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Erik Karklins vs Joe Damocles
"Sword of Damocles" (game of the day Sep-19-2020)
Chicago Open U2100 (2010), Wheeling, IL USA, May-??
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov Variation (B17)  ·  1-0



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  FSR: Good Monday puzzle after 19...Rag8.
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  MissScarlett: <Sod off, Damocles>
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  al wazir: This game was played when Karklins was 95.
Sep-19-20  Honey Blend: The best defense would have been 19 ... ♗f8 followed by ...h6. Black must have been hoping for some counterplay along the g-file and got impatient.
Sep-19-20  Brenin: After 10 ... 0-0? (10 ... h6 11 Bh4 g5) White's attack almost played itself. From then onwards, Black seemed to find the best defensive moves until the tempting but disastrous 19 ... Rag8. As <Honey Blend> wrote, 19 ... Bf8 and 20 ... h6 were needed to survive.
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  perfidious: Black indeed placed his monarch under the Sword of Damocles.
Sep-19-20  Ironmanth: Pristine finish! RIP Erik Karlins.
Sep-19-20  goodevans: <Mar-08-15 MissScarlett: <Sod off, Damocles>>

That would have been so much better.

Sep-19-20  Nabbat: What an amazing checkmate
Rip to black
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  OhioChessFan: I had the pun idea years ago, but passed on it since Damocles lost.
Sep-19-20  offramp: <OhioChessFan: I had the pun idea years ago, but passed on it since Damocles lost.>

I had a similar idea but it was long before your idea.

It was
<Joe Damocles 's Domestos Disaster Draw">
but it was never selected.

Joe used to use Domestos to clean his kitchen.

True story!

Sep-19-20  schnarre: ...Good pun for the day.
Sep-19-20  newzild: It's not a pun.
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  Check It Out: Since Sword of Democles plays on the famous anecdote, the player's name, and the perilous position of the black king, I'd say that qualifies as a pun.
Sep-20-20  newzild: My preference would be <MissScarlett>'s suggestion, which is indeed a pun.
Sep-20-20  Brenin: A second repetition of GOTD this week. A problem at HQ? I hope not, but if so, best wishes for resolving it. Out here the efforts expended on this are greatly appreciated.
Sep-20-20  jith1207: <<<<<<< <Brenin>: all seems to be fine, as per the discussion going on here. chessforum

They are just working on some exciting changes and new features for Olga Viewer, which would change the way we can look at the Games in this website (see previous pages for list of new functionality being added), and something malfunctioning with homepage features at the same time. >>>>

<<<<<<< Sounds like the homepage problems seem to occur with alignments in <Stonehenge> (not the actual member here) with celestial bodies around June, September and December 21.>>>>>

Sep-20-20  jith1207: <<< <<< <goodevans> <Mar-08-15 MissScarlett: <Sod off, Damocles>> That would have been so much better. >>>

Sep-20-20 newzild: My preference would be <MissScarlett>'s suggestion, which is indeed a pun. >

Either way, as <OCF> pointed out, the game was not won by Damocles and by his Sword, and even <Sod Off> doesn't seem to match the actual game because if <Sod Off> is a pun, then it's hidden word <Sword of> should also have to match the game. >

So, it's looking like both sides of arguments for the game title fall short of matching the game result. If it doesn't match either way, does it really matter which was used after all? >>

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  MissScarlett: I wouldn't be so bold as to suggest my puns be used every day. Just every other day. That would appear to be an equitable arrangement.
Sep-20-20  offramp: One of the "new functionalities being added" is a state-of-the-art pun generator. This will use AlphaZero's software, which has been programmed with every pun made on planet Earth since 1421.

The program is called Super-Punster Alpha Zero (SPAZ), and it will operate via a button next to the game board.

Once pressed, SPAZ will read the PGN header and play through the game, and then begin producing between 8,000,000 and 128 trillion puns based on the information it has read. The process should take no more than 9 hours.

The puns will be downloaded to your hard drive, so make sure you have about 5 Yottabytes available or your computer will crash and burn.

By 2050, every game in the chessgames database will have been assigned a SPAZ pun.

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  moronovich: <offramp>


Sep-21-20  TheBish: <offramp: By 2050, every game in the chessgames database will have been assigned a SPAZ pun.>

Except for games already assigned a pun as part of Games of the Day, per the rules. Unless SPAZ is able to change the rules as well. Which it sounds like it will do (or just violate them). Watch those bots!

Thanks for the hearty chuckle, <offramp>! I do need to upgrade my computer, don't yet have Yottabytes capacity.

Sep-21-20  TheBish: I would say the pun is appropriate here. The Sword of Damocles was hung over Damocles using a single hair from a horse's tail. In this case, the hair broke!

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