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Werner Hug vs Antonio Angel Medina Garcia
"Bear Hug" (game of the day Jun-15-2020)
Palma de Mallorca (1972), Palma ESP, rd 9, Dec-08
Spanish Game: Exchange Variation. General (C68)  ·  1-0



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Jun-08-20  SeanAzarin: Bear Hug
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  jith1207: Before submitting a pun, it's good to check if the pun has been used already, in one form or another.

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Jun-15-20  Brenin: The natural-looking 29 ... Bxe5 seems to have been Black's downfall, leaving White with a good endgame thanks to his better pawns. Instead, interposing 29 ... h5 would have given Black an advantage, since after 30 Nxf7 hxg4 the N on f7 is lost.
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  OhioChessFan: I usually post my pun submission on the game page so that it can be searched out that way also. Likewise I usually do a search of the term myself.
Jun-15-20  goodevans: Is black suffocated by white completely enveloping his position? Well, no.

I fail to see the relevance of the pun to today's game.

Jun-15-20  Jambow: I hope you Werner Hug might have been better...
Jun-15-20  Ironmanth: Love this game! Thanks, chessgames. Y'all stay safe out there in "chess world"!
Jun-15-20  Brenin: Is "Fallen Angel" any better?
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  MissScarlett: It's not too late to scrap today's effort and use one of mine.
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  jith1207: <Is "Fallen Angel" any better?> Sure! That works.
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  OhioChessFan: It's a serviceable pun.
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  jith1207: Twice?
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  Phony Benoni: <jith1207> I don't object to using a pun twice if it's appropriate. It would not be right if a terrific "Pun of the Year" candidate had to be scrapped because it had to used before.

That being said, I would hope the second use would be better than the first. This one is better, , but not by much.

We've had several instances of three[rsyd, such as <Caro Can't>. Trying to use that one again for any game would not be clever, but just lazy.

Jun-15-20  goodevans: <Phony Benoni: [...] I would hope the second use would be better than the first. This one is better, , but not by much.>

Your instruments of measure must be more sensitive than mine. To me everything close to zero just looks like zero. I envy your ability to distinguish such minutiae. ;o)

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  jith1207: Agreed, it's okay if the pun or the game is really awesome that you don't mind. There wouldn't be a debate in that case, so whenever there's a debate you know something wasn't right.

But, based on the comments and general view of the game, it's sad there's not a perfect example found of Bear Hug in all of Hug's games, after two attempts.

Jun-15-20  faulty: I especially like the fact that Hug is from Switzerland, and its Capital city Bern means "bear" in its original form. i wonder if the author of the pun meant it or that is accidental

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