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Reginald Pryce Michell vs Savielly Tartakower
Marienbad (1925), Marianske Lazne CSR, rd 6, May-27
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Modern Variation (B42)  ·  0-1



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Jan-26-07  laskereshevsky: HELLO FOLK

my " chess sixth sense" allow me to say almost immediatly

53...Rh2. 54 Nxh2 gxh. 55. Rh1 Be5.
56. this point i stopped to analyse cause that looks me a little "boring"....

at the moment im "dreaming" ab.
54...Bxg2 !? or ?! or ?.....what you think?!....

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  keypusher: <chessmoron> Oh, I don't blame you for caring if you are accused of using a computer. I just can't believe anyone else cares enough to make the accusation.
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  kevin86: I answered this one. Blacked sac-ed the rook to imprison both of black's pieces and allow the king to march in to pick up his maximum.

In the fullness of time,the one set of bishops will be exchanged and the pawn will win white's rook. Black will be left a bishop ahead and the game will be on smooth ice.

Jan-26-07  ianD: Got it including the king march.
Having a good week
Friday usually too much for me.
Jan-26-07  Slink: these puzzles are supposed to be fun and educational, and it's up to each to use them this way. though i can say that the nerdy, self-congratulatory style that often pops up in the kibitzing ('this was easy for a saturday' etc.) makes me chuckle sometimes ;-)
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  ClassZPlaya: laskereshevsky: I looked at 54. ... Bxg2 but it didn't look effective. For example: after simply 55. Nf3 how does Black continue? 55. ... Bh3 56 Rg1 or 55. ... Bxf1 56. Bxf1. In either case, Black is down material and the g-pawn won't Queen. I found the winning line in the game with 56 ... Be4 and of course it's just crushing.
Jan-26-07  Themofro: I got it, great move to herald the end of a great gameby Tartakower. There have been a lot of Tartakower puzzles lately, which is great.
Jan-26-07  Stellar King: great move .... it is easy...if you think
Jan-26-07  dzechiel: Found ...Rh2 instantly, it was the only move I considered, and I was sure it was correct in less than 30 seconds.
Jan-26-07  YouRang: I missed it. In review, I agree with <gchristopher> that 54. Ne1 would have been much better for white than taking the rook.

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Black is better, but I don't think the win is at all obvious. White can move the rook out and put the king on f1 to guard the pawn, and it might even be a draw.

Jan-26-07  aazqua: Nice and really pretty easy. once you see that the rook will be trapped in the corner and the bishop tied to f1 there's not much doubt as to the outcome.
Jan-26-07  ALEXIN: Very interesting example of how to fix a piece. Or better in that case 3 pieces (rook, bishop and after the own king). White could't play and better resigned.
Jan-26-07  patrikey: <laskereshevsky> Unfortunately, after 53...Rh2 54.Nxh2 Bxg2? 55.Nf3 white is winning
Jan-27-07  laskereshevsky: HELLO
<ClassZPlaya> <patrikey>

YES you are fact i was just "<dreaming>" about Bxg2......dsnt work....

Oct-02-08  vikinx: Note that at the final position, every piece except the b-pawn returned to its original position.
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  manselton: Shereshevsky uses this game in his book <Endgame Strategy> as an example in <Chapter 11. The Two Bishops.> After 39...axb5 he comments

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<Black has the two Bishops but there are no weaknesses in White's position and he has the more compact pawn formation. This suggests a draw as the likely result, but White must play systematically, and in particular create a strong point for his Knight.> In the game White plays lackadaisically and ends up losing.

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  manselton: 42.Ng1?!

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Not only points the Knight to the slightly worse square f3, where it can be harassed by ...g6-g5-g4 but completely overlooks 42.c3 <creating a strong point on d4> e.g. 42...Ra8 43.Nd4 forcing

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43...Bxd4 and it is surely drawn. 44.cxd4 Ra3 (or almost any move) 45.Rc1 =

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  manselton: To 44.Be2 Shereshevsky awards a ? <An incomprehensible move.> Serves no constructive purpose. White was quite a strong British player. He played in the very first British Chess Federation Championship.

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<It is as though White is taunting, "Do what you like. This is an easy draw." 44.Bf5 and all would be in order. Such passive tactics are very dangerous against two Bishops.>

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  manselton: 48...g4-g3 is more or less forced.

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If Black tries to keep the Knight restricted then White can play g2-g3 and make Black's g-pawn a target weakness.

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  manselton: After 49...d4 (or indeed most any move) White really ought to have played the obvious 50.Rh1 to harass the Black King and g3 pawn

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50...Bxf3 51.gxf3 Rh4 52.Rxh4 is clearly drawn as White plants his King on g2 and shuttles his Bishop from d3-h7. Black can do nothing.

After 50.Rf1 b4 instead

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Shereshevsky notes <All White's pawns are fixed on white squares, and in the event of White's Knight being traded for the black-squared Bishop then Black will win the ending.> However, it is just now, still a drawn position.

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  manselton: 51.Nd2

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<51.Nd2! - Against passive play Black will centralize his King, put his Rook on the h-file and transfer his Bishop to e3.> The move played gives White the opportunity to sacrifice the exchange on f3 to construct an impassible fortress. Unfortunately he had no such intention.

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  manselton: 52.Rf3 was more interesting

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<52...Bxf3+ more or less forced 53.Kxf3 Be5 54.Be4! Rf4+ 55.Ke2 Rf2+ 56.Kd3>

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With a strong fortress which looks drawn. After Nc4 into the strong point I see no way for Black to make progress.

<If instead 54...Kf6 55.Ke2 Bf4 56.Nf3> I think 56.Nc4 is stronger as now Black has a chance to infiltrate with Rf2. On the other hand Shereshevsky seems to think 56.Nf3 still holds but but gives no analysis.

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Black seems to have the odd trick up his sleeve though, e.g. 56...Rh1 57.Kd3 (Not 57.Nxd4 Ke5 -+) 57...Be3 58.Kc4?! (58.Nxd4 is losing as the Black King gets to f4 then he can alternate threats on c2, g2 and the Bishop to force a Queen on g1. e.g. 58...Bxd4 59.Kxd4 Kg5 60.Ke3 Re1+ 61.Kd4 Kf4 62.Bf3 Re3

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So 58.Ke2 maybe forced but White is still in some danger.) 58...Rf1 59.Nxd4 (59.Kxb4? Rf2 and every Knight move loses a piece! So g2 is lost and with it the game. That's worth another diagram.)

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Returning to 59.Nxd4 Bxd4 60.Kxd4 Re1 61.Bf3 Re8 62.Kc4 Ke5 63.Kxb4 Rf8 64.Bc6 Kd6 Black wins easily as 65.Be4 Rf4 loses the Bishop.

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Lastly if <52...Be5 53.Rf5 Bb8 54.Nf3 Rh2 55.Kf1 = and White is out of danger>

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  manselton: Position after 52...Rh8

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Here White played the dangerous 53.Kd2? moving his King away from the dangerous g-pawn. Shereshevsky thought this was the losing move but I'm not convinced of this, rather the next 53...Rh2 54.Nxh2?? was the move which really lost, whereas 54.Ne1 holds the draw, in my opinion.

That said 53.Ra1 looks far more active and stronger, as now if 53...Rh2 54.Nxh2 gxh2 55.Ra7+ Kg8 56.Rh7 Be5 57.Kf2 holds everything tight.

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  manselton: Position after 53...Rh2

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54.Ne1! still seems to hold the draw. For example, 54...Bxg2 55.Nxg2 Rxg2+ 56.Ke1 Bg5 57.Rf3 Be3 58.Kf1 Rg1+ 59.Ke2 g2 60.Rg3+ Kf6 61.Rg6+ Ke5 62.Kf3 and Black loses the g-pawn.

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Suppose instead Black manouevres his KB to e3 further restricting White's King and possibly threatening ...Bf2 and ...Bxe1. 54.Ne1 Bg5+ 55.Kd1 (55.Ke2 Be3 56.Bf5 is no better) 55...Be3 56.Ke2 Bf2 ( 56...Bxg2 57.Nxg2 Rxg2+ 58.Kf3 = ) 57.Rxf2 gxf2 58.Kxf2 Kf6 59.Nf3 Bxf3 60.Kg3 Rxg2+ 61.Kxf3 Rg8 62.Ke4 Rd8 63.Bc4 and White is winning the d-pawn.

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  manselton: After 54.Nxh2?? Black's win is straight forward.
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