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Sergey Leonidovich Trofimov vs Dmitrij Metlyakhin
"Thrash Metl" (game of the day Feb-11-2009)
RUS-chT (1994), Moscow, rd 5
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Classical Defense. Russian Gambit (D27)  ·  1-0

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Feb-11-09  newzild: White plays six queen moves out of 20!
Feb-11-09  tivrfoa: pun: Fast & Furious =D
Feb-11-09  tivrfoa: but I think it was bad played by black (off course =D). could 13 ... Kg8?
Feb-11-09  Shubes82: tivrfoa: 13...Kg8 loses to Qxc4
Feb-11-09  Mulyahnto: <<9...Nxd5> looks like the only playable move here.> I think so, but black will be behind in development, regardless, for example

9. .... ♘xd5
10. ♖d1 ♗e7
11. ♘c3 0-0
12. ♘xd5 exd5
13. ♗xd5

And after a black queen move white might play something like Bf4 with total domination of the center.

Feb-11-09  Timothy Glenn Forney: The thrash metal song "Battery" comes to mind after review of this game.
Feb-11-09
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  kevin86: Does this seem like one of those games when the winner seems to be found BEFORE the game started?

White pieces looked like an army,blacks like useless ornaments.

Feb-11-09
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  dzechiel: Wow. I'm impressed.
Feb-11-09
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  Chessmensch: This was like a cat playing with a mouse.
Feb-11-09  THE pawn: One of the funniest puns you'll come across :)

14.Rd5! goes in my most amazing moves collection, like right now.

Feb-11-09  mworld: whats astonishing to me is going over this game with a computer, at relatively low plies black seems to play exactly what the computer would and its evaluating it as a draw or black advantage...then all of a sudden it swings back to white a few moves later... brilliant game.
Feb-11-09  freeman8201: 14. ♖d5 ♗f5 15. ♖xf5 ♔xf5 16. ♕c2+
Feb-11-09  freeman8201: White to win? (Sergey P Trofimov vs Dmitrij Metlyakhin)


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Feb-11-09  matingthreat: the final move is one of the most brutal "quiet moves" i've seen, with a discovered double check-mate to follow.
Feb-11-09
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  Once: <An Englishman: Note that White never develops his entire Queen side!>

For that matter, neither does Black!

I love the succession of white sacrifices - a pawn, a bishop, a rook, another pawn. And then the white queen dances around the Ng5 to set up a deadly mating net with the black king caught in no-man's land.

Feb-11-09  Andrijadj: Nice old-fashioned king hunt!
Feb-11-09  Amarande: <matingthreat> It will be a discovered mate, but probably not a double check, and actually much further down the board.

Black's only move against 21 Nf7# is 20 ... Kh5, whereupon there follows (unless I have missed something trivial here): 21 Ne4+ Kg4 22 Qg5+ Kf3 23 Nbd2+ Ke2 24 Qg4+ Kd3 25 Nxc5+ Kc2 26 Qe4+ Kd1 27 Nxc4, followed by a discovered mate by moving the B.

Variations:
* If 25 ... Qxc5 26 Qe4#
* If 24 ... Ke1 25 Nxc4, and a discovered mate with the B. * If 22 ... Kh3 23 Qg3#
* If 21 ... g5 22 Qxg5#
* If 21 ... Kh4 22 Qg5+ Kh3 23 Qg3#.

Feb-11-09  blacksburg: nice pun, cg.com.
Feb-11-09  nimzo knight: How about 8..Nd6. If white retreats bishops black has time to play Be7.
Feb-11-09  WhiteRook48: what happened to all the metal?
Feb-11-09  swarmoflocusts: to Amarande:

First of all, black doesn't have to play Kh5 from the ending position. Qf6 prevents immediate forced mate, but Fritz evaluates it at about 7.6 pawns' advantage to white.

If black does play Kh5, mate in four follows: Any knight move but Nh3, and black's best move is Kg4. After Kg4, there are actually multiple ways to achieve mate in three: Qe4 and h3. I'll assume you can find the continuations.

Feb-11-09  kalever: < Amarande: <matingthreat> It will be a discovered mate, but probably not a double check, and actually much further down the board. Black's only move against 21 Nf7# is 20 ... Kh5, whereupon there follows (unless I have missed something trivial here):> Black has two moves to counter White's Nf7 threat: 20...Nf6 or 20...Qf6 giving the Black King an escape square on g7; but this is mute because the powerfully posted White Knight just hops: Ne6#. On Black's 20...Kh5 there is a beautiful mate with two knights in 5 moves max: 21 Nh3+ Kg4 (if 21...Kh4 22Qg3+ Kh5 23 Qg5#) 22 f3+ Kxf3 ( not 22...Kxh3 23 Qg3#) 23Nd2+ Kg4 24 Nf2+ Kh4 25 Nf3#!! No Cyber help used just played with the pieces. A beautiful King hunt to see the Black king circumnavigate the White Knight on its g5 outpost.White's 20 Qe5 deserves 4 exclams !!!!
Feb-15-09  swarmoflocusts: "Black has two moves to counter White's Nf7 threat: 20...Nf6 or 20...Qf6 giving the Black King an escape square on g7; but this is mute because the powerfully posted White Knight just hops: Ne6#."

Following 20...Nf6 comes 21.Ne6+ g5 22.Qxg5#. However, my suggestion of 20...Qf6 prevents this, as after 21.Ne6 (not mate by the way) g5, there is no immediate forced mate. Still, black has an enormous disadvantage.

By the way, after 20...Kh5, 21.Nh3 is in fact only the second fastest mate (the beauty of the mate notwithstanding). Every other knight move can lead to a mate in four, as I mentioned earlier.

And yes, I did allow my computer to evaluate the position, not that it matters.

Mar-30-09  tommy boy: <Timothy Glenn Forney> - or something like Slayer's War ensemble :)
May-28-11
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  GrahamClayton: I think it would have been a lot safer for Black to decline the pawn with 7...b5.

Trofimov could have played for an endgame advantage with 8. d5 ♗e7 9. dxe6 ♗xe6 10. ♕xd8+ ♗xd8 11. ♗xe6 fxe6 12. ♖e1 ♘f6 13. ♖xe6+, but 8. ♕e2 is a lot more fun!

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