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Robert Fontaine vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
"Lagrave Undertaking" (game of the day Apr-06-2010)
French Championships (2007), Aix-les-Bains FRA, rd 10, Aug-23
Dutch Defense: Leningrad. Matulovic Variation (A89)  ·  0-1
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Jan-28-11
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  Penguincw: A nice mate in one.
May-18-11
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  kevin86: Boy,does this one cover the gamut! Queen sac,ubderpromotion,minor piece mate,and mate by discovered check!

What an array!!!

Jun-30-11
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  Richard Taylor: Just l clicked on this by chance and it turns out to be a beautiful masterpiece! Incredible game!!
Jun-30-11
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  FSR: An amazing game!
Oct-28-12  erniecohen: Quite a game. But White really shouldn't have fallen for the b5 Trojan horse; 30. ♕c6, maintaining the threat to take the c7 pawn with check, seems to draw.
Jan-04-13  xeneizexxx: I believe that the black dark square bishop is more important than the rook in the leningrad, at least it confuses your opponent and gives you more winning chances.
Mar-30-13  fisayo123: Still one of my favorite games of the modern era. A true "Immortal".
Jul-23-13  EvilTwin: did you read formation attacks, that's a classic Trojan pawn
Aug-28-13  Garech: Superb game indeed!

-Garech

Sep-29-13  Ed Frank: I don't think I've ever seen a rook sac, a queen sac, an attempted knight sac, and an underpromotion leading to a mate in one in the same game. All players should aspire to games of this elegance.
Oct-27-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this "Immortal" game here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjxp...

Cheers, K

Oct-28-13  DcGentle: Nice video, <kingscrusher>.

White could have escaped into perpetual check playing <34. Kf1>.

But otherwise a dream of a game. :-)

Oct-29-13
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  kingscrusher: <DcGentle> If 34 Kf1, then isn't Bh3 checkmate ?!
Oct-29-13  Juninho: <kingscrusher>

not really, because Bg2 prevent it.
But it looks interesting to play Rh2 as 35. Bg2, Rxg2! 36.Qc4 looks a draw for me.

For example:
Rg5 37. d6, Kg7, 38. Qd4, (black couldn't play Kh6 as Qh8#), Kh7 etc. looks enough to hold.

Oct-29-13  DcGentle: <kingscrusher>:

Position before move 34:


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White to move.

<Juninho> is right, there is no checkmate because bishop f3 can be interposed on g2.

Here there is a PGN-text for you to copy and paste into your chess GUI:

[Event "Some variants not played"]
[Site "Aix-les-Bains FRA"]
[Date "2007.08.23"]
[Round "10"]
[White "Robert Fontaine"]
[Black "Maxime Vachier-Lagrave"]
[Result "*"]
[ECO "A89"]
[WhiteElo "2567"]
[BlackElo "2595"]
[Annotator "DcGentle"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "7r/p1p2k2/6p1/1Q1P1b2/8/1P3B2/P3PpK1/6b1 w - - 0 34"]

34. Kf1 {<escaping into perpetual check.>} Rh2 {<threatening a mate in 2: 35... Bh3+ 36. Bg2 Bxg2#>} 35. Bg2 Rxg2 {<The rook must not be taken.>} 36. Qb7 {<Other queen moves attacking c7 will also do.>}

(36. Kxg2 Bh3+ {<is a mate in 8:>} 37. Kxh3 f1=Q+ 38. Kg3 Qf2+ 39. Kh3 Qh2+ 40. Kg4 Qg2+ 41. Kf4 g5+ 42. Ke5 Qg3+ 43. Ke4 Qe3+ 44. Kf5 Qf4#)

36... Rg4 37. Qxc7+ Ke8 38. Qb8+ Kd7 39. Qxa7+ Kd6 40. Qb8+ Kxd5 41. Qb5+ {<and the black king has no hideout.>} *

Ģ

Oct-30-13
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  kingscrusher: Oh of course bg2 - oops my bad ...
Nov-19-13  Billy Vaughan: <playground player: C'mon, CG--show us a game in which underpromotion doesn't win! In which, in fact, it blows up in the underpromoter's face. Just so we don't get the impression that it always, always works.>

Well, there's this: Mamedyarov vs J Smeets, 2005

Jan-02-14  jaga1131: I think it should be16.gh4 instead of Qg5
Apr-05-15  SpiritedReposte: That's definitely a unique mating combination.

Like playing against a computer you think you got it and it pulls some crazy $#!+ like that. Just wow.

Apr-05-15  SpiritedReposte: Unique mating combination.
Oct-22-15  The Kings Domain: Pretty brilliant game by Vachier-Lagrave. His queen sacrifice turned the table in his favor leading to a good positional attack on white's king.
Jan-30-16  Conrad93: Wow, this reminds of the famous Polish Immortal, except for the fact it's 10x more amazing.
Nov-18-16  Saniyat24: White could have played 22.Be4 instead of Nf5
Sep-21-17
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  Domdaniel: French Immortal.
Nov-07-17
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  FSR: I must be going senile. Playing it over, I thought I had never seen it (even though the pun sounded familiar). But now I see that I commented on it six years ago. How could I forget such a game?
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