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Alexey Suetin vs Vladimir Bagirov
"Punching Bag" (game of the day Oct-10-2017)
USSR Championship (1963), Leningrad URS, rd 10, Dec-09
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Modern Variation (B83)  ·  1-0

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Feb-17-03  ughaibu: Very entertaining.
Feb-17-03  Chubby Chooba: 18.Qxg7+ might work against Bagirov due to the shock value, but I bet you can't beat Fritz from the same position.
Feb-17-03  mdorothy: Shows the slight advantage of two rooks over a queen.
Feb-28-06  Eatman: Suetin in his little black book (the Russian one) mentions that there was a special brilliancy prize announced for that particular round (sponsored by some club or something). After 17. ... Bd6, Bagirov said mischievously to Suetin "Do they give prizes for brilliant moves too?". So Suetin spent like an hour thinking the sacrifice over. In the end Suetin realized that sacrifice had to be intuitive as he couldn't find a forced mate.

Also, according to him 19. ... Kg6 would have held on and probably won for black. Of course that was found much later on by analysts.

Suetin doesn't mention if he won the brilliancy prize, but I would imagine he did.

Mar-13-15  suenteus po 147: I wonder if Kramnik remembered this game when playing his first round win in the championship match against Leko?
Oct-10-17  Magnus Kasparov: Excellent example of the superiority of two rooks over a queen
Oct-10-17
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  al wazir: OK, I'll bite. Why didn't black play 52...Bxf1 ?

The continuation might be 53. Rcf3 Bc4 54. Rg3+ Kh8 55. Rf4 Bd3 56. Rh4+ Bh7 57. Rg5 Qxb2 58. Rgh5 Qc2 59. Rxh7+ Qxh7 60. Rxh7+ Kxh7, and black wins the ♙ race.

Oct-10-17  newzild: Like <al wazir> I wondered why Black didn't play 52...Bxf1.

One possibility is 53.Rg3+ Kh6 54. Rf4 Kh5, and there is no mate.

Oct-10-17  goodevans: <newzild>, <al wazir>,

I think it's <53.Rg3+ Kh6 54.Rf4 Kh5 55.Rf8 Bd3 56.Rh8+ Bh7 57.Rg7> and the fact that black cannot give check means all the pieces come off to leave an easy pawn endgame win. Instead <52...Qe1> gives white the crucial ability to check or pin on the b8-h2 diagonal.

Oct-10-17
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  keypusher: <al wazir> <newzild> <goodevans>

53.Rg3+ Kh6 54.Rf6+ Kh5 (54....Kh7 55.Rf4+-) 55.Rf8 Qxb2 56.Rxf1 (SF) is winning, though it's certainly no worse than the game for Black. If 54.Rf4 Black can defend with 54....Be2. On the other hand if 54....Kh5 55.Rf8 wins as <goodevans> pointed out.

Oct-10-17
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  offramp: Over the last couple of months the quality of the GoTD puns has collapsed.

They remind me of the post-lobotomy McMurphy being analysed by a psychologist:

Doctor: "Mr McMurphy, I am going to say a phrase to you and I want you to say the first thing that comes into your head. Okay?

McMurphy: "Urr."

Doctor: "Suetin vs Bagirov?"

McMurphy: "Punching bag."

Doctor: "Chigorin vs Pillsbury?"

McMurphy: "Much to his Chigorin."

Doctor: "Rubinstein vs Levenfish?"

McMurphy: "Shining Ruby."

Etc etc.

Then the doctor says, "It's okay, nurse Ratched. He is now totally without intelligence."

Oct-10-17
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  kevin86: Queen sac leads to favorable ending-ironic
Oct-10-17  WorstPlayerEver: Best pun ever!
Oct-10-17  dark.horse: No Alekhine?!
Oct-10-17  Grbasowski: Nevjerojatno.
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