find he thread but it may have been pulled because it did deteriorate into an all round slagging match.

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  Sally Simpson: Hi perfidious,

I found another one (it's happened at least three times that I know least twice a year you will see 'My opponent just made an illegal move' type of post [E.P is usually the culprit] )

This is the position in question in this thread.

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White has just played 40.h2-h4+

And again both players (bless them) thought it was checkmate and the system was at fault.

You can even see from this one the debate got quite hot about telling the lads what was wrong violated the rules of the site.

chess players - I love em all!

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