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Vladimir Alatortsev vs Isaac Boleslavsky
"The Queen Who Cost Too Much" (game of the day Apr-21-2016)
USSR Championship (1950), Moscow URS, rd 6, Nov-20
Old Indian Defense: Ukrainian Variation (A54)  ·  0-1
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Aug-28-10  sevenseaman: Bole's clarity of thought and execution of plan is striking. He has produced a masterpiece. Amazingly via 25. Qf1+ White walks into the very discovered check Bole was looking for. As if a premeditated way of resigning.
Jan-18-13  Cemoblanca: There's a Bobby Fischer game with the same motive. Well, I don't know exactly which 1, but he played his Queen back to f1 after a check on c1, because his Bishop was on d5 and his Rook on f7, etc.
Jan-18-13
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  Phony Benoni: <Cemoblanca> I believe you're thinking of this position, from Fischer vs J Sherwin, 1957:


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<31.Qf1!>.

Jan-18-13  Cemoblanca: Bingo <Phony Benoni>. ;) Just a few days ago, I had downloaded a games collection of Bobby called "Fischer's Finest" and there are 2 games with Sherwin and I didn't know exactly which 1. ;)

The other 1 was also a Sicilian (Rossolimo Variation) and was played in the same year (1957). Therefore it was a bit annoying. Great game too (18.Nxh7!!).

Here it is: Fischer vs J Sherwin, 1957

By the way: I like your game collections too. Very good job. Keep it up. :)

Jan-19-13  Cemoblanca: Game Collection: Second American National Tournament (NY 1913)

What a great collection <Phony Benoni>. Very well done. Thank you. :)

Jun-01-14  Conrad93: A Ukrainian playing the Ukrainian variation.

Interesting...

May-29-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  zydeco: White plays with fire all the way through the opening -- it just feels wrong to delay castling with open lines in the center. Boleslavsky finally punishes him on move 20.
Jun-02-15
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  zydeco: Cafferty and Taimanov, annotating this game, describe it as a clash of principles. Alatorsev, a classical player, makes natural developing moves 4.e4 and 9.Bd3 to take space in the center. Boleslavsky plays in a more dynamic style.

Cafferty and Taimanov suggest 9.f3 or 9.0-0-0 as a more spirited treatment of the position.

Boleslavsky planned to meet 16.Bxg7 with 16....Nf4!: 17.Bxf8 Qf6! or 17.Qxf4 Qe7+ with an advantage.

Apr-21-16
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  al wazir: Where's the win after 24. Qd4 ? If 24...Rf2+, then 25. Kf1 Bc6+ 26. Ke1 Re8+ 27. Kf1 Ree2 28. Qf4 Rxh2 29. Qf6 Rb2 30. Qd8+ Kf7 31. Qxc7+ Ke6 32. Qc8+ Ke5 33. Qh8+, and now white has the attack.
Apr-21-16  schnarre: ...Black gives the Queen up for an impressive victory.
Apr-21-16  erixn: @al wazir: I think the trick is not to let the wK run away: after 24.Qd4 Bc6! White has no checks, and Rg2+ is coming soon.
Apr-21-16  Autoreparaturwerkbau: I smell a touch of irony here. <<"The Queen Who Cost Too Much">> is today's pun.

Today (Apr 21st, 2016) is also Queen Elisabeth II's 90th birthday. And she is known to be no cheap customer.

Coincidence? Might not be. ;)

Apr-21-16  dark.horse: Nice attack by Boleslavsky. And, while it's not a "pun", I like the title given to this game.
Apr-21-16
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  kevin86: Black will end up a bishop ahead and an easy win.
Apr-21-16  Ironmanth: Nasty, and nice(!) combination to end this. What a loss that Boleslavsky died at a comparably young age. Surely, he still had many more years of contribution at all levels. He was a favorite of some of my high school playing buddies in the early seventies.
Apr-21-16  Moszkowski012273: 22.Qd4,Bg2 23.Re1... MIGHT draw for White.
Apr-21-16
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  Castleinthesky: Great GOTD and pun--vicious attack by Black after very passive play by White.
Apr-21-16
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  morfishine: Excellent game but "The Queen Who Cost Too Much"???????????????

What does that have to do with anything? What does it relate to? Movie? Old Saying? Sitcom? Anything?

Please, somebody fill us in

*****

Apr-21-16  Javascript: <Autoreparaturwerkbau>, I don't think it was Queen Elizabeth's birthday yesterday, because her birthday is on June 6th.
Apr-21-16  catlover: <morfishine> I suppose it refers to a spy movie with the title, "The Spy Who Knew Too Much."
Apr-21-16  Sally Simpson: Hi Morf,

Here (White to play)


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Moving the f1 Rook meets 20....Rxf2

20.Re1 Rxf2 21.Kxf2 Qe3 mate.

So 20.f4 hits the Queen and stops Rxf2 sacs.

Black sacked the Queen for a Bishop and Rook. He was not forced to, it was not trapped.(20...Qc5+)

so in this respect the pun is wrong.

White did not buy the Queen. Black sold the Queen.

And on White's last move 27.Qf1+


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White is trying to sell the Queen back.

27...Kg8 28.Qxg2.

(if 27...Ke7 White at the very least has a perpetual with 28.Qf6+)

So we have yet another pun that shows all the imagination of a soap dish.

Autoreparaturwerkbau is probably correct. The 21st of April is her majesty's birthday and this is the colonies having a wee joke.

Off with their heads!

Apr-21-16  newhampshireboy: Queens and royalty? I am a colonial and I say "Bah Humbug" !
Apr-21-16  Sally Simpson: A colonial...huh!

Hampshire is an English county (with a naff cricket team) and come 2083 when according to the Paris Treaty and the 300 year clause the USA is handed back to the UK your lot will once again be ruled by a Royal Family.

We will redesign your flag. You can keep the stripes but we will replace the stars with a Union Jack.

Your sidewalks will become pavements, your parking lots will become car parks and your gas stations shall be known as petrol stations.

and you will all spell 'colour' as 'colour' and not 'color'

It will be done.

Apr-22-16
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  al wazir: <erixn: I think the trick is not to let the wK run away: after 24.Qd4 Bc6! White has no checks, and Rg2+ is coming soon.> Yep, that works. The ♕ can hide on h4, but after 25. Qh4 Rg2+ 26. Kh1 Rxa2+ 27. Kg2, the white ♖ is lost -- and 27...Rxa1 is mate. Thanks.
Apr-23-16  erixn: @al wazir: That's right, but 25...Rxg3 is even worse: mate next move! - But I find Moszkowski's suggestion 23.Qd4 harder to refute.
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