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Smbat Gariginovich Lputian vs Maxim Dlugy
New York op (1998), rd 4, Mar-16
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Classical Defense (D26)  ·  1-0


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  Honza Cervenka: Interesting miniature. 18...Rd8 looks like a mistake but after 18...Kh8 19.Qh6 Rg8 20.Ng5 Nf8 21.Bd3 black is outplayed too. If 21...Qd7, then 22.Bf4 (threatening 23.Bxh7) 22...Qxd3 23.Nxf7#.
Sep-30-06  dbquintillion: What's white's plan if black declines the knight sac?
Apr-12-08  KarAkter: If 16...Kh8?,then 17.Ng5 g6 18.Nfh7...and white is much better.But on 16...gf6 17.ef6 Rd8! 18.Lg5(Lh6 Nd7 19.Qe6 Nf8 is also better for black)b5 19.Ld3 Rd3 black is better
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  Jim Bartle: Found this analyzed by Ftacnik in an old "Inside Chess." He considers 17...Nd7 the losing move, and spend two full pages (!) analyzing 17...Rd8.

"The most important aspect of this line (17...Rd8) would be counterplay against white's weak back rank. White has a mindboggling array of move and ideas, but Black seems to be ready to challenge all of them."

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  arsen387: GM Ftacnik -- "This game simply took my breath away. I experienced fascination, awe, amazement. Lputian obviously knows how to defy gravity, he sacrifices pieces with the light touch of a genius. All his offerings were given for medium or long-term chances. Such a clear breach of common chess wisdom fascinates, and at the same time provokes. The final truth proves elusive."

In the end the threat is 24.Qh6+ Ke7 25.Bg5+ f6 26.Bxf6+ Nxf6 27.Qf8#, spectacular!

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  arsen387: more than 3 years have passed, the game is still great, but it looks like 23.Qf6 with the threat Bh6+ followed by Qg7 mates a couple of sooner, if I don't miss smth
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