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Nicolas Rossolimo vs Ivan Romanenko
"All Roads Lead to Romanenko" (game of the day Sep-28-2015)
Salzburg (1948), Salzburg AUT
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack. Fianchetto Variation (B31)  ·  1-0


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Mar-17-13  Mnem: the quickest way to win 13. Qe2
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  FSR: After 12 moves, Black is up a piece but his position is ghastly, with the monster pawn on d6 shutting down his queenside development. The initial focal point for White's attack, as usual in such positions, is f7.

<13.Qe2!> (threatening 14.Qe8#) <Bf6> (13...Bh6 14.Qe8+ Kg7 15.Ne5! Bxg5 16.Qxf7+ Kh6 17.Ng4+ Kh5 18.Qf3 with a decisive attack) <14.Qe8+ Kg7 15.Re7!> Break on through to the other side! <Bxe7> (15...Nxe7? 16.Bxf6+ Kxf6 17.Qxh8+ Kf5 18.Qe5+ Kg4 19.h3#; 15...Bxg5 16.Qxf7+ Kh6 17.Qg7+ Kh5 18.h3 followed by g4#) <16.dxe7 Nxe7 17.Qxe7> and now Black is defenseless on the dark squares: <17...Qb6> [17...d5? 18.Qf6+ Kg8 19.Bh6 followed by Qg7#; 17...h6? 18.Bf6+ Kg8 (18...Kh7 19.Qxf7#) 19.Qe8+ Kh7 20.Qxh8# or 20.Qxf7#] <18.Bf4 d6> [18...Qe6 19.Be5+ Kg8 (19...Kh6 20.Qh4#) 20.Qd8+ Qe8 21.Qxe8#] <19.Bxd6 Bf5> [19...Be6? 20.Be5+ Kg8 (20...Kh6 Qh4#) 21.Qf6 Kf8 22.Qxh8+ Ke7 23.Qxa8] <20.Ng5> (refocusing on f7) <Rhf8> (20...Raf8? 21.Be5+ Kg8 22.Bxh8 and if 22...Kxh8, 23.Qxf8#) <21.Nxh7! f6> (21...R(either)e8 22.Nf6+ K moves 23.Nxe8+; 21...Kxh7 22.Qh4+ Kg8 23.Qh8#) <22.Nxf6+ Rxf6 23.Bxf6> (threatening 24.Qg7#) <23...Qxf6 24.Qxf6 1-0>

I have inadvertently seen from the titles of game collections that Rossolimo played 13.Re8+!, but I think that the above analysis shows that 13.Qe2! also wins. In such a position, it's not surprising that more than one road leads to Rome.

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  FSR: OK, Rossolimo's way, which I didn't consider, is incomparably more elegant than 13.Qe2.
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  morfishine: <FSR> The last 3 POTD's have been like that: more than one road leads to Rome
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  bharat123: <al wazir>: <bharat123: 13. Qe2> Bf6. Now what?

Now 14.Qe8+ Kg7 15.Re7 Nxe7(15..Bxe7 16.dxe7 Na6 17.Qxa8 Kxa8 18.Bf6+: 15..Na6 16.Bxf6+ Kxf6 17.Qxa8 Kf5 18.Qe5) 16.Qxa8+ Kxa8 17.Bxf6+ Kg8 18.dxe7

Mar-17-13  5hrsolver: Can someone please give me the link to saturdays puzzle. Thanks.
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  Phony Benoni: <Shrsolver>

Ding Yixin vs Tan Zhongyi, 2012

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Mar-17-13  zb2cr: I actually got this one! It's quite rare for me to get a Sunday, due to my problems with visualization beyond a certain horizon.

I have nothing to add to the trenchant commentary by <bharat123>, <Patriot>, <M.Hassan>, <morfishine>, <patzer2>, <abuzic>, <agb2002>, <Abdel Irada>, <James D Flynn>, and <FSR>.

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  chrisowen: Jaga in squash it tergid eon bustin 6...Nd4 o wry jack your body inceed 10.Nd6+! binded colour to,

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rook came a cup 13.re8+ dang man sweet at good game in clink it is king time in a mo' 13...Kxe8 very more wow free five move combo a tugs 14.Que2+ sting it hint a dime 14.kf8 only move about 1 grebe 15.be7+ a ke8 rules over ignoble defeated it feed in a victor 16.bd8+!

bounced in pound of flesh it now in no time like dagas ke turn over a5 a wonkey 16...Kxd8 give string mate in concordiad jangle,

it harmony in six eh ?!

Mar-17-13  5hrsolver: Thanks Phony Benoni
Mar-17-13  Patriot: <morf> It was a bit of a visualization error for me with 16.b4. I can't ask for too much though because I was very sleepy when I worked on it around 12:30am.

15.Be7+ made a lot of sense to me because it sets up a discovered check. I just didn't realize it worked immediately after 15...Ke8!

I couldn't agree with you more about the powerful pawn on d6 restricting black. Black's development is really awful. It reminds me of some bad positions I seem to get into and I wonder "what happened?"

Mar-17-13  Patriot: <zb2cr> Thanks! But feel free to comment on what you were thinking at the time. I think by doing this, it has helped me improve over time. Occasionally someone may say "But Patriot...move X is much better because of Y" and that provides feedback. There were other times I challenged other's ideas and ended up learning something in the process.

I'm only making a suggestion though--do what you want. Your opinion matters!

Mar-17-13  Tigranny: First time I actually got Sunday.
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  Dionysius1: Hi <Morfishine> (Something I need, and the fishine season's just about to start!). It's even better than you say because 17...Ng5 18 Qe7 is mate immediately. The N guard fore7 has been distracted.
Mar-17-13  bachbeet: That ng5 is a great move that seals it.
Mar-17-13  KnightPusher: Barely guessed Re8+ but (as I usually just guess) didn't fully carry it out. What a sweet move Ng5 is.
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  morfishine: <Dionysius1> Yes, on your comment: <It's even better than you say because 17...Ng5 18 Qe7 is mate immediately. The N guard fore7 has been distracted> I realized that too late to delete the post! No matter, Black is deader than a mackerel

FYI: I like fishing too, but the username is a conglomeration of morphy, fischer and alekhine...I wonder if any of them fished?

Mar-17-13  BlackSheep: Today's POTD would have been harder if Kingscrusher (of youtube fame) hadnt done a video of this game in the last week . (coincidence or conspiracy , who can say ?)
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  al wazir: <bharat123>: Thanks. I don't feel too ashamed that I failed to find that myself.

But you left out one line: <15...Bxe7 16. dxe7> Nxe7 17. Qxe7 Rf7 (17...Qb6 18. Qe5+ Kg8 19. Bh6; 17...Qd8 18. Qxd8 Rxd8 19. Bxd8) 18. Qf6+ Kg8 19. Bh6.

Apr-11-14  yureesystem: Black cannot take on 15...Nxe7? 16.Qxe7+ Kg8 17.Ng5 < mate soon> 17...h6 18 Qxf7 mate. GM.Rossolimo conduct this attack well against the uncastle king.
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  sachistu: I suspect this was a casual or off-hand game as Romanenko and his wife gave a musical presentation following the Bad Gastein tournament (Bad Gastein being a spa town in Salzburg province.) See Wiener Schachzeitung, 1948, p4.

Wiener Schachzeitung describes Romanenko as a chess and concert master. He was not a participant in the Bad Gastein tournament (though Rossolimo was). Apparently, this is Ivan Romanenko, who immigrated to the US in 1949, and whose death was mentioned in the Sharon (PA) Herald (and other sources).

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  kevin86: The only way that black can avoid mate from the white knight is to stop it with the knight...after which white's queen will mate.
Sep-28-15  Dr. J: It's easy to be dazzled by the very beautiful winning variation starting with 13 Re8+, but is it really a faster win than, say, 13 Qe2, analyzed by <patzer2>, <FSR>, and others? Black could have bailed out with 16...Kf8 17 Bxa5 Bxb2, and White, ahead only Q v. R+B (and a large lead in development) still has a slog ahead of him.
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  transpose: This has got to be one of my fav games of all time. Simply a beautiful miniature. Bravo Rossolimo!
Apr-02-16  tanu123: Fantastic!
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