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Garry Kasparov vs Oxford United Football
"Goooooal!" (game of the day Dec-06-2010)
London Simpson's Simultaneous (1993) (exhibition), London, England
Bishop's Opening: Vienna Hybrid. Spielmann Attack (C26)  ·  1-0

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Dec-06-10  jrlepage: Black played OK for the first 9 moves. The rest of the game should be rated PG.
Dec-06-10  I play the Fred: <Which leading GM has a fake name?>

Well, I don't know how far we want to stretch the "leading" qualifier, but there are many: Utut Adianto, Pal Benko, Ernesto Inarkiev, Siegbert Tarrasch, Baadur Jobava...it's almost endless. Not one "Mike Smith" or "Pablo Garcia" or "Hans Gerhardt" in the bunch.

For every plausible name like "Anatoly Karpov" or "Hikaru Nakamura" or "Joel Benjamin", there's 20,000 obviously phony names out there. Tal Shaked? Ljubomir Ljubojevic? Krum Georgiev? Come on! "Garry" Kasparov? The only "Gary"s I've ever known were middle-aged white Baptists who had thin mustaches, sold cars for a living, and smoked either Marlboro reds or Winstons. No way the greatest chessplayer of all time is <really> named Garry.

Dec-06-10  BobCrisp: It's <Harry Weinstein>, of course.

The rise and fall of <Gary>:

<The usage of Gary as a male given name in America is interestingly intertwined with the success of the actor Gary Cooper.

According to the Social Security Administration[2], Gary was relatively rare as a given name in the 1900-1920s period (e.g., in the 1910s it was the 677th most frequent name, given to less than 0.01% of the babies born in that decade). However, when the actor's Gary, Indiana–born agent Nan Collins told him to change his name (then Frank Cooper) to Gary, this name's popularity soared. In the 1930s, 0.38% of the male babies in America were named Gary, and in the 1950s as many as 1.54% of the male babies were given this name, making it the 12th most popular given name of that decade.>

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garry

Dec-06-10  ossipossi: Too easy... Kasparov should have played a <real Bishop's opening>, without the solid <3.d3>.
Dec-06-10  Dimitrije Mandic: Hey, Ljubomir Ljubojević IS his real name, and Krum Georgiev doesn't sound any fake to me either. Those names might seem odd to strangers, but they're not fake, perhaps they're just a bit uncommon, but just a bit. In fact, any surname in Serbia that doesn't end with the suffix -ić is almost indisputably considered somewhat uncommon! And you can trust someone who lives there (and is from there) when he tells you. ;)
Dec-06-10  TheTamale: All right Garry! Way to go all Weaver Adams on those frat boys.
Dec-06-10  dito: Dr. Funkenstein: 0-0 didn't really seem like a great idea either...

Yes, 0-0 leads to 1-0 :)

Dec-06-10  scormus: <JG27Pyth: One wonders about 25.Ra4 ...> probably just an instinctive reaction, defender rushes out to try and catch the opposition offside. Doesnt always work though ....
Dec-06-10  patzerboy: Subtitled "When footballers play chess."
Dec-06-10  BobCrisp: My initial thought was that their participation might have had something to do with erstwhile chairman, <Robert Maxwell>,. But he'd already been murdered a couple of years earlier by the <Mossad>, and besides, he'd broken his links with the club much earlier.
Dec-06-10  BobCrisp: All English football fans will applaud this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mu7i...
Dec-06-10
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  kevin86: Was this a serious game,or was it just for kicks?

BTW,what is the worst thing about being kicked out of karate school? Answer:Getting KICKED out of karate school.

Dec-06-10  BobCrisp: I thought the answer would be: getting the chop from karate school.
Dec-06-10  Elsinore: <lentil> Yeah, because of 14. Ra3. Instead of Ra3, maybe 0-0-0, instead of 14.Ra3 15.Ra8 16.0-0 lol. He moves his rook to no where really, moves it back then castles.
Dec-06-10  Zozeke: Even though White's play was pretty aimless the entire game, 18...g6 is still a crime against chess principles and a accurate way to commit suicide. On a side note, I recommend either 25...Be8 or 25...Bc8! as a closer for Black.

...uh-oh, Kasparov shows no mercy to noobs.

Dec-06-10  Jedzz: As chess players, Oxford United make for great football players.
Dec-06-10  lzromeu: Maybe the cheers leaders would be better.
Dec-06-10
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  benveniste: Well, now we know why Oxford United is mired in League Two.
Dec-06-10  backrank: They made it far too easy for Kasparov ... 14. ... Ra3 being the first (but not the last) total crap move. What a shame!
Dec-06-10  Riverbeast: Garry Kasparov FC
Dec-06-10  Starf1re: I would like to see Kasparov's expression after 25)... Ra4!
Dec-06-10  Elsinore: They should have signed Gattuso right before the match and let him "work on" ol' Kaspy during the middle game.
Dec-06-10  I play the Fred: <Hey, Ljubomir Ljubojević IS his real name, and Krum Georgiev doesn't sound any fake to me either. Those names might seem odd to strangers, but they're not fake, perhaps they're just a bit uncommon, but just a bit. In fact, any surname in Serbia that doesn't end with the suffix -ić is almost indisputably considered somewhat uncommon! And you can trust someone who lives there (and is from there) when he tells you. ;)>

Oh, I tried to make clear with my tone that I wasn't being serious. Just doing a stupid bit, that's all. :D

Dec-06-10  SleepyEye: Nitpicking...but Garry could have ended it one move sooner by playing 24 f6. If 24...Rg8, then 25 Qh6++.
Dec-06-10  backrank: <SleepyEye: Nitpicking...but Garry could have ended it one move sooner by playing 24 f6. If 24...Rg8, then 25 Qh6++>

Right. But against the glorious football team he could have played anything. To make it slightly (!) more interesting, he should have given them Queen's odds (at least).

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