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Giga Quparadze vs Vitaly Bachin
"1.21 Gigawatts" (game of the day Oct-21-2015)
World Junior Championship (2003), Nakhchivan AZE, rd 4, Jun-24
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov. Modern Variation (B17)  ·  1-0



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May-04-12  TimothyLucasJaeger: After <21 ... Bc8> white would love to move the bishop, allowing the queen to infiltrate along the g-file, but any bishop move can be answered by Rhg8, or so it would at first appear.

A deeper search reveals that <22 Be8> disrupts the coordination of the rooks and any capture of the bishop leads to disaster (<22 ... Kxe8 23 Qg6+ Ke7 Qg7+>).

Perhaps not the best move in the position (the computer seems to prefer <22 c4>), but a clever disruption and likely a psychological blow nonetheless.

May-04-12  JohnBoy: <goodevans, Timothy> - even if 22.Be8 is not best, it sure catches the eye! I totally agree that it is a psychological jolt and would love to be able to make such a move some day. Kind of like Chukie's 21.Qg7 in Ivanchuk vs Shirov, 1996.
May-04-12  JohnBoy: This looks like a great initiative for white never let up. How could black have improved? If this is perfect chess, then 4...Nd7 is all but dead.
May-04-12  Garech: Great game - real chess swashbuckling; I don't think I've ever seen a game with so many 'long' moves!



May-04-12  goodevans: <TimothyLucasJaeger: ... <22 Be8> disrupts the coordination of the rooks and any capture of the bishop leads to disaster ... the computer seems to prefer <22 c4>>

The problem with <22.Be8> is that the response <22...Rf8> forces an immediate retreat. On the other hand, if the black ♕ were to leave the defence of the ♖d8 then <Bd8> would really carry some bite since now <...Rf8> would fail to <Qg7+ Kxe8; Rxd8+>. So perhaps the point of <22.c4> is to threaten to dislodge the ♕.

Here's an example of what might happen if <23.c5> is allowed to happen: <22.c4 Rhg8? 23.c5 Qxb4 24.Qc7+ Rd7 25.Rxd7+ Bxd7 26.Rd1 Rd8 27.Qd6#>.

May-04-12  LoveThatJoker: This is truly a tremendous game!


May-04-12  goldenbear: Great game, great pun. How did you find this one <chessgames>?
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  HeMateMe: <Sexy like Paris Hilton - looks very good but doesn't actually achieve anything. ;) >
You have a personal experience, you'd like to share?
May-04-12  lemaire90: White simply outplayed tactically in the middle game. Then his queen moved around pretty nicely and the endgame was played perfectly.
May-04-12  kevin86: White stops black's pawn,captures the bishop with his pawn and mates with king and queen.
May-04-12  sorokahdeen: So very glad I wasn't black in this game.

Black's exposed king position after Nxf7 was a contant burden to him. He couldn't hang on to the piece and white had a persistent initiative based on white's ability to constantly threaten distant pawns with his queen while threatening to give check.

22... Be8 was a problem-like exploitation of black's ruined king position, putting a piece on a square where it can be captured in three different ways, but all the captures lead to immediate loss, improving white's position, maintaining the initiative and setting up for more tactical threats.

One especially interesting feature of the game is to be seen in the structural problem presented by black's bishop and how many moves it took to get the thing even to the third rank.

A marvelous game.

May-04-12  Julian713: Amazing!!! I was really impressed with Black's ability to stay alive during the middle game, that was solid defense. But White was smart enough to play the long game :) turning his tactical advantage into an endgame material/positional advantage.
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  Phony Benoni: Having never seen the "Back to the Future" series of movies, I had no idea that "1.21 Gigawatts" is an important figure in powering the DeLorean time machine. It comes up today because this is the date in the future to which the main character travels.

The game is fun.

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  offramp: Perhaps a game from 1985 might have been better.
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  GerMalaz: Or 1955 :)
Oct-21-15  morfishine: Taffy play on word: gigantic stretch
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  offramp: How about this one?

Van Wely vs H Van Gelder, 1985

The world's worst Kalashnikov.

Oct-21-15  thegoodanarchist: Of course when the movie came out, few people knew how to pronounce "gigawatt" correctly, so the scientist character played by Christopher Lloyd pronounced the g like a j, and said jigawatt.

Nowadays with the ubiquity of personal computing devices, people are familiar with the prefix "giga" used in RAM and storage context, and know to pronounce "gigabytes" with a hard g sound, as in golf.

Oct-21-15  thegoodanarchist: although wikipedia claims "jigawatts" is acceptable, I've never heard anyone but Lloyd use the j sound.
Oct-21-15  kevin86: A very good game, but one question on the topic: what does it require the same amount of power to travel one minute as it does to travel seventy years?
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  offramp: I no longer bother with Gigawatts. My brain-operated 'puter requires 2,500 Yottawatts of electricity to power its jelly core of 255 quadrillion Zettabytes of data. (Not all of my music is on that. I've got a memory card for that.)
Oct-21-15  Imran Iskandar: <offramp> Or 255 trillion yottabytes of data. Also, I might sound pedantic but a watt measures power, not electricity. Nothing actually measures electricity because the term is simply too vague.
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  HeMateMe: Will be Yottabytes be the currency for the Force, in the upcoming Star Wars movie?
Oct-21-15  The Kings Domain: Despite the bunglings, nice game with a good endgame.
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  offramp: <Imran Iskandar: <offramp> Or 255 trillion yottabytes of data...>

Now I'm confused. Now I'll have to start counting them again.

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