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Vadim Markovich Milov vs Geoffrey Borg
"Saw it Coming a Milov" (game of the day Apr-08-2017)
EU Internet Ch - Candidates (2003) (blitz),, rd 3, Nov-08
Modern Defense: Beefeater Variation (A40)  ·  0-1


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  An Englishman: Good Evening: After 7...Nf6, I would have played either 8.Bxf6 (with or without 9.d6!?) or 8.d6. Does 7...Qa6, intending ...d6, ...Nbd7, ...Nb6 and ...Bd7 have any merit?
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  al wazir: <An Englishman>: Interesting idea. In black's place I would answer the immediate d6 with h6. If first 8. Bxf6 exf6, then 9. d6 allows black to play Nc6-d4-e6, which probably improves his defensive posture.
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  OhioChessFan: h4 was terrible. I can't believe White didn't recognize how important keeping Black off of g4 was.
Jan-04-06  Counterpoint: How did white go wrong?

Instead of 27.Re3?, what if 27.b4! with the aim of push the c & d pawns. And later Ra1-a5-c6 with mating threats.

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  EmperorAtahualpa: <Counterpoint> Are you referring to 30.R1e3?

Anyway, perhaps also a good idea would have been 30.Bc1, followed up with Ba3. If Black wishes to defend his c-pawn, then White can move Rc6 giving mating threats and weakening Black's position.

Great GOTD (with a nice pun)!

Jan-04-06  Hudson Hawk: Or even after 30. R1e3 Kg4

<31. Rg6 Rxg6
32. Bxg6 Rxf4
33. Bxh5 >

And at least White has two passed pawns for the Bishop. Either way, I agree, Rook to e3 was not bien at all.

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  kevin86: A strange game:at one time,black is the exchange up for a pawn--How does it end? A bishop unable to stop two pawns!! That is somewhat like a dog trying to catch two rabbits at the same time.

An insider pun from a Star Trek Fan.

"Resistance is Futile"-the slogan of the Borg Collective

Jan-04-06  psmith: <OhioChessFan> h4 was not the crucial mistake. After 30...Ng4 31. Rf3! and 32. Bxg3 White is still better. The key error was 31. Rxg3 allowing the skewer 31...Ref8.
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  Castle In The Sky: The pun doesn't work, in Europe they use the metric system. Kilometer-off?
Jan-04-06  ultradread4: 30.R1e3 was the decisive mistake. 30.Bg5 would pose many problems for black. Also strong is b4 and the immediate 30.d6!!
Jan-05-06  psmith: <ultraread4>
I would take the "decisive" mistake to be the mistake that throws away the win.

I believe after 30. R1e3 White is still winning, so I can't see that as the decisive mistake, even if there are better moves (ones that win more easily). As I said above, after 30... Ng4 31. Rf3! I think White is still winning. Do you disagree?

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  grobdeg: First of all black was fine from the opening and had several chances e.g. 12...Ba4 13.Qa3 Nfd7 with good play and then again 15...g4? is a mistake. I should have played 15...Rg6 16.Bxg5 Rhg8 with a great game.

After that it was suffering and it was only after his first real blunder 31.Rg3 that I was back in the game. He took 4 seconds to plays that move in the game and then spent 35 seconds (which is very long in a blitz game) on 32.Rg4 but then he had already compromised his winning chances. 33.Re5 was his last chance to keep something positive.

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  patzer2: White's's losing move was 33. Bh7? Instead, 33. Re5! Nd6 34. Be6 Rh8 35. Bg3 holds the position with advantage.
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  patzer2: Since White held a clear advantage until the mistake 33. Bh7?, Black needs to consider trying to improve earlier.

One interesting idea is to play 17...Ba4!?, which seems to lead to equality after some complicated play.

Fritz 8 analyzes the defensive combination possibility 17... Ba4!? 18. Qa3 Nfd7 19. Rab1 g3 20. Ne6 Ne5 (diagram below)

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(21. ?, White to move and equalize)

21. Rb5! Qa6 22. Rxc5+! dxc5 23. Qxc5+ Bc6 (23... Kd7 24. Qc7+ Ke8 25. Qd8#) (23... Nc6 24. dxc6 gxh2+ 25. Kxh2 Bxc6 26. Qe5 Na8 27. Bf4 Bxg2 28. Qb8+ Kd7 29. Nc5+ Kc6 30. Qe5 Qb6 31. Be4+ Bxe4 32. Qxe4+ Kxc5 33. Qd5#) (23... Kb8 24. Qc7+ Ka8 25. Qxe5 Nd7 26. Nc7+ Kb8 27. Nxa6+ Ka8 28. Qb8+ Rxb8 29. Nc7#) 24. Qxe7 gxh2+ 25. Kxh2 Nbd7 26. Qd6 Qb6 27. c5 Nxc5 28. Bf5 Ng4+ 29. Bxg4 Bd7 (29... Rxg4 30. dxc6 Qxc6 31. Rf8+ Rxf8 32. Qxf8+ Kd7 33. Nxc5+ Kc7 34. Qf7+ Kb6 35. Nd7+ Ka5 36. Qf5+ b5 37. Qxg4) 30. Qxb6 axb6 31. Bf5 Re8 32. Nxc5 bxc5 33. g4 Rhg8 34. Kh3 Bxf5 35. gxf5 Re5 36. c4 Kd7 37. Kh4 = (0.06 @ 17 depth & 65821kn).

Oct-13-06  waddayaplay: <grobdeg: (which is very long in a blitz game)> So this was a blitzgame? It isn't tagged as such.
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  offramp: The previous pun for this game was "Milov Brain Stinger" but I didn't get that. Today's one is much better.
Apr-08-17  7he5haman: What about rounding up the g-pawn with 25.R1e3 - 26.Ne2 - 27.Rxg3? Realise that Black can get the ...e6 break in but at least White is a safe pawn up.
Apr-08-17  clement41: I cannot believe my eyes. I have rarely witnessed such a dramatic turn of events, from crushing to getting crushed!
Apr-08-17  newzild: I played this line with Black for a while (Bxc3, etc) but it's bad.

White can obtain an advantage by playing an early e4 break.

Apr-08-17  AlicesKnight: "Milov assimilated". Not seen a mile off halfway through. Was it simple miscalculation?
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  Ironmanth: Wow, what a game! Kept having to look at the final score to be sure it was correct when I looked at the game, all the way through. This contest had a little, and a lot, of everything. Thanks for this one.
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  thegoodanarchist: Resistance was futile....
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  morfishine: A fine game much worthy of "GOTD" title, and yes, a remarkable turn of events

No doubt, engines will have fun with this one


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  profK: Ha, this variation has a name, I always just call in Roman D's line. It's a super line for lightning chess for black.
Apr-09-17  ColeTrane: Not a horrible brand of gin.... Glad they played it out all the way, even though white was lost for some time. Therefore, the pun is great.
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