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Nigmadzianov vs Leonid Izrailovich Kaplun
USSR (1977)
Alekhine Defense: Modern Variation. Main Line (B05)  ·  1-0

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Mar-05-03  Spitecheck: I like this one, the black king killed by a horse with his own steeds by his side looking elsewhere. Worth a look people.

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Mar-05-03  ughaibu: I agree, a nice variation on some themes.
Mar-05-03  drukenknight: its idiotic. why doesnt blacks Q give check on a5?
Mar-05-03  Spitecheck: Nobody's arguing that black's game is perfect here , at which move did you intend Qa5? White played an all round nice game with some flashy fireworks thrown in.
Mar-05-03  drukenknight: When, I dunno, at some pt? ;)

it might be interesting to figure out when black had the last clear chance to save the game.

Mar-05-03  Spitecheck: Looking at Qa5 towards the end of the game it should basically draw.....either perpetual to black or white gets his perpetual with the checks from the knight and queen. One can surmise than, that either black allowed the beautiful checkmate or he missed it. In a sense I'm glad he allowed/missed it, it was a nice checkmate. Most smothered mates occur differently than does this one.
Mar-05-03  drukenknight: yeah its interesting Spite. It reminds me of some of those Greco games we were kibitzing yesterday, have you seen them?
Mar-05-03  Spitecheck: LOL no I haven't yet, I noticed somebody had called into question their authenticity however (IE that Greco did not actually have an opponent) indicating perhaps that theres some unbelievable stuff happening in the games. I'll get around to having a look at them when I get back.
Nov-11-05  trickyfish75: Black should have played Qa5 on move 19. After the white king is safe from checks black should then move his knight to f6. This way the empty square on c7 will prevent black from being smothered.
Mar-26-09  WhiteRook48: after 19...Qa5+ Black should escape
May-10-09  Trigonometrist: Smother mate!
Jan-28-10
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  GrahamClayton: <trickyfish75>Black should have played Qa5 on move 19. After the white king is safe from checks black should then move his knight to f6. This way the empty square on c7 will prevent black from being smothered.

<trickyfish75>,
19...♕a5+ 20. ♔f1 ♘f6 21.♘d6++ ♔d8 22.♕e8+ ♘e8 23.♘b7+ ♔c7 seems to be OK for Black.

Mar-17-10  tommy boy: Unique attack. This pawn on e6 is a little fortress
Oct-24-10  sevenseaman: 20. Nd6 double+ sets up the win... 21. Nxe8 leads to 22. Nf7#.
Jun-10-15  clement41: nice night attack
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