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Boris Verlinsky vs Efim Bogoljubov
USSR Championship (1925), Leningrad URS, rd 15
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Berlin Variation (E38)  ·  1-0



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May-14-05  paladin at large: 17. Bxh7+, winning black's queen, was hanging in the air ever since Verlinsky's 12.0-0-0

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  offramp: Taimanov pointed out that Bogo could have turned the tables. After 13.Bg5

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Black could have played 13... Bxf3 14. Bxh7+ Nxh7 15. Rxd8 Bxd8 16. Bxd8 Nd4 17. Qb1 Nb3+ 18. Kc2 Nd4+ 19. Kc1 Bh5 with some winning chances.

Mar-28-09  vonKrolock: <Taimanov pointed out> It would be interesting to know when he showed that suggestive, and also, so to say, compelling line - in this article in Russian,, if I'm reading well, it's just stadted that "<both Verlinsky and Rabinovich> made no comment on black's 13th move, and that 13...♗xf3etc is checked with <Fritz and Junior>
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  Phony Benoni: <vonKrolock> Taimanov's line is mentioned in <The Soviet Championships>, a book co-authored with Bernard Cafferty and originally published in 1998. On p.23, Taimanov writes:

<"The crucial moment. Both sides seemingly considered the text forced in view of the threat of 14.Bxh7+. Yet here there is a hidden puzzle that was not appreciated at the time, nor in the succeeding seven decades. The point is that, as discovered when analysing for this book, Black had a remarkable combination, giving up his queen to seize the initiative...">

So Taimanov is claiming it as original analysis from the 1990s.

Apr-05-23  syracrophy: This event was also a qualifier for the great event Moscow (1925). Many interesting things to notice from these two events: first, it's amazing how Verlinsky brushes off Bogoljubov, who went on to win this and the historical tournament at Moscow. Well, Verlinsky not only had the chance of defeating the champion here but also Capablanca at the other!
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  perfidious: Verlinsky might well have equalled the murderous pace set by Bogolyubov had he not taken four losses against the bottom half of the table.
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  fredthebear: The same could be said for Abram Rabinovich.
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  nizmo11: This game 25 in <Masterpieces and dramas of the Soviet Championships, vol I> by <Sergey Voronkov>, 'Annotated by B. Verlinsky'. Voronkov has the same variant starting with 13...Bxf3, but presents it as his own computer analysis, his comment on move 13 starts with:
"Neither Verlinsky nor Rabinovich comment on this move [13...Nd4], However, my pair of silicon horses stumbled upon a different move..."
There is no reference to any previous analysis by Taimanov.

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