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Vladlen Yakovlevich Zurakhov vs Alexander Koblents
"Horseplay" (game of the day Jul-03-12)
Tbilisi ˝f-USSR ch (1956)  ·  French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation Morozevich Line (C11)  ·  1-0
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  4tmac: These guys played an accurate endgame! (MostlyAverageJoe points this out) Even moves such as blacks 59 set a trap as it allowed white to "play anything" on his 61. N-f6 an "only move". Yes, white got "cute" at the very end and black played a few moves that were tablebase lose in 30 instead of lose in 31 but its unclear whether even these were lass than "best moves"
Jan-04-09  WhiteRook48: if promoted to Q it would make a difference
Feb-15-09  WhiteRook48: obviously, but lose in 30 and lose in 31, you're going to lose anyway so why not resign in 1
Feb-23-09  WhiteRook48: two underpromotions?!
Nov-25-09  hedgeh0g: A double underpromotion! Pretty amazing stuff.
Sep-15-11  hedgeh0g: I can't believe this hasn't been chosen as GOTD yet. The comedic value alone should be enough to warrant selection.
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  perfidious: This is a new one on me-two underpromotions in a practical game (not counting that crazy Rybka-Nakamura affair).

It should be called 'Ride My Horsies' or some such thing.

Sep-15-11  Shams: <It should be called 'Ride My Horsies' or some such thing.>

It really shouldn't.

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  perfidious: <Shams> That bad? Really?
Sep-16-11  Shams: <perfidious> I mean, you don't see my submissions being used...

Can you find me a game where Black underpromotes to a rook, then is defeated by a white knight? We could call it: "And I rooked, and I beheld a pale horse..."

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  perfidious: <Shams> I'm confused, unless you already submitted it, in which case I apologise for unwittingly plagiarising your brilliant idea.
Sep-16-11  Shams: <perfidious> No no, I submitted nothing of the kind; all I meant was that my judgment hardly matters since nobody likes the puns I produce. Well, except for the Japanese. They are fans.
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  perfidious: <Shams> Sounds about right-I've often gotten groans when inadvertently coming up with one.
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  FSR: I tried submitting "Knights in White Satin" as a pun for this game, but was chagrined to learn that someone had beaten me to it.
Jul-03-12  holland oats: Hmm...Shams is big in Japan, his avatar can be considered a mule variation--is he Tom Waits?!
Jul-03-12  sofouuk: so easy to go wrong in knight endings. after 35 d5!?

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... cxd5! 36 Kxd5 Nb6+

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and rybka says -1.22. difficult to say why black chose 35 ... c5 instead - probably thought white would find himself in zugzwang later?

and after 39 f6?

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... Nxa4 should be winning again but, like i say, its not so easy to visualise all the defensive knight moves. 41 ... Nxf6! was still =, but after Kxf6 it's black who finds himself without good moves

Jul-03-12  vinidivici: wow two promotions all to knights... what a unique game

good GOTD

Jul-03-12  piltdown man: Nice game!
Jul-03-12  TheTamale: Fun stuff! I don't like Black's game by move 37 or so... I would never win with a knight vs. 3 pawns on a pared-down board.
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  kevin86: A very very rare caes where white promotes TWICE to a knight. The first time is to avoid a fork,the second to avoid stalemate.
Jul-03-12  goodevans: <kevin86: ... the second to avoid stalemate.>

Not sure what you mean by that. I see no stalemate. Both underpromotions were to avoid forks.

The first was practically forced (either that or lose the pawn) but the second wasn't. I have to admit that I'd have played the more prosaic <79.Kc6> and would have missed completely the more elegant <79.c8=N+>.

Jul-03-12  Howard: Anyone who would care to see another well-played (and rather well-known) knight-and-pawn endgame might want to take a peek at one between Korchnoi and Spassky in 1966. It's actually rather well-known. The late Edmar Mednis analyzed it in his endgame column in "Chess Life" back in 1978.

Very intriguing endgame !

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  kevin86: I misspoke about the stalemate,actually in the second case,as in the first.white had to "knight" to avoid the fork,which would have captured the queen.
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  kevin86: Just think, the third promotion will be to a QUEEN- how quaint!
Jul-16-15  thegoodanarchist: Personally I like 80. a7+!

Black cannot stop the pawn from promoting with 80... Ka8 because of 81. Nc7+ and the Black king is rousted from the corner.

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