Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Grigory Serper vs Yuri Balashov
Miedzybrodzie (1991), 06
English Opening: King's English Variation. Botvinnik System (A26)  ·  1-0



Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 2 times; par: 66 [what's this?]

explore this opening
find similar games 2 more Serper/Balashov games
sac: 16.exf5 PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: If you do not want to read posts by a certain member, put them on your ignore list.

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

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 3 OF 3 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Sep-02-09  MiCrooks: Not a particularly good puzzle esp for a two star Wednesday! Normally you expect a much clearer end than ending up playing with Q vs 2R. Sure in this position the Q is superior but quite often the Rooks can bring the game home. They are actually superior to the Queen if the number of pawns left is limited.
Sep-02-09  DarthStapler: I got the move order wrong
Sep-02-09  JG27Pyth: <Levels 1 and 3 don't play the move; levels 2 and 4 do.

Put me down for a level 3, episode one Obiwan...>

Hmmm... Most self-serving analysis yours is, Master Once.... Since chose the move did I, must either myself call master am, so vain! or myself admit level 2, lesser than you, hmmmm...

You left no choice for: "Be6 -- best move I could find," unconvincing to me as a "puzzle solution" but perfectly playable OTB because I saw no dangerous defensive responses, in all lines it looked better than equal. So no hope chess needed. I think the master plays Be6 confident that he's playing <the best move> on the board. I think there's a level in there for my move (princess leia? ;) that is, for playing Be6 because it's confidently playable. I'm not hoping that Black doesn't play a strong response, I merely lack confidence that I haven't left some better more damaging move unplayed (and also I fail fully to appreciate how very winning Be6 really is, because positionally it leaves White with much the won game).

Also, I think you left out the highest level: Rybka/R2D2!

Sep-02-09  WhiteRook48: missed Be6
Sep-02-09  xrt999: black should not have resigned
Sep-02-09  johnlspouge: Wednesday (Medium/Easy)

Serper vs Balashov, 1991 (26.?)

White to play and win.

Material: B+P for R. The Black Kh8 has 2 legal moves. With the Black K in the corner, and a White N (Ne4) able to reach f6, White can look for Arabian mate, but none seems imminent. The Black Rd8 and Qd5 are loose, and Qd5 somewhat constricted. The White Re1 x-rays e6, from which square Bh3 can fork Qd5 and Rf7. This observation suggests clearance of Ne4. The White Kh2 is secure from check.

Candidates (26.): Nxd6, Bxa7, Be6

[26.Nxd6 cxd6 27.Be6 Qf3 28.Bxf7 Qxf7 traps Bc5, a boomerang combination]

[26.Bxa7 Ra8 27.Bc5 Rxa2 does not help]

27.Be6 Qxe6 [else, drop R for B]

28.Nxd6 (threatening 29.Nxf7+ Qxf7, leaving White with an extra P]

Black can avoid material loss only by capture, but no capture helps:

(1) 28…Rxd6 [Qxd6 29.Bxd6 Rxd6 is worse] 29.Rxe6 Rxe6

White has Q+ P for 2R.

(2) 28…Qxe1 29.Nxf7+ then 30.Qxe1

Even if Black captures Nf7, White has Q+B+P for 2R+B.

Sep-02-09  johnlspouge: < <JG27Pyth> wrote: [snip] but has anyone seen JohnLSpouge? >

Hi, <JG27Pyth>. I was hoping to slink away with the final post, unnoticed.

To explain my tardiness, my thought processes paralleled <agb2002>. I spent a lot of time trying to make 26.Nxd6 work, before I found the boomerang combination that refuted it.

<... my god, the poor devil, he's no doubt chasing down some wretched endgame variation even as we speak... ;)>

Unfortunately, my wetware is presently tied up with my continuing mission to solve the secrets of the universe in information theory as it pertains to biology. (Believe me, I am making the day job sound a lot more glamorous than it is. Only my mind works in outer space :)

<JG27Pyth>, I would like to claim that while accomplishing my mission, I also managed to solve Wednesday's puzzle at sight and to the exactitude you expect, but alas, no.

After many false starts, however, I did solve it...

Thanks for asking. Keep well :)

Sep-02-09  mohitm: What the heck? I saw Be6, but i can't see how it's winning(as in, by force). It's the best white can do to maintain the upper hand. But black still seems to have some life. This should not even be a friday puzzle, it is only playable on board. Or maybe a bad start of day makes you freak out on almost everything.
Sep-03-09  donehung: the theme of the bishop double attack/ rook discover takes a little bit of work. Hardly a wednesday puzzle.
Premium Chessgames Member
  LIFE Master AJ: ChessGames: Was this intentional ... or was this game something of a spoiler?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Once: <JG27Pyth> Your handle does not help me to picture you in a gold bikini, so let me suggest instead that yours is a Han Solo move - pragmatic, honest, effective and heroic.

Trivia question - who is the only non-force character in star wars to use a light sabre ... and the only force character who doesn't?

Premium Chessgames Member
  LIFE Master AJ: I give up ... who?
Sep-07-09  Open Defence: Princess Leia, The Evil Emperor...
Premium Chessgames Member
  Once: Han Solo used Luke's light sabre in episode V on the ice world of Hoth. A somewhat ucky scene where he eviscerates a Tom-Tom to keep Luke warm while he builds a shelter.

Princess Leia is secretly Luke's sister and also strong with the force. But she doesn't know it and so never actually uses the force or a light sabre (at least not during the films).

Sad, I know.

Sep-07-09  Open Defence: when did the Emperor use a light sabre ?
Premium Chessgames Member
  LIFE Master AJ: In the last episode of Star Wars - when he fought Yoda?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Once: <LIFE Master AJ: In the last episode of Star Wars - when he fought Yoda?>

Indeed. Episode III when senator Palpatine (aka Darth Sidious, the evil emporer, boo hiss!) has a somewhat unconvincing light sabre duel with a CGI Yoda. Of course, in episode VI, the emporer deliberately does not use Luke's lightsabre.

Sep-08-09  Open Defence: somehow I can never integrate Episodes 1-3 with the Star Wars I grew up with....
Premium Chessgames Member
  LIFE Master AJ: <<<Sep-08-09> <Open Defence>>: "somehow I can never integrate Episodes 1-3 with the Star Wars I grew up with.... ">

Is it "LOW TECH" vs. "HIGH TECH." (?) Is it the storyline? Or perhaps it is something else? (I'm naturally a very curious person. ALSO - the first Star Wars came out in 1977 ... I was like 19 years old. Naturally I loved it! I also liked episodes one through three, although I feel they don't <"jell"> (completely) with the older series, either.)

Premium Chessgames Member
  LIFE Master AJ: Spank me! LOL!!!

(A friend just sent me an e-mail. I ALWAYS used to be the first to chastise someone when they went "OFF TOPIC" in a chess forum! Now look at me.)

Sep-08-09  Open Defence: well I liked the original 3 and I like Episodes 1-3 but they dont jell together as you said, mainly I think because of the different vibe... when I first saw the original Star Wars I was like 7-8 and my eyes popped out,..

it was amazing.. I was in this whole fantasy World...

I thought they could have made episodes 1-3 more Romantic.. somehow the Anakin - Amidala romance was not done too well IMHO

Premium Chessgames Member
  LIFE Master AJ: <<I thought they could have made episodes 1-3 more Romantic.. somehow the Anakin - Amidala romance was not done too well IMHO>>

You reveal yourself ... as a hopeless romantic.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Once: Episodes 1-3 were always going to be tough to make. It is much harder to write a prequel because you have to make it join at the end.

The first trilogy took our breath away because the competition was so poor. Back in 1977, we had never seen special effects like it. And it was also rare and brave for a science fiction film to make no references to earth whatsoever (and long time ago in a galaxy far far away).

But roll on a few years and star wars does not have a monopoly on special effects. The competition is much greater. Heck, even episodes of TV scifi like Star Trek use CGI these days.

And I am afraid that is when the limitations of George Lucas show through. The first time round, I think we overlooked the clunky dialogue, repetitive story lines (do we have to destroy two death stars as the finale to IV and VI?) and unbearably cute Ewoks. But we are all a little bit more cynical, older and greyer when episodes 1-3 come around. And, I guess, a little less forgiving.

Mind you, switch off the cynical goggles and I still enjoyed 1-3... just not as much as 4 to 6.

Sep-10-09  Open Defence: < LIFE Master AJ: <<I thought they could have made episodes 1-3 more Romantic.. somehow the Anakin - Amidala romance was not done too well IMHO>> You reveal yourself ... as a hopeless romantic.
guilty as charged hehehehe

I liked episodes 1-3 I just have a totally different experience associated with them as compared to 4-6 the main thing being my age at the time of seeing the movies of course :)

Premium Chessgames Member
  LIFE Master AJ: I was 19 in 1977 when the first one came out. It was a totally new experience ...

I actually enjoyed the second set of Star Wars better. (My wife and I were both big fans.)

Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 3)
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 3 OF 3 ·  Later Kibitzing>

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.
  8. Do not degrade Chessgames or any of it's staff/volunteers.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Sacs and Tactics Galore!
from English Opening Games by Mating Net
Other openings
by savya2u
by jekel
Nice decoy setting up discovered attack & wins exchange
from Instructional games by YouRang
White to play, (26. '?'). [Wednesday; Sept. 2nd, 2009.]
from "ChessGames" >Problem of The Day< (2009) by LIFE Master AJ
26.? (Wednesday, September 2)
from Puzzle of the Day 2009 by Phony Benoni
26.? (September 2, 2009)
from Wednesday Puzzles, 2004-2010 by Phony Benoni
50 Emoved some D games from this collection.
by fredthebear
26.? (Wednesday, September 2)
from POTD English 1 by takchess
306 bk 1.3.5 5/10 #581 l30 26.?
from * CT-ART by takchess
A10s and leftovers SP
by fredthebear
1.3.5 5/10 #581 l30 26.?
from * CT-ART by mneuwirth
0ZeR0's Favorite Games Volume 86
by 0ZeR0
by gostkhorzhevich

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2023, Chessgames Services LLC