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Alvis Vitolinsh vs Igor Viksni
Riga (1985)
Russian Game: Cochrane Gambit. Center Variation (C42)  ·  1-0



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Aug-29-06  monad: Black might have been better off playing 7...dxc5 rather than 7...d5.

This seems to be the only game where Black plays 6...Qe8, rather than 6...Nc6. Of course 6...Be6 would lead to disaster, as in Messenger - Rack, 1989.

Jun-03-15  m.okun: Why not 13... Bd7? - direct threats it isn't visible, black keep an excess piece.
Feb-15-22  Gallicrow: 13. ... Bxd7 14. Qxc5
Feb-16-22  phantasmagorium: The game that <monad> refers to appears to be this amusing miniature (though for a patzer like me, the way white wins is not that obvious):

Messinger vs M Rack, 1989

Enjoy, everyone! :D

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  fredthebear: <Feb-15-22 Gallicrow: 13. ... Bxd7 14. Qxc5> Agreed.

The kamikaze 13...Bxf2+ was played because the dark-squared bishop is hanging. Essentially, it's an intermezzo to collect a pawn with tempo before the dark-squared bishop was lost. Black gets something instead of losing the Bc5 for free.

Also, if 20...QxRc1??, then 21.Qxf6+ Kg8 22.Ne7#.

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  fredthebear: The Vitolinsh Gambit?

IM Alvis Vitolinsh (1946-1997) does have a gambit named after him in the E32 Nimzo Indian Defense.

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