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Vadim Zvjaginsev vs Pengxiang Zhang
CHN-RUS Chess Summit (2006), Ergun CHN, rd 4, Aug-13
French Defense: La Bourdonnais Variation (C00)  ·  1-0



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Apr-20-07  Whitehat1963: Absolutely amazing game! Thanks <> for getting this on the site finally. It definitely deserves Game of the Day status someday.
Apr-20-07  Whitehat1963: What is best play if 38...Qxe6?
Apr-20-07  Prugno: 38... Qxe6 39. Qc5+ Kd8 40. Qc7+ and 41. Qb8+ is the first way of mating I can think of, probably just one of many. Intermediate rook checks by Black make no difference either.

By the way, I agree with you that this is an excellent example of Vadim Z.'s unmistakable style!

Apr-21-07  Fisheremon: Perhaps 17.g4?! and the sac was not correct, although it's brave. Black made 3 mistakes: 24...Rdf8? (24...Bc6!?), 29...g5?! (29...Rg8!?) and losing 30...Re8?
May-24-07  notyetagm: This game was voted <Second Best Game Of 2006> by a poll of Russian chess experts. It lost by a scant margin of 1 measly point(!) to the famous Topalov-Aronian Corus 2006.
May-24-07  WarmasterKron: This is a wonderful game. I play 2.f4 vs. the French sometimes, and to see it used at this level is fascinating. No great surprise to see the player is the man most famous for his 2.Na3 sicilian.

Of course, there's no shame in losing out to the excellent Topalov game, but I wouldn't have expected it to be so close.

May-25-07  notyetagm: <WarmasterKron: ... Of course, there's no shame in losing out to the excellent Topalov game, but I wouldn't have expected it to be so close. >

Yes, I am very curious to see how the voting went. In particular, I wonder how Kasparov voted since he usually participates in this annual poll. The results are probably somewhere on the Russian chess site

May-27-07  notyetagm: I cannot find the poll results at in which this game was voted as the second best of 2006.

Does anyone have a link to these poll results? Thanks.

Jul-22-07  notyetagm: Brilliant game by the Z-man.

30 ♖b1-g1!!

Jul-22-07  PizzatheHut: All I can say is wow. This is one of the more unorthodox games I've ever seen. What a blast to play through.
Feb-10-08  tatarch: I agree with everyone, this is a great game. Fun and instructive. I especially like white's queen maneuvers starting with 24.Qb1-- everyone learns not to bring their queen out too early, and here Vadim doesn't move it until the 24th move. And when he does, it's powerful.
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  Domdaniel: "I'd say it was played on another dimension. Playing through the game it is very difficult to understand which move is good and which is bad... but the whole game is really a fine work of art."

- Igor Glek (who voted for it as best game of the year)

Apr-10-12  Whitehat1963: Has this one been a Game of the Day yet? Why on earth not?
Aug-19-13  rune ohlsson: In fact,17. g4 is a big mistake. White should have loosed.
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  yiotta: Zvjaginsev seems to have a gift for achieving positions with multiple ways to mate. I wasn't familiar with his games; what a treat.
Aug-18-19  sls: 18...Qh4+! then exchange queens and then taking the tower!
Feb-25-20  Whitehat1963: Stockfish agrees that 18...Qh4+ is the best counter.

18...Qh4+ 19. Ke2 Bxb5 20. Qb1 Bc6 21. Nf3 Qd8 22. gxf5 gxf5 23. Rg1 Qc7 24. Bh3 Nh6 25. Ng5 Qd7 26. Qb4 O-O-O 27. Qa5 b5 28. Nxe6 Qxe6 29. Qa6+ Kc7 30. Rg7+ Nf7 31. Qa5+ Kb7 32. Bc5 Rd7 33. Qb6+ Kc8 34. Qa6+ Kd8 35. Bb6+ Ke7, leads to a draw by repetition.

Nov-13-22  Everett: When White gives Black the f5 square on a platter, the latter should throw in ..h5 to secure an eventual Nf5 much earlier in the game.

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