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Rafael Vaganian vs Viktor Kupreichik
USSR Championship (1974)  ·  Trompowsky Attack: Poisoned Pawn Variation (A45)  ·  1-0
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Apr-13-04
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  notyetagm: This game is included in John Nunn's "101 Brilliant Chess Miniatures".
Apr-13-04
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  notyetagm: Dr. Nunn comments that it's nice to be able to take 3 of your opponent's pieces on consecutive moves (20 NxB, 21 RxN, 22 BxN) without your opponent being able to do anything about it.
Jun-19-04
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  Gypsy: This line of Trompovsky wears name-tag Vaganian Gambit.
Jun-09-07  jokerman: damn even i would do better, black forgets about the centre, he develops slowly, he lets his king in the centre.. weak, like C5??? damn i wouldn't even think about that move, i would try to gain the centre. and then he moves his queen to take pawns, while white can devellop even more.. sjeeezzz lame.
Oct-29-07
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  hesyrett: I confess I don't see White's continuation after 18...hxg5.  19. Qxg6 (the apparent point of 18. Qd3) fails against 19...Bxe6.  19. Bc4 prevents ...Bxe6, but then 19...Rh6 guards g6.  Where is the refutation?  Why would an IM play something as passive as 18...Kg8?
Oct-30-07
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  tpstar: After 18 ... hxg5 19. Qxg6 then 19 ... Bxe6? is out due to 20. Qe8# since the Nf6 is pinned. Instead 19 ... Kg8 20. Qf7+ Kh7 21. Bd3+ mates.

Sparkling miniature.

Nov-26-07  computer chess guy: 16. ♗e3! is very impressive and already puts White ahead, although Black has some alternate defenses that don't lose as fast (16. .. ♕c7 is a possibility - if then 17. O-O, Black can play axb5).
Nov-26-07  Davolni: WOW.

what a game by Vaganian!!!!

i am astonished!!!

Feb-05-08  arsen387: <hesyrett> if 18...hxg5, then after 19.Qxg6 whites are threatening mate in 2 ways: 20.Qf7# and 20Qe8#(notice that black's knight is pinned by white's rook on f1). Defending against both threats simultaneously is impossible.

Beautiful play by Vaganian!!!

Jul-06-12  Poisonpawns: 18.Qd3! is a forced mate in 10. Aesthetically pleasing is that Vaganian leaves 3 of his pieces under attack when he makes this move.
Jan-27-14  yiotta: A great game
Jan-30-14  Zan: Just watched a good video analyzing this game here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seyK... and came to chessgames to look at it over a "board" myself. Amazingly aggressive play by white. Leaving multiple pieces hanging, none of which black has a tempo to capture.
Apr-19-14
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  whiteshark: Very sundayish positions from move two onwards until the end.
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