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Matthias Bluebaum vs Nikita Vitiugov
"Veni Vidi Viti" (game of the day May-01-2022)
GRENKE Chess Classic (2018), Karlsruhe GER, rd 1, Mar-31
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Schallopp Defense (D12)  ·  0-1



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Apr-01-18  siggemannen: This is the one of the best games i've seen in 2018
Apr-01-18  offramp: No matter how old chess gets or how strong GMs become, people will always have trouble with that KB2 square.
Apr-01-18  malt: Worth seeing twice.
Apr-01-18  morfishine: All things being equal "Vitiugov's Immortal" would be a fitting game title. Unfortunately, no one knows how to pronounce 'Vitiugov'


Apr-01-18  ChessHigherCat: <morfishine> Veet-you-goff, with the stress on the first syllable, I think (calling all Russians to correct me on that)
Apr-01-18  morfishine: Dear <ChessHigherCat> While I have dozens of poor misguided miscreants/ruffians on my ignore list, I am proud to announce that you have made it onto my 'favorites' list, a short list indeed

best always, morf


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  Sally Simpson: I'd have gone for Viti-u-gof but am expecting to be corrected.

"Succumbing to Philidor's Mate is the worst humiliation that a player can endure at the chess board." Not to sure, but each to their one I guess.

To lose such a game is OK. I could see me saying: "Beautiful. let's play it out the mate and put it on the board."

Think back rank mate is a more painful way for an experienced player to lose.

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: The one time I got to employ a Philidor's Mate in an actual game (on the internet), my opponent was very sporting and complimented me on my play.

I think I realized that I had accomplished all I could chesswise with my limited abilities and stopped playing shortly afterwards.

Apr-01-18  Castleinthesky: Smothered Mate!
Apr-02-18  ChessHigherCat: <Castleinthesky> Sweet mystery of life, at last you've found it!
Apr-02-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4

21.Bxf6 gxf6 22.Bf3 Rd2 23.Rad1 Qd3 24.Qf4 Bxf2+ 25.Rxf2 Rxd1+ 26.Bxd1 Qxd1+ 27.Rf1 Qe2 28.Qxf6 Qxa2 29.Qd4 Kh7 ⩱ (-0.32) Depth: 10
21.Bxf6 gxf6
= / + (-0.40 --) Depth: 11

21.Rad1 Qb6 22.Bf3 Rxf2 23.Kh1 Rxf1+ 24.Rxf1 Be3 25.Ba1 Qc7 26.a3 Bb6 27.Re1 Qc2 28.Qxc2 Rxc2 29.Be5 Kh7 30.Rd1 Kh6 = / + (-0.31) Depth: 13

21.Be1 Qd4 22.Qxd4 Bxd4 23.Bf3 Bxa1 24.Bxe2 Rc2 25.Bd3 Rxa2 26.Bb1 Re2 27.Bd3 Re5 28.f3 Bd4+ 29.Bf2 Rd5 30.Bxd4 Rxd4 31.Bb5 Rb4 32.Ba6 Ra4 33.Bb5 Ra3 34.Rc1 a5 35.Rc8+ Kh7 36.Rf8 Rb3 37.Bc4 Rb1+ 38.Kf2 Rb2+ 39.Kf1 a4 40.Rxf7 a3 41.Ra7 = / + (-0.26) Depth: 25

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  Domdaniel: It is not so difficult to pronounce names like 'Vitiugov' - just remember to change certain English-style pronunciations - such as 'j' pronounced 'dj' rather than 'y' - which does not apply here anyway.

"Vit-you-gov" is good enough.

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  whiteshark: <"Vit-you-gov" is good enough.> 4me,2

Витюгов - Vitiugov - Witjugow (russ.- engl.- germ.) know thy letters, syllables, vowels and consonants and how to articulate them.

May-01-22  areknames: An absolute belter of a game and an appropriate and lovely pun.
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  perfidious: A curious denouement; on an open board and possessing a number of legal moves, White's queen has nowhere to avoid ruination.
May-01-22  offramp: sounds like an agency that finds homes for foreigners.
May-01-22  Timwestlund: It's such a shame white resigned instead of allowing the smothered mate on the board.
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  Teyss: Good game and fit pun for a quick victory.
See Bluebaum vs Vitiugov, 2018 (kibitz #1) to understand the ending.
May-01-22  ndg2: Amazing deflection at the end from the g1-a7 diagonal with Ra3.
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  whiteshark: <In viti veritas> so the six years of latin at school were not in vain.
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  whiteshark: or was it <in vitiu veritas>?
May-01-22  AlicesKnight: <whiteshark> "In vino veritas" - the truth under the influence of wine. Perhaps "non Vitii vitium" - 'not Viti's mistake', if you want real dog-Latin. A beautiful last move; the White Q has virtually nowhere to go except capturing on a3, when the sky falls in.
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  maytintan: my computer ends with a perpetual after
25. Bxe4 Rc7 26. Qa8 Rc8 27.Qd5 Qf6+ 28. Bf5 Qb2+ 29. Kg3 Rc3+ 30.Bd3 Qxa1 31.Qd8+
May-01-22  Brenin: <maytintan>: After 25 Bxe4 Rc7 26 Qa8 Rc8 27 Qd5 Qf6+ 28 Bf5, the reply 28 ... Rd8 looks better than 28 ... Qf6+, e.g. 29 Qc5 Qxa1, or 29 Qc4 Rd2+, or 29 Qa5 Qd4+, all with a significant advantage.
May-01-22  Shrinarayanan: nice. WQ giving up the diagonal leads to a smothered mate for black.
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