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Vitaly Chekhover vs Iosif Rudakovsky
Moscow (1945)
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Rubinstein Variation (D61)  ·  1-0


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Aug-05-04  Shah Mat: one of Chernev's "Most Instructive", he calls it an "unknown masterpiece"

a great lesson in strategy and the paralyzing power of an outposted knight and an overworked queen.

of course 38. Qg7+ Ke7 39. Rxe6+ Kxe6 40. Qe5# is possible, but Chernev notes, rather caustically, that Chekhover wasn't looking for it; he allready had the winning combo well-organized: "The moral is: Play the move that forces the win in the simplest way. Leave the brilliancies to Alekhine, Keres, and Tal."


Sep-24-05  Averageguy: <"The moral is: Play the move that forces the win in the simplest way. Leave the brilliancies to Alekhine, Keres, and Tal."> I always look for the best move in a position, even if I have already planned a different continuation several moves earlier.
Dec-13-05  ArturoRivera: curious that in the spanish version of the book (which i own), the name Tal is ommited in the final part...
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  Octavia: Chernev also said: "It takes time to analyse combinations, and the shorter way, ventured on hurriedly, may turn out to have a hole in it." "Logical chess", game 27
Mar-03-07  aazqua: Nice domination by white. The entire ending sequence was a little superfluous - the key is black's pathetic white bishop throughout the middle game.
Jun-26-07  euripides: Both Nd5 and dxc4 followed by b5 are standard ideas in the QGD. But playing them together allows White to play Ne4 and gain control of c5.

Lasker vs Capablanca, 1921 shows a more successful approach.

Jul-13-08  Amarande: Actually, the Qg7 etc. variation, while winning somewhat faster, still leads to the same type of ending. Black will have to play 39 ... Kd8 to avoid the mate, after which there is the same R for Q trade as here.

However, White will then be able to immediately snap off Black's h-pawn to finish things quickly, whereas there's still room for a bit of resistance after the game continuation - a likely continuation is 39 ... Ke7 40 Qxc8 Rd8 41 Qc7+ Kd7 42 Qe5 Rg8 (Black's last 3 moves are because he must not allow the h-pawn to fall but now White wins on the Q-side) 43 Qf6 Ke8 44 d5 exd5 (there is nothing better) 45 Qxa6 Ke7 46 Qb7+ Ke6 47 a6 and the rest is trivial.

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  notyetagm: <euripides: Both Nd5 and dxc4 followed by b5 are standard ideas in the QGD. But playing them together allows White to play Ne4 and gain control of c5.>

That is a *very* good point.

It is this faulty combination of QGD ideas that lands Black in trouble by allowing White to take control of the c5-square.

Jul-13-09  birthtimes: My English version 10th paperback edition of Logical Chess does not mention Tal's name either. And since Tal was not that well-known in America in 1957 when Chernev first wrote the book, I doubt if Tal's name is in it like Shah Mat said.

Chernev also said, "The move with which he [a master] wins is the one whose effects he foresaw earlier and analyzed thoroughly before starting his final combination. Once the series of forcing moves clicks, there is no reason at all for him to waste time finding other moves that might win."

Jul-13-09  ughaibu: Shah Mat isn't talking about Logical Chess, he's talking about The Most Instructive Games. . . . and that book includes at least one game of Tal's.
Jul-13-09  birthtimes: Interesting thing about that Lasker-Capablanca 1921 game...Capablanca decided to remove White's Knight on c3 before it got to e4 and c5, but if Lasker would have beaten him to the punch by playing 11. Nxd5, then a likely continuation would have been 11...exd5 12. Bd3 Nf6 13. O-O followed by the well-known minority attack conducted by White on the queenside.
Dec-06-10  YCP: Why didn't black play Rd5 at some point (moves 26, 28 or so)? It seems to make whites control of c5 not so useful....
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  GrahamClayton: Chekhover puts a squeeze on Black that Petrosian or Karpov would have been proud of.

14.♘e5! ensures control of the c5 outpost by removing the defender ♘d7. This control also eliminates any possibility of Black playing the freeing ...c5, thus paralysing the Bishop behind its own pawns.

19.♕e4! stops any attempt by Black to free his position with ...e5. 20...e5 21.♕g3 pins the pawn, and White has major pressure after 21...♖fe8 22.♗f3 against both e5 and c6.

Dec-22-14  Martin Riggs: Vitaly truly does justice to his name: Check & Over! [:
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