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Valentinas P Normantas vs Varlam Vepkhvishvili
Klaipeda Festival (1987), Klaipeda LTU, rd 3, Aug-18
King's Gambit: Falkbeer Countergambit. Nimzowitsch-Marshall Countergambit (C31)  ·  1-0

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Sep-18-17
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  patzer2: For an improvement for the losing side, instead of giving up two pieces for a Rook with 17...Qd6? 18. Rxg4 Bxg4 19. Qxg4 ± to +- (+1.25 @ 31 depth, Stockfish 8,) Black can keep a slight edge by avoiding this unfavorable exchange with 17...Nh6 ⩱ (-0.53 @ 32 depth, Stockfish 8.)
Sep-18-17  Cheapo by the Dozen: White already has a material advantage, so both adding to it and simplifying turns the game into an easy win.
Sep-18-17  jith1207: Oh, the tactics that you Need to worry when your opponent got two dynamic minor pieces for your elephant-in-the-rook.
Sep-18-17  stst: Q-sac Mondy

31.QxR fxQ
32.Ne6+ forks K,Q any valid K move
33.NxQ RxN

White got R+B vs Black R, pawns count same.

Sep-18-17  AlicesKnight: The simplest; Qxg6+ leads to Ne6+ after the re-capture, leaving White a piece up. Enough.
Sep-18-17  leRevenant: said.
Sep-18-17
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  patzer2: While 17...Nh6 ⩱ holds for black, the alternative 17...Nf6?? (diagram below)


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loses decisive material after 18. Rxf6! gxf6 19. Qh5 f5 20. Qg5+ Kh8 21. Qf6+ Kg8 22. Re1 Be6 23. Re3 Qd6 24. Qg5+ Kh8 25. Rg3 Qxg3 26. Qxg3 +- (+6.64 @ 29 depth, Stockfish 8.)

Sep-18-17  offramp: A game from Klaipėda, overlooking the frozen Baltic Sea in the record-breaking cold winter of 1987.

Players dressed in coats, scarves, hats, balaclavas, gloves. Steam pouring from their mouths as they breathe. Between moves they huddle round paraffin fires.

Varlam Vepkhvishvili said: "When he reached out to make the winning move I saw that his hand was covered in icicles. His sleeves were covered in a layer of frost. He stopped, mid-move, with his knight over the board. 'Valentinas, Valentinas,' I said. But there was no reply. We found that he was frozen totally solid. I resigned the game out of respect."

Sep-18-17  cocker: Just to point out that Fritz takes 31 Nxh5+ and several other moves to be 'better' than the game continuation.
Sep-18-17  malt: 31.Q:g6+ fg6 and 32.Ne6+
Sep-18-17  saturn2: White has B+N for R. With 31 QxR fxQ 32 Ne6 white wins a exchange and the total will be R+B vs R.
Sep-18-17  WorstPlayerEver: Yup. 31. Qg6=real patzer move.

31. Nh5 is far more instructive.

Sep-18-17  morfishine: <31.Qxg6+> leaves White a piece up

*****

Sep-18-17
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  Willem Wallekers: Between humans Qxg6+ is by far the best move. It leads to a simple endgame.
Sep-18-17
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  Richard Taylor: Well I worked this one out. It was getting late but I was pleased to see it was easy.

It might be hard to miss OTB in some situations. So fork practice is good. Forks by knights are a nightmare...as of course are pins etc but knight forks are scary...

Sep-18-17
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  Richard Taylor: <offramp: A game from Klaipėda, overlooking the frozen Baltic Sea in the record-breaking cold winter of 1987. Players dressed in coats, scarves, hats, balaclavas, gloves. Steam pouring from their mouths as they breathe. Between moves they huddle round paraffin fires.

Varlam Vepkhvishvili said: "When he reached out to make the winning move I saw that his hand was covered in icicles. His sleeves were covered in a layer of frost. He stopped, mid-move, with his knight over the board. 'Valentinas, Valentinas,' I said. But there was no reply. We found that he was frozen totally solid. I resigned the game out of respect.">

Wonderful! This deserves the Noble or Nobble Prize if not the Nobel Prize.

Sep-18-17  dannydoc: 31.Nxh5 leads to mate in 15 moves.
Sep-18-17  mel gibson: That's funny - I didn't consider the Queen swap & neither did the computer:

(31.Nxh5+ (♘f4xh5+ ♔g7-h7 ♗b5-d3 ♕c7xg3 ♘h5xg3 ♔h7-h8 ♗d3xg6 f7xg6 ♖e1-e7 a7-a5 h4-h5 g6xh5 ♘g3xh5 ♔h8-g8 ♖e7-e2 ♔g8-f7 ♘h5-f4 ♖c8-c4 ♘f4xd5 b6-b5 ♖e2-d2 ♔f7-e6 ♘d5-e3 ♖c4-a4 c2-c3 ♔e6-d6 ♔g1-f2 ♔d6-c6 ♖d2-c2 ♖a4-a3 g2-g4) +5.26/18 97)

score for White +5.26 depth 18

Sep-18-17
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  thegoodanarchist: <offramp: A game from Klaipėda, overlooking the frozen Baltic Sea in the record-breaking cold winter of 1987...">

The game was played in August!

Sep-18-17  zb2cr: After 31. Qxg6+, fxg6; 32. Ne6+ forking the Black Queen White will finish up by a full piece.
Sep-18-17
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  kevin86: White sacs queen for rook and regains the lady with a fork, gaining a bishop.
Sep-18-17  waustad: While seeing the game continuation I kept looking for more from knight moves giving check.
Sep-18-17
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  Dionysius1: I bags theme of the week is turning 2 pieces for a rook advantage into a piece up advantage. I hope I'm wrong. if I'm right Saturday and Sunday are going to be pigging difficult to either disguise or solve.
Sep-18-17
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  Dionysius1: Heh <kevin85>. Don't talk to me about regaining ladies, with or without forks. You think life's that easy?
Sep-18-17  Altairvega: 30 Nh5+ Kh6 31. Qe3+ Kxh5 32. Be2+ Rg4
33 Qg5+-
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