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Ivan Sokolov vs Valery Salov
"Salov the Century" (game of the day Jul-01-2017)
Hoogovens (1997), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 12, Feb-01
Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov Variation (E12)  ·  0-1


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  Troller: I might be getting carried away here, but this game would even be like sOKOLOV AND SALVOV GOING AT EACH OTHER...But ok, that comparison is a stretch.
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  Fusilli: <Troller> Perfect!

The most complicated game ever? In Planet Boredom?

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White now played 90. Qf1+. He could have drawn by 90. Qe5+.

Jul-01-17  FSR: Is this Salov week or something?
Jul-01-17  WorstPlayerEver: After 55. Kg4 it's a draw according to Lobomosov7.
Jul-01-17  Nnaputa: I want to play,who wants to with me
Jul-01-17  WorstPlayerEver: 60. Qd8 is a mistake Qf5 mates in 66 (60. h6 =).

65. Kf2 " " (Kg3)

66. Qb2 " " (Kg1)

69. Qa8 " " (Qc8)

69... Kh5 " " (g4 mates in 19)

77. Qc5 " " (Qh3+)

79. Kg1 " " (Kg3)

79... g4 " " (Kf3)

82... d2 = (Ke1 or Qf2+ mates in 16). Compare offramp's position (where White loses the game).

Jul-01-17  WorstPlayerEver: Position after 82. Kg2

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Jul-01-17  lentil: <Nnaputa>: this is a games collection, not a playing site.
Jul-01-17  WorstPlayerEver: Anyway, from move 55 (B) til 90 (W) the players made 11 major mistakes. out of 70 moves. They made a dozen less accurate moves as well.

About 33% of the moves played between 55. Kg4 and 90... Ke3 were thus incorrect. Which I find rather interesting. As it comes to technique. Jawohl!

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  offramp: <Nnaputa: I want to play,who wants to with me>

A good site to try is It's a superb interface.

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  offramp: Salov won Hoogovens (1997) with 8.5 points out of 10. Second was Sokolov with 8 points.
Jul-01-17  WorstPlayerEver: <offramp>

Oh, I only wanted to point out how complicated Queen ends are.

Jul-01-17  WorstPlayerEver: <offramp>

Curiously Hoogovens also was Jeroen Piket's best result. It never got better than that. He lost to Yermo.

Curious, because I onced almost faced Jeroen (but the idiots put me for 'tactical reasons' at board U16 Dutch team Championship 80 or 81, his brother was at board 2, Marcel if I am correct).

Jul-01-17  WorstPlayerEver: We lost 3-2 lol I won obviously.
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  offramp: User: WorstPlayerEver I was only mentioning the score to show how crucial this game was. There was a lorryload of money resting on the result of this beautiful game, for which I supplied the pun.
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  morfishine: Why is this game GOTD?

As noted by our dear friend <Fusilli>, this game must've originated from "Planet Boredom"

What a waste of time


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  RandomVisitor: Does black have a win after the improvement 40...f3? In the game, after 43...Bg7 and the bishop exchange the resulting king and pawn ending is drawn, so maybe there is a better try for black.

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-4.98/41 40...f3 41.Kg1 Kf5 42.Be1 Bd6 43.a5 Bb8 44.b5 axb5 45.a6 Ba7 46.Kh2 d4 47.exd4 b4 48.h6 Kg6 49.Bxb4 Kxh6 50.Bd2 Kh5 51.Bc3 Kg6 52.Kg3 Kf5 53.Kh2 Bb8+ 54.Kg1 Ke4 55.Kf1 Ba7 56.Ke1 Kd5 57.Kd2 Kc6 58.Ke1 Kb5 59.d5 Kc5 60.d6 Kxd6 61.Bd2 Kd5 62.Kf1 Ke5 63.Bc3+ Kd6 64.Bd2 Kd5 65.Ke1 Ke4 66.Bxg5 c3 67.Bh4 Kd3 68.Bg5 c2 69.Bc1 Kc4 70.Bg5 Bd4 71.Kd2

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  Jimfromprovidence: Side puzzles:

Evaluate the alternative 73...Qg6.

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Why does the text 82...d2 turn a win for black into a draw?

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Why is the text 90 Qf1+ the losing move for white?

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  RandomVisitor: A final look at the improvement attempt 40...f3:

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<-15.75/50 40...f3> 41.Ke1 Be7 42.h6 Bf6 43.Bd2 c3 44.Bc1 Be5 45.h7 Kf7 46.Kf1 Kg7 47.h8R Kxh8 48.Kg1 Kh7 49.Kf1 Kg6 50.Ke1 Kh6 51.Ba3 Kh7 52.Kd1 Kg6 53.Ke1 Kf7 54.Kf1 Kg7 55.Ke1 Kh6 56.Bc1 Bd6 57.Kd1 Bxb4 58.Ke1 Kh7 59.Kd1 Kg6 60.e4 g3 61.Be3 g2 62.Kc2 g1Q 63.exd5 Qf1 64.Bd4 Qc4 65.Be3 Qe2+ 66.Kb3 Qb2+ 67.Kc4 c2 68.d6 Qc3+ 69.Kd5 c1Q 70.Bxc1 Qxc1 71.a5 Bxa5 72.Kd4

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  kevin86: Tough endings: Queens on open boards
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