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Vladas Mikenas vs Alexander Kotov
"Vladas I Wanna Be" (game of the day May-03-2015)
USSR Championship (1949), Moscow URS, rd 2, Oct-18
Dutch Defense: Blackmar's Second Gambit (A80)  ·  1-0

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Aug-11-08
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  bright1: Instead of 24. a4, White should have played Na4 with the threats of Nb6+ and Nc5. For instance:

24. Na4 Bxb5, 25. Nb6+ cxb, 26. Qxb8+ Kd7, 27. Qc7+ Ke8, 28. Qc8#

Aug-01-12
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: How extraordinary of Mikenas that in his most brilliant games we often find moments where he could have won more quickly. Rather inclines me to wonder how many of his losses could been spectacular victories.
May-03-15
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  thegoodanarchist: a rather contrived pun, IMO
May-03-15
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  thegoodanarchist: And Kotov just gets absolutely butchered tactically.

Hopefully this was Kotov's inspiration to study in the manner he described in "Think Like a Grandmaster", and not the result of following the advice in that book :)

May-03-15
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  whiteshark: What exactly defines <Blackmar's Second Gambit>??
May-03-15
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  moronovich: <whiteshark: What exactly defines <Blackmar's Second Gambit>??>

When he gets tired of his second,he sacks him.

May-03-15
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  offramp: I have discovered that the pun is based on the title of the memoirs of an American netball player named Mr Denis Rodman, "As Bad As I Want To Be." This amusing autobiography was adapted into a kinematographic picture with Michael Cera portraying the principal character.
May-03-15  morfishine: What an interesting game! Black was under pressure before he could even take his "coat-off"

<offramp> Thanks for the research! This sparked distant memories of my journeyman pro-golfer days when I worked as a waiter at a Seafood Restaurant to make expenses. The NBA All-Star game was in town, and near closing, in walked Barkley & Rodman along with their prodigious entourage. I don't remember much except that Barkley & Rodman were funny and engaging and generous tippers. Their obnoxious entourage however, drank heavily and didn't tip so well

*****

May-03-15
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  maxi: I really enjoyed playing over this game! Peculiar how Kotov just refused to resign!?
May-03-15  rollingrook5: Kotov guard might have been a runner up for pun.
May-03-15
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  offramp: <rollingrook5: Kotov guard...>

That would've been a definite winner!

May-03-15
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  thegoodanarchist: < offramp: I have discovered that the pun is based on the title of the memoirs of an American netball player named Mr Denis Rodman, "As Bad As I Want To Be." >

I knew there was something familiar about the pun. I heard of the book when it came out, since I watch eSPN, but of course I would never buy nor read something like that.

If I want the life story of a self-worshiping egomaniac, I need only reflect on my own past

May-04-15
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  offramp: White's queen is such a gadabout.
May-04-15
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  kevin86: After white's queen destroys the queenside, the pawn anxiously await their crowning as her successor.
Sep-13-20  Walter Glattke: I looked to my elder evidence, Glattke Code N 47 plays 1.d4 f5 2.e4 exf4 3.Qh5+, while 3.Nc3? Nf6 3.f3 is considered as no good. Maybe. 22.Rf6!? opens lines for Re1 to e7 and e8, threatens Nxd5; maybe better to play 22.-Bxb5 23.Nxb5 Re8 24.Qa8 c6!? more sure, then. 22.Rf6 Bxf6 23.exf6 Qf7 24.a4 and now c6? but there is a hidden attack to Nb8. 24.-Rh7 25.a5 seems to win. The double atttack to b7/b8 and Pa4-a5 crecks the black constellation in many playable variations.
Sep-13-20
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Felt rather proud of solving this one until noticing I had seen this one already. Oh, well. 5/6 with one known means I still have all three of me brain cells.
Sep-13-20
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  agb2002: White is a pawn up.

The first idea that comes to mind is 22.Nxd5 exd5 23.Be2 but Black has Qe6.

The alternative 22.Rxd5 exd5 23.Nxd5 Qe6 looks even worse.

The attack with 22.a4 is probably a bit slow.

Another option is 22.Rf6 aiming at the the weak pawn on g6:

A) 22... Bxf6 23.exf6 (the bishop on g3 x-rays the black knight now) 23... Qf7 (23... Qb4 24.Rd4 traps the queen; 23... Qd8 24.Na4 as in the line) 24.Na4 with the double threat Nb6+ and Nc5 looks very good for White.

B) 22... Bxb5 23.Nxb5 Qe8 24.a4 and Black looks tied up (24... Bxf6 25.exf6 e5 26.Rxd5 followed by Bxe5).

C) 22... c6 23.Na4 as in A. For example, 23... cxb5 24.Nb6+ Kc7 (24... Kd8 25.Qxb8#) 25.Nxd5+ exd5 (else 26.Nxe7) 26.Rb6 Bc6 (26... Kc8 27.e6 wins) 27.e6+ wins decisive material (27... Kc8 28.Qxb8#).

D) 22... Nc6 23.Bxc6 Bxc6 (23... bxc6 24.Na4 followed by Nc5 as in A) 24.Rxg6 Be8 25.Nxd5 exd5 26.Qa8+ Kd7 27.Rxd5+ wins decisive material.

E) 22... Nd7 23.Nxd5 exd5 24.Bxd7+ Kxd7 (24... B(Q)xd7 25.Qa8#) 25.Rxd5+ as in D.

Sep-13-20
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  agb2002: White is a pawn up.

The first idea that comes to mind is 22.Nxd5 exd5 23.Be2 but Black has Qe6.

The alternative 22.Rxd5 exd5 23.Nxd5 Qe6 looks even worse.

The attack with 22.a4 is probably a bit slow.

Another option is 22.Rf6 aiming at the the weak pawn on g6:

A) 22... Bxf6 23.exf6 (the bishop on g3 x-rays the black knight now) 23... Qf7 (23... Qb4 24.Rd4 traps the queen; 23... Qd8 24.Na4 as in the line) 24.Na4 with the double threat Nb6+ and Nc5 looks very good for White.

B) 22... Bxb5 23.Nxb5 Qe8 24.a4 and Black looks tied up (24... Bxf6 25.exf6 e5 26.Rxd5 followed by Bxe5).

C) 22... c6 23.Na4 as in A. For example, 23... cxb5 24.Nb6+ Kc7 (24... Kd8 25.Qxb8#) 25.Nxd5+ exd5 (else 26.Nxe7) 26.Rb6 Bc6 (26... Kc8 27.e6 wins) 27.e6+ wins decisive material (27... Kc8 28.Qxb8#).

D) 22... Nc6 23.Bxc6 Bxc6 (23... bxc6 24.Na4 followed by Nc5 as in A) 24.Rxg6 Be8 25.Nxd5 exd5 26.Qa8+ Kd7 27.Rxd5+ wins decisive material.

E) 22... Nd7 23.Nxd5 exd5 24.Bxd7+ Kxd7 (24... B(Q)xd7 25.Qa8#) 25.Rxd5+ as in D.

Sep-13-20  Brenin: Nowhere near it this time. After trying and failing to make a sacrifice on d5 work, I would have played the quiet redeployment 22 Be2 and 23 Bg4, which seems enough to retain White's advantage but is much less forcing than 22 Rf6. White missed a quick win with 24 Na4, threatening Nb6 and Nc5. The ending, with Black struggling to cope with passed pawns on both wings, is entertaining.
Sep-13-20  mel gibson: Didn't see that.

Stockfish 12 agrees with the first move:

22. Rf6

(22. Rf6 (♖f1-f6 ♖f8-f7 ♔c1-b1 ♖h8-f8
a2-a4 c7-c6 ♗b5-d3 b7-b5 ♕a7xe7 ♖f7xe7 a4xb5 c6xb5 ♘c3xb5 ♗e8xb5 ♗d3xb5 ♗g7xf6 e5xf6 ♖e7-f7 ♗g3-d6 ♖f8-h8 ♖d1-e1 ♖f7-b7 ♖e1xe6 ♖b7xb5 f6-f7 ♔c8-d7 ♖e6xg6 d5-d4 f7-f8♖ ♖h8xf8 ♗d6xf8 d4-d3 c2xd3 ♔d7-e8 ♖g6-f6 ♘b8-c6 ♗f8-d6 ♘c6-e7 ♗d6xe7 ♔e8xe7) +7.13/33 175)

score for White +7.33 depth 33.

Sep-13-20
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  agb2002: My tablet issues a double click instead of a single click from time to time when pressing "Post kibitz" but CG always detected it and ignored the duplicated post.

This is the first time I see a duplicated post!

Sep-13-20
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  Predrag3141: 22 Rf6 was my choice, but I had no idea of the brilliant follow-up, 24 a4. What a way to bring more into the attack!
Sep-13-20
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  Predrag3141: Correction, as <Brenin> said, 24 Na4 leads to mate.
Sep-13-20  RandomVisitor: Black's move number 6 is the beginning of the end.

After 6.Ne5 black must be careful, perhaps 6...g6 is a better try:


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Stockfish_20090822_x64_modern:
NNUE evaluation using nn-308d71810dff.nnue enabled

<60/79 6:32:04 0.00 6...g6 7.h4 Bg7 8.h5 gxh5 9.Rxh5 Be6> 10.Be2 Nbd7 11.Rh4 Nf8 12.Bh6 Rg8 13.Bf4 c6 14.Qd3 Ng6 15.Nxg6 hxg6

...compare with black's 6...Bf5:


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Stockfish_20090822_x64_modern:

<58/75 4:50:40 +1.17 7.g4 Be6 8.Qe2> Nbd7 9.Bf4 Nxe5 10.Qxe5 Bxg4 11.Nb5 Kf7 12.Nxc7 Rc8 13.h3 Bd7 14.Bg2 g6 15.0-0 Bf5 16.Nxd5 Bg7

Sep-13-20  RandomVisitor: The 4.f3 line in the Staunton appears to be playable:


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Stockfish_20090822_x64_modern:

58/84 9:00:42 -0.07 4...d5 5.fxe4 dxe4 6.Nge2 Bf5 7.Bg5 e6 8.Ng3 Be7 9.Bb5+ c6 10.Bc4 Nbd7 11.0-0 Nb6 12.Bb3 Qd7 13.Bxf6 Bxf6

58/76 9:00:42 +0.17 4...exf3 5.Nxf3 d5 6.Bg5 g6 7.Bd3 Bg7 8.0-0 0-0 9.Qe1 Nc6 10.Qh4 Nb4 11.h3 Nxd3 12.cxd3 Bf5 13.Rad1 Qd6

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