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Murray Chandler vs Rafael Vaganian
GLC Chess Challenge (1986), London ENG, rd 1, Mar-11
French Defense: Winawer. Retreat Variation Armenian Line (C18)  ·  1-0

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May-26-05  PARACONT1: Interesting cheapo by Vaganian on move 23 onwards. Spurred by desperation I suppose, but it's amazing there's so much resource in a lost position.
Nov-07-07  pacelli: Clever tricks, these ex-Soviet Gms have up their sleeve. But White's position was too strong.
Aug-08-18
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  Sally Simpson: White has just played 25. Qe2-g2


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Murray Chandler noting this game up in CHESS May 1986 calls this move:

"The thousand pound Queen Sacrifice!"

It won best game prize which was 1000.

Jul-16-20
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  offramp: The puzzle with this game is in this position, after 24...g3:


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Black is going to play ...Rxh2+ to which the only answer is Qxh2.

So why play 25.Qg2 ? That leads to a loss of tempo: 25.Qe2-g2, 26.Qg2xh2.

Stockfish gives 25.Bg5 as a dead equal alternative: but only as a prelude to Bg5-h6+, which essentially is another tempo loss.

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