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Konstantin Chernyshov (elder) vs Andrzej Lesiak
URS (1969)
Polish Opening: General (A00)  ·  1-0


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  YouRang: Easy, but of course White calculated this well before the puzzle position at move 11.

After White offered the rook sac <9.Nxg5! Bxh1?>, he continued with <10.Bxf6!>, leaving black with this position:

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Black replied <10...g6>, giving the <11.?> puzzle position. If black had played 10...Bxf6, then 11.Qh5 Re8 12.Bh7+ Kh8 (12...Kf8 13.Qxf7#) 13.Nxf7#

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Jan-04-12  LIFE Master AJ: Konstantin Chernyshov - Andrzej Lesiak

[A00] / URS, 1969. [A.J.G.]

***** ***** *****


This is the Sokolsky/Orangutang Opening ...

Its not really great, but probably not as bad as its reputation, either.


This is rather tame, though fully playable.

[ More energetic would be the continuation given by the new Fritz "Power-Book," which would be:

1...e5!; (center)

This is probably Black's best idea, the Bishop on b2 is can be blunted with center Pawns.

Now 2.a2-a3!? is worth serious consideration ...

2.Bb2!? Bxb4; The simplest.

(One reference work gives:
2...f6!?; 3.e4!? Bxb4;
4.Bc4, with comp. for the Pawn.
[ See MCO-15, page # 738;
column # 11, and all notes.
(Esp. note # r.) ] )

3.Bxe5 Nf6; 4.Nf3 0-0; 5.e3 d5; (unclear)

when Black has no real problems, some engines even assess Black as being a little better. ]

Both sides continue to develop.

2.Bb2 Nf6; 3.a3 Be7; 4.e3 0-0; 5.Bd3!?,

This is somewhat artificial, there is nothing here that would lead me believe that such a primitive attack should be successful.

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An interesting position has arisen.

[Better was: 5.Nf3 d5; =]

5...h6?!; ('?')
This loss of tempo was unnecessary here.

[Better was 5...d5!; 6.f4!? c5!; ∞ - Fritz 12. ]

6.Nf3 b6!?;
This is a little slow, Fritz, Houdini (and two other engines) like 6...a7-a5!; to immediately get some counterplay going.


A simply horrible move, going for an unjustified (immediate) attack. Correct was a developing move like 7.Nc3. (Fritz)

7...Bb7?!; (Too timid.)

Black should go ahead and call White's bluff and grab the Pawn. (See the note, just below.)

[ Better was: 7...Nxg4!; 8.Rg1 f5; 9.h3 Nf6; 10.Nc3 Bb7; ∞ (unclear) when White has some play, but I am skeptical that it is worth a whole Pawn here. ]

White continues with his direct frontal assault - I don't think he has any choice now, not after the silly g2-g4 idea.

8.g5 hxg5T; ('Box')

This was pretty much forced, it would have been a disaster to allow Black to open the g-file in this position.

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Now White begins to show some nice tactics ... which Larry Evans said was, "the heart of chess."


This sets a nice trap.

9...Bxh1?, (Really - '??')

Blinded by the light ... and overcome by greed.

[ Black had to play: 9...g6▢; "T" 10.Rg1, " " but White (now) has good play and nice attacking chances down the half-open g-file. ]

10.Bxf6 g6T; (100% forced.)

This was forced, now we have reached our position for the daily CG problem. (POTD)

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[Or </= 10...Bxf6?; 11.Qh5 Bxg5; 12.Qh7#. ]

11.Qh5!, " "

Black Resigns, a nice mate occurs after 11...gxh5;
(otherwise Black cannot prevent a Queen mate on h8 or h7); and now 12.Bh7#.


Jan-04-12  LIFE Master AJ: A serious chess student should also study this game: Petrosian vs Fischer, 1971, Black's plan to block the center was successful.

If memory serves, I once played the following line against a "Class B" player in a tournament in Fort Walton Beach, (FL):

1.b4 a5 2.b5 e5 3.Bb2 f6 4.d3 d5 5.Nf3 c5 6.c4 d4 7.g3 Bd6 8.Nbd2 Ne7 9.Bg2 Be6 10.0-0 Nd7 11.Re1 Nf8 12.e4 Qd7 13.a4 g5 14.Rc1 Nfg6 15.Nb3 g4 16.Nfd2 h5;

Black had the better game, and went on to win ... although many improvements are possible on both sides ...

Jan-04-12  standardwisdom: Thanks <LIFE Master AJ>, very interesting analysis. I was going to ask the question - what could be better 9th move for black, but then hesitated as it is sometimes difficult to get the attention of chess pros on this site. But thanks for your analysis it answered that question (in the form of 9.. g6), and was illuminating in other ways as well.
Jan-04-12  scormus: <LMAJ> A nice commentary on the game, and highlights how the unwary B player can go wrong. I remember seeing a game played on on of those open air board with 3 ft high pieces. Some guy as B met the Polish, I'm sure for the first time in his life. Poor chap was completely undone, just didnt know where to put his pieces when W's pieces were where he was used to seeing them. And a whole crowd watching too ...

The intermediate moves in the sequence tell quite a story, I think. Bd3 might not be a really bad move, but very hand-showing. FWIW I didnt think g4 was so bad (at least, not once youve accepted Bd3). B might as well have bitten to bullet and taken it, it could hardly have turned out worse. But ... b6 and Bb7 were a fairly clear signal than he had no idea of the danger to his Kside. And ... Bxh1 well and truly confirms it.

Chernyshov would not have been very old at the time and he played with the brashness of youth. I'll stick my neck out and suggest that he considered his opponent to be a rather mediocre player. I presume his play had matured somewhat by the time (2005) when he (Chernysov, that is) beat Grischuk.

Jan-04-12  scormus: <not very old .....> 2 years? Really? Well, I thought his play was a bit immature ;)
Jan-04-12  LIFE Master AJ: <standard> + <scormus> Thanks for the compliments, this is why I do what I do ... in the hopes that it helps other players better understand the game.
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  chrisowen: <LIFE Master AJ> <scormus> Nice too see days experimenting indifferent strokes openings imnot quite sure what in calms it be7 passive flower? In tour ah having slow hit target fielding g5 f6 h5 pitching three major door slugs black is OAP defence can it afoord castle long bishop h1 it reason in dutifuls count down to go bxf6 g6 it is a worn routine in riff old gound for grieve music in Kepler sphere? Plan bb2! Black Kalli got to him just like in movee.
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  chrisowen: Boiling Frog, Monkey Fish

1) B4 scarper all thoughts of clean game in strike from flank. 2) G4 gauge his tenacity plonk him in unknown waters. 3) G5 level it off seize heres pea cook slot hanging around?

G6 hook line sinker h5 mate #.

Jan-04-12  Hevelius: What a flavourful Queen sacrifice! However, speaking as a mediocre player, I would have expected a far more difficult solution, for this Wednesday's riddle.
Jan-04-12  brianhughes: <Patriot> and <K.A.B> I believe <sassa> has a valid suggestion (7... Nxg4). This allows f5 (instead of h5 as suggested in the lines posted) to protect the knight and leads to a playable game for black.
Jan-04-12  polarx: 11. Qh5. Got it.
Jan-04-12  twin phoenix: <johnlspouge> tks for posting the game collection!! it's cool.
Jan-04-12  Patriot: <brianhughes> You may be right about having a playable game. I looked at it for only a few minutes when I made the comment. In my opinion it looks unnecessarily risky to open the g-file. Houdini says it's a good move, roughly even. I can't argue with the computer but I can't play like one either. So as a human player I would have to wonder if it is safe or worth the time calculating it.
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  tpstar: Ha! For a fun trip back in time, review this kibitzing from the top.

Back then a certain five-letter word was blocked by the SOAP filter.

Jan-04-12  Old Wolf: Should be a Monday at worst!
Jan-04-12  zb2cr: Hi <johnlspouge>,

Actually, I mentioned that the pattern was "Blackburne's mate" on the previous page. You just didn't look back far enough.

Jan-04-12  VincentL: "Medium/Easy".

This puzzle will soon be down and I will probably be the last poster.

White has sacrificied a rook and needs something immediately decisive. Soon I see that 11 Qh5 ! is the move we want. After 11.... gxh5 12 Bh7#. Declining the queen does not help, since both Qh7 and Qh8 bring immediate mate.

Letīs check.

Jan-04-12  paulwrussell: 5. ... g6
Jan-05-12  M.Hassan: <syrocrophy>:You are correct. I missed 13...Bh6 Thank you
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  kevin86: It looks like a Monday problem on Wednesday...The queen,is or course,immune.
Aug-13-13  FSR: Chernyshov (born June 11, 1967) played this game at the age of 1 or 2? Now <that's> precocious!
Aug-13-13  JoergWalter: <FSR: Chernyshov (born June 11, 1967) played this game at the age of 1 or 2? Now <that's> precocious!>

A criminal cheater and comp user...

Aug-18-18  Vitez: This game is on YouTube:
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