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Valerij Kuksov vs Alexander Baburin
"The Hanging Pieces of Baburin" (game of the day Sep-06-12)
(1986)  ·  Alekhine Defense: Two Pawn Attack. Lasker Variation (B02)  ·  0-1
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Apr-23-04  Carroll: This game deserves some applause. Well done, Baburin is pretty damn strong.
Jan-23-05
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  suenteus po 147: <Carroll> I have to agree and join in applause with you. Is Baburin always this strong with his knight, because DAMN! It's because of the knight I charge 15.Qg4 with White's downfall. Anyone care to suggest improvements for White in this position?
Nov-02-06  lopium: 20.Nxf2! I donīt understand this move! Why not Nxf2 then? Qxf6 and then?
Nov-02-06  TrueFiendish: White is still waiting to regain the piece so there are desperados. 20...Nxf2 21.Nxf2 Bxf2+ 22.Kxf2 Qxd4+ and if 23.Be3 then Ng4+, or 23.Kf1 Ba6.
Sep-06-12
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  Phony Benoni: One of the best puns I've seen in the Voting Booth of late.
Sep-06-12
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  sevenseaman: What a wonderful game! Like <PB> I too found the pun one of the best not only for its allusion to a wonder of the world but also for its appropriateness to the theme running in the game.

Such things bring a sense of composite pleasure.

Sep-06-12
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  Infohunter: <Phony Benoni: One of the best puns I've seen in the Voting Booth of late.>

I don't get the pun.

Sep-06-12
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  AylerKupp: <Infohunter> I assume it's a pun on the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
Sep-06-12  dyobskijamero: well done!
Sep-06-12  LoveThatJoker: A masterpiece in and for the Alekhine's Defense!

Bravo to the then budding GM, Alexander Baburin!!

LTJ

Sep-06-12
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  Once: The turning point for the game seems to come after black plays 17...b5


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From here, Kuksov drops a piece by retreating the attacked knight with 18. Ne3. Unfortunately, this leaves the Ne5 inadequately protected and black promptly chops it off with 18...Nxe5. The d4 pawn's protection of the Ne5 is an illusion because it is pinned against the white queen.

Instead, surely white had to play 18. Nxd7 bxc4 19. Bxc4


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Both white and black are about to lose their far advanced knights, but black gets to throw in a pawn-winning desperado move with 19...Nxf2.

Fritzie confirms and throws in a couple of extra options. Instead of 18. Nxd7 he offers 18. Rxe4. And instead of black's desperado 19...Nxf2 he marginally prefers 19...Qxd7 20. Rxe4.

How can we call this one? Baburin wraps the game up very strongly, but then his opponent did gift him a free piece.

Sep-06-12
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  kevin86: Black hangs pieces,but also kills king.
Sep-06-12  dassy: I'm being slow but I can't see the continuation!

Ke2-Qf2 ch
Kd1-QxR ch
Kc2-Rc6 ch
Bc4

Sep-06-12
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  shakespeare: I looked at it 3 times now and I understand only half of the game :-)
Sep-08-12
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  DarthStapler: Black ends up an exchange up
Sep-09-12
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  Infohunter: <AylerKupp: <Infohunter> I assume it's a pun on the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.>

Of course! Thank you, <AylerKupp>. I must have had a blind spot in my memory. Can't account for it any other way.

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