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Roberto Cifuentes Parada vs Vadim Zvjaginsev
"The Pearl of Wijk aan Zee" (game of the day Sep-22-08)
Wik aan Zee Open (1995)  ·  Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation (D45)  ·  0-1
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Once: In the final position, black threatens both Rh5# and Bf8#. White can defend against the former (eg Rh1 or Qh4), but not the latter.>

For accuracy's sake, White can in fact defend against ...Bf8# as well, namely with Qxc5 (what's a mere queen in such a position?) and would indeed be able to save himself if not for the other mate threat.

Sep-22-08  dTal: Omigosh, what a game. Shades of Tal definitely.
Sep-22-08  newzild: My oh my.

What a beautiful attack!

Sep-22-08  Major Dude: What a game. Great attack. Great imagination.
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  Once: <SwitchingQuylthulg For accuracy's sake, White can in fact defend against ...Bf8# as well, namely with Qxc5 (what's a mere queen in such a position?) and would indeed be able to save himself if not for the other mate threat.>

Now that's picky! But yes, you are right. Qc5 does defend against Bf8# ... at the cost of allowing Rh5#.

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  Jimfromprovidence: I cant figure out why white did not play 24 Bxe4?!

That move looks like it frees his dark-squared bishop and reorganizes his game some.

If 24Nxe4, 25 Bf4.

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If 24Rxe4, 25 Bg5.

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  kevin86: It's funny to have a comment for a game and find that not only has it been made,but by myself at an earlier time. I guess good minds do think alike-in the 4th dimension.(I won't repeat it,but you can read my earlier comment-dated Oct 20,2004)

This game does have a Lasker-era tinge to it.

Sep-22-08  TheBB: <kevin86> You may enjoy the classic first two kibitzes on this page:

Geller vs A Kapengut, 1971

Sep-22-08  drpoundsign: mark of a beginner lose the Queen.

Mark of a Grandmaster-sack the Queen and win his King

Sep-22-08  DarthStapler: I saw this in a book once
Sep-22-08  I Offer You A Resign: Great game. I probably would never have seen those sacks. All of them were really awesome.
Feb-13-09  KERESOV: An Immortal game ! probably included as one of the best 10 games of all times together with Fischer's win against Donald Byrne in '56 and Botvinnik-Capablanca '38 !
Oct-30-09  SirChrislov: Good Afternoon. This game is in the Chessmaster collection of Famous Games. Chessmaster calls it "A modern Evergreen". truly played in the romantic style of the old days. reminicsent of a Morphy or Anderssen.

When I finished playing through it not too long ago, I was jaw dropped and speechless.

Mar-24-10  mig55: This is nearly as good as Kasparov Topalev 1999...
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  sevenseaman: Brilliant to see the Q sac so early!
Sep-25-11  Rubberbandman: I think it would be safe to say this is VZ's immortal.. I wander if he was looking at playing this out to mate from move 25 onwards ? Another game with great tactical shots either way...brilliant
Feb-11-12  Chessmaster9001: Immortal game of modern days!
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  Eduardo Bermudez: New evergreen game !!
Mar-30-12  King Death: This is an orgy of sacrifices and one that could be anybody's Immortal Game. Just beautiful!
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  Eduardo Bermudez: Evergreen game XX century !!
Dec-30-12  DanielBryant: I am shocked that this game only has two pages of kibitzing.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <DanielBryant>, I'm shocked by the spelling of the surname of the Spielmann of our generation.
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  Phony Benoni: I am not shocked that this game only has two pages of kibitzing. There are only so many ways to say "OOH!" and "AH!"
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  Capacorn: Utterly stunning. I just finished studying this masterpiece in "The Mammoth Book." I was left amazed and giddy. It warms the heart to know this kind of chess is still possible in our time. Bravissimo! All that's left is to draw a little more attention to it through my humble post.
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  Alex Schindler: Wow glorious play. And not just from black, though the queen sac is really spectacularly set up
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