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Vladimir Sokolov vs Rusnikov
"The Check's In the Mail" (game of the day Jul-18-2010)
corr-1 (1966)
Italian Game: Scotch Gambit. Nakhmanson Gambit (C56)  ·  1-0


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May-07-06  acedwards: My guess would be because if 14...Rf7 then 15.Re7 gains the queen. I'm not sure though - I always overlook tons of things in games of the day.

"Or more simply, 14...Rf7 15. Qxh7 Bf5. What does white do now?"

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  kevin86: Here comes the Arabian mate!: 20...hxg5 21 ♘c6+ ♔e8 22 ♖e7#
May-08-06  dakgootje: a very nice game with a GREAT pun. I normally play at this opening 6. Re1 d5 7. Bxd5 Qxd5 8. Nc3 Qa5 and white wins back the knight on e4. Think ill stick in with my old variation instead trying this more risky and if correctly played by my opponent unsound variation ;-)
Jan-12-07  The Chess Express: <instead of 10...d6 as played 10...h6! was probably a better try taking away the vital g5 square away from the white pieces.>

I think white can simply sac here can’t he? After Bxh6 what does black have? gxh6 12. Qh5+ Kf8 13. Rf4+ Bf6 14. Qg6 wins for white, and so does 11. d6 12. Bxg7 Rf8 13. Ra-e1 cxb2 14. Bxf8 b1=Q 15. Rxb1 Kxf8 16. Rf4+ Bf6 17. Ng5 Ne5 18. Rxf6+ Qxf6 19. Nh7+

6. NxNc3! is probably the way forward for black. S.Sokolov-Grodzenski, corr 1976 continued 7. bxc3 d5 8. Bb5 Be7 9. Ne5 (9. Nxd4 Bd7 10. Rb1 O-O ) Bd7 10. Nxd7 Qxd7 11. cxd4 a6 12. Ba4 b5 13. Bb3 Na5 with a clear advantage.

8. Bb3 is no better. For example Be7 9. Nxd4 O-O 10. Qh5 Nxd4 11. cxd4 c6 12. c3 g6 13. Qf3 Bf6 14. Bc2 Be6 15. Re1 Re8 16. Bf4 Bg7 17. Qg3 Qd7 18. Be5 Bf5 and black is just a pawn up.


Apr-10-09  SetNoEscapeOn: A very beautiful finish.
Oct-29-09  The Chess Express: I guess black could have tried <12...b1=Q>

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A quick Fritz line gives

13. Re1xb1 h7-h6
14. Bg5xe7 Nc6xe7
15. Qd5-h5+ Ke8-f8
16. Re4-f4+ Ne7-f5
17. Rf4xf5+ Bc8xf5
18. Qh5xf5+ Qd8-f6
19. Qf5xf6+ g7xf6
20. Rb1xb7 Rh8-h7

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I think black should win this.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: The position after 19...h6 is in a book of combinations created by Miles and Teschner lo these many years ago. It's nice to see the whole game.
Jul-18-10  Bridgeburner: <The Chess Express>

That's a strange line by Fritz. <13. Rxb1 h6> should be drawn as after <14. Bxe7 Nxe7>, either <15. Rbe1> or <15. Nh4> enable a perpetual check by White. <15. Qh5+> is defensible but <16. Rf5+> is a fatal mistake.

<13...Kf8> is another try by Black but this too should be drawn after <14. Rbe1 Bf6 15. Rf4 Ne7 16. Rxf6+ gxf6 17. Bh6+ Ke8 18. Qh5+ Kd7 19. Qh3+ Ke8 (<<19...Kc6 and White mates in 8>>, while <<19...f5>> is risky) 20. Qh5+>.

Jul-18-10  scormus: Amazing, if flawed game. Unbelievable finish. At 19 W to play W has 3 pieces en pris and B threatens b1=Q+. One of those positions someone used to set up at a fairground and challenge people to say who was winning.

I stopped playing through and decided to find the win - make it an ersatz Sunday puzzle. I couldn't. Nearest I came was when I noticed it would be # in 1 if B's b-pawn wasn't there.

It seems strange that B didnt play 19 ... Rf6 and fight on. OTB the Arab # might be missed, but in a correspondance game .... unless it was rapid play correspondance ;-)

BTW I'd vote brilliancy prize for the pin?

Jul-18-10  scormus: I mean ... for the pun ..... I think :-\
Jul-18-10  zanshin: I wonder why Black chose to sac his Queen with <17...Qxe7>

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Jul-18-10  tivrfoa: I think 18. ... Kg6 would be better, but I think black didn't expect 19. Qg5!
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  AylerKupp: And black certainly didn't expect 20.Rxb7+ given that white's queen was en prise.
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  David2009: <scormus: Amazing, if flawed game. Unbelievable finish.> I agree

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<[snip] It seems strange that B didnt play 19 ... Rf6 and fight on> Perhaps he wanted to save the postage fearing 20...Rf6 21.Qxg7 Bxb7 22.Qxf6+ Kc8 23.Qe6+ Kc7 24.Qf7+! Kc8 25.Qb3 cxd4 26.Qxb2 Kc7 27.Qxd4 Re8 28.f4

Crafty link to the diagram position (White to play): I lost first time round playing 24. Qb3 instead of Qf7+. Try it yourselves and see what happens!

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  chrisowen: Underneath u wonder if black knights couldnt king clandestine additional resource 16..Nf5 infaust Kc7? The Scotch gambit makes headweigh (sic) after queen whisk rook it vindicates pace off. Is there a single grain of sounness for white's play? Signed sealed delivered leggy sac out on a limb. Caned Rus, still Piano, Fried Attack I stick with.
Jul-18-10  randomsac: Exciting game and a cool pun.
Jul-18-10  apexin: Wow, this is a great game.
Somehow i havent seen it before, maybe because its correspondce game..
Jul-19-10  Zkid: 20...Rf6 fails quickly to 21. Nc6+ Ke8 22. Re7+ Kf8 23. Qxg7#. 19... Rf6 looks trickier, but after 20. Re1 cxd4 21. Qxg7 (21... Re6 22. Rb1), or Qb5 to take care of the b2 pawn white should be winning, although I see nothing immediate. Black's king is stuck in the center and he'll be lucky to only lose his two extra pawns while trying to develop his pieces.
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  kevin86: With an Arabian mate to follow if the queen is taken...
Oct-27-10  sevenseaman: Or an Arabianesque mate, with R as good as a corner.
Dec-31-10  sneaky pete: As <zanshin> hints, 17... Qxe7 was a mistake. Pálkövi claims that 17... Kb8! refutes the attack (18... Qxe7 is threatened), giving the continuation 18.Qxg7 cxd4 "and black is a clear piece up". However, after 17... Kb8 18.Nc6+ bxc6 19.Qxg7 ..

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it's not clear if or how black's extra piece will be of any use.

Nov-06-11  KingsGambit73: Indeed there is a flaw in Fritz analysis, but as we know by now Fritz is pretty weak computer.

Computer gives instantly.

13. Rxb1 h6
14. Bxe7 Nxe7
15. Nh4! with big advantage for white.

Jul-11-12  zev22407: What is wrong with 8...K-f6?
Mar-16-15  Immortal Gambit: Can someone explain how 3 descendants of the Sokolov family all played Rushnikov or Rusnikov in almost the exact same game? Or maybe only one of these was truly played:

Vladimir Sokolov vs Rusnikov
Ewgeni Sokolov vs Rushnikov
Sokolov vs Rushnikov

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  ColeTrane: We like whites sixth move
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