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Vasily Borisovich Malinin vs Viktor Savinov
"Minor Offense" (game of the day Nov-09-2016)
Leningrad (1988), Leningrad URS
Benko Gambit: Accepted. Fully Accepted Variation (A58)  ·  1-0


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Oct-26-09  gauer: Not quite a Mirror (the squares in the King field would need to be empty), nor a Model (white would want to Jettison the Rook), white does score a Pure mate in the final position.
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  Benzol: The finish here reminds me of the end of this game Dodge vs J R Houghteling, 1904
Jan-30-10  drdos7: I hate to say it, but the Queen Sacrice 15.Qxg6 is unsound and should lose, however there was a beautiful move uncorked by the computer chess engine Stockfish 1.6.2 and it is 15.Be6!!
Aug-26-10  sevenseaman: Malinin seems to have atalent for producing 'jaffas' if I may use a cricketing analogy.
Oct-26-10  sevenseaman: Most pieces, White as well as Black look as though they are poised for a bungee jump.

..35. Bf6? the Black B jumped w/o even the benefit of the rope.

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  iking: -

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what beautiful position ....

Oct-11-11  King Sacrificer: Great game and what a finish!
Nov-07-11  sevenseaman: A day to die, a day to kill!
Aug-07-12  LoveThatJoker: GOTD: Mate Accepted. Fully Accepted.


Aug-07-12  backrank: Malinin seems to prefer mating with the minor pieces only; in V Malinin vs A Andreev, 1989

there emerged the following final position:

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  perfidious: A pure mate, no less!
Jan-30-13  uldinch: 30 ... Rxf4, 31 gxf4 Qxd5+ etc. would have saved some of the humiliation
May-14-13  PaulLovric: i keep coming back to this beautiful finish
Aug-20-14  ColeTrane: gonna remember this line....
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  yiotta: I suspect time pressure was a big factor; as <uldinch> noted,30...Rxf4+ was the move. Still, a wonderful fight, and time is a part of the battle. I guarantee heart rates were elevated on both sides of the board.
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  yiotta: If Savinov had studied Petrosian a little more closely, he would have KNOWN RxN is one of the best moves in chess, :)
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Malinin is the only player in the database to have resorted to 9.h4. In a way, this makes sense; complications this wild might prove too intimidating for some players.
Nov-09-16  AlicesKnight: <iking: - what beautiful position ....> Absolutely right about the finish.
Nov-09-16  The Kings Domain: Interesting game that could have gone either way with both sides posing dangerous attacks on the opposition. Odd and uncommon opening too.
Nov-09-16  scormus: brilliant game, in many ways.

It took cool nerves to allow the sequence starting 19 .... Qa5+

Also thoughtful of B to play 35 ... Bf6 to set up the attractive # position

Nice pun too

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  piltdown man: Brilliant game. And a great pun.
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  kevin86: If you play this game in the penalty box in a hockey game,you deserve a quadruple minor- eight minutes.
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  morfishine: Somebody showed me this game a couple of yrs ago. Shocking Q-sac startling finish
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  whiteshark: <scormus: brilliant game, in many ways. It took cool nerves to allow the sequence starting 19 .... Qa5+>

True, but the K10 Silicon Dept. knocks <18...Qa5+!! 19. Kf1 Rd8 20.Nf4 Ne5> out, with a -6.5 evaluation.

Sep-14-17  Saniyat24: After 28...Qa3+ the board is pretty as a picture...this is Chess Art....Benko Gambit gives some magical potion to Chess positions....!
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