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David Turner vs Anthony R J Higgs
"Higgs Bozo" (game of the day Aug-07-2010)
Uxbridge Int Tal (2010), Uxbridge ENG, rd 8
Zukertort Opening: Dutch Variation (A04)  ·  1-0



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Aug-07-10  Oceanlake: O the wild charge they made!
  All the world wonder'd.
Honour the charge they made!


Aug-07-10  Dr. Funkenstein: 31. ...Qxb5 ended badly as black had to give up his pressure after Rc7+. Perhaps 31. ...Qd7 would have kept everything together and increased the pressure on white's back rank.
Aug-07-10  newzild: I'm always puzzled when the GOTD is a club game. I thought games were only included in the database when one player was 2200+?

42..Qf6?? loses outright. 42...Qd7 prevents 43.Kh3 but drops the Pf3. It was clearly a bad idea to put the BK on such a precarious square to start with.

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  Phony Benoni: <Oceanlake> Exactly.

We've all been there. Black's just settling in for a long endgame, with White delivering a bunch of nuisance checks.

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Suddenly Black recalls all those famous games where a king walks up the board in the face of a hail of checks to weave a mating net. And he comes out with <41...Kh5?>.

But after <42.Kh2>, he realizes his zug is being zwanged. Black is now absolutely unable to think straight, but finally decides that moving the b-pawn is hopeless and dropping the f-pawn with check after 42...Qd7 is not wise either. So, he chooses the least of the evils with <42...Qf6??>.

That does solve his problems in a hurry, but after <43.Kh3> Black is left with nothing but regrets, chief of which is that he didn't gambit the b-pawn at some point to set up 43...Qe6+.

A routine game, but well redeemed by the cathartic finish.

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  Once: And the pun presumably is a reference to the Higgs Boson, one of those itsy bitsy little doo-hickeys that the large hadron collider boffins are trying to find by chucking stuff at other stuff. Very very quickly. And they promise that they won't create a black hole or a tear in the space-time continuum and it's all very safe. Probably.

You can tell that science was never my strongest subject...

But you've got to love it when you get a chance to mate with a move like 44. g4#.

Aug-07-10  David2009: <newzild: I'm always puzzled when the GOTD is a club game.> J M Hodgson vs D Turner, 1997 Respect! <newzild>, Good luck on Sunday!
Aug-07-10  scormus: <Once ... it's all very safe> That's was B thought, until .....

<You can tell that science was never my strongest subject> No? You could've fooled me!

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  kevin86: It looked like a draw until black blundered into a mating net.
Aug-07-10  howlwolf: newzild, I agree with you. I prefer when the game of the day pits two master-plus players or has some historical value, like the Einstein vs. Oppenheimer game a few weeks ago.
Aug-07-10  eykca: < I thought games were only included in the database when one player was 2200+?>

I enjoyed the game and thought the end-game mate alone made it worthy of game-of-the-day. Remember, not all members are high-end players.

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  Domdaniel: Yep. Elite-vs-Elite games tend to be (whisper it) a little dull: they're able to neutralize one another's plans so well that the game peters out to a draw or (Topalov's last-ditch loss to Anand, for example) one player takes extraordinary risks to stir things up.

I'm not really advocating 'club games' - I've played enough at that level to know what it's like. But watching Micky Adams cruise through the British championships like a hammerhead shark, bewildering mere GMs ... that's entertainment. Or, a notch further down, seeing 2500-ish GMs overreach in the effort to squeeze a 2200 player.

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  Domdaniel: If <Higgs Bozo> implies that Higgs is a clown, he needs a good libel lawyer. But if it suggests he's just a tiny invisible particle in the grand scheme of things - who probably exists but can only be observed indirectly - then it's, well, true.

Then again, he could be a boatswain, pronounced Bosun. I never understood why sailing ships had to have a swain on board, but apparently they did.

In landlubbing terms, a swain is an ardent suitor, a Teutonic Latin lubber, a chap who is a big hit with the ladies. A dangerous biz, as the old saying <Perils before swain> demonstrates.

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  Domdaniel: <phony Benoni> - <His zug was being zwanged> Ouch. Sounds painful. Perhaps his Zeit was also knotted?

Of course *Hind Zeit* is easy ...

Aug-07-10  screwdriver: nasty mate net set up by white
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  Once: <Domdaniel> Hmmm .... boson or bosun? I really don't know. So excuse me for a second while I look it up on wikipedia to pretend to be intelligent.

A "bosun", as in boatswain, is literally a boat servant or a boat boy. The link to suitor is from the original old norse meaning of swain as a youth or young man.

The "Boson" in Higgs Boson is a reference to Satyenda Nath Bose (1894-1974). His work on quantum physics led to the theory that there had to be particles smaller than photons, and these particles became known as bosons.

And then along came Peter Ware Higgs (1924-) an English physicist. His name was put to one of these bosons. It seems that there are several.

Hence "Higgs Boson" is named after two clever blokes. Had it been spelt "Bosun", it would have been a young man in charge (or serving) a boat.

And I guess if Higgs had lived before Bose, we might be talking about the Bose Higgson. Or something like that.

Apparently ;-)

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  Domdaniel: <Once> Fascinating. Thank you. I knew *some* of that, honest.

You can only get away with that Once.

Aug-09-10  arjh: I was the black player in this game unfortunately! As noted above I take no offense from the pun, it's quite good actually.

In my defence I can only say that it was round 8 and I was still very disappointed about a worse blunder in round 6 (up until then I was doing fine, 3/5 including playing the two top seeds) and I played poorly/without ambition from round 7 onwards.

See how carefree it is possible to be when you are still in round 1: R Kane vs A Higgs, 2010

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  Phony Benoni: <arjh> Thanks for sharing the other game; that was lovely! With the attitude shown in your kibitz, you deserved to win one like that.
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