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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Vassily Ivanchuk
"Mamed Said Knock You Out" (game of the day Nov-14-2007)
Tal Memorial (2007), Moscow, rd 3, Nov-12
Semi-Slav Defense: General (D43)  ·  1-0

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Nov-14-07  Samagonka: Now that's what I call a Chess Coup d'etat! Mahmed is the warlord here, the field marshall launching his attack with real military tactics. His army advances fearlessly leaving the enemy no time to think but only retreat and eventually surrender!
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  whiteshark: In the <Resignation Trap> linked video you can see Korchnoi as visitor, sitting in the first rank and jumping up @



Nov-14-07  arnaud1959: <KamikazeAttack>and<Xaurus> Leave these guys alone please. We are not in 50s any more. And even at that time there were some weird attitudes. Ex: Tal putting his chin almost on the board. By the way, can you find me this picture?
Nov-14-07  KamikazeAttack: <By the way, can you find me this picture?>

Hell no.

Nov-14-07  tatarch: 33.Bf7 is certainly a great move, but is it really all that stunning? The position seems to beg for it, with black's pawns so ripe for attack from the knights and all the pieces converging on g6.

The thing that impresses me so much about 33.Bf7--and about grandmaster play in general I guess--is how their positions always seem to allow for these effortless and natural "!!" moves.

Of course, Mamed probably had his eye on that e5 pawn for about 12 moves (since 21.e4) before "sacrificing" the bishop, and Ivanchuk certainly facilitated its capture with Nb6 and Rh8.

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  whiteshark: IMO <18...Rac8> was a strategically wrong decision, allowing the white ♙d6 push. Ivanchuk must have missed something in his calculation. Instead <18...cxd5> was the way to go.
Nov-14-07  D4n: 36. Qxe5?! Why did black make that move?
Nov-14-07  sanyas: A much nicer finish would have been 38...♘xe5 39.♘xh8 ♕xh8 40.♕g6+.
Nov-14-07  monopole2313: <Sneaky> Yeah. That song stuck in my head during the 1st round of the National Open. Instead of a quick knockout, I gave up a draw to some kid 300 points below me.
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  kevin86: Holding back white's attack was as possible for black as holding back the ocean with a broom. A few pawn pushes had the effect of a hundred charging elephants.
Nov-14-07  Marvol: Re: Tal 'lying low'; is this the pic?

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  keypusher: 33. Bf7, what a pretty move.

And the title for the game was all too familiar: Kupreichik vs L Slutzky, 1979

Nov-14-07  candide1500: haha good pun
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  Jim Bartle: Chucky's Lament:

"Mamed told me not to come
Mamed said that ain't no way to have fun."

Nov-14-07  ounos: What would happen after 36. ... Rg8 ?
Nov-14-07  ounos: Hmm, maybe 37. Rd5 Nf6 38. d7, and it sure looks bad.
Nov-14-07  arnaud1959: <Marvol: Re: Tal 'lying low'; is this the pic?> No, the picture had been taken from the opposite side of the board an you can literally see his head behind the pieces. Maybe his chin is on his arms.
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  OhioChessFan: I am glad this got voted Best Pun, for I didn't check the game out before. Bf7. Whew, what a different world the GM's operate in.
Mar-03-08  sallom89: <Resignation Trap: For a clip of the final stage of this game, go here: .

Mamedyarov really does look like an uncontrollable bundle of nerves here. Does he always play in this manner?>

omg..its funny! ivanchuk picking his nose all the match and Mamedyarov cant sit in his place lol! at one part i thought he will sit on the table :D

Mar-17-08  Bobsterman3000: "Mamed said knock you out" is the best pun of all time.
Sep-07-08  Mikhail Tal fan: Bf7!! wooow!! taking the initiative and an atroce attack by the minor pieces! truely speaking.. Vassilly ivanchuk played here pooooooooorly, like a beginner .. he wasn'the vassily who defeated Kasparov and Karpov in 1991, he underestimated mamed's move!! like if his oppenent is a novice!! Qxe5 is the worst move i have ever seen in my life!! (surely Tal would be proud of that sacrifice,notably in a tournament with his name!! )
Mar-13-09  dumbgai: Mamedyarov used Rybka in this game?
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37 ... ♕e8-a4

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38 ♖d1-d5!! <overloaded: a4,d5> Δ ♖d1-h5+, mating

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Mamedyarov vs Ivanchuk, 2007 38 Rd1-d5!! Black b6-knight cannot protect a4-queen, d5-square

May-20-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Mamedyarov vs Ivanchuk, 2007.
Your score: 57 (par = 53)


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