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Vasily Panov vs Abram Borisovich Poliak
"Out of the Panov Into the Fire" (game of the day Sep-20-2006)
Moscow (1934)
French Defense: Alekhine-Chatard Attack (C13)  ·  1-0


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Sep-20-06  Confuse: wow dangerous playing style by white, very fun game to watch! =)
Sep-20-06  prinsallan: Very nice ending.
Both players threatens mate, but white gets to it first.
Sep-20-06  Sularus: black and i didn't see that coming.
Sep-20-06  think: I guess white is planning

31...fxe6 32. Qxe6+ Qe7 33. Qxe7+ Kxe7 34. bxa3, which leaves him 4 pawns up for the exchange.

Sep-20-06  melianis: 31..fxe6 32.Qxe6+ Qe7 33.Qg6+ Qf7 34. Re4+ Kd8 35.Qd6+ Qd7 36.Qxf8+ Kc7 and then what?
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  Peligroso Patzer: <think: I guess white is planning 31...fxe6 32. Qxe6+ Qe7 33. Qxe7+ Kxe7 34. bxa3, which leaves him 4 pawns up for the exchange.>

In this line, note that 32. ... Qe7 leaves the Rook on c8 undefended, so White continues 33. Qxc8+. A possible further continuation runs as follows: 33. ... Kf7 34.Rf4+ Kg7 35.Qxf8+ Qxf8 36.h6+ Kg8 37.h7+ Kg7 38.Rxf8 Kxh7 39.bxa3

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  kevin86: After:31..fxe6 32 ♕xe6+ and black has the grim choice of 32...♕e7 33 ♕xc8+ winning quickly Or 32... ♔d8 33 ♖d4+ and mate next move.

White gets in there "firstest with the mostest"

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  patzer2: In the opening, I think
Black should consider 6...Bxg5 = as in Y Vovk vs M Narciso-Dublan, 2006 as a better try for equality.
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  patzer2: After 19...Qc5? (better was 19...a5 ), White seems to dominate the dark squares after 20. Nbd2! .
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  Phony Benoni: Here is one of Panov's better known games in this line, though it's not the database:

[Event "Tbilisi"]
[Site "Tbilisi"]
[Date "1937.??.??"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round ""]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Panov, Vasily"]
[Black "Yudovich Sr., Mikhail M."]
[ECO "C13"]
[WhiteElo ""]
[BlackElo ""]
[PlyCount "52"]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e5 Nfd7 6.h4 f6 7.Bd3 c5 8.Qh5+ Kf8 9.Nxd5 fxg5 10.Rh3 g4 11.Nf4 Nxe5 12.dxe5 gxh3 13.Bxh7 Rxh7 14.Qxh7 h2 15.Ke2 h1Q 16.Ng6+ Kf7 17.Nh8+ Qxh8 18.Qxh8 Nc6 19.Qh5+ Kg8 20.Nh3 Qxg2 21.Qe8+ Bf8 22.Ng5 Nxe5 23.c4 Qg4+ 24.Kf1 Qxc4+ 25.Kg1 Qg4+ 26.Kf1 Bd7 0-1

A game with more sacrifices to the square inch than most Muzio Gambits. I've read that many improvements have been found for both sides--but, hey, sometimes there's more to chess than mere truth.

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