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Vladimir Litvinov vs Gavriil Veresov
"Dutch Windmills" (game of the day Aug-27-2015)
Minsk (1958)
Dutch Defense: Queen's Knight Variation (A85)  ·  0-1


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Sep-27-04  Rowson: Nice Dutch miniture!!!

The bishop of b7 makes the queen untouchable.

Sep-20-05  DutchOne: The main variant is 14. gxh4 Nxf3+ 15. Bxf3 Rg6+ 16. Bg2 Rxg2+ 17. Kh1 Rxf2+ etc.
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  Honza Cervenka: Older and less known "twin" of Plachetka vs L Zinn, 1974.
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  fredthebear: If 13.gxQh4 Rg6+ to be followed by 14.Bg4 RxBg4+ 15.Kh1 Nxf2# a discovered double check along the long diagonal.
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  Penguincw: I wouldn't say there's any windmills in this game, but the ending might feature one.

If 14.gxh4, then 14...Nf3+, and if the king moves to g2 or h1, the knight can move to d4 or e1 with check, and the queen is picked up.

Similarly, if 15.Bxf3, then 15...Rg6+ 16.Bg2 (16.Kh1 Bxf3# 0-1) Rxg2+ 17.Kh1 Rxf2+, queen will be won (just like <DutchOne> mentioned). Hehe, Dutch...

Obviously if 14.Nxh4 then 14...Nh3# 0-1.

Oh, and I just realized this opening is a Dutch, but unfortunately both these players are from Belarus. :|

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  kevin86: Sudden death- if the queen is captured, mate will follow...if the queen is not captured...mate will follow.
Aug-27-15  Imran Iskandar: Very nice miniature from Veresov.
Aug-27-15  siggemannen: where did white go wrong?
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  TheFocus: White's first mistake was sitting down to play. Then it went downhill.
Aug-27-15  mikrohaus: This combo isn't even original from this variation. It was played by Alekhine decades ago, although his opponent was good, saw disaster coming, tried to keep the long diagonal closed, lost a pawn, and died a slower death. [See Alekhine's "My Best Games", where this mating-combo with B+N is shown in the notes.]

The opening is interesting for 1.d4 players and Nimzo-Indian/Dutch defenders. If Black can get in ...Bb4xNc3 (especially if White gets doubled c-pawns), ...Bb7, and ...Ne5, he can take a nap, because he certainly won't lose. That's why knowledgeable 1.d4 players never allow Black to follow this simple and effective plan.

For people interested, these opening positions can be found from the Dutch or (more typically nowadays) Nimzo-Indian move order, when Black plays ...P-f5 early. For people with access to old Chess Life issues from the 1990s, there was a very good article covering Black's best plan with the Dutch (1...f5) move order. It was probably from Soltis, but I can't remember. However, it is extremely instructive, if you can find it.

Aug-27-15  mikrohaus: <mikrohaus said: "The opening is interesting for 1.d4 players and Nimzo-Indian/Dutch defenders.">

This opening variation (with ...Bb4 and ...Bxc3, with an early ...Ne4 and ...Pf5) is also possible out of the Q-Indian, but only if White is playing passively/badly. Usually there is a reason the Dutch or would-be Nimzo-Indian player doesn't play ...Bf8-b4: there's a pawn on a3.

I apologize for forgetting these trans-positional possibilities, since I've looked for them since I was a whipper-snapper and am fairly good at it. But I don't start my games with the intention of getting a Q-Indian with Black, unless my opponent forces my hand.

I like the strategic aims of the Nimzo-Indian more -- especially with the ...Bb7 and ...Ne4 plan, when allowed -- but Q-Indian people are people, too, and I will never say one bad word about them for being so. I just wanted to point out that this plan is also open to them, once they get their B to b7 and N to e5 (typical Q-Indian opening strategy.) If White lets you play ...Bf8-b4 safely, do it. Then you can also take a nap (not too long!) like we Nimzo-Dutch people do.

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  perfidious: <Honza Cervenka: Older and less known "twin" of Plachetka vs L Zinn, 1974.>

Had never seen the above game.

Feb-22-18  schnarre: ...13...Ng5: Insult to injury!
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