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Stanishevsky vs Nikonov
"Wild Horses" (game of the day May-23-2017)
Moscow (1981)
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack (B30)  ·  1-0


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Feb-25-06  SanChess: What a depth! The whole conception started as early as 14 Kh1, clearing the way for the Rook attack along the g-file. Nobody would have seen such an attack arising from that position in a game with regular time comtrols. It had to be in a correspondence game. Mesmerizing!
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  al wazir: <EmperorAtahualpa: By the way, check out the notation: <32.gxf8=N+>.> Right! If it ever became necessary to write the move gxh8=N#, it wouldn't fit inside the grid!
Feb-25-06  itz2000: 29.. Bf1
30 Rxf1, Qxf6?
31. Rg1?

so afterwards, what good was 29..Bf1 except from earning a turn and how can it help now?

Feb-25-06  brainzugzwang: <On 29... Bf1> why not 30. Rxf1 Qxf6 31. Qg7+ Nxg7 32. hxg7+? White ends up getting back at least Q for R (32... Qh6? 33. Nxf8(N)+ Kg7 34. Rf1+ and Black ends up a rook down; 32... Kxg7 33. Rf1+ Qf6), resulting in White being up one Kingside pawn in a Rook endgame. Is that a book draw, or are there winning chances?
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  TheAlchemist: Since I found it on Tim Krabbe's page, I think the game must be genuine. He is very good at researching such things and would have found out whether it was a composition or not. Remember, thanks to him, the whole De Ronde vs Kamstra, 1938 was found.
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  Jack Kerouac: Stanishevsky has good horse sense.
Feb-25-06  Catfriend: <brainzugzwang> First of all, 29..Bf1 30.Rxf1 is countered by 30..Rg8 0-1.

But even 30..Qxf6 is enough! 31.Qg7+?? Nxg7 32.hxg7+ Kxg7 33.Rg1+ Qg6 - you write White is a pawn up... But he will be also a rook down:) 0-1

Feb-25-06  backyard pawn: "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink. Your turn." Woody Allen, Love and Death
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  Skoosh: Really well played by Stanishevski. If an amateur like me had played like that, I would have retired on a high!
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  Skoosh: Who found this game? I see there's only one entry for both players in the database. Maybe this is the only game of chess both of them played!!! If it is, I'm giving up!
Feb-25-06  Mendrys: It seems that 29...Bf1 is a draw to me as stated above. I don't see how white can break thru. Beautiful game nonetheless. Why didn't black play 29...Bf1! ? I bet because he thought he had already refuted white's combination.
Feb-25-06  McCool: ♘ice underpromotion.
Feb-25-06  LPeristy: These are the most random looking sacs I've ever seen. Great combination!
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  khense: Great sac! However my personal favorite remains Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben where white's rook on the 7th sacs itself again & again & again.
Feb-25-06  backyard pawn: <LPeristy These are the most random looking sacs I've ever seen.> The method in his madness was to get the f3 Knight out of the way so that the rook could slide over from e3 to h3 and start the mating combination. The sacs allow him to get the knight out of the way without loss of tempo. What's cool is the white knights were in position since the tenth move. And Black's queen spent the last 20 moves guarding the d7 square since his rooks were knight-forkable since his 13th move. -- Beautifully efficient win for white.
Mar-01-06  EmperorAtahualpa: <Who found this game? I see there's only one entry for both players in the database. Maybe this is the only game of chess both of them played!!! If it is, I'm giving up!>

<Skoosh> Another database has more games played by Nikonov.

Dec-23-06  syracrophy: Simply awesome! Those ♘ sacs worked as well to free the 3rd rank for the ♖. What an awesome scheme! Here's an example that is similar to the final mating position:

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White's up a piece, but Black threatens a mortal discovered check! We have to be careful with what we want... <<<<>>>1.♕xh6+!! gxh6 2.g7+ ♔h7 <Now what?> 3.gxf8=♘+!! ♔h8 4.♖g8#>

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  Gilmoy: Hah -- a Knight version of Damiano! Both sacs defend the f-pawn, which is itself just a roadblock for 1 more tempo. But the first sac is solely to gain a tempo for the second one!! I've never seen that theme before!

I love the final "swinging gate" position so much -- I <imitated it once> :) Mine was just a skittles game on (where I usually play), at 5+3 time control (5 minutes + 3 seconds per move). Let's not analyze my opponent's play too deeply ...

[Site "Pogo"]
[Date "2003.09.13"]
[White "rotorooker"]
[Black "GilmoyMimesADesk"]
[Result "0-1"]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Be7 4.d3 Nf6 5.Bg5 O-O 6.h4 d6 7.Nc3 Na5 8.Nd2 Nxc4 9.Nxc4 h6 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.Qf3 c6 12.g4? Bxh4 13.O-O-O Bg5+ 14.Kb1 b5 15.Nd2 a5 16.Qg2 a4 17.f4? Bxf4 18.Rf1 b4 19.Ne2? Bxd2 20.Ng3 Bg5 21.Nf5 Bxf5 22.gxf5 f6 23.Rh3 b3 24.c3 bxa2+ 25.Kxa2 a3 26.b3 Qb6 27.Rb1 Rb8 28.Qc2 d5 29.Rg3 dxe4 30.dxe4 c5 31.Rd3?

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White messed up the Kingside attack, dropping a piece + 2 pawns. Still, there's the matter of finishing him off. After Rb1 Qc2, I thought my two-Rook theme was neutralized on b -- trade down, grind him with the Bishop, boring. Then he dangled the other Rook -- cue Stanishevsky --

31... c4 32.bxc4? Qb2+!

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33.Rxb2 axb2+ 0-1

My b-Rook quits the rat race and takes a new job as a bodyguard, converting to a triangle mate at a1, with the protected P neatly filling the role of the diagonal-mover. It's the only time I've pulled it off with a pawn, or even seen such, until this game by Stanishevsky.

I didn't get to underpromote, but I conscripted White's Q to fill out my mating net -- that's got some charm, too.

Apr-24-07  alshatranji: "The method in his madness was to get the f3 Knight out of the way so that the rook could slide over from e3 to h3 and start the mating combination. The sacs allow him to get the knight out of the way without loss of tempo"

Not only that. Notice that before White's 25th move, the rook's path is already clear. The aim of the second sacrifice is to protect the f6 pawn momentarily and divert the black queen away from it. If White played 25.Rh3 immediately, there would follow 25...h5, 26.gxh5 g5, 27.Qxg5 Qxf6, which prevents White's mating sacrifice, since the h pawn has not advanced yet. In short, the second knight sacrifice gives White a one move tempo gain.

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  fm avari viraf: A memorable game of stunning sacrifices. The combo is simply fantastic & charming.
Jan-17-08  MorphyMatt: Of course 32. ♖xh6+ ♔xh6 33. gxf8♕+ ♔h5 34. ♕h8# was also possible, but not as pretty. Nice game!
Mar-10-08  ketchuplover: I think 20.Rg3 is worthy of consideration
May-24-08  addiction to chess: Stunning!
Jun-25-08  apexin: brilliant attack! best attacking game ever in my opinion.
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  GrahamClayton: One of the unusual features of this game was White's sacifice of both Knights on the one square (d7) in the space of 3 moves.

Here is another example of a player sacrificing 2 pieces on the same square in 3 moves:

D Ostapenko vs P Yartsev, 1969

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