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Sergey Volkov vs Peter Svidler
"Volkov Shame" (game of the day Jan-27-2018)
Russian Championship Superfinal (2017), St Petersburg RUS, rd 3, Dec-05
Gruenfeld Defense: Russian Variation (D96)  ·  0-1



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  ChessHigherCat: <Tamale> I don't get it either. Maybe they just thought "Volkov, die" was too vulgar.
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  ICCM Bart Gibbons: I think the pun is similar to
"Walk of Shame".
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  TheTamale: Ah, I think <ICCM Bart Gibbons> is right.
Mar-11-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: Well, technically this could be regarded as a rook sacrifice on the h-file ...
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  Penguincw: Ah, finally an easy Monday puzzle. All forcing moves.
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  ChessHigherCat: Rook sac Monday!
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  ChessHigherCat: I love this game. In case anybody else was wondering, 10. Nxb5 would lead to a real wild west shootout:

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1) -0.28 (21 ply) 10...Qa5+ 11.Nc3 Nxd5 12.Qxd5 Bxc3+ 13.Bd2 Bc6 14.Bxc3 Qxc3+ 15.bxc3 Bxd5 16.e3 Nd7 17.Bb5 O-O-O 18.Rd1 Nf6 19.c4 Bxf3 20.gxf3 Rxd1+ 21.Kxd1 Rd8+ 22.Kc2 Kc7 23.a3 e5 24.Rb1 Rd6 25.Rg1 e4 26.fxe4 Nxe4

Mar-11-19  Patzer27: Seems to me that the game is pretty much over after 27 Ree2. Yes, technically Black is a piece down, but the White Bishop on a6 is on an extended vacation, and Black has two rooks on the 7th rank.
Mar-11-19  saturn2: The square h2 is attacked 3 times but defended only 2 times so:

32...Rh2+ 33. Nxh2 Rxh2#

Mar-11-19  lost in space: I love Mondays!

32...Rh2+ 33. Nxh2 Rxh2#

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  agb2002: Black has a pawn for a knight.

White threatens 33.Qd8+ Kg7 34.Qd4+.

The square h2 is too weak: 32... Rh2+ 33.Nxh2 Rxh2#.

Mar-11-19  stst: ...... Qg1+
RxQ (if NxQ, Rh2# loses quicker) Rh2+
NxR RxN#
Mar-11-19  Walter Glattke: Two times Rh2+
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  OrangeTulip: One hunderd eightie!
Mar-11-19  SpamIAm: <stst>, if black plays 32...Qg1+. white can simply play 33.Kxg1.
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  malt: 32...Rh2+ 33.N:h2 R:h2#
Mar-11-19  zb2cr: Straightforward. 32. ... Rh2+; 33. Nxh2, Rxh2#.
Mar-11-19  TheaN: Monday 11 March 2019


<32....Rh2+ 33.Nxh2 Rxh2#>. In itself not really complicated. The game, however, damn. SF9 agrees entirely with the sac on e6 but isn't sure if it's the best move (by small margin). After Ba6 White's already lost.

Mar-11-19  alexrawlings: Canít believe I didnít see the solution... Iím going to be kind to myself and blame it on poor sleep! Better luck next time!
Mar-11-19  Sleeping kitten: I found 32...♖xe1+ 33.♖xe1 (33.♘xe1 ♕h2#) 33...♖h2+ 34.♘xh2 ♕xe1+ 35.♔g2 (35.♘f1 ♕xf1#) 35...♕e2+ 36.♔g1 (36.♔h1 ♕xh2#) 36...♗e3+ 37.♔h1 ♕e1+ 38.♔g2 (38.♘f1 ♕xf1+ 39.♔h2 ♗f4#) 38...♕g1+ 39.♔f3 ♕h1+ which skewers the queen.

Then I checked the solution and burst out laughing.

Mar-11-19  Damenlaeuferbauer: Of course the world's greatest Gruenfeld Indian expert Peter Svidler found the mate in two: 32.-,Rh2+ 33.Nxh2,Rxh2#. I once met him in Bad Homburg, Germany (near Frankfurt/Main) 21 years ago. He is one of the best chess players in the last two decades and a really nice and polite guy.
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  gawain: A pretty finish using the inadequately defended h2 square.

The position after White's 31st move would have been a nice puzzle, too.

Mar-11-19  SpamIAm: <Sleeping kitten>, even in your line there was a mate. Instead of 38...Qg1+ play instead 38...Qf2+ 39.Kh1 Qg1#
Mar-11-19  sudoplatov: I saw the Qg1+ first; it worked; I looked no more.
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  patzer2: White's losing move was 25. Ba6?, allowing 25...c4 -+. Instead, giving back a piece with 25. Qa4 dxc4 26. Nxc4 Rb8 ∓ (-0.85 @ 32 ply, Stockfish 10) gives White drawing chances.
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