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Judit Polgar vs Ennio Morricone
"Music of the Archangelsk" (game of the day Jul-07-2020)
2-games-Rapid Match (2004) (rapid), Rome, Italy
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Neo-Archangelsk Variation (C78)  ·  1-0



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  Nightsurfer: This game here <Judit Polgar vs Ennio Morricone (2004)> has a very interesting background, conforming to Adolivio Capece who has emailed that information (plus game record) to me, the author Rene Gralla.

<Judit Polgar> came to Roma/Italy in 2004 as being <"testimonial"> of Hungary when Hungary entered the European Union. Since <Judit Polgar> loves to get into the mood of fighting by listening to music that has been composed by <Ennio Morricone> - quote: <"... before a game I always listen to music by Morricone ...">, so she asked to meet <Ennio Morricone> ... and so they played two games (this game here <Judit Polgar vs Ennio Morricone (2004)> is one of those two games).

We can assume that <Judit Polgar> has listened to music like the tune as follows that is the leitmotiv of the final duel of the movie <"Once Upon A Time In The West"> - - before meeting <Ennio Morricone> over the board ...

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  OhioChessFan: Nice pun. I had noticed the opening and still didn't come up with the pun.
Jul-07-20  Brenin: Addio, Ennio, grazie per la musica!
Jul-07-20  nalinw: Yes!!!!!!!!!! - only just found out that he passed away yesterday. RIP Ennio Morricone - thank you for all the memories ...
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  FSR: Good thing this guy didn't quit his day job.
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  HeMateMe: I don't understand the pun, but a judit punch-out is always a treat.
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  FSR: <HMM> Black was a composer, he played the Archangelsk variation, and the pun is apparently a play on <Music of the Archangels>.
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  HeMateMe: that was my next guess...
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  Diademas: Instant contender for "Pun of the Year".
Grinding my teeth for not coming up with it myself.
Jul-07-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: OK, but why is "Music of the Archangels" a phrase to pun on? Googling on the phrase didn't immediately produce an answer.
Jul-07-20  jith1207: "Feast of the Archangels" seems to be a more common religious or festive term.

I'm wondering I've heard the phrase "Music of the archangels", but it could be the "Archangel of Music".

As for the players involved, chess and music have played as important affinity in their lives, admittedly for both great personalities, and it wouldn't be wrong to call them archangels (leaving religious blasphemy aside) and this game as the music of the archangels, not to mention the opening variation of the game.

Jul-07-20  ByrneBabyByrne: @FSR <Good thing this guy didn't quit his day job.> Touch of class. RIP Morricone
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  saffuna: The Good, the Bad, and the Resignable.

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