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Luke McShane vs Vladislav Tkachiev
"Tkachiev in the Ruy" (game of the day Jan-25-2011)
Tata Steel Group B (2011), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-17
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense (C78)  ·  1-0



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  HeMateMe: Thats a whole lotta pawns.
Jan-19-11  luzhin: Tkachiev's best chance of a perpetual check was 55...Bd1+ but then McShane has 56.Rxd1! and after 56...Rxd1 57.f5+ White's pawn roller is unstoppable, for example 57...Kg7 58.g5 Rf1+ 59.Ke4 c6 60.g6 Re1+ 61.Kd3 Re3+ 62.Kd2 Rxe5 63.f6+ Kxf6 64.Rxe5 Kxe5 65.g7 and queens.
Jan-19-11  Shams: <HeMateMe><Thats a whole lotta pawns.>

Against a whole lotta bishops! I can't imagine having the technique to overcome those bishops. Some days the rabbits beat the wolves, but it's hard for me to believe.

Jan-19-11  rclb: 24 Nxf6+!
After that combination white has all the winning chances.
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  HeMateMe: After white can finally play 51. f4 and activate the pawn wall, its over. But, a lot of work to get his king out of the way.
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  Phony Benoni: To my mind, an early contender for <Pun of the Year.>
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  Infohunter: Wonder how many readers of this page are old enough to remember J. D. Salinger's 1951 novel _The Catcher in the Rye_ firsthand?
Jan-25-11  Billy Vaughan: So that's how to pronounce his name? The "Tk" always paralyzed me.

What a pun though.

Jan-25-11  kellmano: I hope this pun was submitted by chesschatology, otherwise there is a strong case for plagiarism:

Nakamura vs Shirov, 2011

Jan-25-11  Shams: <Infohunter> By "firsthand", I assume you mean, 'when it was published'. I'd be surprised if many Americans on the forum hadn't read it at some point.

By coincidence Vanity Fair has brief excerpts this month from a new Salinger bio:


Jan-25-11  firebyrd: <Pun of the year>

Early days, but it raises the bar pretty high.

Jan-25-11  Chesschatology: <Phony Benoni> and everyone else- thanks so much. It's my first pun submission so I'm really pleased to see it used. It's great to be able to pay a mini-tribute to the great JD!

<Kellmano> cheers for looking out for me; I did submit it. I liked the pun when I came up with it for the Nakamura vs. Shirov game, but thought that it would be better suited for a game with Tkachiev. Then I looked at how McShane was doing in Group B of Tata Steel (the next day, I think) and saw this attractive game!

Jan-25-11  Dupin: Great pun! The best I've seen in a long time.
Jan-25-11  gtgloner: <Infohunter: Wonder how many readers of this page are old enough to remember J. D. Salinger's 1951 novel _The Catcher in the Rye_ firsthand?>

I studied that book in high school and it was one of my favourites.

Jan-25-11  mastermind7994: Great game from a nice tournament.
Jan-25-11  dbquintillion: A wry pun.
Jan-25-11  belgradegambit: Great Pun and game. We could make a list of literary puns ie Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1978
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  kevin86: Remember the good ol' days when the Spanish Opening was called "The Ruy Lopez"? I'm glad the pun put the "Ruy" into discussion again.

AND _P L U T O IS a planet,not just some big ol' dog.

Jan-25-11  BobCrisp: <We could make a list of literary puns>

Or we could get a life. Give me a break!

Jan-25-11  Llawdogg: Luke McShane is following up his strong performance last month in London with another great effort in the Netherlands.
Jan-25-11  scormus: Great game by Luke and great pun.

<dbquintillion:> Great pun two ;)

Jan-25-11  Shams: <kevin86> Pluto is not a planet! Status determinations aren't subject to grandfathering. Ten years ago it was a planet but now, sorry, it's a mere "plutonoid".
Jan-25-11  SvetlanaBabe: "Tkachiev in the Ruy" LOL! Brilliant!

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