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Holger Neergaard vs Vladimir Simagin
"Simagin That!" (game of the day Jun-02-2010)
Tournament (corr.) (1965), ?
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation (E86)  ·  0-1
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Jan-03-06  LancelotduLac: No kibitzing for this beautiful game?! For me, the flurry of pawn sacrifices (16...b5!, 17...d5!, and 18...e4!) are highly aesthetic, and not so easy to find. Black had to act quickly, too, as he was in danger of getting suffocated for lack of space. It seems that 16.Nc3 would have been sounder than the hasty 16.h4?!
Nov-04-06  syracrophy: Too much pawn sacrifices! Awesome!
Jan-25-08
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  whiteshark: What did black intent to do after the better continuation <19.Qd4!> ?


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Jun-02-10  weary willy: I'm slow today - can someone pls explain the pun?
Jun-02-10  hstevens129: Imagine that.
Jun-02-10  themindset: that, my friend, is pretty slow.
Jun-02-10  Gambit All: <weary willy: I'm slow today - can someone pls explain the pun?> Imagine that.

Now can someone explain why White can't play 20. ♕xg4, ♖xe3

Jun-02-10
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  Once: <Gambit All: Now can someone explain why White can't play 20. Qxg4, Rxe3>

He can, but he would be giving black uncontested control of the e file and allowing his Ne2 to be pinned. The Be3 is also white's pride and joy, as he dreams of putting it on h6 or f6 or d4.

Fritzie rates 20. Qf4 as just about level and 20...Qxg4 as -0.95. Everything else is just good for black.

This game seems to typify the clash of ideas between classical chess and the so-called hyper-moderns. White builds a huge pawn centre, which all the old books used to say was a certain way to win. But then black chips away at this centre, dismantles it and goes around the flanks. Throw in a few pawn sacs to open lines against the uncastled white king.

Mind you, the ever materialistic Fritzie thinks that white was doing more or less okay until 25. Bg5 (25. Nf4 is only a slight edge to black).

Jun-02-10  grizopoulos: Simagin is one of ‘neglected’ soviet grandmasters of the 50’s and 60’s (alongside with other giants like Stein ) who never received the credit they deserved. Simagin has contributed a lot in chess research and theory-especially regarding the Sicilian defense and various Indian systems- and he was highly respected inside USSR. He was also one of the first who attempted to systematize the strategic ‘exchange sacrifice’ and used it extensively in his games with positive results. Also ,a very keen tactician. Tal himself once said that when Simagin’s pieces’ get going’ there is no way stopping them! (Quite a compliment I would say….).
Jun-02-10  Starf1re: Black's pieces uncoiled and struck like a cobra.
Jun-02-10
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  kevin86: White's game is hanging by a thread-and black is a-waiting with the pair of scissors.
Jun-02-10  CapablancaFan122: Wow, beautiful ending! Black has a forced checkmate in every variation.
Jun-02-10  drpoundsign: why did Black try to sac the Bishop and White refuse?
Jun-02-10  cuppajoe: After 19...Bxg4, White can't take the bishop with his pawn because the queen hangs, and he can't take with the queen because of 20...Rxe3, which pins the knight on e2 to the king and generally makes life unpleasant for White.
Jun-02-10
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  Check It Out: My eyes got wider after each move, 16...b5, 17...d5, 18...e4 and 19...Bxg4. Smashing play!

<Once: This game seems to typify the clash of ideas between classical chess and the so-called hyper-moderns. White builds a huge pawn centre, which all the old books used to say was a certain way to win. But then black chips away at this centre, dismantles it and goes around the flanks. Throw in a few pawn sacs to open lines against the uncastled white king.>

So much for me playing hyper-modern. Actually, I can't play modern either, or even antiquated.

Jun-02-10
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  thegoodanarchist: After 25. Bf4!? White can keep fighting. The move actually played, 25.Bg5??, is the decisive mistake.
Jun-02-10  Harvestman: This game is an astonishing feat of Simagination.
Jun-02-10
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  chrisowen: That's the spirit Vladimir. Black labels time: four pawn breaks liquidise the centre, first straight up C6. B5 D5 E4 each drown underneath whites king. Full fix would have been grinding down the middle using settlers like clocked in 24.Nd4. 19.Qxe4 is the damp, Neergard punch as erasing a poor harmless sucker. Sling it away and the black russians pieces come back to life. Clever KID sacs which pays off.
Jun-02-10  montree: <Whiteshark> Yes, white stands clearly better after 19.Qd4!. I could not find any good continuation for black (with aid of computer). Maybe Simagin would have found something. It seems all those flashy sac days of chess is about to be over.
Mar-28-11
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  Benzol: Neergard vs Simagin, 1965
Jun-01-15  ToTheDeath: Astonishing combination.
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