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Matthias Bluebaum vs Nikita Vitiugov
GRENKE Chess Classic (2018), Karlsruhe GER, rd 1, Mar-31
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Schallopp Defense (D12)  ·  0-1


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Mar-31-18  goodevans: 24...Ne4+ is an exquisite move. White has no real alternative but to accept it when <25.Bxe4 Rc7 26.Qa8> (else either 26...Qd4+ or 26...Qf6+ picks up the rook) <26...Rc8 27.Qxc8 Qxc8> gives black a clear endgame advantage.

White chose the most straightforwardly bad (and beautiful!) way to decline the N-sac but the other K moves are equally doomed to failure, e.g. <25.Ke1 Rc2 26.Rd1 Qh4+ 27.Kf1 Nd2+> etc.

Mar-31-18  siggemannen: Ra3!!
It's funny how white queen just runs out of squares
Mar-31-18  Imran Iskandar: Just fantastic from Vitiugov. Watching live, I thought that Ne4+ would be too tough to find OTB.

Notice that after Ra3, all squares on the a7-f2 diagonal are controlled by Black's three pieces and so it forces the White queen to get off said diagonal, allowing the Black queen to give a devastating check on d4.

Mar-31-18  Nerwal: 24... ♘e4+!! 25. ♗xe4 ♖c7 ▢ 26. ♕a8 ♖c8 ▢ 27. ♕b7 ♕d4+ ▢ 28. ♔g3 ♖c3+ ▢ 29. ♗f3 ♖c4 ▢ -+ is quite the line. Impressive calculation by Black.
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  ChessHigherCat: I think Vitiugov must have had a hornets' nest for breakfast!
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White to move

1) -0.95 (26 ply) 24.Rd1 Qc7 25.Kg1 Rc4 26.Qa3 Rc2 27.Kh1 Kh7 28.Qa4 Rc4 29.Qa3 a5 30.Re1 Kg8 31.Kg1 Rc2 32.Rd1 Kh7 33.Kh1 Rc3 34.Qa4 Rc4 35.Qa3 Kg8 36.Be2 Re4 37.Bf3 Re8 38.g3 Qe5 39.Kg2 g5

2) -1.15 (26 ply) 24.Kg1 Qb6+ 25.Kh1 Qf2 26.Qd1 Qc5 27.h3 Nh5 28.Bxh5 gxh5 29.Qd7 Qc6 30.Qxc6 Rxc6 31.Rb1 Rc2 32.Rb8+ Kh7 33.a4 Ra2 34.Rb7 a5 35.Rxf7 Rxa4 36.Ra7 Kg6 37.Ra6+ Kf5 38.Kh2 Ra3 39.Ra7 g6 40.Ra6 a4

Now trying varation <23...Rxc3 24.Qxa7>

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Black to move

1) -2.42 (29 ply) 24...Ne4+ 25.Bxe4 Rc7 26.Qa8 Rc8 27.Qxc8 Qxc8 28.Re1 Qc5+ 29.Kf1 Qc4+ 30.Re2 f5 31.Bf3 g5 32.g3 g4 33.Bg2 g5 34.h3 gxh3 35.Bxh3 g4 36.Bg2 Kf7 37.Kf2 Kf6 38.Ba8 Kg6 39.Bh1 Qc5+ 40.Kf1 Qc1+ 41.Kg2 f4 42.gxf4 Qxf4 43.Re1 Kf7 44.a4

1.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

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  MissScarlett: Succumbing to Philidor's Mate is the worst humiliation that a player can endure at the chess board.
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  HeMateMe: nice transition from the opening to the middle game. black liquidated his weak pawn formation and got active piece play. A line to remember.
Mar-31-18  Robyn Hode: These two guys competing in this tournament is like Trump and Kim Jong Un competing in the 2020 Olympic 100 meter final.
Apr-01-18  siggemannen: This is the one of the best games i've seen in 2018
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  offramp: No matter how old chess gets or how strong GMs become, people will always have trouble with that KB2 square.
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  malt: Worth seeing twice.
Apr-01-18  morfishine: All things being equal "Vitiugov's Immortal" would be a fitting game title. Unfortunately, no one knows how to pronounce 'Vitiugov'


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  ChessHigherCat: <morfishine> Veet-you-goff, with the stress on the first syllable, I think (calling all Russians to correct me on that)
Apr-01-18  morfishine: Dear <ChessHigherCat> While I have dozens of poor misguided miscreants/ruffians on my ignore list, I am proud to announce that you have made it onto my 'favorites' list, a short list indeed

best always, morf


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  Sally Simpson: I'd have gone for Viti-u-gof but am expecting to be corrected.

"Succumbing to Philidor's Mate is the worst humiliation that a player can endure at the chess board." Not to sure, but each to their one I guess.

To lose such a game is OK. I could see me saying: "Beautiful. let's play it out the mate and put it on the board."

Think back rank mate is a more painful way for an experienced player to lose.

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: The one time I got to employ a Philidor's Mate in an actual game (on the internet), my opponent was very sporting and complimented me on my play.

I think I realized that I had accomplished all I could chesswise with my limited abilities and stopped playing shortly afterwards.

Apr-01-18  Castleinthesky: Smothered Mate!
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  ChessHigherCat: <Castleinthesky> Sweet mystery of life, at last you've found it!
Apr-02-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4

21.Bxf6 gxf6 22.Bf3 Rd2 23.Rad1 Qd3 24.Qf4 Bxf2+ 25.Rxf2 Rxd1+ 26.Bxd1 Qxd1+ 27.Rf1 Qe2 28.Qxf6 Qxa2 29.Qd4 Kh7 ⩱ (-0.32) Depth: 10
21.Bxf6 gxf6
= / + (-0.40 --) Depth: 11

21.Rad1 Qb6 22.Bf3 Rxf2 23.Kh1 Rxf1+ 24.Rxf1 Be3 25.Ba1 Qc7 26.a3 Bb6 27.Re1 Qc2 28.Qxc2 Rxc2 29.Be5 Kh7 30.Rd1 Kh6 = / + (-0.31) Depth: 13

21.Be1 Qd4 22.Qxd4 Bxd4 23.Bf3 Bxa1 24.Bxe2 Rc2 25.Bd3 Rxa2 26.Bb1 Re2 27.Bd3 Re5 28.f3 Bd4+ 29.Bf2 Rd5 30.Bxd4 Rxd4 31.Bb5 Rb4 32.Ba6 Ra4 33.Bb5 Ra3 34.Rc1 a5 35.Rc8+ Kh7 36.Rf8 Rb3 37.Bc4 Rb1+ 38.Kf2 Rb2+ 39.Kf1 a4 40.Rxf7 a3 41.Ra7 = / + (-0.26) Depth: 25

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  Domdaniel: It is not so difficult to pronounce names like 'Vitiugov' - just remember to change certain English-style pronunciations - such as 'j' pronounced 'dj' rather than 'y' - which does not apply here anyway.

"Vit-you-gov" is good enough.

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  whiteshark: <"Vit-you-gov" is good enough.> 4me,2

Витюгов - Vitiugov - Witjugow (russ.- engl.- germ.) know thy letters, syllables, vowels and consonants and how to articulate them.

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