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Georg Meier vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
"Rolling in Lagrave" (game of the day Oct-22-2012)
SPICE Cup (2012), St Louis USA, rd 5, Oct-16
Zukertort Opening: Sicilian Invitation (A04)  ·  0-1



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  iking: what a demolition ....
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  iking: 18. Bg5? .... a silent move of defeat
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  iking: a Major Graveyard ...
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  Eyal: 18.Bg5 seems to be the decisive mistake - the tactical point is that after 18...Rb6! 19.Qa5 Bxf2+!, 20.Kxf2 loses to 20...Ng4+, when 21.Bxg4 is met by 21...Rxb2+ & Qxa5. This continuing threat of winning the white queen by discovery with a rook check on the 2nd rank is what allows Black to wreck White's position in the following moves as well, with the rook's invasion.
Oct-17-12  docbenway: Game of the day material. 25..Ng4 is a thing of beauty.
Oct-17-12  Wood Mover: Ouch! What a steamroller.
Oct-22-12  xthred: Could White have lasted longer with 24.Kxg2?
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 9.Qa4 was an attempt to improve upon the only previous game in the DB with this line, J Vojinovic vs S Milliet, 2010, where Vojinovic kept it simple with 9.Bxc4 (White won a complex middlegame without Queens). Perhaps simpler was better?
Oct-22-12  Abdel Irada: One foot in Lagrave, and the other on a banana peel?

Paradoxical piece placement in the final position: White's queen-bishop battery is attacking where Black's queen used to be. That queen, meanwhile, is across the board bagging the white king, and all the power of the battery is impotent to defend.

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9...Qa5 10.Qxa5 Nxa5 11.Bd2 Bd7 12.Nxd7 Kxd7 13.0-0 Bb4 14.Rad1 b6 15.Nxe4 Bxd2 16.Nxd2 Rac8 17.Rc1 b5 18.b3 Rhe8 19.Rfe1 Kd6 1/2-1/2 Maletin,P (2527)-Landa,K (2596)/Cappelle la Grande 2007/CBM 117 ext;

9...Qa5 10.Nxc6 Qxa4 11.Nxa4 bxc6 12.Bxc4 Bd6 13.Nc5 Bf5 14.0-0 0-0 15.Bg5 Nd5 16.Rac1 Rab8 17.b3 Rfe8 18.Rfe1 h6 19.Bd2 g5 20.g3 Bf8 21.Bf1 Re7 22.Na4 Nb4 23.Rc4 Nd3 24.Bxd3 exd3 Lushenkov,M (2447)-Oleksienko,M (2567)/Odessa 2007/CBM 120 ext/0-1 (80)

Oct-22-12  planetsportydotcom: 22. b4 was probably the best continuation for white solving some problems: 1)protecting the queen, 2)preventing the second rook from invading
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  whiteshark: After <18.Na4> White is still in the game,

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e.g. <18...Bf8 19.Bf4 Bxa4 20.Qxa4 Rxb2 21.Ba6 Rcc2 22.Be5 Rxf2 23.Bxb2 Rxb2 24.Qd4=>

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  Eyal: <9...Be7N>

Actually, it was already played twice: in & The first new move, compared to Nanu vs Tregubov, was 14.a3.

<22. b4 was probably the best continuation for white solving some problems: 1)protecting the queen, 2)preventing the second rook from invading>

By this stage White is already lost in any case; for example, 22...Rxe2! would still win (23.Kxe2 Bb5+ 24.Rd3 Qxd5, or 24.Kf3 Qd7).

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  kevin86: The rook becomes an elephant on the seventh rank.
Oct-22-12  David2009: Playing through G Meier vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2012, I couldn't at first spot the refutation of 20.Kxf2? after the 'shot' 19...Bxf2+!

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I analysed 20...Ng4+ 21.Bxg4 Rf6+ 22.Bxf6 Qxa5 23.Bxd7 which is clearly losing for Black. The winning combination involves "seeing" that an obstructing piece no longer obstructs. Chess blindness!

Mar-30-13  fisayo123: Probably the most exciting member of the 90's generation, MVL. This game should be a puzzle <chessgames>!
Jul-02-14  posoo: CLEVER play by lagroove, but da true winner of dis game is meier, by which I mean LOSER.

EVERYBODY who has ever sat down for a cookie and a chess game knows dat PAWN MUNCHING causes problems!!!

Jan-30-18  morfishine: "Rolling over in his grave" is the correct idiom

"Rolling in Lagrave" or "Rolling in the grave" does not exist as a known idiom and literally implies someone is rolling a joint inside their coffin, which may be a pleasant way to spend eternity lol


Jan-30-18  JPi: <David20009> In your line 21...Rxb2+ is 2 minor pieces for a Queen.

A typical gem from Maxime.

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