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Vladas Mikenas vs Sergey Fedorovich Lebedev
"He's Mikenas Crazy" (game of the day Nov-07-2010)
4th Georgian Championship (1941), Tbilisi, GEO URS
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern Variation (D50)  ·  1-0


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Nov-03-09  gus inn: Agree this is awesome !! 20 f4 could esasily cost one all the marbles.
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  Tabanus: 23...Qb5! 24.Qc2 Qxb1+ 25.Qxb1 Bxf6 =

Better is 22.Qxc1, for example 22...Nh5 23.fxg5 Qb5 24.Ng4 Nxg3+ 25.hxg3 hxg5 26.Rf5!

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  Tabanus: After 20.f4,

20...Nd5 (20...Nd7 21.fxg5!) 21.Qh5 f5 (21...Qe7 22.Kh1!) 22.Qxh6 Qe7 23.Bf2 Qg7 24.Qxg5 Qxg5 25.fxg5 should also win.

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  Tabanus: The defence 20...Qd8 seems insufficient also. Enough from me on this.

21.Qc2 Bxe3 22.Bf2 Bxc1 23.Rxc1

Apr-17-10  ounos: <23...Qb5! 24.Qc2 Qxb1+ 25.Qxb1 Bxf6 = > Great (machine-generated I guess?) defensive line! <22.Qxc1 Nh5 23.fxg5 Qb5 24.Ng4 Nxg3+ 25.hxg3 hxg5 26.Rf5!> is also very fancinating:

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  Tabanus: <ounos> Yes, machine-generated :)
Apr-18-10  ounos: I think you chose two particularly beautiful branches of that tree to share. If any of this was to take place in a Topalov or Carlsen or Anand game, people would be crazy about it for days!
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  GrahamClayton: Wow - what a fantastic "unknown" game!
Nov-07-10  toso51: I like crazy games :)!
Nov-07-10  Gogia: I wonder what does 4th Georgian Championship 1941 mean. Non of the players are Georgians.
Nov-07-10  didiablito: MARVELOUS!!!!!
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  whiteshark: A tete-a-tete in the middle of the board.
Nov-07-10  outsider: Gogia> this game was indeed played in the championship of Georgia. I've got Mikenas's autobiography, and he tells that he was invited to play there as if in a friendly tournament. About Lebedev, I cannot tell anything. Mikenas called this game "my immortal"
Nov-07-10  yardz: wow ... i am new at chess and just finding out how enjoyable it can be to view great games of chess... beats watching replays of football games :) ... was it fatal error to castle the king in this game ... would the game have ended any different??
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  Sastre: <was it fatal error to castle the king in this game ... would the game have ended any different??> No, 6...O-O is a common move that has been played in hundreds of games. See Opening Explorer.
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  johnlspouge: At 15 plies after 19...Bxc5, Toga recommends 20.Qf3 for an evaluation of +1.0 P. At 16 plies, it switches to 20.Qc2 for +1.2 P. At 20 plies, it still recommends 20.Qc2 for 1.9 P. At 18 plies after 20.f4 Bxe3+ 21.Kh1, it evaluates the position at about 1.4 P.

< <GravityWave> wrote: Who would play 20.f4, with that bishop lasering e3? Anyone run an engine on this game? Are these moves sound? >

The difference between the evaluations is probably enough to make 20.Qc2 objectively preferable, but 20.f4 would be much more unsettling to face over the board. In fact, my first thought on 20.f4 was shock: "Only a patzer would make this move!"

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  playground player: Thanks to the pun, I can finally pronounce this guy's name.
Nov-07-10  outsider: playground player: Thanks to the pun, I can finally pronounce this guy's name. You should pronounce it as "mee-'keh-nuss".
Do you really believe the pun is based on the correct Lithuanian pronunciation?
Nov-07-10  David2009: The fireworks start at move 20 with White to play:

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(Mikenas vs Lebedev 1941, 20?). End Game Trainer link: I agree that 20 f4!! is an astonishing move to find - even though computers now rain on.

Sure enough, the EGT finds the defence 23...Qb5!, as posted earlier by <SeikenHMC> and <Tabanus>, leading to an advantage of material in the game line.

<Tabanus: Better is 22.Qxc1, for example 22...Nh5 23.fxg5 Qb5 24.Ng4 Nxg3+ 25.hxg3 hxg5 26.Rf5!> Yes. Enjoy beating Crafty EGT starting 22...Qxc1.

Nov-07-10  WhiteRook48: wow, awful pun
Nov-07-10  tentsewang: Wow!!! Fantastic blockage system & a nice mating pattern, just amazing & super imaginative crazy Mikenas lol :)
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  kevin86: "These pretzels are making me thirsty!!"-Seinfeld.

The king gets chased into the open and captured-sharp sacs do the job.

Dec-10-10  sevenseaman: The Black K has no choice but to go on walking till it meets it appointed fate.
Aug-05-16  N.O.F. NAJDORF: I have just been considering the variation 25 ... Bc1, 26 Qd4 Qd8, 27 Nd7

threatening 28 Rg6+

Jun-11-17  clement41: f4!? I still can't believe this attack! Madness
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