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Giuseppe Stalda vs Clarice Benini
"Goodbye, Clarice" (game of the day Mar-27-2021)
National Master Tournament (1948), Venice ITA, Oct-??
Queen Pawn Game: Colle System (D04)  ·  1-0



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  al wazir: If 32...Ke8, then 33. Re2+ Kd7 34. Qe6#. If 32...Kg8, then 33. d5.
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  piltdown man: Is this a Silence of the Lambs pun?
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  al wazir: "Goodbye, Clarisse" is somebody's idea of a pun?

The <> database contains 20 games in which Benini played, half of which she lost. (Someone named Eric Clarisse played two other games, a win and a loss.) This so-called pun is equally apposite to all those losses.

But it's meaningless to people like me who never saw the movie.

I look forward now to seeing a GOTD lost by The World, captioned "Goodbye, World."

Mar-27-21  Brenin: <piltdown man>: From the book by Thomas Harris: “Good-bye Clarice. Will you let me know if ever the lambs stop screaming?"
Mar-27-21  Pyrandus: Italiani Players brava gente!
Mar-27-21  thegoldenband: <piltdown man> and <Brenin> have it.

In one of those Mandela Effect things, Lecter is often misquoted as saying "Hello, Clarice" -- but much like Darth Vader and "Luke, I am your father", the line never shows up in the film (nor book, I don't think). He does say the opposite, though!

<al wazir: "Goodbye, Clarisse" is somebody's idea of a pun?>

I know, right? Boy, I really hope somebody got fired for that blunder!

Mar-27-21  Z4all:
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  OhioChessFan: Best pun in the last 9 days.
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  MissScarlett: Not better than Smyslov vs I Radulov, 1977

I waited all day for someone to point out that Smyslov was nicknamed <Hand> by Spassky, but, despicable lot, nobody did!

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  AylerKupp: I don't know what this opening has to do with the real Colle System, D004, which could typically starts with 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 (

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White's piece placement typically includes Bf1-d3, c2-c3, and Nb1-d2. Then, in response to Black's almost inevitable ...c5, White responds with dxc5 and (not necessarily in the very next move), e3-e4 aiming for a direct attack against Black's king.

A typical game could start with 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 e6 4.Nbd2 c5 5.c3 Nc6 6.Bd3 Bd6 7.O-O O-O 8.dxc5 Bxc5 9.e4: (Opening Explorer), after which Black has several ways to continue, several of them very promising.

In this game Black loses time with 3...c6 and 13...c5, White plays 5.c4 instead of 5.c3, allows Black to play 14...cxd4, and after 15.exd4 does not advance his Pe3 to e4. Perhaps as in movies about real events White's play can be said to have been <inspired by> the Colle System but I don't think that it can even be validly said that it was <based on> the Colle System.

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  AylerKupp: <<thegoldenband> but much like Darth Vader and "Luke, I am your father", the line never shows up in the film>

You are right, what Darth Vader actually says is "Luke, I am <the> father" ( That seems to me like an odd response to Luke's "You killed my father", :"Luke, I am your father" seems a lot more natural. Did James Earl Jones as the voice of Darth Vader flub his line and the director, George Lucas, decided that it was good enough and didn't bother to ask James Earl Jones to repeat it? Or did George Lucas simply liked it better the way James Earl Jones said it?

But that's pretty close, so I'll give a pass to most people (including me) who somehow "remember" the line as "Luke, I am your Father". After all, it's only a movie.

It's certainly much closer to actuality than Ilsa's (Ingrid Bergman's) supposed line in Casablanca. Not "Play it again, Sam." but what she actually said was "Play it once Sam. For old time's sake." ( And in the same clip she later says "Sing it, Sam", but never "Play it again, Sam".

But there is a connection between Casablanca and the Star Wars movies. In the second half of the clip above Ilsa, Rick (Humphrey Bogart), and Ilsa's husband Victor Laslo, (Paul Heinreid) are having a drink. Rick congratulates Victor for his work and Victor very modestly replies "I try". To which Rick replies "We all try, You succeed."

This is a similar sentiment as expressed by Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back, in response to Luke's "I'll Try"; Yoda replies "No. Do or do not. There is no try." Probably Yoda's best line in all the Star War movies. At least this author thinks so:

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  AylerKupp: <OhioChessFan> Best pun in the last 9 days.>

I'm personally waiting for a game in which the name of the loser is "Yellow Brick".

Mar-27-21  RandomVisitor: After 20.f4 black might try 20...Qb6 and 21...f5 hoping to hold on

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<60/83 4:31:37 +0.08 20...Qb6 21.Qd1 f5 22.c5 Qc7 23.Qe2 Kf7> 24.Re1 Rfe8 25.b4 Ndf6 26.a4 Qd8 27.Qd1 a6 28.Bc3 Kg8 29.Kg2 Qc7 30.Rb2 Ne4

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