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Nikolay Sergeevich Popov vs Arkady Novopashin
URS-ch otbor (1979), ?
Semi-Slav Defense: Accelerated Meran Variation (D45)  ·  1-0



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  patzer2: <thegoodanarchist> Lots of cities and places in the world are named Georgia, including the country of Georgia and the State of Georgia in the USA where I live.

According to Riga, Latvia and Dallas, Texas (USA) are sister cities. However, except for your mention, I was unaware of another Riga sister city named Georgia.

P.S.: At is an article explaining the origin of the name Georgia for the U.S. State Georgia and the Country Georgia.

At is a list of 10 other places in the world named Georgia including seven US cities, none of which are in the US State of Georgia.

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  beenthere240: Like YouRang, I went immediately for 32. Rxb7, missing the dazzling Qh6+!
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  beenthere240: The Georgians call their country something else altogether. (Ends in "velo" as I recall.) But it's hard to pronounce because Georgians write in a crazy script with letters that look like curling stones.
Sep-01-16  erdogankilic: Wonderfull finish! Got the first two moves immediately,thought Qh6+,but saw it went nowhere... Give every move the price it deserves...
Sep-01-16  Howard: Interesting struggle! I wonder if this game made the Informant---let me look that up when I get home later today.
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  patzer2: <beenthere240> According to the slate article in my previous post <In their native tongue, Georgians refer to themselves as the Kartveli and to their country as Sakartvelo.>
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  kevin86: The queen sac gives black the grim choice of being steamrolled by the two rooks or being caught on the h-file.
Sep-01-16  poachedeggs: Got it. The intuitive clearing of the knight and the hanging black pawn on b8...made each subsequent check...which to this patzer...seemed necessary to hold.
Sep-01-16  Gregor Fenrir: Fun fact: after 8. Bxc4 database Scid classifies this game as D27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, Rubinstein 8.Nc3 (Position can be reached by shorter sequence of moves 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bxc4 c5 6.O-O a6 7.a4 Nc6 8.Nc3)
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  jith1207: I see a lot of new faces nowadays, which is awesome. I mean, these posters seem to have been here almost a decade ago I signed up. It's good to see lot of posters frequenting again, especially in the puzzle page, where their wisdom and comments would help add another perspective. Thanks.

I think <gofer> sums up everything right here about Today's POTD: <When you see a combination that exchanges "R" for "N+B+P" are you going to look harder and work out that white has a mate 7 moves later...> I certainly don't and would jump right into it the moment I notice anything closer like that!

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  jith1207: A town Georgia in the state of Georgia would have been... well... Gorgeous!
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  Longview: right there with you <you rang>.
Sep-01-16  catlover: Nice puzzle. What a shame I missed it. Like some other kibitzers, I did not see 32. Qh6+.
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  patzer2: <jith1207> I think both the state of Georgia and the Country of Georgia are gorgeous.

At is an entertaining video from the country of Georgia with a mix of traditional and modern music and dance.

However, my favorite song about Georgia is Ray Charles' original 1960 version of "Georgia on my Mind" at

Sep-01-16  lentil: 30 Ng6 and 31 Rxf8+ were easy. 2 Qh6+ was INSANE. I see that I focus too much on the point of action. Rxb7 was beyond my focus.
Sep-01-16  ASchultz: I'd seen the theme before but still took a bit of time to find Qh6+. I almost packed it in after winning the exchange til I realized 1) that just left material equal and 2) it's a Thursday

We're told moving pawns in front of the king removes his shelter, and in this case, Black only moved to capture, but it had the same effect as playing ...g6 and ...h6.

I wouldn't have seen the other side of the combo as Black either before winning that material.

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  WorstPlayerEver: Qh6 is kind of extreme. However.. mate positions are pretty basic. Just know where and when -the tough part- to look at.
Sep-01-16  BOSTER: If Black (like me) <knew where and when to look at>, he'd play 31...Qg8.
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  thegoodanarchist: <patzer2: <thegoodanarchist> Lots of cities and places in the world are named Georgia, including the country of Georgia and the State of Georgia in the USA where I live.>

I was making a joke with your typo, where you switched places with the "i" and the "g".

Unfortunately those jokes don't often work, because humans are remarkably good at correctly reading misspelled words. Many times people will just pass over misspellings unnoticed.

Sep-01-16  leRevenant: as per ... :-(
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  patzer2: <thegoodanarchist> Good catch on the misspelling. You're right I read it correctly several times, and didn't notice the error till you pointed it out.

I guess if <Georiga> (as opposed to Georgia) existed, it could be a sister city of <Riga> :)

Sep-01-16  barryh1976: Dang!!!! Qh6+ was sick!
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  Mendrys: I feel good for having solved this one. I saw the initial knight sac and the next few moves and I wanted to get Qh6 in somehow and at first looked at 32. Rxb7 but that seemed too slow. 32. Qh6 just fell into place.

I would like to think that I would find this tactic in a real game and I'm good enough that I can indeed find them at times. Unfortunately, I could also think that 30. Rxb7 would be a good idea!

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  thegoodanarchist: <patzer2: <thegoodanarchist> Good catch on the misspelling. You're right I read it correctly several times, and didn't notice the error till you pointed it out.

I guess if <Georiga> (as opposed to Georgia) existed, it could be a sister city of <Riga> :)>

I find the topic of sister cities to be disproportionately more interesting than the importance would suggest.

Hiding in plain sight around Louisville, KY are signs announcing The River City's sister cities. I don't ever recall seeing anyone standing in front of one of the signs to read it, except for me!

I was surprised to find that such a small US city would have multiple sister cities and on various continents. Here they are, with the year of sisterhood given:

Montpellier, France- 1954
Quito, Ecuador- 1962
Mainz, Germany- 1977
Tamale, Ghana- 1979
La Plata, Argentina- 1994
Perm, Russia- 1994
Jiujiang, PR China- 2004
Leeds, England- 2006
Adapazar, Turkey- 2012

Four different continents are represented.

Dec-01-16  Beholder: <An Englishman: Good Evening: Methinks one must see all three moves of the combination to receive full credit. Felt quite surprised to find that third move; it looks as if the Queen had fallen off the table and a passing stranger put it back on the board without seeing where he had placed Her Majesty.>

Turns out the passing stranger was Magnus Carlsen.

Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016

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