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Victor Bologan vs Rafael Vaganian
"French Fried" (game of the day Jul-20-2009)
European Club Cup (2006), Fuegen AUT, rd 5, Oct-12
French Defense: Winawer. Poisoned Pawn Variation General (C18)  ·  1-0



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Jan-13-07  MoonlitKnight: According to Bologan's own notes in New in Chess, 11.h4 was homecooking. But he had only counted on ...cxd4 and he even wrote down the move on the scoresheet when Vaganian grabbed the d4 pawn, but he managed to fight off the Armenian's novel idea over the board.
Sep-01-07  notyetagm: This game finished in 3rd place in the most recent Chess Informant Best Game prize competition.

After 19 ♖h3xh7!! Bologan gives the mating line 19 ... ♔g8x♖h7 20 ♖a1-h1+ ♔h7-g8 21 ♕g3xg6 ♖e8-e7 22 ♗f6xg7 ♖e7x♗g7 23.♕e6-e8#.

Jul-20-09  YoungEd: Could 12. ...♘xe2 be a mistake? It seems to me that it just helps White--gets the King out of the pin and lets the a1♖ slide to h1 when needed.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: I was surprised to see 7...0-0 in a game as recently played as this one; wasn't it refuted during the Eighties?
Jul-20-09  nolanryan: super beautiful
Jul-20-09  RandomVisitor: 12...Ndc6 is worth a look.

13...g6 or 13...Kh8 also worth a look.

15...Ng4 16.Qxg4 e5 might equalize

Jul-20-09  UnsoundHero: Especially pleasing is the line 14 h5 Qxc3 15 hxg6 Qxe5+ 16 Kd2 Qxa1 17 gxf7+ Kxf7 18 Qf4+ Kg8 19 Bxh7+ Kh8 20 Bg6+ Kg8 21 Qf7 mate.
Jul-20-09  Garech: How is the poisoned pawn variation of the french? There is no Qxg7 ... ?
Jul-20-09  whiteshark: <Garech> I think it begins with <7.Qg4> and then it^s blacks turn to allow 8.Qxg7 or prevent it with <7...0-0>.
Jul-20-09  Sem: Beautiful: in his hunt for the Black King White disregards almost every move by his opponent..
Jul-20-09  totololo: I think that 0-0 is wrong in this position. The attack is just there due to the high unbalance of forces... I don't see any merit in this game.
Jul-20-09  mindkontrolle: very instructive game, i always have trouble confronting the french defense
Jul-20-09  whiteshark: <totololo: I think that 0-0 is wrong in this position.> It's a well known move, very solid and interesting.

You may like to check <"Battle of the Brains II"> game: Team White vs Team Black, 2008

Jul-20-09  randomsac: I love the pun, especially considering that the opening is considered a <poisoned> pawn variation. So, <poisoned> French fries... yeah...
Jul-20-09  lzromeu: < notyetagm: After 19 h3xh7!! Bologan gives the mating line 19 ... g8xh7 20 a1-h1+ h7-g8 21 g3xg6 e8-e7 22 f6xg7 e7xg7 23.e6-e8#.>


Jul-20-09  lzromeu: <totololo think that 0-0 is wrong in this position. The attack is just there due to the high unbalance of forces>

Indeed, maybe 0-0-0 be better, or another pawn structure.

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  TheDestruktor: The attack after 12...Nxe2 was demolishing.

I believe that the best defensive move for black here would be 12...Ndf5.

It brings an extra piece to defense, while the white knight can't join the attack because it is needed to protect c3. It also reinforces the defense of g7, and (important point) both black knights are still on board, so 13.Bf6 followed by 14.Bxf5 would be answered simply by 14...Nxf5.

I believe it would be very hard for white to maintain an attack after 12...Ndf5.

Jul-20-09  drpoundsign: I almost beat Chessica online today-almost. used speeded up time controls for her b/c not too much time for chess at work
Jul-20-09  dumbgai: Very nice ending sequence!
Jul-20-09  DarthStapler: I'm very disappointed to see a GOTD involving Bologan without a pun about how his name sounds like balogna
Jul-20-09  chillowack: This is one of the most beautiful games I've ever seen! Reminiscent of Tal at his finest.
Jul-20-09  computer chess guy: 15. .. ♘xd3 looks like the fatal mistake. 15. .. ♘g4 would hold. Analysis by Rybka 3 (note that .. ♘xd3 is not in the top 3 moves):

1. (0.64): 15...Ng4 16.Qxg4 e5 17.Bf5 Qa6+ 18.Ke1 Bxf5 19.Qxf5 h6 20.Bh4 Re6 21.Rb1 d4 22.Rg3 Rae8 23.c4 Qc6 24.Kf1 e4 25.Kg1 b6 26.Qg4

2. (3.66): 15...Nd7 16.Bh6 Kf8 17.Qxg7+ Ke7 18.Bg5+ Kd6 19.Qxf7 Qxc3 20.Qxe8 Qe5+ 21.Re3 Qxg5 22.Rxe6+ Kc7 23.Kf1 c4 24.Be2 b6 25.Qe7 Qf4 26.g3 Qf8 27.Qxh7 Bb7 28.Qe7 Qxe7 29.Rxe7 Kd6 30.Rh7 Re8

3. (5.10): 15...Qa4 16.Qxe5

Jul-21-09  kevin86: A really neat game-now quite a BP game,but close.
Oct-25-09  WhiteRook48: also 20 g3-h4+ h7-g8 21 a1-h1 g7xf6 22 h4-h8+ g8-f7 23 h1-h7#
Dec-12-12  jvasea1990: Houdini 2.0c w32
0.04 (depth 18) 11.O-O c4 12.Bf6 Ng6 13.Bxg6 hxg6 14.Bg5 Qa4 15.Rfc1 b6 16.Qf4 Bb7 17.h3 Rac8 18.Ra2 Rc7 19.Rb1 Rf8 20.Rd1 Rd7 21.Rb1)

After 11. h4 :

-0.09 (depth 18) 11...Nxd4 12.h5 Ndf5 13.h6 g6 14.Qf4 c4 15.Bxf5 exf5 16.O-O Nc6 17.Bf6 Qa4 18.Rfc1 Bd7 19.Nd4 Rac8 20.Ne2 b6 21.Qe3 Be6 22.Nf4 Rc7 23.Qd2 Rd7 24.Rd1)

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