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Markus Ragger vs Richard S Jones
"Moves Like Ragger" (game of the day Mar-20-2012)
European Team Championship (2007), Heraklion GRE, rd 9, Nov-06
Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation. General (B22)  ·  1-0



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: With only 96 examples in the database, the Double-Knight Sacrifice is a rare event. Here's a nice one.
May-28-11  Whitehat1963: Is there a good weekend puzzle here after 17...f6?
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  tpstar: A: Yes!!

Brilliant attack, and nice cross-pin at the end.

May-28-11  Whitehat1963: Yeah, I'm thinking a Saturday puzzle someday.
Mar-20-12  LoveThatJoker: "Take me by the tongue
And I'll know you
Kiss me till you're drunk
And I'll show you

You want the moves like Ragger
I've got the moves like Ragger
I've got the Ragger

I don't need try to control you
Look into my eyes and I'll own you

With them the moves like Ragger
I've got the moves like Ragger
I've got the Ragger"

"Moves Like Jagger" is a great track from last year! Another great 2011 song is Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)"


Mar-20-12  xthred: Why not 14...exd4?
Mar-20-12  rilkefan: I would have suggested "Jolly Ragger". Sadly I have never heard the punned song, and barely know that Maroon Five exists...
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  Bobby Spassky: Dear xthred,

"Why not 14...exd4?"

15. QxK super checkmate.

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  WannaBe: How doth one denote super checkmate? !# or #! or +# or ++# or ##?? :-))
Mar-20-12  LoveThatJoker: 14...Nxd4 15. Nxd4 Be7 looks like the best defensive idea for Black.

The B controls the defensively all-important d8/h4 diagonal and has the f6 square open to him also.

Note that the N on b6 may at some point travel to d7, f6 or f8 if needed for defensive purposes.

Furthermore, Black's Q has more mobility and White's attacking options have been reduced significantly.


PS. Note that another virtue of 14...Nxd4 is that Black's c6 N has only moved twice while White's 14. Nbd4 marks the third move made by that N (Yes 12. Nb5 forced 12...Qb8, but the Q on b8 performs a signifcant a role covering the other important DS diagonal, b8/h2; and the Q will not be too troubled in getting out from there so as to connect her R if she has to). Therefore, in the context of tempi spent, Black has made a good trade to lessen White's time advantage.

Mar-20-12  sofouuk: 25 ... Kf8 might keep the game going - 26 Rd1 Ke7! 27 Rxd6 Qxd6 28 Ba3 Qxa3 29 Rxa3

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R+2N vs Q+2P, but the loose black K and white K-side pawns means white is in control

Mar-20-12  King Sacrificer: Great pun. It made me laugh when watching the White Queen between moves 21-25.
Mar-20-12  LoveThatJoker: Checking my original idea with Stockfish, it confirms that 14...Nxd4 is the way to go. However, instead of going for 15. Nxd4 Be7, Stockfish says 15. Nxd4 f6 is best.

Position after 14...Nxd4 15. Nxd4 f6

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Here are some lines,

(-0.36) 16. bxc3 Kf7 17. Nf5 Qc8 18. Qc2 g6 19. Ng3 Bb4 20. Ne4 Re8 21. Qe2 Be7 22. c4 f5 23. Nc3 e4

Note that after 14...Nxd4 15. Nxd4 f6 if White tries 16. Qb5+ then he is significantly worse:

(-1.73) 16. Qb5+ Kf7 17. Nf3 [(-1.81) 17. Nc2 cxb2 18. Bxb2 Be7 19. Ne3 Rd8] 17...cxb2 18. Bxb2 Be7 19. Qe2 Rd8

Observe how in both lines Stockfish likes ...Be7 (In the first line it recognizes that the B needs to ultimately be on e7 so as to observe both the d8/h4 and f8/a3 diagonals).

Therefore it confirms both of my ideas: That 14...Nxd4 is best and that the B is better situated on e7 than d6.


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  HeMateMe: I don't get the pun. I think <FSR> should be installed as the permanent PUNologist, he would submit a pun and game each day. Sort of like when Helen Reddy was made the permanent host of <The Midnight Special>.

Try it out for a week.

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  kevin86: I like the tango between white queen and black king---white had to avoid repeating three times or the game could have drawn.

Note:though many call it repetition of moves-it is really repitition of POSITION.

Mar-20-12  nirvanapirate: 22. Bxh6!+ mate
Mar-20-12  sshhhh: <nirvanapirate> 22. Bxh6+ Ke7 and?
Mar-20-12  nirvanapirate: oops!
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  Penguincw: Like the pun. Reminds me of
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  FSR: <HeMateMe: I don't get the pun. I think <FSR> should be installed as the permanent PUNologist, he would submit a pun and game each day. Sort of like when Helen Reddy was made the permanent host of <The Midnight Special>.

Try it out for a week.>

Excellent idea. I think I still have over 100 puns in the pipeline. This one (not by me) is an allusion to the song <Moves Like Jagger>.

Mar-20-12  efvaatn: Bxh6!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  GrahamClayton: My pun gets GOTD!!!!!
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  FSR: <GrahamClayton> Congrats! Excellent pun, and a very cool game. Black actually does well in this line; 14...Bd6 was a novelty, and worked out very badly. 14...f6 has been the most popular move, but Black has also played (and done OK with) 14...Be7, 14...g6, and even 14...c2. Games Like M Ragger vs R S Jones, 2007
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  HeMateMe: That was a nasty pin. Clearly, Jones was Under His Thumb. But hey, you can't always get what you want...
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