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Archil Ebralidze vs Viacheslav Ragozin
"Archil, Take the Rook!" (game of the day May-24-2016)
URS-ch10 (1937), Tbilisi URS, rd 2, Apr-14
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Immediate Fianchetto (E60)  ·  0-1



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  Phony Benoni: <perfidious> If that's an example of how to Think Like a Grandmaster, you can send me my certificate right now.
May-01-15  morfishine: Whenever I'm feeling down after a loss, I just go back to this game
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  FSR: Archil, Take the Rook!
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  Phony Benoni: A game whose fame rests on the story behind it. If you haven't read this post from up the page, please do so now.

A Ebralidze vs Ragozin, 1937 (kibitz #3)

If nothing else, the game should make you feel better about your own blunders.

May-24-16  dfcx: <FSR> Good pun!
May-24-16  dfcx: "I can see that, you patzers!" would be my second choice for this GOTD pun.
May-24-16  Razgriz: Uh, sorry, but isn't 41. Rxc7 winning for White because Black can't respond with Bd6+ because the Bishop is pinned to the King?
May-24-16  Moszkowski012273: <Razgriz> ---- read some comments.
May-24-16  ZugAddict: Oddly enough, more or less this exact blunder happened (to me) during a lichess simul:
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  offramp: <ZugAddict> Who did the shouting?
May-24-16  Ratt Boy: <ZugAddict>: Whoooops.
May-24-16  Ironmanth: Wonderful commentary, folks! Loved this story from Think Like a Grandmaster. Had to look again at this game twice over morning coffee. We are all human, and this game highlights the blush we feel on making similar gaffes in our own games.
May-24-16  Jambow: Great I thought man there must be some deep combo here that only a grandmaster would see, surely two of them.
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  kevin86: It looked like the king- rook fork was inevitable!
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  AylerKupp: I am encouraged in finally starting to think like a grandmaster. While going over the game I also saw that if 41.Rxc7 then 41...Bd6+ "regains" the rook.

I wonder what would have happened if Ebralidze had played 41.Rxc7 and Ragozin had responded with 42...Bd6+? What's the etiquette for pointing out an illegal move to a top level opponent? I ask because that happened to me once. In an inferior position and after much thought I made a move. My opponent simply said "That move is not legal". I thought I was going to die of embarassment.

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  catlover: The blunders and high drama make for an entertaining game.
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  offramp: Thanks to this post
<ZugAddict: Oddly enough, more or less this exact blunder happened (to me) during a lichess simul:>

I decided to sign up at

But what was great about the sign up process was the anti-robot part. I couldn't believe it!

Instead of those stupid door-numbers or psychedelic wavy surnames, this one was a <solution to a chess problem!!>.

A Captcha with a...a a capture!!

May-24-16  RandomVisitor: After 37.Kxh2 black could perhaps move his king to h6 and avoid all the nasty pin threats. He might lose his a-pawn, but white's b2 pawn is weak and pick-off-able:

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-1.13/26 37...Kg7 38.Rd7+ <Kh6> 39.Kg3 Bg7 40.Rxa7 Bxb2 41.Nd2 Be5+ 42.Kf3 Rf4+ 43.Ke2 Bc3 44.Ke3 Bxd2+ 45.Kxd2 g5 46.a4 Kg6 47.a5 h5 48.Ra8 Ra4 49.Kc3 h4 50.Kb3 Ra1 51.Kb2 Rd1 52.a6 Rd7 53.a7 Rg7 54.Kb3 g4 55.Rh8 Rxa7

May-24-16  Razgriz: Wait. 41. Rd5 was an honest mistake? Oh my God. I thought there was some hidden trap with 40. ... Rc7 since 41. Rxc7 loses the Rook, the King would have to go elsewhere first before the dark squared bishop can move. So both black's 40th move and white's 41st move were both blunders......?
May-25-16  waustad: KID transposes into a Maroczy Bind Sicilian. Not a huge surprise.
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  maxi: I am reminded by this game of a case of chess blindness I experienced myself. In a position that must have been somewhat like the one shown I was playing the white pieces and played RxR:

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I was concerned about my minus pawn and I was wondering what to do when I was pleasantly surprised when my opponent resigned. My friends came to congratulate me but it was awkward for me because I had no idea why the guy had resigned. I whispered to one of my friends, "Why did he resign?" and he said, "Oh, because of the fork". It was only then I realized that BOTH of my knights were attacking the f5 square!

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  Phony Benoni: Apparently, neither player had studied Gilg vs V Petrov, 1933.
Sep-09-16  j4jishnu: a rookie business
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  Check It Out: You guys are all so smart. I actually looked at Rxc7 Bd6+ and discarded it for white as an option because of the end game. I feel like I’m in good company, though.
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  maxi: It is most remarkable that Archil saw the double attack with the Bishop when it was not there, 41...Bd6, and did not see it when it was, 45...Be5.
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