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Melih Kaan Can vs Shant Sargsyan
World Junior Championship (2018), Gebze TUR, rd 11, Sep-15
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack (B30)  ·  0-1



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Aug-02-21  Saniyat24: Trapped by Queen number 2...!
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: According to The Computer, white should have played either 39 h5 or 39 N3d4, I suppose to safeguard the knight on f5. It all goes downhill for white from there. The game concludes with the final question, "Shan't two queens play Kick the Can?"
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  fredthebear: The connecting interference move 44.Ndf5 might have been a better try for White, but it's still an uphill battle.

Did someone say Old Man, Kick the Can? I'm in! Here's how it's played:

This outdoor game is similar to Hide & Seek. When we lived in town in our youth, the neighborhood kids would gather at our big front porch (the jail) in the evening to play. We played ball during the day, Kick the Can during summer nights IF there was no free ballgame to watch at the city park that evening. (Our town did not have a swimming pool.) Our boundaries were either side of the street, anywhere outside but within hearing distance. (Stay out of the one grumpy neighbor's yard was an unspoken rule, but we used the other yards up and down the street, avoiding the street lights, crossing in the shadows, crouching in the bushes.) The target can was on the front sidewalk under the big tree. Those who were caught by the Searcher waited on the front porch to be set free by a kick of the can.

We did not time the game. If the Searcher eventually caught 4 people collectively, s/he was declared the winner and we started a new game. (It was impossible to catch all of us, so 4 catches was our mark because someone would usually kick the can and set everybody free before that happened.) If the Searcher just couldn't find/name 4 people into jail and tired of searching, s/he would eventually surrender and call everybody in to start a new game w/a new Searcher. If the entire crew did not return in a minute's time for a new game, the Searcher would self-declare victory for players sneaking too far off from the can (such as hiding in the garage, automobiles, going into a house, or stalling three blocks away).

We didn't play board games much in the summer, maybe card games and lots of backyard tent campouts or tree house gatherings. Our mother wanted us outside playing. The sweet old neighbor lady across the street liked to watch us play from her window. Oh, those were the best of times, not a care in the world (no crime, no hatred), surrounded by family, friends, and neighbors.

We had a chessboard back then, but we didn't study the game. I hadn't met Fred Reinfeld or Milton Hanauer yet. We played marbles and checkers more than chess. They played a lot of dominoes at my friend's house.

We definitely watched the summer Olympics on television. Did you know the 1964 Summer Olympics were in Tokyo, Japan (as are the current Summer Olympics delayed a year by the COVID-19 outbreak)? The events of 1964 were actually held in October to avoid typhoon season in September. They were the first Olympics to be broadcast in color (instead of black and white) via satellite.

If you like a good underdog story, watch this emergence from the 1964 Summer Olympics! Here's a quick version of the excitement. FYI: Australia's Ron Clarke was the world-record holder then: Here's the debilitating background story, the obstacles, the real challenge: (Click on the 4 small arrows near the elbow of the suited official to enlarge the screen; the views, the contrasts are dramatic.) Yes, it's been made into a Hollywood movie... "Running Brave" starring Robbie Benson. Here's the full-length movie:

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Further poking around with the aid of The Computer indicates that 44 Qc5, as played, was best, and that white could still have drawn with 46 Nf8 or 46 Qd5. What a wild game.
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  fredthebear: Agreed <GSM> -- White was not whooped. It's there in the fine print (Stockfish notes). Reminiscing is not good for one's chess calculations.

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