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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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  Once: Please, please, please, CG, don't put the position after 24. Bg2 as a Sunday puzzle!

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From here, black launches a series of tactical blows aimed at the white king. He seemes fairly well defended, with two knights and two bishops in attendance. But black rips away the defenders and sends the king to his death all the way up the board on h6. Stunning stuff.

In the final position, black threatens both Rh5# and Bf8#. White can defend against the former (eg Rh1 or Qh4), but not the latter.

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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 can’t 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 24…Nxe4, 25 Bf4.

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If 24…Rxe4, 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.

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  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!"
Sep-17-14  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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