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Bogomil Andonov vs Smbat Gariginovich Lputian
Sochi (1987), It, rd 1
Reti Opening: Reti Gambit (A09)  ·  0-1


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Feb-26-04  TheTurk: ...hand move, you scarcely need to think after 12. Bd4??
Feb-26-04  square dance: i would say that black was just threatening Nd3+(they dont call mr. obvious for nothing), but white just overlooked it. the ending to this game looks like it was played by one weak player and one ok player on the internet at 2 or 3 minute time controls.
Feb-26-04  Lawrence: Not bad, but not really mind-bogomilling.
Feb-26-04  eainca: Andonov......IM 2339
Lputian......GM 2634
Feb-26-04  Fulkrum: Still at 2339 opening play should not such a mystery. 5 pawn and 3 queen moves in the opening? Red lights should be flashing. Maybe it was at the end of a long unfruitful tournament and Bogomil wanted to just go home.
Feb-26-04  mrvertigo: I actually looked up the ratings of the players also. Maybe white ripped off the gloves because black played N-a6 (which actually seems sound). B-e3 is the start of the disaster.
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  kevin86: It's the Tiger 13♕xd3 ♕c1+ 14♖xc1 ♖xc1* or the Tiger 13exd3 ♕xc2.Or the Tiger 13♔d1 ♕xc2*} (Three tigers-no waiting) Goes to show you what happens when we leave our heavy pieces open to attack
Feb-26-04  MoonlitKnight: I have three explanations for this blunder. Either:
I) Andonov was planning Bxc5 but dropped his bishop on d4. II) He was drunk.
III) (most likely) Both.
Feb-26-04  midknightblue: It is amazing to see all the stuff these 2200 and 2300 guys miss. If somehow I were to ever gain 500 points on my rating I guess I would have to be ready for this (having my stupid moves against 26 and 2700 GM's shown to the world so everyone could get a good laugh). There is a bright side to being a blunderful chess player after all, I dont have to stand before the masses with horrible moves 12 Bd4.
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  Jambow: About 10 seconds but hey its Tuesday.
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  kevinatcausa: Andonov's play was positively Lilliputian in this game. I can't believe he was so Gulliver as to fall into Nd3+.
Nov-09-10  VincentL: "Easy".

I have glanced at this, and surely 12..... Nd3+ wins immediately.

(a) 13. Qxd3 Qc1+ 14. Rxc1 Rxc1 mate

(b) 13. exd3 Qxc2 winning the queen

(C) 13. Kd1 Qxc2+ again grabbing the queen.

Letīs check.

Nov-09-10  rilkefan: How did white not see his weak back rank, queen facing a battery, and central king? What does 12 Bd4 even do to improve his position? Though I'm having trouble finding anything that doesn't lose straight away - maybe Qb1.
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  lost in space: Sometimes Tuesdays are even better than Mondays.

12. Nd3+ and it is all over.

13. Qxd3 Qc1+ 14. Rxc1 Rxc1#


13. exd3 (or Kd1) Qxc2 and the queen is gone.

Nov-09-10  Nullifidian: I saw this one in an instant:

12... ♘d3+

And now White can lose the queen with:

13. ♙exd3 ♕xc2

Or White can lose the game with:

13. ♕xd3 ♕c1+ 14. ♖xc1 ♖xc1#

Or White can lose them both with:

13. ♔d1 ♕xc2#

Not the set of choices I would wish to face.

Nov-09-10  zb2cr: 12. ... Nd3+ does it. <VincentL> and <Nullfidian> succintly state White's choices--all of them bad.
Nov-09-10  Formula7: 12...Nd3+ and now;

A) 13.exd3 Qxc2 wins the queen

B) 13.Kd1 Qxc2#

C) 13.Qxd3 Qc1+ 14.Rxc1 Rxc1#

Time to check.

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  dzechiel: Black to move (12...?). Material even. "Easy."

Look for the only forcing move on the board and you will have found the key to today's position...


The check limits white's legal replies to:

13 exd3 Qxc2

leaving black up a queen for a knight or

13 Qxd3 Qc1+ 14 Rxc1 Rxc1#

with a quick checkmate, or

13 Kd1 Qxc2+ 14 Ke1 Qc1+ 15 Rxc1 Rxc1#

with a slightly longer checkmate.

This has to be it. I wonder when this game was played. Time to check.

Nov-09-10  Jedzz: <dzechiel>, great commentary as always, but in your third line, 13. ... Qxc2# is checkmate. The white king moved off e1 for a reason, you see.
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: White's pieces are tripping all over themselves. Would 12 Nb3 have allowed him to survive?
Nov-09-10  SamAtoms1980: 12....Nd3+!! 13 Qxd3 Qc1+! 14 Rxc1 Rxc1 mate.

"After you recover from the shock, I presume you will no longer have any trouble pronouncing my name, Mr. Andonov."

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  FabrikaLaHun: So I go through my typical checklist when approaching these puzzles.

What is the material count/balance? Even

Assess development. Neither side has castled. White's dark bishop is outside pawn structure. Black has a battery on the c-file. Otherwise, space about even.

Now, I start to look for candidates. I look at White Knight moves. Yes, you read that right. WHITE Knight. After about 2 minutes of finding nothing forcing or blatantly obvious, I check the calendar. This is Tuesday, correct?

<light bulb clicks on> Black to move. Look for forcing moves. As <dzechiel> points out, isn't to hard to find the only forcing move on the board. Exposes the battery threatening the Queen while giving check. Quick check of the possible responses as noted in posts above, and I call it good.

Helps when you pick the right side. Maybe I'm still in shell shock from cg's last week slip. Oh well. Better late than never.

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  kurtrichards: 12. ... Nd3+ winning. I don't understand Bogomil's 12. Bd4.
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  Once: Later that night, the white pieces had an argument. They were huddled together in a wooden box, with just a narrow partition separating them from the black pieces. And the black pieces naturally were having a noisy victory party.

"We lost. Again. And in only 12 moves. A veritable miniature!" grumped the white king.

"Well, don't look at me," said that Nf3. "I did my job. Jumped off the back rank and onto my best square. You can't ask for more than that."

"And I din't do nuffink wrong either," said the Rh1 gruffly. "I wuz ready ter castle, if only fancy-pants bish would of got out of da way."

"Excuse me!" complained the Bf1 snootily. "I resent your remarks, sir. I would have gladly completed my opening move with a smart step to g2, if only the other pieces weren't wasting time."

"Wasting time?" exclaimed the white queen. "Wasting time? One was capturing the c pawn so that the kingdom might have an advantage of pawns in the centre. Then one returned to the safety of c2."

"Perhaps if her majesty hadn't resided on an unprotected square, this would not have happened," pointed out the Bd4.

"If you hadn't gone to d4, we wouldn't be in this mess," retorted the queen.

The Bd4 wanted to point out that he had moved to d4 to prevent black from gaining space with e5, but he guessed that now was not the best time to point this out.

"Well, I couldn't of done owt else," said the Ra1. "I wuz guarding the back rank like I'm s'posed ter. Not my fault that white ganged up on me with two against one. Wot about the knight?"

Everyone turned to glare at the Nd2. "I got off the back rank," he said, a little feebly. "Clearing the way for castling or for the rook to come to c1. That's something, isn't it?"

"Yes, but you didn't do anything about black's Qc1+," accused the white king. "And you blocked my escape path to d2 when white's rook landed on c1. If it wasn't for you, it would not have been a back rank mate. You knights are rubbish when the enemy gets up real close."

"Yes but you should have castled," said the knight sourly under his breath.

"What was that you said?" demanded the king.

"Nothing, nothing, your majesty."

The white king slumped and put his head in his hands. "And just think what the kibitzing will have to say about us! If we had to lose, at least make it a proper fight - go down to a Saturday or Sunday insane, not a feeble Tuesday easy puzzle."

And to this none of the white pieces could think of anything to say. They sat alone in their misery while through the thin wall they could hear the unmistakeable sounds of the black pieces dancing to the macarena.

Nov-09-10  M.Hassan: 9....Nd3+
Is the critical move that wins the Queen or result in checkmate 9......Nd3+
10.exd3 Qxc2
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