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Alexander Kotov vs Igor Bondarevsky
"All The King's Horses" (game of the day Dec-26-2005)
Leningrad (1936)
Dutch Defense: Stonewall. Modern Variation (A90)  ·  0-1


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  Richard Taylor: I worked this one out fairly quickly but it IS difficult. The reason is the complexity of the position. I was glad it was a series of checks...

I first started trying to solve it as a win for White! As in fact both players were considerable GMs or masters.

I wonder if it is in my old Kotov and Yudovich 'The Soviet School of Chess' book, or it was my father's, and I inherited it...

Mar-30-18  et1: 7 unique moves in succession - how many times do we see this ? !!!!
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  morfishine: Bondarevsky's immortal is too famous to be used as a puzzle
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  malt: Me thinks, me has seen this one before
24...Qf2+ 25.Kd3 Q:d4+! 26.K:d4 Bc5+ 27.Kd3 N:e5#
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  cocker: After 24 ... Qf2+ 25 Kd3 two other moves win easily: 25 ... Nxe5+ and 25 ... Ndc5+.
Mar-30-18  schachfuchs: @malt Me too!
I got the Queen sacrifice in a minute, but then almost made the mistake 26...Bxe5+
Mar-30-18  Mayankk: Such a beautiful game beginning with 22... Ne4 The more you replay it, the better it gets.
Mar-30-18  RKnight: Never would have gotten this one without the pun. In fact, I'd given up, which is how I read the pun, and renewed trying. The mate had to be delivered by the knights. Even then it took forever, though in retrospect it is so elegant,
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  Nosnibor: Got it within one minute.Nice finish.
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  gars: Beautiful!
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  ChessHigherCat: <cocker: After 24 ... Qf2+ 25 Kd3 two other moves win easily: 25 ... Nxe5+ and 25 ... Ndc5+>

Those are the moves for people like us who haven't seen the game before :-)

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  chrisowen: Ganks qf2us fabus goods keyin kd3us ducks qd4us duddy kd4us daddy bc5us clunks kd3us dunks to it eveinsy 27...Nxe5 doves eggers budus mates haves ganks musks metus getus minks keyin keyon wents wants keyos newton wangs woods gnaws bolds bicus keyin lidus bidus dicks dipus plyus flurry query heurs jovial horroz keyin it's vasts lions hexin keyin kitty tinks dints wilts it's vasts hiles toxin wacky keyin whelk xinus keyin toyus hikey ethyl wokus thews yolks wheys keyin kilts oxins keins qf2us fabus vints haves ganks kissy mrsus kesin metus getus minks keyon wetus wents keyos wants gnaws nahus aorta bolds bulls licks keyin bicus dicks deeps payus flurry query victor rahus heres jovial horroz keyin it's vasts lions hexin keyin kitty tinks dints wilts keyus to it friv 24...Qf2+ finds cfous flabs budus mates 3 haves focus fives cuffs chuff keans chaff flack cuffs qf2us fabus flubb flack faffs fangs flash falls keyus fanta flaps flats flaws buffs cuffs duffs guffs huffs lufts muffs nuffs puffs fubar bluff bagus fluff flubb buffs flung gaffs guffs fangs flubb cubas clubs bucks backs blubb flack cuffs chuff chaff buffs to it dives 25.Kd3 Qxd4+ cages daddy budus mates 2 it lowus luvus to it divein 26.Kxd4 Bc5+ cious clungs budus mates 1 it lowus luvus to it diveins 27.Kd3 Nxe5 doves eggers budus mates haves keyin backs bucks banks klubs bunks gacks flack palms rummy wadus balance lagus catch hangs vints keyus brags keans candid lambs manus pupas class chumps chugs cutas casks addus divot goods addendum fluff glugs gangs dangs daddy chang crack keans clang cuffs flack chuffs umsus hades hunch divot miffs keyas ganks qf2us fabus;
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  thegoodanarchist: About right for a Friday puzzle
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  Breunor: Although 23 Qe3 leads to mate in 5, the computers don't agree that 23 Kf1 gets white a draw. Stockfish rates Kf1 as -1.77 after Ng3 24 Kf2 Qxd4 ch 25 e3 Qh5.
Mar-30-18  JimmyRockHound: Has anyone ever figured out just exactly what it is that Chris Owen is all about?
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  tatarch: <wtpy: ...if the puzzle had started two moves earlier beginning with 23 ..f4+, which Bondarevsky clearly saw, I think it could have been a Sunday problem.>

Agreed, and seems like he saw it even two moves before that with 21...Qh4.

Incredible game.

Mar-30-18  TheBish: Kotov vs Bondarevsky, 1936

Black to play (24...?) "Difficult"

I guess if you consider yourself a tactician, you better be able to solve this... since it's relative simple mate in 4!

24...Qf2+ 25. Kd3 Qxd4+! 26. Kxd4 Bc5+ 27. Kd3 Nxe5#.

Mar-30-18  TheBish: I'm surprised Kotov walked into mate with 23. Ke3??, as it looks even after 23. Kf1.
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  keypusher: <TheBish: I'm surprised Kotov walked into mate with 23. Ke3??, as it looks even after 23. Kf1.>

I'm surprised and thrilled to meet someone who evidently has never overlooked a combination in his life.

Anyway, White's still losing after 23.Kf1 Ng3+ 24.Kf2 Qxd4+.

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  takchess: Knights on two adjacent squares cover a lot of squares.
Mar-30-18  Moszkowski012273: White is kinda busted after 18.hxg5... instead of 18.Bxg5...
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  ChessHigherCat: <Moskowski: You mean after 18. Bxg5 instead of 18. hxg5, right?
Mar-31-18  Moszkowski012273: Na man. 18.Bxg5... IS what should of been played.
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  ChessHigherCat: Moszkowski: I understand what you mean but you can't say it like that in English.
May-17-18  Moszkowski012273: Yes I can....
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