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Nikolay Sorokin vs Mark Gordian
"Gordian Not" (game of the day Oct-21-2017)
Ukrainian Championship (1926), Odessa URS, Apr-??
Scandinavian Defense: Lasker Variation (B01)  ·  1-0



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Mar-01-13  soberknight: A cheap kingside attack. If only it were so simple in your games to launch pawns and see what happens.
Mar-01-13  rilkefan: Yet another wrong rook at move 14.
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  perfidious: On seeing <rilkefan>'s kibitz, I was about to respond with a comment on Black's inability to cut the Gordian knot, and was a mite put out that someone else had got there, per the pun above!
Mar-01-13  morfishine: <rilkefan> Darn, I wanted to see one more wrong rook move: 28...Re8
Mar-01-13  sevenseaman: A pleasing tactical shot, 28. Bb4 bolts the door on Black
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  Tabanus: This game is from the Georgian championship in 1926. Black is Mark Filipovich Gordian. (with pgn)

Mar-01-13  morfishine: <Tabanus> Thanks for the information on Mark Filipovich Gordian; I was thinking the TD was short one player and so asked 'Gordian', the janitor, to fill-in:

TD: "Gordian, get in there and play Sorokin"

Gordian: "But he's a Grandmaster and I'm really not that good; My last rating was below 1200 and that was 46 years ago"

TD: "Don't worry about it, just last 25-moves; nobody will know the difference"


TD: "Hey Gordian, your ELO rating went up 683 points with that loss to Sorokin; Congratulations!"

Mar-01-13  Abdel Irada: Curious. I'd have thought Gordian was an Armenian name.
Mar-01-13  TheTamale: Good one, <morfishine>, thanks for starting my day with a laugh.

The pun is also pretty funny, albeit obvious.

Mar-01-13  kevin86: Nick ties Gordian with a pin,not a knot!
Mar-01-13  morfishine: <TheTamale> My pleasure; I'm just glad he was a real person and not some 'NN'
Mar-01-13  lemaire90: What a violent game !
Mar-01-13  Travis Bickle: A fine piece of surgery by white!
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  FSR: Judging by the comments, it appears that has just recycled a pun from 4 1/2 years ago.
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  offramp: <FSR: Judging by the comments, it appears that has just recycled a pun from 4 1/2 years ago.>

...Because it's a brilliant pun involving Gordian! Not.

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  offramp: <Abdel Irada: Curious. I'd have thought Gordian was an Armenian name.>

Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian, that archetypal Armenian, was from Georgia.

Oct-21-17  thegoodanarchist: <offramp: <FSR: Judging by the comments, it appears that has just recycled a pun from 4 1/2 years ago.>

...Because it's a brilliant pun involving Gordian! Not.>

I like it.

Oct-21-17  newzild: Excellent pun for a change, and the game isn't too bad either.
Oct-25-17  kevin86: The queen goes down!

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