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Francisco Vallejo Pons vs Arkadij Naiditsch
"Spain beats Germany" (game of the day Jun-30-2008)
European Team Chess Championship (2007), Crete GRE, rd 4, Oct-31
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Ulvestad Variation Kurkin Gambit (C57)  ·  1-0


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Nov-01-07  veigaman: sharp game!
Nov-02-07  CapablancaFan: How did Vallejo manage to win this game? My God, nerves of steel!
Nov-02-07  veigaman: Exciting game!
Nov-03-07  babywizard: A very exciting game indeed. It was amazing how Paco made repelling black's threat down the f file so easily.
Nov-25-07  computer chess guy: Maybe Naiditsch played it for surprise value, but 9. .. ♗xf2+ is known to be bad (a better alternative is 9. .. ♖f8).
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  whiteshark: Maybe this lost game (of Naiditsch) Naiditsch vs Carlsen, 2006 was the back story (case history).
Jun-30-08  Jedithious: That might be the sharpest, most agressive and exciting game ever played at GM level.
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  al wazir: We can only conjecture what the GOTD would have been if Germany had won.
Jun-30-08  apple pi: <al wazir> This would have been particularly appropriate due to the opening - the Vienna variation QGD
Jun-30-08  natrix75: At the end of move 9 black is all scattered about while white is hardly developed.
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  BishopofBlunder: Hopefully this will somewhat appease those users who complained about the U.S. bias after the "Giants beat Patriots" GOTD.
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  meloncio: A very suitable game/pun of the day. Thanks!
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: A quick glance at the database revealed only one game with 9...Rf8, as recommended by <computer chess guy>:

M Hajek vs Smid Jaroslav, 1993

It's not a bad advert for the Rook move.

Spain-Germany was a pretty good game today. Congratulations to the Spaniards.

Jun-30-08  Mostolesdude: Incredible, I'm waiting until 2am to watch the game on ESPN 2 because I couldnt watch it live (Spain vs Germany). Then, I go to 5 minutes before the game starts and I read "Spain beats Germany". Thanks chessgames, you made my day, now watching the final is pointless.
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  WannaBe: Look on the bright side, you can get some good rest/sleep!! =)
Jun-30-08  Alphastar: I remember going over this game; The attack starting with 9. ..Bxf2+? is not well-founded. black ought to simply develop, even though he is then a pawn down.

Paco defended very well.

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  ahmadov: Spain beats Germany! A good headline posted by <CG>... I thought Americans showed no interest in European football at all... :-)
Jun-30-08  A.G. Argent: Espana! Ecellent counterplay by Vallejo-Pons, wasn't it. Things were looking quite nasty until he was able to break out of it a bit with 15.Bxg5. Ain't so sure why Naiditsch even allowed him the exchange with 14...Ng5. Opened the door for Francisco's escape and his counter-attack. Bonito.
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  playground player: Wild game--and another way of frustrating White's Fried Liver Attack.
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  kevin86: Those amazing triple pawns! Note that no pawn moved on the c-file all game long!!

Another Spain vs Germany matchup:

1989 French Open Final:Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario defeated Steffi Graf,ending the latter's run at Grand Slam Titles (She won the GS in 1988).

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  patzer2: Black lost this game in the opening, as 9...Bxf2+?? is a blunder. Instead, Black should consider 9...Qd5 as in D Ellison vs Flear, 1994. Moreover, he might have avoided this possibility with a level game by playing 6...Nd4 as in Estrin vs Berliner, 1965.

Following 6...h6?! 7. Nxf7! Kxf7 8. dxc6! Bc5 9. Be2 White has the advantage, and after 9....Bxf2+?? 10. Kxf2 Black is busted. Indeed, White's strong defensive reply of 11. Kf1! (the only sure winning response to 10...Ne4+) demonstrates he is aware of the refutation and is fully prepared to fend off Black's speculative attack and score the full point.

P.S. Still it's good to see players taking risks and trying out sacrificial attacks in open games like the two knights. Really enjoyed this one.

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  tamar: Spain Beats Germany 1-0 :)
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  Jimfromprovidence: I really appreciated 22 h4, threatening gxh5 with forced mate.

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Black is forced to play 22...Bh5, pinning his own piece and losing a pawn after 23 gxh5.

As an aside, it looks like white could have done better with 24 Nd1 instead of 24 Bf3.

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  Domdaniel: Spain beats Germany ... but it's the Italian Game.
Jun-30-08  percyblakeney: Black wasn't Klose here.
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