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Kiril Dimitrov Georgiev vs Veselin Topalov
"Georgiev on My Mind" (game of the day Aug-30-2005)
Burgas (1992), rd 3
Benko Gambit: Declined. Main Line (A57)  ·  1-0


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  InspiredByMorphy: 21.Ne5 looks better for black. 22.Bxe5 Bxe5 . In the game 21.Rb4 looks like the beginning of the end for black. The d pawn marching is the clencher, and by black removing the guard on the d pawn via 22.Qg7, white capitilizes by taking blacks center d and c pawns beginning with 23.Bxd6 (allowing whites d pawn to march and threaten promotion).
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  InspiredByMorphy: This game is a case where two pawns and development were worth more than the piece being taken via 23.Bxc3 . Whites 23.Qf4 deserves a ! Great play by white after this point!
Apr-28-04  Benjamin Lau: IBM: please try adding in the ... next time to signify that black is the one who is moving. 21...Ne5 is a good try which looks nice at first, but it fails tactically since 21...Ne5? is met with 22. Bxe5 and now either ...dxe5 or ...Bxe5 loses at least a piece for black. (i.e. threats of d6+ and Rxe5 come in). 14. e5! was very good for Georgiev and seems like the beginning of the end. I am surprised that white missed 21. h3 which seems to win, although I may be missing something. 24. Qf4! is wildly brilliant and imaginative, something I would never have played.
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  InspiredByMorphy: <Benjamin Lau> <21...Ne5 is a good try which looks nice at first, but it fails tactically.> Your right. I saw that 22.Bxe5 dxe5 loses, but I overlooked 22. ... Bxe5 23.Rxe5! < 14. e5! was very good for Georgiev and seems like the beginning of the end> I agree, this really is the turning point. Black shouldnt have played 13. ... Nb6 This a very well played game by white!
Aug-30-05  dac1990: They already did a pun like this one!
Gheorghiu vs Fischer, 1966
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  WannaBe: D*** re-runs... :-))
Good memory, that's almost a year ago!
Aug-30-05  misguidedaggression: I think you mean "re-puns."
Aug-30-05  siggemannen: maybe Kiril was afraid of 21... f5 after 21.h3 and if bishop takes 22... Bxf2
Aug-30-05  EmperorAtahualpa: First a question about the game: Why 6.b6? 6.bxa6 or 6.e3 seems better to me. Can anyone explain?

Then a question about the pun: I don't get it. Can anyone explain?

Aug-30-05  Runemaster: <Emperor> It's a pun on the old song "Georgia on my Mind", Your Majesty.
Aug-30-05  weary willy: <dac1990: They already did a pun like this one! Gheorghiu vs Fischer, 1966> Brilliant! Just to satisfy my curiosity, how did you remember that?!

Knocking the Topalov, Rubbing in the Veselin, Thriller Kiriler, KO Benko ... puntastic!

Aug-30-05  Bobwhoosta: Emperor, the object of b6 is to decline the gambit. 6.bxa6 is just as viable, but it cedes the initiative for at least a short time and in the long run black can get pressure against the queenside. With the decline White says "A pawn's not worth that to me" and plans to take the initiative in the center after a suitable build-up.
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  Sneaky: <Georgia, Georgia, / The whole day through / Just an old sweet song / Keeps Georgia on my mind...> Ray Charles
Aug-30-05  King Tut: More pointless babble from Sneaky. . .
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  kevin86: BTW-did anybody see RAY? It's a really good film worthy of its praise and also of its subject.

White seemed to have one goal-ram the passed pawn down black's throat...and he succeeded.

Good chess---and good music!

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  al wazir: Nothing could have saved black, but 37...Qg5 and 38...Kg7 would have held out longer.
Aug-30-05  vinohradska: One thing I like to do when looking at games on this site is to try to figure out why people makes moves that at first glance seem to make no sense to me. They are always far better players than I am, so they probably have some idea in mind. So, on that theme, why did white play 34. a4? Was the main line of attack really so stalled?
Aug-30-05  vinohradska: I would have been more tempted by 34. Bb6.
Aug-30-05  dac1990: <weary willy> Memory comes to me naturally. It's why I play chess-- instead of having the talent to calculate rapidly and accurately, a la Alekhine, Tal, or Kasparov, I instead remember things nearly perfectly-- although it doesn't put me anywhere near the true talents that chess has to offer. This means I can play the opening strongly, but not the middlegame.
Aug-30-05  EmperorAtahualpa: <Runemaster> Thank you. I've never heard of that song, I'm sure it must be from after my time....LOL

Now if someone can answer my other question please?? My question was:

Why 6.b6? 6.bxa6 or 6.e3 seems better to me. Can anyone explain?

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  tpstar: <patzer2> You mean you don't remember our Willie Nelson discussion last year?!

Gheorghiu vs Fischer, 1966


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  patzer2: The positional sacrifice
23. Bxd6! appears to be sound. Not yet sure if it's a forced win, but it's certainly worthy of study.
Oct-26-08  sfm: Is the move 34.a4 the best? I'd never have thought of it.
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