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|Jun-23-08|| ||notyetagm: Does anyone have <PGN> for this game, <Stepanov-Romanovskij, Leningrad 1926>?|
The incredible tactical finish is so -INSTRUCTIVE- that it is given as the only example on the Wikipedia page for the topic <Combination (chess)>: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Combin....
< The position below begins a combination which illustrates several forks and skewers.
Stepanov-Romanovskij, Leningrad 1926.
Black to play.
Black played 1... Rxf3+! White dare not take the rook with 2.Kxf3 because of the royal fork 2... Nd4+, which would win the white queen. Retreating with 2.Ke2 instead would run into the same fork. The move 2.Kd2 looks more promising, but after 2...Rf2+ (skewering the white king and queen) 3.Be2 Rxe2+ 4.Kxe2 Nd4+ the white queen will be lost anyway. Therefore White was forced to play 2.Ke4.
After 2...d5+!, White resigned. White still could not take the black rook without losing his queen, but the alternative 3.cxd5 exd5+ 4. Kxd5 Be6+ would leave White with no good defense. Taking the bishop with 5.Kxe6 allows the long-threatened fork 5...Nd4+, while taking the knight with 5.Kxc6 allows the skewer 5...Rc8+ followed by 6...Rxc2. Retreating with 5.Ke4 permits the black bishop to skewer the white king and queen with 5...Bf5+, so White has only one option left: 5.Kd6.
After 5.Kd6, Black would have played 5... Rd8+. White couldn't take the bishop or the knight for exactly the same reasons as before (after 6.Kxe6 Nd4+ 7. Ke7, Black comes out a rook ahead with 7... Nxc2 8.Kxd8 Nxa1), which leaves one legal move, namely 6.Kc7, but then 6... Rf7+ absolutely forces the white king to take the black knight, allowing the skewer 7... Rc8+ followed by 8...Rxc2.>
|Aug-27-08|| ||ravel5184: Please!|
|Aug-28-08|| ||Benzol: <notyetagm> <ravel5184>|
I have submitted the game into the DB but if you can't wait until it appears here is the gamescore.
White: G. Stepanov
Black: P. A. Romanovsky
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qb3 c5 5.Nf3 Ne4 6.dxc5 Nc6 7.Bd2 Nxc5 8.Qc2 f5 9.a3 Bxc3 10.Bxc3 0-0 11.b4 Ne4 12.Bb2 b6 13.g4 Nxf2 14.Kxf2 fxg4 15.Rg1 Qh4+ 16.Ke3 Qh6+ 17.Kd3 gxf3 18.Rxg7+ Qxg7 19.Bxg7 Kxg7 20.exf3 Rxf3+ 21.Ke4 d5+ 0-1.
|Aug-28-08|| ||ravel5184: Thank you sooo much!!!|
|Jul-29-09|| ||WhiteRook48: with 4 Qb3 going crazy|
|Jun-13-11|| ||wordfunph: "Oh, because in life there are many attractions which I did not want to pass by…." (when asked why he did not put more effort into becoming a Grandmaster)|
- IM Peter Romanovsky
(taken from his book Chess Middlegame Planning)
|Jul-29-11|| ||brankat: I found his memoires quite fascinating, particularly the part about his encounters with A.A.Alekhine.|
|Feb-11-12|| ||wordfunph: from the book Queen Sacrifice by Iakov Neishtadt..
<Pyotr Romanovsky, a future USSR Champion, was then iη his twentieth year. Many years later, when chairing
a qualification commission, after examining the games of a young player seeking the grade of candidate
master, he asked him: "How many times have you sacrificed your queen?". And he added: "Α genuine chess player must have sacrificed it not less than ten times...">
|Jul-29-12|| ||SimonWebbsTiger: One of the great teachers of chess. I heartily recommend his books "Chess Middlegame Planning" and "Chess Middlegame Combinations" (both published by American Chess Promotions, 1990 and 1991 respectively).|
A quote from him:
<In the chess struggle, enterprise and forethought, boldness and composure, daring and persistence, ingenuity in imagination and accuracy of calculation, allow the scientific process of the chess game to become creative....The present book calls upon chessplayers to strive for creativity. In addition it calls for a deep respect and study of chess theory...."
(p.226, Chess Middlegame Planning)
|Jul-29-12|| ||brankat: R.I.P. master Romanovsky.|
|Jul-29-12|| ||backrank: Romanovsky's immortal:
Ragozin vs P Romanovsky, 1927
Other great games by him:
P Romanovsky vs I Rabinovich, 1925
E Zagorjansky vs P Romanovsky, 1943
|Aug-02-12|| ||backrank: And a further remarkable one: V Baturinsky vs P Romanovsky, 1945|
|Jul-29-13|| ||brankat: Today You are remembered Master Romanovsky.|
|May-19-14|| ||Karpova: On 1 March 1909, Dr. Lasker gave a Simul in St. Petersburg, scoring +20 -1 =4. The only loss was against 16 year old Romanovsky (<16 Jahre alte Romanowski>), so most likely Peter Arsenievich.|
Source: 'Wiener Schachzeitung', June 1909, p. 179
|Jul-29-14|| ||Penguincw: R.I.P. IM and USSR Champion Peter Arsenievich Romanovsky.|
|Jul-29-14|| ||blackburne: Biography of Piotr Romanovsky (spanish)
|Jan-13-15|| ||zanzibar: A picture of Alekhine and Romanovsky from 1920 can be found on this Spanish language bio:|
|Feb-11-15|| ||SteinitzLives: Just started Romanovsky's Soviet Middlegame Technique, which combines his two classic works: Middlegame Planning and Middlegame Combinations. |
Wow, so far in the book, I have to say this guy could really write about some chess, and his examples are truly instructive.
The story behind the book and his having to recreate the updated version of it from memory when the manuscript was lost during WWII shows his love of teaching and writing. Romanovsky is a real unsung hero of chess education (hopefully only outside of Russia).
|Mar-01-16|| ||TheFocus: Rest in peace, Peter Romanovsky.|
|Jul-29-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Peter Romanovsky.|
|Jul-29-16|| ||morfishine: <TheFocus> Do us all a favor, and stop wishing "Happy Birthday" to corpses|
These posts are just a cheap way for you to increase your post total
best always, morf
Oh, and drop the "RIP" posts too
these serve no purpose other than to showcase that you are following players dates of death
|Jul-29-16|| ||Abdel Irada: ∞
If <The Focus> really wants to increase his post count as fast as possible, he should just change his username to <Jim Bartle>. :-D
|Jul-29-17|| ||ColeTrane: That morph its actually a pretty funny dude....|
|Jul-29-17|| ||JimNorCal: <Jan 13 2015 zanzibar >
Very interesting picture. Both players look very stressed. Alekhine in particular doesn't look like other photos I've seen.|
|Jun-03-18|| ||HeMateMe: all his children perished in the siege of Leningrad? Horrific times. I'm assuming he's no relation to the Romanovskys who were executed by Stalin's crew?|
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