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Vladimir Bagirov vs Nikolai Radev
"Bag of Tricks" (game of the day Jun-02-2017)
Wroclaw (1976), Wroclaw POL, May-??
Gruenfeld Defense: Makogonov Variation (D94)  ·  1-0


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Nov-15-07  Jesspatrick: Bagirov got quite enough for his queen, didn't he?

The events touched off by 13...Bd7 14.Qxa7 are worth studying, as they reveal some of the tactical undercurrents that lurk in this variation.

May-30-09  blacksburg: i don't understand this game. not even a little bit.
Nov-14-12  Wyatt Gwyon: LOL. I never would've considered that queen sac. Incredible.
Nov-22-13  phil6875: The final position is nowhere near lost for Black. Did Radev lose on time?
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  Sastre: Black lost on time according to Bagirov's annotations in Chess Informant 21.
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  eternaloptimist: Bag of Tricks
Jun-02-17  morfishine: Fascinating game very much worthy of the title "GOTD"


Jun-02-17  Ironmanth: Interesting game!
Jun-02-17  ColeTrane: Another nice pun from eternal optimist...and a great game to go with it.
Jun-02-17  vrkfouri: Good game by both sides.
Jun-02-17  Strelets: <Sastre> Can't really blame him for that. Bagirov's idea would've been extremely difficult to confront over the board.
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  eternaloptimist: Thanks for the complements guys! I knew this game would be a great game for "GOTD". GM Bagirov's ♕ sac is the highlight of the game, & it helped pave the way for him to get a 2nd passed ♙. At the end of the game, IM Radev wasn't lost as <phil6875> pointed out. Although Bagirov did have an edge at the conclusion of the game when Radev ran out of time on his clock. As <Strelets> alluded to, it's a really complicated game so it's easy to see why Radev ran out of time. <ColeTrane> Indeed 1 of the games that I submitted for "GOTD" was selected only 2 weeks ago. Although sometimes none or only 1 of them gets picked in a given year. I've been doing well w/ it lately though!
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  eternaloptimist: This game is a great example of imbalances. Getting favorable imbalances for yourself is 1 of the best ways to try to win a game. At the end of this game Bagirov was up 3 ♙s & had 2 passed ♙s. Radev's imbalance was that he was up the exchange.
Jun-02-17  cunctatorg: Quite fascinating and lovable chess to be honest!!
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