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Peter Leko vs Giorgi Bakhtadze
"Inglorious Bakhtadze" (game of the day Aug-23-2022)
3rd Youth Olympiad (1995), Las Palmas ESP, May-??
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov. Modern Variation (B17)  ·  1-0



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Given 21 times; par: 27 [what's this?]

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May-02-05  azaris: Leko hammers through in the same unfortunate line that Kasparov fell into against Deep Blue. The discovered check after 22...Bxd7 23. exf6+ will lead to mate, or if 22...Nxd7 then 23. Qd6+ Kd8 24. Qxf8+ Kc7 25. Qd6+ Kd8 26. e6 and mate soon.

In a way Leko's style if pure chess logic. When his opponent makes a mistake like here, he will press on relentlessly to win. If the position is even with little chances for either side, he will quickly agree to a draw rather than play on hoping for some kind of mistake or trying to confuse his opponent with tricks. If there is an endgame where only he has chances to win, he will prosecute it mercilessly for a hundred moves.

Apr-18-06  ChessDude33: What is the idea behind 8. Nxe6?
I've seen some other games with it, what does white get in return for the knight?
Dec-31-07  Mostolesdude: White usually gets a bg6+ which causes problems on blacks'defense. From that point on, white is 1 move ahead of black and it usually maintains the initiative, has more freedom of movement, and exercises a relentless attack on a black king that will be very unconfortable in the middle of the board (delaying the development of his own pieces). I personally enjoyed the game: Deep Blue vs Kasparov, 1997 The computer was able to get plenty of compensation for the knight sacrifice on e6...
Dec-11-09  arifattar: This was perhaps the most ridiculous of the clues so far.
Dec-11-09  wordfunph: opppssss...i did guess peter leko as PL but David Baramidze as DB huh!
Dec-11-09  TheBish: <wordfunph>, don't feel too bad... I did the same thing! I had moved on to David Bronstein as DB, waste of time there. That was after I considered Deep Blue, but just didn't quite put it together. I would have had a decent shot by just clicking on all the Leko games!

I did crack the code in the other clue (An angel gets its wings) but didn't know what to do with that.

Jun-04-12  ahmadov: exf6 is as equally good as the final move, according to Guess the Move.
Jul-30-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Leko vs G Bakhtadze, 1995.
Your score: 27 (par = 27)


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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Quite a good pun; compliments to the chef. Bit puzzling that Black continues to try 7...h6.
Aug-23-22  offramp: I think the word "Inglourious" might have made the pun a bit clearer.
Aug-23-22  sfm: The Engine says that Black is fine until the completely losing 15.-,Bxe5.

Instead it gives 15.-,Nh5! as equal.

Aug-23-22  offramp: ....But I very much like the pun for today. An interesting game and a very good pun for an overall ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/10.
Aug-23-22  goodevans: <sfm> "Fine" is a bit of a stretch. I'd interpret the engine evaluation as saying it can't find a clear winner in a highly complex position. I'd still rather be White though.

<15...Bxe5??> is just suicidal. Giving up a valuable defensive piece and opening up the d-file all in one move. Didn't he see White's R on d1?

The idea behind <15...Nh5!> is that it forces White to exchange off one of his bishops which blunts his attack to some degree.

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If, for instance, White plays <16.Be3> then <16...Nf4> makes it clear that one of the bishops must go.

Of course <15...Bxe5?? 16.dxe5 Nh5> also forces the exchange of one of the bishops.

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... but after <17.Qxh5 Rxf4 18.g3> the rook can't retreat to f8 because of Qh4+. The rook can't defend h4 forever (White can just keep hounding it with his pawns) so sooner or later it will just have to give itself up.

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  OhioChessFan: Groaner-in a good way-of a pun.
Aug-23-22  Cheapo by the Dozen: Fine single-name pun as single-name puns go.

Fine choice for GotD.

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