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|Aug-24-07|| ||keypusher: Vukovic annotates this game in <Art of Attack in Chess>. Here are some of his comments.|
Black clearly cannot take the e-pawn because of 20. Kf2, but 19....b4 would have been better and safer than the move played. After 20. Bxb4 (20. cxb4 0-0 21. b5 Rfe8 is in Black's favor) 20....Nxb4 21. cxb4 0-0 the exposed condition of White's king together with his scattered pawns gives Black a considerable advantage. Thus in the event of 22. Red1 (22. Rc7 is weaker because of 22....Rae8 23. f4 Rd8 24. Qe4 Qh3+) 22....Rae8 23. f4 Qh3+ 24. Qf3 Qxh2 25. Rd2 Qh6 Black threatens both 26....Rxe5+ and 26....f6. The queen's great manueverability comes into its own in situations like this.>
After 25. Kd5:
<This position caused amazement among some of the spectators, who attempted to get the manager of the tournament to intervene, since it was clear that White's piece on d5 was his queen and that on b1 was his king! The position is, of course, a strange one; what is also unusual is that within seven moves the white king has reached a1. Clearly, it is helped in this by Black, who checks unnecessarily instead of building up a mating net. Black played 25....Qg2+?, when the correct move was 25....Rc8! In that case White's king would get into trouble on the c-file, which it would have to cross to extract itself from the scrape it has got into. The folowing variations illustrate the strength of the rook move and are at the same time instructive as regards play against an exposed king: 25....Rc8! and now:
1) White carries out a counterattack with his queen: 26. Qxb7 Qg2+ 27. Kc5 Ne7+ 28. Kb6 Rc6+ 29. Ka7 Qf2+ 30. Ka8 0-0+ 31. Bb8 Rb6 and Black wins.
2) The white king tries to force his way through to the a1 corner; this gives rise to the most interesting point in the analysis. After 26. Kc4 Black does not try any checking moves, but instead first consolidates his own position by 26....g6!!, having observed that White has no good move to make. If 27. Rc2 or 27. Qc2, then 27....b5+ 28. Kb3 Nd4+, while if 27. Rcd1, then 27....Nd4+; if 27. Red1 or 27. Rf1, the ring is tightened by 27....Qe3, and if 27. Qb6, then 27....Na5+ 28. Kd5 (or 28. Kb4 Qxh2!) 28....Qg2+ 29. Ke6 Qxa2+ 30. Kf6 (or 30. c4 Nxc4, etc.) 30...Rc6 31. Qa7 Rf8+ 32. Kg7 Rc7+! 33. Bxc7 Rg8+ 34. Kf6 Qf7+ 35. Kg5 Qe7+ and mates.>
Editor John Nunn inserts the following footnote at the end of this line:
<In this line Vukovic fails to take his own advice and gives too many checks, which actually allows White to escape by 34. Kh6! 35. Qxh2+ Kg5 Qg3+ 36. Kf6, etc. The corect continuation is 33...Qe6! and there is no way to meet the threat of 33....Rg8+ 34. Kh6 g5+.>
|Aug-25-07|| ||sanyas: Well, the psychological value of such a march is still enormous.|
|Jan-05-09|| ||WhiteRook48: wow. the queen is home, while the king is out fighting. Steinitz would have been proud of this king.|
|Jan-15-09|| ||RandomVisitor: After 25.Kd5:
[-1.06] d=18 1...Rc8 2.Kc4 g6 3.Kb3 Qxh2 4.Rc2 Qxf4 5.Qd1 Na5 6.Kb2 Qc4 7.Ka1 Qe6 8.Rb2 b5 9.Qd4 Nc4 10.Rbb1 g5 (0:27.41) 97493kN
|Mar-06-09|| ||WhiteRook48: why didn't black play the Caro Kann instead? :P|
|Jul-15-09|| ||brankat: Wow! Never have I seen His Majesty travel so much! W.Steinitz's type of a Monarch :-)|
|Jul-15-09|| ||whiteshark: Black's Queen never was supported by her own pieces.|
|Jul-15-09|| ||chesssantosh: this is the longest king maneuver i have ever seen, queen still being on the board|
|Jul-15-09|| ||twinlark: Black also missed a clear win with <27...Na5> followed by <28...Nc4> or a queen check. Caro's last move would have given him nightmares.|
|Jul-15-09|| ||randomsac: Cool game. It was interesting to see such a frenzied attack fizzle. Great game by Chigorin.|
|Jul-15-09|| ||sileps: What the..
This is one of the most bizzare king marches I've seen
|Jul-15-09|| ||YoungEd: It would have robbed the game of much of its excitement, but I wonder if Black shouldn't have accepted the offer to exchange queens on move 21.|
|Jul-15-09|| ||backrank: This game is deeply analyzed in Vukovic' classic 'The Art of Attack' as an example how a king hunt should NOT be performed ;)|
|Jul-15-09|| ||Wuster: Interesting that in this game, fully 1/3 of white's moves were King moves.|
|Jul-15-09|| ||kevin86: Caro canned?|
|Jul-15-09|| ||Honza Cervenka: Chigorin was playing this quite recklessly for win. It is clearly visible from the fact that in the 12th move he avoided relatively safe 12.gxf3 with mutually forced draw after 12...Qe1+ 13.Kf4 Qh4+ 14.Ke3 etc. and played bold but objectively worse 12.Bb5+ instead. He was quite lucky after that as Caro missed a few opportunities to get exposed white King into unsolvable troubles in the course of game and in the end he succumbed to a pretty tactical shot. But do not be too hard on poor Horatio. The position was very complex and chaotic and to find correct continuation over the board in limited time was not easy task for any human. Despite of its mistakes it was great game.|
|Jul-15-09|| ||YetAnotherAmateur: My first moment of surprise going through this one had to be 7. Ke2. It was very much telegraphing the absolutely nutty play by Chigorin, with a clear choice to make the king a fighting piece right from the get-go.|
The really astounding thing, from my perspective, is that Chigorin had to figure out in advance (or get lucky enough) from move 24 that the king could make it to safety by moving to e4, instead of the more obvious d2. In other words, an 8-move calculation with a very mobile opposing queen and knight floating around.
|Jul-15-09|| ||lzromeu: Unusual game. Both players avoiding "best moves", against theoretical bases. Caro blind strong moves to moves in ineficient atack and lose. (Win the less worst, if I can say this)|
|Jul-15-09|| ||WhiteRook48: why didn't he play 1...c6?|
|Jul-15-09|| ||Dr. Funkenstein: clearly Caro had concluded after this game that e5 was an insufficient defense to white's 1. e4! e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. f4!|
and so 1. e4! must instead be met by c6! which allows f4 to be met by d5!
|Jul-15-09|| ||Peligroso Patzer: <WhiteRook48: *** Steinitz would have been proud of this king.>|
Here is a link to the most famous Steinitzian king walk: Steinitz vs Paulsen, 1870.
|Jul-15-09|| ||goodevans: <Wuster: Interesting that in this game, fully 1/3 of white's moves were King moves.> I was about to make that same observation myself, which wouldn't be unusual for a game of 108 moves, but this is only 1/3 that length.|
What I love about these old games is that their cavalier style is matched equally by a resourcefulness in defence.
|Jul-15-09|| ||MarvinTsai: <lzromeu: Both players avoiding "best moves", against theoretical bases.> To see from a different perspective, I think it's the incompleteness of thery that makes players dare to pursue this kind of chess. By some chances your opponent would make subtle mistakes that let you get the upper hand, and those mistakes can hardly be recognized in your time. It's like playing rapid or blitz with the knowledge that you are a faster thinker than your opponent, and then just going for a brutal fight! The defense will somehow collapse.|
|Sep-23-11|| ||Meister326: This game is amazing! White's King floats in the middle of the board and he wins anyway. I don't know how he did it.|
|May-07-12|| ||andyatchess: Caro-can't|
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