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Rafael Vaganian vs Viktor Kupreichik
USSR Championship (1974), Leningrad URS, rd 3, Dec-02
Trompowsky Attack: Poisoned Pawn Variation (A45)  ·  1-0

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Apr-13-04  notyetagm: This game is included in John Nunn's "101 Brilliant Chess Miniatures".
Apr-13-04  notyetagm: Dr. Nunn comments that it's nice to be able to take 3 of your opponent's pieces on consecutive moves (20 NxB, 21 RxN, 22 BxN) without your opponent being able to do anything about it.
Jun-19-04
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  Gypsy: This line of Trompovsky wears name-tag Vaganian Gambit.
Jun-09-07  jokerman: damn even i would do better, black forgets about the centre, he develops slowly, he lets his king in the centre.. weak, like C5??? damn i wouldn't even think about that move, i would try to gain the centre. and then he moves his queen to take pawns, while white can devellop even more.. sjeeezzz lame.
Oct-29-07
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  hesyrett: I confess I don't see White's continuation after 18...hxg5.  19. Qxg6 (the apparent point of 18. Qd3) fails against 19...Bxe6.  19. Bc4 prevents ...Bxe6, but then 19...Rh6 guards g6.  Where is the refutation?  Why would an IM play something as passive as 18...Kg8?
Oct-30-07
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  tpstar: After 18 ... hxg5 19. Qxg6 then 19 ... Bxe6? is out due to 20. Qe8# since the Nf6 is pinned. Instead 19 ... Kg8 20. Qf7+ Kh7 21. Bd3+ mates.

Sparkling miniature.

Nov-26-07  computer chess guy: 16. ♗e3! is very impressive and already puts White ahead, although Black has some alternate defenses that don't lose as fast (16. .. ♕c7 is a possibility - if then 17. O-O, Black can play axb5).
Nov-26-07  Davolni: WOW.

what a game by Vaganian!!!!

i am astonished!!!

Feb-05-08  arsen387: <hesyrett> if 18...hxg5, then after 19.Qxg6 whites are threatening mate in 2 ways: 20.Qf7# and 20Qe8#(notice that black's knight is pinned by white's rook on f1). Defending against both threats simultaneously is impossible.

Beautiful play by Vaganian!!!

Jul-06-12  Poisonpawns: 18.Qd3! is a forced mate in 10. Aesthetically pleasing is that Vaganian leaves 3 of his pieces under attack when he makes this move.
Jan-27-14
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  yiotta: A great game
Jan-30-14  Zan: Just watched a good video analyzing this game here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seyK... and came to chessgames to look at it over a "board" myself. Amazingly aggressive play by white. Leaving multiple pieces hanging, none of which black has a tempo to capture.
Apr-19-14
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  whiteshark: Very sundayish positions from move two onwards until the end.
Jun-11-15
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  matamuff: 20.Rf6
Feb-06-20  MordimerChess: Ten years later Vaganian is considered by chessmetrics to be the 3rd player in the World! I think just behind Karpov and Kasparov. And I think I have seen him in Mikhail Tal pictures - so maybe he was in his candidates/worldchampion team?

About the game. Actually it's already difficult to find moves for black here: What to play instead of 15...a6? Engine recommends 15...Bh6 which can lead to very fancy check mate: 16. O-O Kg7 17. Bd7 Bxd7 18. Rxf6 exf6 19. Nf7 Qe7 20. Bxh6+ Kg8 21. Nd5 Qxe6 22. Nd8 Qe5 23. Qf3 Bf5 24. Qb3 c4 25. Qxc4 Be6 26. Ne7#

Of course two hanging pieces can't be taken
If 17...Qxc3 then 18. Qd8#
And if 17...axb5 18. Rxb5 Qc7 19. Nd5 Qe5 20. Bxc5 Nc6 21. Bxe7+ Nxe7 22. Nxf6 Qe3+ 23. Kh1 Bxf6 24. Rxf6+ Ke8 25. Nf7 Bxe6 26. Nd6+ Kd8 27. Nf5+ Kc8 28. Nxe3 winning the Queen

The last hanging knight on g5 can't be captures as well. 18...hxg5 19. Qxg6 Kg8 20. Qf7+ Kh7 21. Bd3+ Ne4 22. Bxe4+ Kh6 23. Qg6#

My analysis on the game:
https://youtu.be/uru5QCzrluA

And interesting stuff that Nigel Short played 7...g6 against Magnus Carlsen in 2004. Magnus was 14 years old and was known for being very aggressive player, he didn't go for e5, he played Nf3 first. Then with similar plan but different moves order he lost very fierce game. Nigel Short just defended well.

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