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Rafael Vaganian vs Gyozo Victor Forintos
"Raf and Tumble" (game of the day Oct-26-2015)
Alekhine Memorial (1975), Moscow URS, rd 12, Oct-??
Queen's Gambit Declined: Harrwitz Attack. Two Knights Defense (D37)  ·  1-0


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Apr-01-04  TrueFiendish: Hold on to your hats!!
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  Benzol: Rafael Vaganian is a player whose games one can study and admire. He is a class Grandmaster. See also this game Lautier vs Vaganian, 2004 which is quite recent.
Jun-19-04  filipecea: Yes Benzol, R. Vaganian is a great armeniam player. He is playing in the World Championship in Lybia, but he lost today.
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  Gypsy: Thanks <Benzol>. Smooth strategic performance by Vaganian; delightful attack! (Unlike his loss today...:-(
Oct-16-12  paavoh: This one should be a GOTD.
Oct-26-15  DanielHoseano: GOTD now😁
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  kevin86: White will mate after sacrificing at g8!
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  Domdaniel: This is one of Raf's best - though my favourite is still his sacrificial win against Reshevsky with the French Defence: Reshevsky vs Vaganian, 1976.
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  perfidious: <Dom> To this day, I am mystified by Reshevsky opening 1.e4 in the game with Vaganian, in what was surely one of the latter's finest games.
Oct-26-15  Cheapo by the Dozen: Not that I see specific positional similarities, but in general attitude, this was more like a King's Gambit than a Queen's. :)
Oct-26-15  mikrohaus: As much as I like this game on it's surface, it should still be SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) for any good player.

The doubled-rooks and protected Ph7 are worth more than Q+R.

So, the loss of the Q wasn't a combination, but merely a winning exchange of units.

That's good chess reasoning.

I doubt the winner spent much time on anything but d-pawn pushes by Black and the like.

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  Domdaniel: <perf> - < Reshevsky opening 1.e4 ...> I had the impression that Sammy had a prepared line against the French (complete with Kg3). Admittedly not the sort of thing he usually did, and it came badly unstuck against Vaganian.

This is just my vague notion - I can't cite you a source for Reshevsky's prep.

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