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Artur Mikhailovich Kogan vs Walter Arencibia Rodriguez
"Kogan's Heroes" (game of the day May-18-2009)
Capablanca Memorial (Elite) (2002), Havana CUB, rd 5, May-11
Queen's Gambit Declined: Three Knights Variation. General (D37)  ·  1-0


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Jun-29-02  borgianus: A wonderful game. For the Hall of Fame.
Jun-29-02  bishop: Borgianus,you sure know how to pick them! A spectacular game indeed.
Mar-06-03  mrwonkabar: Thats definitely one of the more creative mates I've seen.
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  jsastre48: Very enjoyable!
Jul-12-04  chesssloveeeer: Black is soon out of checks!
Jul-12-04  caballos2: I think the weakening of the kingside with g6 and f5 is more than black is able to bear in this opening. Soon white smashes through with all his pieces in excellent positions. The counterplay on the queenside is too slow to have any effect.
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  Honza Cervenka: 24...Bxd6 would have been better.
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  Geronimo: Très cool! As a 1. d4; 2. c4 player myself this is a brilliant game to show naysayers (how many times have you heard players complain about the "boring" queen's gambit! I think black messes up a bit as early as 9...Nbd7, wasting development tempi for an unnecessary exchange of knights on e5. White is better of with (and ends up with) his light-squarred bishop on e5. Black would have been better castling and/or Ne6 instead. Even developing the queenside with b6 might be justifiable.(?)
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  kevin86: Here is some nice seventh rank ballet by white.
Jul-12-04  themindset: quite brilliant.
Jul-12-04  Chesspatch: what if 27 ... Kg8? 28.Rh8+ Kf7 29.g6+ Ke6... What then? White has no continuation to win.
Jul-13-04  Kaspablanca: Chesspatch: What´s going on your head? The black king is on g8
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  crafty: 27...♔g8 28. ♖g7+ ♔f8 29. dxe7+ ♔e8 30. exd8=♕+ ♖xd8 31. ♖g8+   (eval 9.99; depth 14 ply; 750M nodes)
Jul-15-04  Chesspatch: <Kaspablanca> The black king is on f7, my confused friend.
Sep-24-05  Chessmaster9001: Kogan is one of the most spectacular players in the world.
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  ToTheDeath: Brilliant combination. One in a million.
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  al wazir: 30...cxb2+ 31. Kb1 Qe1+ 32. Rxe1 Kh7 33. Bf6+ Kg6 34. Rg7+ Kh5 35. Rh1#.
May-18-09  m0nkee1: seems black lost e5.... never tried to defend it....
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  randomsac: Wow! Quite an exciting game. Just as white begins to bust trough the kingside, black starts a queenside attempt. It was just a little too late... Great combination by Kogan
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  kevin86: How about that! A queen sac in both the GOTD and puzzle!
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  Phony Benoni: "Why did you lose that game, Mr. Arencibia?"

"I see nothing ... nothing!"

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  Chessmensch: It must be tough being a GM on the losing end of this one.
May-18-09  TheChessGuy: <Phony Benoni> Thank you for the Hogan's Heroes joke! For the uninitiated, this was an American television program from the 1960's. It was a sitcom set in a World War II POW camp! How funny is that!? From Wikipedia, it has been released in a German dub, entitled "Ein Kafig voller Helden," a cage of heroes. Oberst Klink is portrayed as a stereotypical straitlaced, disciplined Prussian, while Oberfeldwebel Schultz is a loosey-goosey, informal Bavarian.
May-18-09  drpoundsign: Based loosely on the movie "Stalag 17."

Killer Queen Sac.


May-18-09  YetAnotherAmateur: Also possibly of interest, forced all the way:
23. ... bxc3
24. gxh7+ Kf8
25. h8=Q+ Bg8
26. Qg7+ Ke8
27. Qxg8+ Bf8
28. Qe6+ Be7
29. Qxe7#
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