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Now that's a good theory!
rmg97068 also signs their posts "Cheers, Becky"http://www.chess.com/forum/view/general/are-magnus-games-boring?lc=1#last_commentPerhaps someone signed in on the wrong account?
That's why it sounds so familiar.
Regards the OT, I always thought the name "Scholar's Mate" was because it is popular amongst schoolboys. I know it was at my school!
ClavierCavalier wrote :
It's always fun when the opponent rushes into this. In this game, instead of winning the pawn like in the classic example, you would have lost a knight with better play.
Clearly the mystery remains vague! Why would Raphael Nadal open the wrong account? Why would Cuffley, rmg97068, and Becky allow Nadal to infiltrate their accounts? I'm going to meditate...
..... I'm going to meditate...
you have to go to Australia to meditate?
Hmm, so does "JacksOfClubs" (also signs self "Cheers, Becky"):http://www.chess.com/forum/view/general/chesscom-subcultures?quote_id=11289450&page=6
That makes three so far. Any more? This Becky is clearly an infectious personality!
Maybe Federer is pretending to be Nadal pretending to be Becky?
Maybe it's Becky is the leader of the hive?
I'm pretty sure that the term "Scholar" is just sarcastic. Haven't you ever walked into a simple tactic and then said to yourself, "that was brilliant!"
That sounds reasonable, but I tend to think there's another explanation, though equally unprovable. Both Fool's Mate and Scholar's Mate are known by various names, especially when we factor in different languages than English. Not only that, but sometimes the two are confused and used interchangably, particularly by chess laymen. The French, it seems, sometimes call Fool's mate (mat de lion) mat de l'écolier which translates more or less as Schoolboy's Mate (French speaking members please correct me if I'm wrong). Scholar and schoolboy are very similar but have very different connotations, and the Engish Scholar's Mate might have derived from the French "l'écolier," migrating from fool's to scholar's mate in the process. Schoolboy's Mate would make sense to us, whereas Scholar's Mate doesn't. It's possible that the Serbian Школски мат, might also translate in a similar way. It seems to me more a fluke of language than an intentional humorous play on words. I hope someone can give some insight into these non-English expressions and terms.
Be6 was fine, if white took he's losing his only other developed piece, and all his remaining pieces will find it difficult to develop. You're completely winning already. (b3 was worse though, better to take, but even more correct to resign ;)
After 16...Nf7 "This to me is the most nerve shattering part of the game"
I've played someone who's often said the same thing. I guess knowing you're winning and not wanting it to disappear due to a blunder can be nerve racking... but to me these are the most carefree positions to play :D
There a moment when you're undoubtedly winning in Blitz - in a standard game, it isn't so rattling since you have time to work things out carefully - and you know it, but the win, you also know, might depend on exact calculation and execution - so knowing something and proving it in Blitz can prove very distant once thinking time is factored in... and it's this moment of ambiguity that makes my palms sweat and heart race.
They're carefree for me as well. So carefree that most of the time I'll completely give my advantage away and lose or (if I'm lucky) draw.
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