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Sergey Volkov vs Bartosz Socko
"Volkov Fame" (game of the day Jun-09-2018)
Rilton Cup (2013/14), Stockholm SWE, rd 7, Jan-03
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Kmoch Variation (E20)  ·  1-0



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Mar-10-14  Boris Schipkov: This game with my commentary in Chess Siberia
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  PawnSac: < EvanTheTerrible: Great game! How much of this is theory? >

all of it now! <g>

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  perfidious: White's sixteenth is one of those 'where the hell did <that> come from?' moves.
Feb-07-18  Grandma Sturleigh: Surely GOTD-worthy? All we need is a pun.
Jun-08-18  paavoh: How about "Volkov Fame"? Just submitted it...
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  ChessHigherCat: I somehow suspected that "Volkoff and live!" wouldn't go over too well...
Jun-09-18  andrewjsacks: Oh spirit of Frank J. Marshall.
Jun-09-18  nalinw: A rare pun that suits the game as well as the players name.

I would prefer "Volkov Life" though .... with Dire Straits in the background

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  OhioChessFan: <Jun-08-18 paavoh: How about "Volkov Fame"? Just submitted it... >

That was quick. Amusing secondary part of the pun is the opponent of the "Walk" player has a variant of "Sock" in their name.

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  catlover: Excellent choice for GOTD. 16 Bg6 was a thunderbolt.
Jun-09-18  UnknownPlayer: have not played regular chess in a while. will try to commentate by myself. 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4
nimzo? boring for both sides. sad.
4. f3
i know this thing is played in gms but i would not be comfy with f3. d5
5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 O-O
now f3 makes white really cramped. i would definitely prefer black here although he has given the bishop pair away. 7. cxd5 exd5 8. e3
seriously? who would like to play this position with white? Nh5 9. Ne2 Re8 10. g4
white started to gain space. black better be careful or be subject to a big pawn storm. Qh4+ 11. Kd2 Nf6 12. Qe1 Qh6
why not trade? white is trying to attack black king. i'd definitely trade. 13. Nf4 c5 14. Bd3 b6 15. h4
black queen is trapped now. black should have traded. Nfd7
but it's too late.
16. Bg6
now the queen will be trapped for eternity.
hxg6 17. g5 Qh7 18. h5 Kf8 19. hxg6 Qg8 20. Qg3
black did not listen to me. now will lose.
Bb7 21. Nxd5
that's a nice pawn grab
Ne5 22. gxf7 Nxf7 23. Nc7
now the rook is trapped too
g6 24. d5
why not take the rook?
Nd7 25. e4 Nde5 26. Kc2 Rac8 27. Ne6+ Ke7 28. Bf4 Nc4 29. Rh4 black position is really, really bad.
Red8 30. a4
Qe8 31. Bc7 Ne3+ 32. Kc1 Rxd5 33. exd5 Bxd5 34. Nf4 now black had to give material away.
wow. that is really clever. rxc7 runs into nxg6! 35. Nxd5 Nxd5 36. Re4 Qh8
black is really cramped.
37. Be5 Nxe5 38. Rxe5 Nxc3 39. Kd2 Re8 40. Rxe8 Qxe8 trade everything and win the endgame. easy.
41. Re1 Qh8 42. Qg4+ Kd8 43. Qf4 Kc8 44. Qf6 Qh4 45. Qc6+ 1-0 black should have traded those queens.
Jun-09-18  morfishine: "Volkov's Immortal"
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  Breunor: I ran Stockfish at 24 ply for 6 minutes and it couldn't find 16. Bg6! But once it was played it was evaluated as a big plus! Great game!
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  Check It Out: 16.Bg6 is an amazing move!
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  offramp: If someone played 16.Bg6 against me, I'd have said, "What have you taken?"
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  Check It Out: "Who do you think you are, Frank Marshall?"
Oct-05-19  mel gibson: Interesting.
I saw the text move and so did Stockfish 10
but after a few minutes the computer changed it's mind and had another move:

21. Rh7

(21. Rh7 (♖h1-h7 f7xg6 ♘f4xg6+ ♔f8-f7 ♖h7-h8 ♕g8xh8 ♘g6xh8+ ♖e8xh8 ♕g3-c7 ♗b7-c6 ♗c1-b2 ♗c6-a4 ♖a1-e1 ♘b8-a6 ♕c7-b7 ♖h8-h2+ ♖e1-e2 ♖h2xe2+ ♔d2xe2 ♖a8-h8 ♕b7xa6 ♗a4-b3 ♕a6-b7 ♖h8-h2+ ♔e2-f1 ♔f7-e6 d4xc5 ♘d7xc5 ♕b7xg7 ♖h2xb2 ♕g7-f6+ ♔e6-d7 g5-g6 ♗b3-c4+ ♔f1-g1 ♖b2-b1+ ♔g1-g2 ♖b1-b2+ ♔g2-g3 ♗c4-f1 g6-g7 ♖b2-g2+ ♔g3-h4 ♖g2-h2+ ♔h4-g4 ♖h2-g2+ ♔g4-h5 ♖g2-h2+ ♔h5-g6 ♗f1-d3+ ♔g6-f7 ♗d3-h7 ♕f6-e7+ ♔d7-c6 ♕e7-e8+ ♔c6-b7) +3.67/36 383)

score for White +3.67 depth 36.

Oct-05-19  Walter Glattke: 21.Nxd5 Bxd5 22.Qd6+ Re7 23.Qxd5 Re8 24.Qxa8 winning. 21.Rh7 fxg7 22.Qh2 Kf7 23.Nxg6 Na6 (23.-Kxg6 24.Qh5#) 24.Qh5 winning. 21.gxf7 Qxf7 22.g6 Qf6 23.Ba3 Ke7 24.Nh5/24.Rh7/24.dxc5 all winning. Stockfish shows only one way to win.
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  agb2002: White has a pawn for a knight.

Black's weakness on d6 suggests 21.Nxd5:

A) 21... Bxd5 22.Qd6+ Re7 23.Qxd5 Nc6 24.Qxc6 looks very good for White. For example, 24... Rae8 25.gxf7 Kxf7 (25... Qxf7 26.Rh8+ Qg8 27.Rxg8+ wins) 26.g6+ Kf8 27.Qd6 followed by Rh4 with the double threat Rf4+ and Qh1.

B) 21... Rc8 22.Qd6+ Ke8 23.Qe7#.

C) 21... Na6 22.Qd6+ Re7 23.Qxd7#.

D) 21... Re6 22.gxf7 Kxf7 (22... Qxf7 23.Rh8+ wins) 23.Qf4+

D.1) 23... Ke8 24.Nc7+ followed by Nxe6 with a rook and two pawns for the knights and the better position looks very good for White.

D.2) 23... Nf6 24.Nc7 looks similar to D.1

Oct-05-19  RandomVisitor: Black might have held with 14...Nc6 or 14...Nfd7 (by transposition):

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<47/71 1:06:41 +0.31 14...Nc6 15.Qg3 Nd7> 16.Rd1 Qd6 17.Ke2 cxd4 18.cxd4 Nxd4+ 19.Kf2 Nb3 20.Nxd5 Qxg3+ 21.Kxg3 Nxa1 22.Nc7 Nc5 23.Nxe8 Bd7 24.Nc7 Ba4 25.Rd2 Rb8 26.Bf1 Nab3 27.Rd1 h5 28.Bb2 hxg4 29.Kxg4 Rc8 30.Nb5 Ne6 31.Nc3 Be8 32.Kg3 Rc5 33.Rd5 Kf8 34.Rxc5 Nexc5 35.Nd1 f6 36.Bc3 a6 37.e4 Bd7 38.h3 Kf7 39.Bc4+ Be6 40.Ne3 Bxc4 41.Nxc4 Ne6 42.Nd6+ Kg6 43.Nxb7 Nbd4

Oct-05-19  devere: 16.Bg6!! was a great move. 14...Nc6 would have been better for Black, because after 15.h4 Nd7 16.Bg6? Qxf4! works because the Black bishop on c8 is protected from a White rook check on e8.
Oct-05-19  RandomVisitor: Others have shown that 21.Nxd5 is only one way to win. Surprising are 21.Bb2 and 21.c4:

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<44/79 3:00:18 +4.79 21.Rh7 fxg6 22.Rh8> Qxh8 23.Nxg6+ Kf7 24.Nxh8+ Rxh8 25.Qc7 Ba6 26.c4 Rc8 27.Qf4+ Ke7 28.cxd5 cxd4 29.Bb2 Nc5 30.Qe5+ Kd7 31.Bxd4 Nb3+ 32.Kd1 Rd8 33.Qf5+ Kd6 34.Qg6+ Kc7 35.Qc2+ Nc5 36.Bxc5 Rxd5+ 37.Bd4+ Nc6 38.Rc1 Rd6 39.Ke1 Kb7 40.Bxg7 Bd3

44/102 3:00:18 +2.59 21.Bb2 Ke7 22.gxf7 Qxf7 23.g6 Qg8 24.c4 Kd8 25.Rh7 Nf6 26.Rah1 Nbd7 27.Rh8 Qxh8 28.Rxh8 Rxh8 29.Ne6+ Ke7 30.Nxg7 Rag8 31.dxc5 bxc5 32.Nf5+ Ke6 33.Nd6 Nh5 34.Qh3+ Kxd6 35.Bxh8 Rxh8 36.g7 Nxg7 37.Qxh8 Ne6 38.f4 d4 39.f5 dxe3+ 40.Kxe3 Nd4

44/77 3:00:18 +2.53 21.Nxd5 Re6 22.gxf7 Kxf7 23.Qf4+ Ke8 24.Nc7+ Ke7 25.c4 Na6 26.Nxa8 cxd4 27.exd4 Kd8 28.Bb2 Bxa8 29.d5 Re8 30.Rae1 Rxe1 31.Rxe1 Bxd5 32.cxd5 Qxd5+ 33.Kc2 Nac5 34.Re3 Ne6 35.Qh4 Qf5+ 36.Kd2 Qd5+ 37.Ke1 Qxg5 38.Qxg5+ Nxg5 39.Bxg7 Nf7 40.Kf2 Nd6

44/72 3:00:18 +2.25 21.c4 dxc4 22.Bb2 Ke7 23.gxf7 Qxf7 24.d5 g6 25.Rad1 Nf8 26.Ne6 Bxd5 27.Nc7 Kd7 28.Nxd5 Kc6 29.Ke2 c3 30.Bxc3 Kb7 31.Qf4 Qxf4 32.Nxf4 Nc6 33.Bf6 b5 34.Rd5 Kb6 35.Rc1 c4 36.Rd6 Kb7 37.Bg7 Rad8 38.Bxf8 Rxf8 39.Rxg6 Nd4+ 40.Kf2 Nb3

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  Breunor: Simply a stunning game by Volkov! This whole game is full of wonderful puzzle moves. As I said 11 years ago, 26 Bg6!! is insane.
Oct-05-19  JCigan: Not a great puzzle as there are numerous wins. I had 21. Rh7 and see no reason to believe it’s worse than the game move.
Oct-07-19  patzer2: Missed the Saturday puzzle due to a family reunion visit.

In an actual game, I would have played the simple, developing 21. Bb2 +-, which <RV>'s deep stockfish analysis indicates is as good as the game move 21. Nxd5 +-.

Surprisingly best is 21. Rh7! +-.

P.S.: So where did Black go wrong? Black's game goes bad with 14...b6? 15. h4 Nfd7 16. Bg6! +- (+2.26 @ 31 ply, Stockfish 10).

Instead, 14...Nc6 15. h4 Nd7 16. Qg3 Qd6 ⩲ to = (+0.33 @ 33 ply, Stockfish 10) keeps the game near level.

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