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Mikhail Chigorin vs Emmanuel Schiffers
"Russian Scotch" (game of the day May-31-2016)
Petersburg (Match) (1880), St. Petersburg RUE
Scotch Game: Classical Variation (C45)  ·  1-0


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  Sneaky: hmmm what the heck DID I mean... 16. Rf1 is not that sneaky....

Ahhhh I remember now. The sneaky move is 23. Rfe1! Sneaky of course because it threatens Qxe7.

Nov-21-02  OttawaChessFan: Move 21 would make a great chess puzzle...

White to move and deliver mate in 8!

Probably take us half our lifetime....

I wonder why Schiffers played dxc3, he must of know he was screwed when Chigorin invested the rook into the combo.

Jan-10-03  mdorothy: I think Schiffers could have saved a chance at the game, for the big price of his d-pawn. My reasoning is that he is ahead the exchange (down a pawn if he loses his d-pawn) but still mathematically materially winning. I believe that Schiffers walked into mate when he played dxc3. I think the position was defendable, the attack could have been thwarted. I cannot prove that at this point, but I am going to throw out 23...Rf7 as a possible alternative, planning for Qf8, which allows the king room to breath, and helps everything stay defended. If white tries to continue the attack, he may even hinder his grip on the d-pawn.
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  Honza Cervenka: Mdorothy, what do you want to play after 23...Rf7 24.Bc4? If it is 24...Qf8, then what about 25.Nd7?
Jan-10-03  magerk: simply beatiful.
Jan-11-03  pawntificator: : Very beautiful.
However, there must be some way to save black in there somewhere. If not 23...Rf7 how about 23...Qg8 no...that fails to Qe5 dang it. Ok, 23...Nf5, then what is what to do to keep the attack?
Jan-11-03  ughaibu: How about Qd7 in reply?
Jan-11-03  pawntificator: ok, 23...Nf5 24. Qd7+ Rf7 25 Bc4 Qg8 26 Ne6+ Kh8 and then what? 27 Qxc6? Boy this position is complicated
Jan-11-03  ughaibu: If you do Rf7 I was planning Qe8 then I'm a piece up.
Jan-11-03  pawntificator: dang! well, there must be a way to save the game, maybe it's just earlier on.
Jan-11-03  ughaibu: You could offer a draw somewhere around moves 1 or 2.
Jan-12-03  pawntificator: very funny! Your right though, by move 23 it is way too late.
Sep-08-04  wall: 20...Qh8 doesn't look right. Maybe 20...Qg7 and if 21.Rxe6 fxe6 22.Qxe6+, then 22...Kh8 protects the King.

Instead of 22...Kg7, perhaps 22...Rf7 and if 23.Bc4 Qg7.

Perhaps 23...Nd5 is better instead of 23...dxc3 which leads to mate.

After 25.Rxe7+ Rf7 leads to mate as well as 25...Kg8 26.Bc4+ Rf7 27.Re8+ Kg7 28.Ne6 mate.

Jan-09-08  Amarande: Hmm ...

I could have sworn I've seen the ending quoted instead as 25 ... K-Kt1 26 B-B4ch, R-B2 27 R-K8ch, K-Kt2; 28 Kt-K6 mate. (The source did use descriptive notation, this is the same as the final variation in <wall>'s post above. I believe it was 500 Master Games of Chess; however, I have mislaid my copy, can someone else with the book double check this?)

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  akiba82: <Amarande> You are correct, the game appears on p158-9 of the Tartakower book.
Jan-10-08  Amarande: Can we get confirmation on which variation was actually played?
May-20-10  Dravus: Horowitz's treasury book has the game ending around White's 25th move by resignation (with the reader to figure out the variations).
Dec-01-14  Knight13: Nobody's commented on 14. g4. What's Black's reply to that move? 14... d6 (g5 was threatened) 15. Bd3 Kd7 doesn't look good for Black, but it might hold.
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  Phony Benoni: Just goes to show you what happens when the Man of the House tries to keep his Lady hidden under wraps in a corner.
May-31-16  RookFile: You don't play ...Qg6 and ...Qxe4 against an attacking genius like Chigorin. Black needed to compete in the area of tempi, not try to win a measly pawn.
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  kevin86: A nice finish with a little Arabian mate.
May-31-16  The Kings Domain: Sterling combinative play by the granddaddy of Russian Chess.
May-31-16  RandomVisitor: After 8.f4 black was still roughly equal

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+0.15/29 8...d5 9.exd5 Nxd4 10.Bxd4 Qxf4 11.Bb5+ c6 12.Bxc5 cxb5 13.Na3 Bg4 14.Qd4 Qxd4 15.Bxd4 Nxd5 16.Nxb5 0-0 17.Kf2 b6 18.Be5 f6 19.Bg3 Rfd8 20.Rae1 a6 21.Nd6 Bh5 22.Re4 Bg6 23.Rd4 Ne7 24.Re1 Nc6 25.Rd2 Bf7 26.c4

+0.16/29 8...Bb6 9.0-0 0-0 10.Nc2 Be6 11.Nd2 Bxc4 12.Nxc4 Qe6 13.Qd3 d5 14.exd5 Qxd5 15.Qxd5 Nxd5 16.Rad1 Nf6 17.g3 Rfe8 18.Rfe1 g6 19.Kg2 Kg7 20.h3 Bxe3 21.N4xe3 a5 22.Kf3 h6 23.Nd5 Rxe1 24.Nxe1 Rd8 25.Ne3 Rxd1

May-31-16  RandomVisitor: After 14.g4 black has some counterplay

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-0.23/29 14...0-0 15.Rxe7 Bxg4 16.Qe3 Be6 17.Rxe6 fxe6 18.Qxe6+ Kh8 19.Qxf6 Rxf6 20.Nd2 d5 21.Bd3 Rxf4 22.Re1 g6 23.Re7 Ra4 24.Rxc7 Rf8 25.Rb7 Rg4+ 26.Kh1 Rf2 27.Nf1 Rgf4 28.Kg1 a5 29.a3 R4f3 30.h4 Rf7 31.Rxf7 Rxf7 32.b4 axb4

-0.17/29 14...Kd8 15.Nd2 h5 16.Ne4 Bxg4 17.Nxf6 Bxe2 18.Rxe2 gxf6 19.Bxf7 Rh7 20.Be6 Ng6 21.Rf1 Re7 22.Kg2 Rb8 23.b3 c5 24.Kf3 c6 25.Rg1 Nh4+ 26.Kf2 Kc7 27.Bc4 Rbe8 28.Rxe7+ Rxe7 29.Bd3 Kd7 30.Be2 d5 31.Bxh5 Kd6 32.Bg4 f5 33.Kg3

May-31-16  RandomVisitor: 10...Qg6 appears to be a big mistake, black had:

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+0.00/33 10...Bxd4 11.cxd4 d5 12.Nc3 Qf5 13.Bd3 Qg4 14.Be2 Qg6 15.a3 0-0 16.Bf3 Be6 17.b4 a6 18.Bf2 Qf6 19.Qd2 Rfe8 20.Rac1 h6 21.Kh1 Qg6 22.Qd1 Qf6 23.Qd2

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