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Myers vs Vladimir Savon
Manhattan blitz (1959)
Van Geet (Dunst) Opening: General (A00)  ·  1-0


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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-02-04  Knight13: When opening went wrong, you just get checkmated.
May-12-05  soberknight: Black was an idiot Savon (idiot Savant).
May-12-05  Resignation Trap: <soberknight> Myers are killing me from listening to all your puns.
Sep-11-05  chessnewbie: i'm really dumb but can someone point out the win for white here?
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  Sneaky: Don't say your dumb. We're all dumb or we wouldn't be wasting so much energy on chess!

Anyhow, the king's got to take the knight or he loses his queen, right? So 7...Kxf7 8.Qxe6+ Kg6 (forced, because anywhere on the back rank and we have Qf7 mate). 9. Nf3 and you really shouldn't have to calculate much more than that. The Black king has run into the middle of the board like a fool, White has many pieces involved in the attack (and playing d3 will bring the bishop into it as well).

Somebody with more patience than me (or a computer) could probably work this out to a forced checkmate in so-many moves, but for all practical purposes you just need to see that the King takes a stroll into the center of the board, and you know in your guts that it's over.

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  Benzol: One thing I find a bit strange, what was the 18 or 19 year old Savon doing in Manhatten New York in 1959?
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  perfidious: <benzol> the thought occurred to me also....even the top names would hardly have been likely to show up in the USA without a big event in store. In fact, I can't think of any top-level event between Dallas 1957 and Santa Monica 1963 held in USA.
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  Jim Bartle: 1. A GM loses in 7 moves to a player with only four games in the database.

2. This is the ONLY game here which Savon played outside the Soviet bloc or Cuba between 1959 and 1971.

If I weren't such a trusting soul...

Feb-04-06  aw1988: Well, it was blitz.
Nov-03-08  Octal: Similar to 1 e4 c6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 dxe4 4 Nxe4 Nd7 5 Bc4 Ngf6 6 Ng5 e6 7 Qe2 Be7? (7 ... Nb6 is correct) 8 Nxf7!
Jul-31-09  YoungEd: Maybe Black went to the Sav-on Drug Store before the game (that joke might only work if you grew up in California a long time ago).
Feb-11-11  Sem: If you play Nd7 in the Van Geet, you can feel it coming.
Jun-10-13  mmmjv: This game is in today's Boston Globe (Harold Dondis and Chris Chase) and it gives the possible continuation of 7...Kxf7 8.Qxe6ch Kg6 9.Nf3 Rg8 10.Qf7ch Kh6 11.d4ch g5 12.h4 (and 12...Nh5, otherwise hxg5 mate, 13 hxg5 any piece captures g5 14.Rxh5 mate.)

After 9.Nf3 white would be threatening 10.Bd3ch Kh6 11.Qe3ch Kh5 12.Qg5 mate or 10...Kh5 11.Qf5ch Kh6 12.Qg5 mate. Black's 9...Rg8 in the example line given by Dondis and Chase would be so he could play 11...g5 after 11.Qe3ch or f5ch

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  offramp: I just want to get this straight.

Nineteen-year-old Vladimir Savon, a Ukrainian, spends most of 1959 playing in the Ukrainian Championship and another Russian Championship.

But he manages to get State clearance to pop over to Manhattan for a single game of blitz, which he loses in 7 moves.

Then it is straight back to the Motherland - no tournaments or matches. Life continues as before.

Strange behaviour!

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  Fusilli: <offramp> Of course, nothing unusual about that!
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  perfidious: After such a disgraceful exhibition, if I had been the Communist Party functionary overseeing this little excursion into the maws of the capitalist beast, I should certainly have sent Savon home as well.
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  Honza Cervenka: Savon is not so unusual surname, and especially in NY with its East-European communities. Of course, this game was not played by Vladimir Savon.
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