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Sokov vs Volk
"High Volkage Line" (game of the day Sep-28-2022)
12th Ch Leningrad sf group 8 (1937), Leningrad (URS)
Gruenfeld Defense: Russian. Accelerated Variation (D81)  ·  0-1



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Oct-04-09  Autoreparaturwerkbau: 10...Nxd4! Who cares about the queen ;)
Mar-04-12  backrank: This one is not a game of chess at all, but rather some sort of sacrificial orgy :)
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  GrahamClayton: Sokor's pawn grab with 8. Qb7 is brilliantly refuted by Vock - the queen sacrifice with 10...Nd4 leads to a mating net by his remaining pieces.
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  FSR: Wow! Somehow I'd never seen this gorgeous game! Emphatically deserves to be GOTD. I nominate it as High Volkage Line. (Don't like the pun? Find a better one! But make this GOTD!)
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  Dionysius1: Ein Volk, there is only ein Volk
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  HeMateMe: Could Volk secretly be NN? Doesn't 'volk' mean people in German? Well, if this is more than one person...
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  Dionysius1: As a pun, mine was a reference to Nazi chant "Ein Volk, ER, EF" mixed with the football chant " Chelsea, there is only one Chelsea (or whatever team you like)". Maybe a bit tortuous.

Whether one can use Volk in German as a space filler for unknown individuals the way we can folk in English, I don't know. Not much cop at German.

It'd be good though :-)

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Note to Myself--when my opponents encourage me to capture their b-pawns with my Queens, politely decline.

At the end, Black does threaten the Ra1 but the added threat of 17...Rd8+ and 18...Rd2X looks aesthetically gorgeous. White has one little trap--17.f4!?,Bxf4? (...Nxa1); 18.Rb1,Rd8+; 19.Ke2 and the King temporarily escapes via f3. Perhaps not for long, and even the paltry 19...Nxa2 leaves Black with 2N & P v. R.

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  Teyss: Good pun since the line is effectively dynamite. "Ein Volk, Ein Kingdom, Ein Horse" would likely have been rejected.

8.Qxb7?! was indeed dubious but the mistake was 10.Bxc7? Better try 10.Bxh6 Rb8 (that was the point of the sequence 8...Ndb4 9.Bf4 Bh6: the Q is trapped) 11.Qxb8 Qxb8 12.Rc1 (avoiding Nc2+) and White with R+B+P vs Q and a decent position (P structure, B pair) can still survive.

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A Rock 'n Rolk game.

Sep-28-22  goodevans: <GrahamClayton: Sokor's pawn grab with 8. Qb7 is brilliantly refuted by Vock...>

<8.Qxb7> may have been dubious but labelling it as merely a pawn grab does, I believe, Sokov an injustice. I would say that he was clearly looking for the complications arising from <8...Ndb4 9.Bf4> but hadn't reckoned on <9...Bh6>. Even after that, as <Teyss> points out, he could have got a decent game with <10.Bxh6> so the fact that he erred at this point suggests that this was what came as a surprise.

I imagine he was expecting the more obvious <9...Rb8> and had foreseen <10.Qxc7 Qxc7 11.Bxc7 Rb7>.

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Here it looks like the joint threats of 12...Rxc7 and 12...Nc2+ will win Black material but I reckon Sokov had seen that <12.Rd1> would give him a decent game (12...Rxc7 13.d5). I'd like to think he'd even seen that <12...Nc2+ 13.Kd2 N2xd4> would fail to <14.Nxd4 Nxd4 15.Be5>.

But of course I could be wrong and that all he actually wanted to do was grab a pawn.

Thanks <FSR> for bringing this fascinating game to out attention.

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  OhioChessFan: <FSR> has 300 more of this quality of pun and wants the limit to be increased. The World brims with excitement at the possibility....
Sep-28-22  goodevans: Black's attack starting 10...Nxd4 was just explosive. Like a volc...

Oh, never mind.

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