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Victor Bologan vs Bartlomiej Heberla
"The Giuoco's On You" (game of the day May-05-2008)
European Championship (2008), Plovdiv BUL, rd 1, Apr-21
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo (C53)  ·  1-0



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Apr-23-08  tal lover: good attack
Apr-25-08  luzhin: After 26..Rfd8 the finish would be 27.Rg5+ Kf8 28.Rf5 Rd7 29.Qh8+ Ke7 30.Re5+ Kd6 31.Qf6 mate!
May-05-08  Jackz: Notice how Black cannot defend with 21...N4e5 with the idea of Ng6, which is refuted by the discovered check by the bishop, 22.Be3.
May-05-08  parmetd: 16... Na5??? The moment that happens you know its either a fake gm or a guy with a really really bad day.
May-05-08  JohnTal: Bartolo got a mouthful of baloney from start to finish.

Nothing like a perfect position for White after 18 moves with numerous attacking themes in the air. At that point, with 3 of Black's pieces on the a-file -- you knew that Bartolo wasn't going to last long. Nothing like being a full rook down and able to impose imminent mate on your opponent and there is nothing he can do to stop it.

I remember Bobby Fischer's famous quote, "I like to see my opponent squirm in the chair". Bartolo experienced it firsthand.

May-05-08  Avarus: I expected something like 20.Qg3 with similar ideas but that 20.Nf6 worked right away! Quite fun counter to black's pawncrabbing.
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  kevin86: An odd conclusion: black can run,but he can't hide. If 28...♔g8 29 ♕xf7+ ♔h8 30 ♖h5 or 28... ♖f7? 29 ♕h8# Black's queen would like to guard along the 2nd row,but there is one two many pawns in the weigh (spelling errors are intentional).
May-05-08  drpoundsign: twitching from the itching? squirmin from the burnin?
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  perfidious: The final position presents a pretty picture: the black queen is ensconced at a7, an abject figure, as her consort is buying the farm on the other side of the board.

<parmetd: 16... Na5??? The moment that happens you know its either a fake gm or a guy with a really really bad day.>

Ever play a real GM, as opposed to your 'fake' one? They can make even a strong opponent look like a duffer, and this is the type of attacking position in which Bologan excels.

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