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Vugar Gashimov vs Jan Smeets
"Vugar Display of Power" (game of the day Jan-02-2011)
Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2010) (rapid), Nice FRA, rd 8, Mar-21
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Chigorin Variation (C42)  ·  1-0

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Mar-21-10  jon01: Nice attack from Gashimov. 30. Rxg7+! Kxg7 31. Rg3+ Kh7 32. f6! is simple and beautiful.
Mar-22-10
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  HeMateMe: most painful
Jan-02-11  PeterThePatzer: Could someone please explain why 22...Nd5 would not work for black in this game? Did black miss this line because it was a rapid game, or did these two grandmasters see something which I am missing?
Jan-02-11
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  Phony Benoni: Judging from Sutovsky vs E Inarkiev, 2009, 14...Nxb5 is an attempted improvement. Black may have to go back to the drawing board.

Looks like 15...Kd8 could have been answered by 16.Bf4 Qxd1 17.Raxd1+, winning a piece.

Right at the end, after <32...Nxg6>:


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33.Rxg6 is very tempting, with lines like 33...Qd1+ 34.Rg1+ Qxc2 35.Rg7#. But 33.Qxd7 is probably more precise. Alas, the pros usually prefer the best move to the fancy dazzler.

Jan-02-11  ounos: 22. ...Nd5 23. Qxb7, I guess
Jan-02-11  redorc19: Why not 9. Bxe4 dxe4 10. Rxe4 with a pawn up?
Jan-02-11  BobCrisp: 9. Bxe4 dxe4 10. Rxe4 Bxf3 11. Qxf3 Nxd4 regains the pawn and equality reigns.
Jan-02-11  tommy boy: PanterA!
Jan-02-11  hedgeh0g: Are you talkin' to me?
Are you talkin' to me?
Jan-02-11  Llawdogg: Brilliant rook sacrifice. It is nice to see beauty in such a recent game.
Jan-02-11  WhiteRook48: nice game of Gashimov
Jan-02-11
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  Penguincw: I can't wait for this year's Amber tournament.
Jan-02-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Check It Out: RE-SPECT, WALK
Jan-02-11  Gersch: How come vugar has 2740 if his profile says his highest rating was 2733?
Jan-02-11  kudubux: Thank you chessgames.com for accepting my submitted GOTD pun.

The pun is a reference to Vulgar Display of Power, the 6th studio album of heavy metal band Pantera.

Jan-02-11  swr: Great pun, long live Dime ;)
Jan-03-11
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  Check It Out: <Dimebag Darrell> One of the greatest shredders of all time, if not the greatest.
Jan-03-11  tommy boy: From where the pun is taken - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulgar...
Jan-03-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Check It Out: Pantera's WALK, not for the feint of heart:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKG0...

Jan-03-11
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  kevin86: Oops,the knight is pulled from the rook-and the castle is lost.
Dec-10-11
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  Penguincw: Even in the final position white has an attack.
Jan-11-14  RcfM: I have submitted the pun for this game 3 years ago as <kudubux>.

The pun served right: fusing a song title from a favorite heavy metal band with a game of one of my favorite modern chess players.

R.I.P. Grandmaster Vugar Gashimov! A big loss to the 64 square game, indeed he was. I've always liked his games--- a chess artist of another sort, if you'd compare him to the likes of Ivanchuk, Morozevich, etc.

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