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Ilya Smirin vs Alexander Beliavsky
USSR Championship (1989), Odessa
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Breyer Defense Zaitsev Hybrid (C95)  ·  0-1
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Mar-02-08  drnooo: rather than the kt up to d6, doesnt black also have pawn h5 right away. Dunno if it is weaker, but does it not also lead to a forced win?
Mar-02-08  drnooo: well maybe whites kt f5 foils the pawn to h5, dunno
Mar-02-08  iccsumant: Anyway, these kind of problems can't be solved fully with raw analysis on the board. Black must have seen that he has many resources to continue the attack with and simply carried on with that line.
Mar-02-08  znprdx: <independentthinker: What is the defensive ‘Wild Rook’ maneuver> it is a stalemate theme - known often as 'crazy rook' Game Collection: Crazy Rooks
Mar-02-08  Amarande: <independentthinker: What is the defensive ‘Wild Rook’ maneuver> You may also know it as 'cling check' as that is perhaps more descriptive (in addition, the cling check motif can also be done in rarer cases by a Queen, so it's not limited to a Rook). Here's a rudimentary example:


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White draws with 1 Rb5+, and then continuing to check on the b-file wherever Black's King goes, and the game is drawn, since Black can only ever escape the series of checks with KxR; however, this is stalemate no matter when or where Black does so.

Mar-03-08
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  Richard Taylor: I basically solved this. Although after Nc6 I thought White would play b3.

Very complex.

Mar-03-08
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  Richard Taylor: I meant Nd6. Also Bf6 is a move to be considered.
Mar-03-08
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  johnlspouge: <<Richard Taylor> wrote: I meant Nd6. Also Bf6 is a move to be considered.>

I actually calculated a few lines from 31...Bf6. Toga declared it to give White some pull, although not a winnning game (see my two posts).

Mar-03-08
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  SuperPatzer77: Why White resigns after 38...Ne3! is because White is falling apart -- 39. Qxe3 (only move) Qxe3, 40. Ne4 (prevents Qg5#) Qxe4, 41. Rf4 (only move) Qe2+, 42. Kg6 (if 42. Kh4 Qh2#) Qxd3+, 43. Kh5 Qh3+, 44. Kg6 Qe6+, 45. Kh5 Qe5+, 46. Kg6 Qg5+, 47. Kf7 Qxf4+, 48. Ke7 Qf8#. So, White tries his desperadoes against Black's mating threats but they don't work at all. 0-1

After 38...Ne3! 39. Kg6 Qe6+, 40. Kh5 Qg4# (or 40. Rf6 Qxf6+, 41. Kh5 Qg5#). 0-1 Too many mating threats are actually inevitable so, that's why White is falling apart.

Mar-05-08
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  Richard Taylor: <johnlsponge> I found 13 ... Nd6 and also thought of Nf6 or h6... I couldn't calculate all of them of course but I felt Black was winning...trouble was I spent a lot of time on 28 ... Nd3 and 28 .... Nf3+ and while doing so I had set my small portable board up with the W Queen on b8! So I was looking at 28 ..Nf3+ 29 gxf3 Rxf2 30 Rxe1+ Bf1 31 Rxf1+ and so on (when after 28 ..Ne3 29 Rxd8+ Kh7 the N was pinned (which it actually isn't in reality!)and I was obsessed with that line for some reason) ... but I also thought of 28 ..Qxg2+ but no dice...so all these lines and ideas distracted from the main idea of 28 Rxf2 then I saw Nd6 as essential to the attack..and possibly Bf6.

Some interesting analysis you gave.

I usually avoid the "insane" problems - when I came on here a few years ago I did solve some of them - one by Keres and one by Tal etc but I used to spend too much time on them - I would analyse completely in my "head"! I don't have a computer - I do have Chessmaster but I have never set it up to solve much - occasionally I use it (use it more lately) ... For that (chess practice) the "easier" problems" are probably of more practical use but these are good from time to time - certainly a great combo by Beliavsky - a great game by both!

Useful to see the themes as much as analysing specific variations...

Dec-22-08
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  notyetagm: A *brilliant* game by Beliavsky.

38 ... ♘c4-e3 0-1


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Dec-25-10  Llawdogg: Wow! Fantastic rook sacrifice. This is what chess is all about. Beliavsky gets it!
Dec-30-10  falso contacto: good bye blue sky.
Jan-31-11  belgradegambit: Possible GOTD title: Knights in White Smirin
Jul-11-12  Moszkowski012273: 28. Rxe5 wins this game for white. Why has nobody mentioned this?????
Jul-11-12  Shams: <Moszkowski012273> Are you sure your move wins?
Jul-11-12  shivasuri4: <Moskowski012273>, I don't think it does. Note that 28. Rxe5 loses to 28... Bxe5. The fork 29.Ng6+ is pointless as mate is threatened on g2 and the f4 (now g6) knight is the sole defender.
Jul-11-12  Moszkowski012273: No, there are TWO checks coming with the knights, the second one being a DISCOVERED..(or else the queen falls)
Jul-11-12  shivasuri4: <Moskowski012273>, you are right. However, the position appears roughly dynamically equal after 28. Rxe5 Bxe5 29. Ng6+ Kg7 30. Nh5+ Kh7 31. Nxe5+ Qe4. The black rook on the second rank compensates for black being a pawn down.
Jul-11-12
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  Chessdreamer: Black's 26th move seems to be Kg8, not Kh8 as given here. [Beliavsky, Chess Informant 48/484]
Jul-11-12  shivasuri4: <Chessdreamer>, I suspect Chess Informant is correct. That solves the riddle, doesn't it, <Moszkowski012273>? 28. Rxe5 would not be a good move if 26... Kg8 was played.
Jul-11-12  Moszkowski012273: Yes, 26...Kg8 makes all the difference in the world.
Nov-24-12
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  Eduardo Bermudez: Harmony in the movements of the black pieces !
Apr-26-16  ToTheDeath: Fantastic attack.
Sep-08-17
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  malt: 28.Qf5 looks a better try for White
Brilliant game
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