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Ewgeni Sokolov vs Rushnikov
corr (1964)
Italian Game: Scotch Gambit. Nakhmanson Gambit (C56)  ·  1-0


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Feb-28-04  bodonoghue2003: This game has got me perplexed... Surely this isn't a White win?
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  crafty: 19. ... ♖xe8 20. ♕xe8+ ♔g7 21. h4 ♕c1 22. ♔h2 ♕f4+   (eval -9.17; depth 13 ply; 500M nodes)
Mar-14-05  Runemaster: A quick finish, yes - that's why it's known as the Pelikan Brief.
Jan-22-07  mstover: Why not 14. Rxe7+

What would black do?

14 ... Nxe7 15. Qe4 followed by Qxe7+

if the king moves, well, white is ahead a ton of material.

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  fm avari viraf: It seems to be me White must have won on time as the position doesn't look winning for Pelikan.
Aug-01-10  Cushion: Rellstab could have missed Qc1.
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  whiteshark: I couldn't find this game in the Big Database 2008. Rellstab played 1961 tournaments in Dortmund, Graz and Zevenaar.

A bogus?

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  Phony Benoni: Something is strange. Pelikan was one of the European players who stayed in South America after the Buenos Aires Olympiad, and does not seem to have played any games in Europe after World War II. And Rellstab never seems to have played in South America.

If the game is legitimate, it must have been played in the 1930s; both players were active in Europe at that time, and played in at least one tournament together.

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  whiteshark: Finally found this game annotated in MegaCorr 2006 Database:

[Event "USSR ch-08 sf 6466"]
[Site "corr"]
[Date "1964.??.??"]
[White "Sokolov, EN."]
[Black "Rushnikov, V.N. (USSR)."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C56"]
[EventDate "1964.??.??"]
[EventType "corr"]
[EventCountry "URS"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d4 exd4 5. O-O Nxe4 6. Nc3 dxc3 7. Bxf7+ Kxf7 8. Qd5+ Ke8 9. Re1 Be7 10. Rxe4 d6 11. Bg5 cxb2 12. Rae1 Rf8 13. Bxe7 Nxe7 14. Qh5+ Kd7 15. Nd4 c5 16. Qg4+ Kc7 17. Rxe7+ Qxe7 18. Rxe7+ Kd8 19. Qg5 h6 20. Rxb7+ 1-0

Both players are so far not in database.

Aug-02-10  sneaky pete: That's V Sokolov vs Rusnikov, 1966

The October 1966 Deutsche Schachzeitung, where the Sokolov vs Ruschnikov (spelling DSZ) game is annotated, writes: (6.Nc3 ..was) first tried in practical play in a game Brüchner vs Hecht, Frankfurt a/M 1961 (?!; must be 1960), see DSZ January 1961, page 10.

That's T Bruckner vs Hecht, 1960. Thomas Bruckner is probably Siegfried Bruechner

So it's likely the Rellstab game was played in 1961, only white is not Pelikan but some other bird.

Dec-31-10  sneaky pete: The gamescore is wrong. Pálkövi (Zweispringersystem bis Traxler Gegengambit, Caissa Chess Books 2000) gives 12... h6? 13.Bxe7 Nxe7 14.Qh5+ Kf8 15.Ng5 .. and wins. After 13... Qxe7 white would (as pointed out by <mstover>) no doubt have played 14.Rxe7+ Nxe7 15.Qe4 ..

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Combining Pálkövi's truncated version and this one here, the most likely sequence is 13... Nxe7 14.Qh5+ Kf8 15.Ng5 g6 16.Qf3+ Nf5 (if 16... Bf5 17.Ne6+ ..) 17.Qc3 Qxg5 18.Qxh8+ Kf7 19.Re8 ..

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  OhioChessFan: <Mar-14-05 Runemaster: A quick finish, yes - that's why it's known as the Pelikan Brief. >

Thought I had a good pun worked up and saw I was only 7 years too late.

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