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Nikita Vitiugov vs Georg Meier
GRENKE Chess Classic (2018), Karlsruhe GER, rd 2, Apr-01
French Defense: Advance. Lputian Variation (C02)  ·  1-0

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Apr-01-18  ChessHigherCat: Nb1 looks safest
Apr-01-18  ChessHigherCat: <The Kings Domain: Gypsy: Chessgames should at least feature one of the top players. Caruana's or MVL's game would be an obvious choice. The more talented the player, the more compelling, and more likely a better game. :-)> I basically agree but Vitiugov played such a stunning game yesterday it's understandable. MVL beat Anand, which shows what d-heads the d-heads are who think MVL is not to be taken seriously just because he wasn't in the Candidates.
Apr-01-18  Marmot PFL: The e5 advance is not so popular against the french but I don't really like black's Nh6 line.
Apr-01-18
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  Count Wedgemore: <Marmot PFL: The e5 advance is not so popular against the french but I don't really like black's Nh6 line.>

That makes at least two of us, <Marmot PFL>.

Apr-01-18
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  Gypsy: <The Kings Domain: Gypsy: Chessgames should at least feature one of the top players. Caruana's or MVL's game would be an obvious choice. The more talented the player, the more compelling, and more likely a better game. :-)>

I understand your sentiment. But, let us examine the merits of the case:

(1) Vitiugov, while not a household name, is currently ranked 21'th in the world. He clearly must be very talented.

(2) Vitiugov currently leads the tournament because he is the only one who won his first-round game: M Bluebaum vs N Vitiugov, 2018. It is a Morphy-esk miniature, played in a very lively style.

(3) As someone already said, this current game is not-too-shabby either.

Apr-01-18
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Have completely lost the thread of this game. Most of the recent moves by both players have surprised me. Black's Bd7 still looks like his biggest problem, even though a passed h-pawn or two might serve as adequate compensation.
Apr-01-18  ChessHigherCat: This is really interesting now. White is threatening Nxb7 attacking the bishop on a5 so Bxc3 Rxc3 and if Bxb5 Rc7+ look veryvery strong
Apr-01-18
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  Gypsy: How many times does one see a passed double pawn on the h-file?
Apr-01-18  ChessHigherCat: Nc5 or Nd6?
Apr-01-18
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  Gypsy: <An Englishman: Good Morning: Have completely lost the thread of this game. ...> So did Black, it seems.
Apr-01-18
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  offramp: Doubled rook's pawns.
Game Collection: DIRP!
Apr-01-18
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  offramp: White has played like a demon.
Apr-01-18
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  offramp: 33.Ne4.


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Black is in a tight spot.

Apr-01-18  ChessHigherCat: I agree with SF on Nf6+ but I don't understand why the bishop sacrifice is necessary here: 34.Nf6+ Kd8 35.Rc6 Bxd4+ 36.Kxd4
Apr-01-18
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: <ChessHigherCat>, the SF recommendation buys a little time to slow down the b-pawn and simultaneously advance the h-pawn. In the game continuation, Black's position looks horrible barring some tactical miracle.
Apr-01-18
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  Gypsy: It is a resignation time
Apr-01-18
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Black resigned.
Apr-01-18  ChessHigherCat: They didn't play that line anyway. Here just Rc8 Rb1 b7 and datzdat
Apr-01-18  ChessHigherCat: You know this Vitiugov just might be Putin's secret weapon! Let's see how he does against the big boyz
Apr-01-18
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  offramp: Black can queen but he is going to be checkmated. Fickle Clarissa!
Apr-01-18  Ulhumbrus: After 30...Bb6 White's b pawn becomes a stronger weapon than Black's h pawn. Following the manoeuvre 31 Ne4-c5 and the capture 32 Nxd7 it is not a knight that attacks Black's blockading bishop on b6 but White's rook from c6. This suggests that it is an error for Black to allow the capture of his b7 pawn by 30 Nxb7.
Apr-01-18
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <offramp: Black can queen but he is going to be checkmated. Fickle Clarissa!>

Surely you mean Ca´ssa?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ca%C3...

Apr-01-18  ChessHigherCat: <Gregor Samsa Mendel: <offramp: Black can queen but he is going to be checkmated. Fickle Clarissa!> Surely you mean Ca´ssa?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ca%C3...

Yet another Freudian slip proving that <Offramp> is really Hannibal the Cannibal

Apr-01-18
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  HeMateMe: nice planning by white, giving up the g pawn in order to gain a tempo on the queenside.
Apr-01-18  varishnakov: Clarissa explains it all.
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