Members · Prefs · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

register now - it's free!
Mikhail Podgaets vs Mark Izrailovich Dvoretsky
"Good Old Benoni" (game of the day Sep-02-15)
URS-ch sf (1974)  ·  Benoni Defense: Old Benoni. Russian Variation (A44)  ·  0-1
To move:
Last move:

Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 9 times; par: 46 [what's this?]

explore this opening
find similar games 223 more games of Podgaets
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You should register a free account to activate some of's coolest and most powerful features.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with the default chess viewer, please see the Pgn4web Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
May-05-10  TheChessVids: How has this not been game of the day?!!!
May-05-10  sleepyirv: <TheChessVids> No easy pun to make?
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: 29...Rf3!
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: <wordfunph>29...♖f3!

White is close to zugzwang, as any move by a piece loses, eg 30. ♖e1 ♖xf2, or 30. ♕xf3 ♕h2#. He is forced to play 30.c4, but resigned after 30...♔h6, as 31. b4 cxb4 leads to the queening of the b-pawn.

May-23-14  estrick: It's impressive to see White's pieces all driven back to squares surrounding the king, beginning with 27. ...Rf8.

White will indeed be in zugzwang once he runs out of pawn moves.

This position is #154 in Alburt's 'Chess Training Pocket Book'.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: Can't help but be reminded of the infamous "Tomb Game", B Harper vs R Zuk, 1971. It all seems so harmless until Black's king starts moving aimlessly and White realizes he doesn't have a good reply -- or any reply at all.
Sep-02-15  Viennablue: Wouldn't 28...Rf4 have been stronger?
Sep-02-15  Ferro: Haz Pilates
Sep-02-15  Ferro: My uncle Pepe: 15. Bah! (the key)
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: This looks like a more "open" version of the tomb game.
Sep-02-15  kamagong24: reminds me of the immortal ZUGZWANG game between Saemisch and Nimzowitsch Copenhagen (1923)
Sep-02-15  mruknowwho: Was White's game plan to control the light squares? That seems like the only thing that makes 11. Be2 and 12. a4 make sense. I would have played 11. O-O-O.
Sep-03-15  Moszkowski012273: 28...Qg5+ is a stronger line.
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No posting personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please submit a correction slip and help us eliminate database mistakes!
<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>
This game is type: CLASSICAL (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections [what is this?]
TraglorfBob's favorite games
by TraglorfBob
by whiteshark
non-specific collection
by ughaibu
'inspiring games should be considered'
by 5nizza
Ae7: main
from Game collection: A44 by dionisio54
Tomb Game revisited
from Cabinet of Curiosities by Bubo bubo
by ISeth
This position is #154 in Alburt's 'Chess Training Pocket Book'.
from Published Games by Year and Unconfirmed Source by fredthebear
tomb game: "open" variation.
from zugzwang greats by kevin86
This position is #154 in Alburt's 'Chess Training Pocket Book'.
from Black B Gambitz by fredthebear
September 2: Good Old Benoni
from Game of the Day 2015 by Phony Benoni
from Games of the day for 2015. by truepacifism

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | advertising | contact us
Copyright 2001-2017, Chessgames Services LLC