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Clement Lelievre vs Michel Francois
"Long lievre le France" (game of the day Sep-16-2021)
Championnat du Loir-et-Cher (2015), Saint-Laurent-Nouan FRA, Feb-??
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  1-0



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Sep-07-16  Delboy: What a position! 18. ... Rxf3 is met by 19. e8=Q+ Rf8 20. Nf6+ Kg7 21. Bxh6+ followed by Qxf8+, with an extra piece. Even more spectacular is 18. ... Bb7 19. Rxf8+ Rxf8 20. Bxh6 Re8 21. Rf1, and black is forced to give up the rook and queen to halt mate on f8, again leaving white a piece up. Magnificent
Sep-08-16  sycophante: 18... Nf5 looks solid for Black. Then 19.exf8=Q Kxf8 20.g4 d5
Oct-14-16  clement41: Agreed, 18...Nf5 does hold but playing 17 f6 was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! And the eval after ...Nf5 shows how much play and coordination white has for the queen
Jan-31-17  clement41: A line I had planned during the game, that shows well how much black suffers on the dark squares is the following: 18...Re8 19 Bxh6 Bb7 20 Raf1 [forcing the black queen backwards to cover f8] Qb8/c8 [and now I can simplify by trading everything on f8 followed by Nc5 and black's Bb7 is a sorry sight
Mar-24-21  Chesgambit: 18...Nf5!
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  OhioChessFan: Nice pun, a little strained. Shame it wasn't a French.
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  Phony Benoni: Don't know about the pun, as Francois neither lived long nor prospered. But I did enoy the game.
Sep-16-21  Brenin: Chapeau, <clement41>!
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  al wazir: In French it's "viva *La* France."

Or am I missing the point?

Sep-16-21  Delboy: Yes, pity about 18. ... Nf5 ruining what is otherwise a worthy tribute to the famous Gusev-Averbakh game
Sep-16-21  nalinw: French pun? How about

C'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas la guerre: c'est de la folie ("It is magnificent, but it is not war: it is madness")

Sep-16-21  Delboy: <al wazir> You are correct, but in this case the "le" plays on the first syllable of the winner's surname and the (male) loser's surname. A bit like in cryptic crossword clues (which are rarely perfect puns)
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  Teyss: There is a typo on the date 2015, should be 1815.

Entertaining game despite black missing 15...Nf5 as noted. But then wouldn't have been such a feast.

<al wazir> It's actually "VivE la France."

<nalinw> I gather you are French because nobody else would know about Bosquet.

Sep-16-21  goodevans: <Teyss> That quote is probably better known in Britain than in France. I certainly knew it and I doubt the charge of the Light Brigade resonates with the French psyche as it does with the British.
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  Teyss: <goodevans> Good point (it's compliments day just today, tomorrow it's over). On that topic I really liked the movie by Tony Richardson. The one by Michael Curtiz was too academic and "glorious" IMHO.
Sep-16-21  Nina Myers: C'est là que gît le lièvre.
Sep-16-21  Cheapo by the Dozen: The engine thinks that 16 Ng5 would have won soundly for White.

But as it happened, Black TWICE failed to play the winning ... Nf5, and so we have this delightful game.

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  Teyss: <Nina Myers> Et Clément a levé Le Lièvre.
Funny profile of yours. Discovered a couple of amusing quotes.
Sep-16-21  spingo: Li?vre is a hare so the pun means "long hair".
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  playground player: I kept waiting for White to run out of pieces to sacrifice.
Sep-16-21  Stanco: The way the f file is cracked is transcendental. The Queen on h6 is at f8.
Quantum Tunneling.
Sep-30-21  Knightmare07: the checkmate combination after 18...Nf7?? is worth a puzzle

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