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Zoltan Varga vs Sandor Kustar
"Kustar's Last Stand" (game of the day Mar-06-2022)
Budapest (1993), Budapest HUN, rd 6
English Opening: Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni Variation (A31)  ·  1-0



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Mar-20-11  M.Hassan: "Insane" White to play 17.?
White has a Knight for a Bishop which is considered to be equal. I struggled very much with 17.Nxe6 idea and could not get anything out of it until Nd5 occured to me:

17.Nd5 exd5
18.Nf5 Qf8
19.Qg3 Rg8
20.Nxd6+ Kd7
21.Bg4+ Ke8
22.Nxb7 Qb8
23.Qxb8 Rxb8
24.Nxc6 bxc6
And I think White wins on grounds of material advantage and excellent pawn structure. Let's check to see

Mar-21-11  sevenseaman: A complicated solution as the responses are only semi-forced. Response variation leads to variety in solving.

No regrets in not getting it all in a 'fixed manner'.

I am not going to look at Monday puzzle until I throw off my other encumbrances.

The link R Antonio vs Dao Thien Hai, 2005 was great, whoever brought it in. Very relevant.

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  Richard Taylor: Good game by Zoltan Varga!
Jun-04-14  bharat123: I tried in G T M 23.Nc8 with the idea of 23..Qxe6 24.Rd8+ mate follows. Nc8 works on move 24 also. Look better than the text. Is it not?
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  HeMateMe: you have to admit, the man went out in style...
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  OhioChessFan: I reckon more people will understand today's pun reference than yesterday's. On the bright side, all 3 people on the site who got yesterday's did enjoy it.
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  MissScarlett: Who'll be the first to point out that <Kustar> is - possibly - misspelt!?
Mar-06-22  Jamboree: After 17. Nd5, I originally though that black could reply with 17. ... Nxd4!?, leading to a seemingly interesting position after 18. Nxe7 Nxe2+ 19. Kh1 Kxe7 -- black now has three minor pieces for the queen.

But then I saw 20. Qg4! which wins a piece back, and the game. Oh well.

A flicker of light is that the N on e7 is momentarily trapped, so is there a way to rescue black's wayward N on move 19 instead of immediately recapturing white's N? Hard to say. 19. ...Bxe4 doesn't quite work. 19. ... Nf4 is a try, but black is hanging on by his teeth, and it gets very complicated. Maybe someone else can work it out.

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  offramp: It's a good pun and an interesting game.

The opening is apparently a Benoni. To me it looks like a Sicilian, especially the well-known 17. Nd5.

Custer's Last Stand at Little Big Horn was a famous battle, with Cherokees circling the 8th Army....but why did the Cherokees circle around them? Why did they circle around while riding on horses, why not lie down on the floor shooting from there?

Mar-06-22  igiene: The Cheeroke circle was an Hollywood 's invention. The development of battle was much more complex .
Mar-06-22  Brenin: I suppose one could also make a pun out of White's surname (Hungarian for shoemaker), but in my hands it would just be a load of old cobblers (a useful piece of cockney rhyming slang).
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  HeMateMe: Custer wanted the glory, wanted to engage the enemy with a small force. He turned down the assistance of a larger unit. Custer, with his long hair and bright red hat got a little more than he bargained for.
Mar-06-22  goodevans: I'd never realised <cobblers> was rhyming slang and before today didn't know the difference between a bradawl and an awl. Once again my store of useless knowledge expands thanks to <Brenin>.

Good game but a rather obvious pun. Unlike yesterday's, at least no one can accuse it of being <pretentious>.

Mar-06-22  spingo: <igiene: The Cheeroke circle was an Hollywood 's invention. The development of battle was much more complex .>

Hi Igiene. I am really surprised that the circle-of-horses is a myth. The genuine story is as good as the real story. One day the true story will make a good film.

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  Sally Simpson: Good pun and a good game. (and it even has a Crazy Horse 17.Nd5)

I see from previous comments it must have been a POTD from here (white to play)

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17.Nd5 leaps out at you. Just play it and take it from there. If you try to analyse these sacs you go potty. Unclear = playable.

As FSR White has more fun than Black. So much so Black declined it.

I'd have played it, the question is would I as Black have taken it.....Yes! my motto is if I am a piece up I now have two to sac back,

Mar-06-22  igiene: As the great John Ford put it, if you must make a choice between history and legend, then choose the legend
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  HeMateMe: Why did the settler's circle the wagons, if they weren't being attacked by warriors in a circular formation?
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A historian's take on circling wagons. tldr: sorta, kinda.

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  fredthebear: As you know, ol' FTB prefers facts to falsehoods. Some of the legend does match the facts in this story.

The "Kustar" referenced in the pun above is Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer famously of the 7th Cavalry: Custer's Last Stand was a massacre, a great victory for Northern Plains Indians, but short lived. It was part of the Black Hills War over gold. The American Indians refused to sell the Black Hills to the USA federal government, so the federal government sent troops to force the American Indians onto reservations in order to take the land by force. Sounds familiar -- like Vladimir Putin's war. The Northern Plains Indians won the battle -- a great victory as their homes were attacked, but lost the Black Hills War, and nearly all were forced to live on reservations within five years of the battle.

Crazy Horse was an Oglala Sioux Chief, but he rode w/Cheyenne warriors at the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn in Montana, a western state. The tribes camped at the river (believed to be the largest encampment of plains Indians that century) were not warned in advance as Custer had feared. One reason for Custer's premature attack -- to beat the warning, as Custer knew his battalion had been seen at least twice by wayward Indians. The tribes were caught by surprise in camp, unmounted, and had no time to plan a response other than to return fire, pursue, and surround. Many warriors had battled General Crook a week earlier in the Battle of Rosebud, and were well-armed, spoiling to fight.

In fact, Crazy Horse lived up to his name in this battle, riding a great distance. First Crazy Horse struck Reno's flank to help force Reno's retreat back across the river in the initial attack at the south end of the camp. Then Crazy Horse raced off to the north end of camp to get behind Custer and cut-off Custer's retreat up the long slope to Last Stand Hill. Custer's plan was to take the women and children as hostages/human shields to force surrender as he'd successfully/shamefully done a decade earlier against Black Kettle's peaceful Southern Cheyenne encampment.

Custer's soldiers likely were not carrying enough ammunition to defeat approximately ten-to-one odds (his cavalry attacked in advance of the slower supply wagons, leaving the wagons behind to catch up). Custer's Indian scouts warned him not to attack; the soldiers were greatly outnumbered. Misfired arrows found in the dead bodies of Indians indicate surrounding cross-fire action occurred, although many warriors had modern rifles as well. Here is Chief Two Moons account:

"Long Hair" Custer did not wear a red hat. He did like to dress up for photos and sometimes wore a red necktie. Here's plenty on the subject:

Crazy Horse was already a legend years before the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Crazy Horse surrendered the following year in 1877 to protect his people after a harsh winter (the Transcontinental Railroad connected in 1869; the railroads deliberately killed off the buffalo - the main food source for plains Indians). If the Ukrainians don't get fresh supplies, they'll struggle to continue fighting too. Crazy Horse was stabbed, bayoneted, murdered by soldiers at Fort Robinson, Nebraska. Putin has the same plan for President Zelensky. History repeats itself.

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  fredthebear: In the 1830's, many Cherokee as well as other southeastern tribes were forced to march from their homelands in Tennesse to Indian territory in Oklahoma. That removal tragedy was known as the Trail of Tears. The Cherokee were not at Custer's Last Stand.

Ol' FTB can recommend visiting Cherokee, North Carolina for its historical sites while driving the popular Blue Ride Parkway through the Great Smokey Mountains in the Eastern United States, more so for those who enjoy mother nature and scenic beauty. There's a chance that you will see a black bear (traffic jam of on-lookers) along the way. I wouldn't count on seeing moonshiner Jim Tom Hedrick though:

Here are some good articles w/pictures about the Old West, including wagon trains:

This I'm absolutely certain of -- one should not wholly believe what is seen or said on American television, even if another station "confirms" it by copying the claim. Newscasters are paid to look good and sound good, not to go digging for actual facts. Furthermore, one certainly cannot expect the USA federal government to tell the truth, honor its treaties, or keep its word, because it does not. The USA federal government has a long history of deceitful dealings w/various peoples, domestic and foreign:

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  fredthebear: That's Tennessee, next to North Carolina.

Furthermore, political correctness uses the term Native American or Indigenous Peoples instead of American Indian. (Is it necessary to inform the reader that political correctness was not part of the Old West in 1876?) However, the typical person living on a reservation today refers to themselves simply as Indians.

Mar-09-22  igiene: To the best of my knowledge, some Cheyenne tribes participated in the Battle of Little Big Horn, although most of the warriors were from the Dakota (Sioux) and Arapaho tribes.
Mar-09-22  igiene: Cherokee tribes not took part, instead
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  fredthebear: Montana was a territory back then. Statehood occured November 8, 1889. The battle of the Little Bighorn took place on the Crow Indian reservation (still is today), a very large area which has also been reduced over the years. The Crow tribe did not participate in the battle, at least directly. Custer had six Crow scouts.

An Arika scout named Bloody Knife had his brains blown onto Major Reno's face as they communicated in battle. Reno then retreated his engaged troops to higher ground across the river for safety and left Custer to his fate.

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  HeMateMe: some men are known more for their failures than their triumphs.


Pickett's charge

The Alamo

D.B. Cooper


Fran Tarkenton

admiral Yamamoto

Joan of Arc

Richard Nixon

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