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Boris Avrukh vs Pavel Eljanov
"Avrukh, Will Travel" (game of the day Feb-16-2016)
Istanbul Olympiad (2012), Istanbul TUR, rd 3, Aug-30
Benoni Defense: Fianchetto Variation (A62)  ·  1-0



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Oct-19-15  iking: lightning strikes once 37. Bh3!
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  sleepyirv: Though my Russian pronunciation is a tad rusty, I assume this is a play off the famous TV Western <Have Gun, Will Travel>
Feb-16-16  JuniorQ1800: If Qf8 then c7 and queening is certain
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  al wazir: I think 35...Rxe3 wins: 36. Rb8+ Bf8 37. Qb2+ Qxb2 38. Rxb2 Rxf3.
Feb-16-16  waustad: I've often wondered if it was the origin of the Spaghetti Westerns. Richard Boone as Paladin was a lot like the later folks.
Feb-16-16  offramp: Bob Hope says, <“Hoofers, comedians and singers used to put ads in Variety. Those ads read: <Have tux, will travel.> This meant they were ready to go any place at any time.”>
Feb-16-16  moodini: <al wazir: I think 35...Rxe3 wins>

I think white plays Rb1 (perhaps after the check on b8+) then takes the rook.

Feb-16-16  moodini: I had a look and it is a little more complicated than I first though. The check on b8 is important. For example: 35..Rxe3 36. Rb8+ Bf8 37. Rb1 Re1 38. Rxa1 Rxa1 39. Qb2+ winning (if black tries to save the rook by Bg7 he gets mated due to the weak back rank).

Another line:
35..Rxe3 36. Rb8+ Bf8 37. Rb1 Qa3 fxe3 Qxe3+ Qf2

So I think white wins after 35..Rxe3.

Feb-16-16  FairyPromotion: <al wazir: I think 35...Rxe3 wins: 36. Rb8+ Bf8 37. Qb2+ Qxb2 38. Rxb2 Rxf3.>

The correct continuation would be 35... Rxe3 36. Rb8+ Bf8 <37. Rb1!>, and the best that black has is 37... Qc3 38. Qxc3 Rxc3 39. Bxh3, leaving white with a better, but a difficult ending. But 35... Rxe3 is indeed better than the text.

P.S.: I am the one who submitted today's pun, but the credit goes to <offramp> as he is the one who came up with it: B Avrukh vs Navara, 2008 (kibitz #2).

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  Willber G: I think there may be another angle to this pun - I read <Avrukh> as <'ave rook>.
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  al wazir: <moodini: 35...Rxe3 36. Rb8+ Bf8 37. Rb1> Rc3 38. Rxa1 (38. Qe4 Bf5 39. Qe8 Qa3) Rxc2 39. Bxh3 Bc5 40. Rf1 Ra2. Black picks up the ♙ on a5, and now it's about even. Both sides have passed ♙s, with opposite colored ♗s. White's two extra ♙s are tripled.
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  kevin86: After black takes the rook, c7 and white will queen!
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  thegoodanarchist: <morfishine:>

Your presence is needed here, to trash this tortuous pun.

Feb-16-16  psmith: <al wazir>
35...Rxe3 36. Rb8+ Bf8 37. Rb1 Rc3 38. Rxa1 38. Qe4 Bf5 39. Qe5+
Feb-16-16  morfishine: <thegoodanarchist> Actually, I kinda like this one, it plays off the "Have____will travel" idiom, is not offensive to Mr. Averukh, and has a certain ring or jingle to it

Thanks for thinking of me, we need to remain vigilant lol


Feb-16-16  TheFocus: I wonder when they submitted this pun?

Because I used "Have Rook, will travel." on his home page on February 10th, his birthday.

Feb-16-16  FairyPromotion: <TheFocus: I wonder when they submitted this pun?>

Last year. October-ish.

Feb-16-16  TheFocus: <FairyPromotion> Thank you.
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  Check It Out: <thefoodanarchist> not to worry, I'm sure CG will replace it with an even worse pun any day now.

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