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Le Quang Liem vs Ian Nepomniachtchi
"Finding Nepo" (game of the day Mar-05-2014)
Aeroflot Open (2008), Moscow RUS, rd 8, Feb-21
Semi-Slav Defense: Anti-Moscow Gambit (D44)  ·  0-1


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Feb-22-08  notyetagm: This brilliant late (8th of 9) round game essentially won the Aeroflot Open (2008) for Nepomniachtchi.

But check out Nepomniachtchi's previous game in the 7th round against Amonatov (F Amonatov vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2008) in which he agreed to a draw on move 25 in a position in which the chess engine <Junior> says he could have won with 25 ... ♘d5-e3!!.

Feb-23-08  notyetagm: <Per: A new Tal is born!>

Any new fan of Nepomniachtchi must be sure to check him out playing the <SHIROV GAMBIT> agains the Philidor Defense in I Nepomniachtchi vs S Hautot, 2006.

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  Eyal: In continuation of my previous post - it's amusing to see, in a video of the 8th round (, the amazed expression on Nepo's face after his opponent blunders with 45.cxd4? (at about 2:25-2:50).
Feb-28-08  kellmano: I am delighted to see Ian fulfilling his potential. I hereby nominate this game for Game of the Day.
Oct-27-08  notyetagm: 44 ... ♕d5x♕d4

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Nepomniachtchi (Black) has just captured the White d4-queen with his Black d5-queen, 44 ... ♕d5x♕d4. So right now White is a queen down and needs to play c3x♕d4 <<<at some point(!!!!)>>>.

But unbelievable White does not see that he can *first* throw in two captures on the b2-square with <CHECK>! That is, White has the strong <IN-BETWEEN MOVES> 45 ♖b1xb2+! ♗c1x♖b2 46 ♖f2x♗b2+! and *then* regain his queen with 47 c3x♕d4.

(VAR) 45 ♖b1xb2+! <zwischenzug> ♗c1x♖b2 46 ♖f2x♗b2+! <zwischenzug>

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<Eyal: In continuation of my previous post - it's amusing to see, in a video of the 8th round (, <<<the amazed expression on Nepo's face after his opponent blunders with 45.cxd4? (at about 2:25-2:50).>>>>

Nov-12-08  whatthefat: What a peculiar game...
Nov-12-08  LivBlockade: <kellmano: I am delighted to see Ian fulfilling his potential. I hereby nominate this game for Game of the Day.> They can call it Finding Nepo.
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  Phony Benoni: Black's dark-squared bishop was worth trading rook for a minor piece. I hesitate to call the transaction a sacrifice.

No need to worry about the pun, even if it is a repeat (E Romanov vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2007). Games where the loser fights back and gives as good as he gets are very enjoyable., and this is one of them.

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  perfidious: One would imagine that there have been few games where one player has promoted four(!) pawns.
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  morfishine: Games like this are too good to have any silly puns attached to them
Mar-05-14  Castleinthesky: <morfishine> Actually, only the best games should have silly puns attached to them, as they are the GOTD.
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  kevin86: Black promotes last and laughs last.
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  morfishine: <Casyleinthesky> GOTD should feature the best games AND the best puns
Mar-05-14  Conrad93: I don't understand the praise.

This seems pretty average.

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  Check It Out: What a troll. This game is amazing.
Mar-06-14  Conrad93: How is it amazing?

White basically castled into the attack.

There was nothing Tal-like about this game.

It was obvious early on that black would win the promotion game.

Seriously, what part of this is GOTD worthy?

Mar-06-14  Conrad93: This is a pseud-sacrifice:

pseudo- +‎ sacrifice
pseudosacrifice (plural pseudosacrifices)
Something resembling a sacrifice that is not a true sacrifice, especially (chess) an offer of material made at no risk, since acceptance would lead to the gain of equal or greater material or checkmate.

Mar-06-14  Conrad93: Black took no risk by giving up the exchange.
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  Check It Out: First, at 68 moves long the game went well in to end game territory. White's castling on move 10 had nothing to do with that. Besides, it's the top engine choice and queenside castling is not a good option.

Second, a game doesn't have to be Tal-like to be terrific nor does it need to be flawless.

This is a well-fought game with a very cool feature, four queen promotions.

I shouldn't have called you a troll, however. you think the game is average and question the praise; that's your prerogative.

Mar-06-14  Conrad93: No, but, after seeing some users claim that he is the second coming of Tal, I was a bit disappointed.
Mar-06-14  Conrad93: Now, outside of that context, the game is pretty good.
Mar-07-14  Moszkowski012273: 38.Qxb2... Would have given MUCH better drawing chances.
Mar-08-14  Moszkowski012273: And nothing wrong with 66...Ke8
Mar-08-14  N0B0DY: The beautiful thing about learning is <Nobody> can take it away from you.
Dec-20-16  Saniyat24: Game of Queens...! Nepom's bishop at e5 is so powerful, causing all sort of problems for Liem...
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