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Mikhail Chigorin vs Eugene Aleksandrovich Znosko-Borovsky
"Careful with Attacks, Eugene" (game of the day Jul-12-2006)
3rd Russian National Tournament (1903), Kiev RUE, Sep-??
King's Gambit: Falkbeer Countergambit. Anderssen Attack (C31)  ·  1-0



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  patzer2: <16.♕e1 ♘e4?!> [Black missed a win with 16...Ng4! 17.Nc3 Rfe8 18.Qg3 Nf2 19.Rhe1 Nxd1 20.Nxd1 e2 21.Ne3 f5 22.c4 Qe6 23.Rxe2 Bxc4–+]

<17.♘c3 ♘f2 18.♕xe3 ♘xh1 19.♖xh1 ♖fe8 20.♕f2 ♕f5 21.♗b4 ♖e6 22.♕f3 ♖ae8 23.g4 ♕f6 24.♕f2 ♖e3 25.d5 cxd5 26.♘xd5 ♕c6 27.♖d1 ♖e2 28.♕c5 ♕g6??> [this loses immediately, when 28...Bb7 would have held the position ]

<29.♘e7+! ♖8xe7> [also losing is 29...R2xe7 30.Qxe7 Qe6 31.Qxe6 fxe6 32.Rd7 ]

<30.♖d8+> [ not 30.Qxe7?? Qxc2#]

<30...♖e8 31.♕f8+> [and White has a back rank mate with 30...Rxf8 31. Rxf8#] 1–0

Feb-25-05  aw1988: Happy birthday to yoozum; best wishes for the future.
Feb-25-05  yoozum: Thank you very much, and I wish you well too.
Feb-25-05  dbulger: that is a hot hot ending. i feel bad for black though cause i really think he had the upper hand till the crusher at the end
Feb-25-05  MatrixManNe0: Black blundered. Don't feel bad... grr.....

I think at move 19 black should have regrouped via Ba6-c4-e6, Rf8-e8-e2, Ra8-e8, and kept up his material advantage. Transposing to an endgame, however, may or may not be the best option for black, because of white's two queen-pawns. Black needs to utilize the central advantage, then and hope to develop a queenside attack (in which case doubling the rooks would have been more efficient on the b-file than the e-file).

But I think that black needed to regroup his bishop. That tragedy along the e-file would never had happened.

Dec-29-05  n30: you're allowed to drink (and buy!) beer at age 16 in Germany :oP+
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Thanks for the tribute to the late Syd Barrett.
Jul-12-06  dakgootje: <you're allowed to drink (and buy!) beer at age 16 in Germany> Yups here in the netherlands too.... sometimes im soooo glad i dont live in the usa or an other country where the legal drinking age is that extraordinary high ^^
Jul-12-06  CapablancaFan: You can't get so wrapped up in your attack that you forget about your back rank. That's what happened here.
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  WannaBe: I see that this was game of the day before, but brought back to honor Syd. =)

<CapablancaFan: You can't get so wrapped up in your attack that you forget about your back rank. That's what happened here.> How true, how true, it's happened to me, both winning and losing a game that way.

Jul-12-06  Confuse: cool ending position... what is the pun from? or is it just a warning to eugene? =P
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  WannaBe: <Confuse> read page 1. =)
Jul-12-06  mang00neg: What a swindle. I hate being on the losing end of a swindle.
Jul-12-06  EmperorAtahualpa: 29.Ne7+!! Brilliant!

Alright so this pun is a reference to Pink Floyd, but to which song exactly?

Jul-12-06  YouRang: Can't say I'm a big Pink Floyd fan, so I had to do some research regarding the pun of the day, which refers to their song, "Careful with that Axe, Eugene".

It's an instrumental piece, but it does include some whispered 'lyrics' and other vocal noises as discussed here:

To see Pink Floyd perform this song live, go here:

Jul-12-06  nfazli: what if 29.. R2xe7 ?I know Im over looking something simple but I just dont see it.
Jul-12-06  CapablancaFan: <nfazli><what if 29.. R2xe7 ?I know Im over looking something simple but I just dont see it.> Not playable because the back rank threat still remains. Why? If 29...R2xe7? 30.Qxe7! Rxe7 31.Rd8+! with mate next move.
Jul-12-06  YouRang: <nfazli> 29...R2xe7 would have been a far better move. But, as <patzer2> point out, after 30.Qxe7 Qe6 31.Qxe6 fxe6 32.Rd7, white can win handily. He will take black's a-pawn, taking 3 connected queenside passed pawns into the endgame.
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  kevin86: An exciting finish-to say the least!
Jul-18-08  The Ninth Pawn: From Game Collection: The Ninth Pawn's Chess Course :

In Chigorin vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1903 , White demonstrated an X-RAY with 31. ♕c5-f8+! The point is that the White rook at d8 defends the f8-square from BEHIND an opposing defender which will get taken if it moves to f8.

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  Domdaniel: <X-ray marks the spot ...> In 1876, Goldstein named the 'rays' emitted by cathodes - the 'negative electrode' in the newly invented vacuum tube - as 'cathode rays'. Nobody at that point had much idea what they were. Kelvin, between 1897 and 1899, identified electrons and measured the electric charge of the mystery particles. Physics was *hot* in the fin-de-siecle, hotter than any Wildean decadents with X-ray portraits in the attic.

But it was Röntgen who found the X-rays, also in the mid-1890s. In 1895 he made a photographic X-ray of his wife's hand, showing the bone structure and her wedding ring. The ability of these 'X' rays to penetrate human flesh was a sensation at the time. (As if nothing or nobody had ever penetrated flesh before...) Röntgen got the first Nobel prize for physics in 1901. And two years after that they turned up on the chessboard ...

When this game was played in 1903, just about the only solid scientific fact known about X-rays was that they could pass through materials which were opaque to most known forms of radiation. Can you have an X-ray attack without a quantum-level explanation for X-rays themselves?

Of course you can. X-rays were part of pop science folklore by 1903 -- although "See through walls ... clothing ... astound people with your X-ray specs ... impress girls ..." -- as seen in small ads in comicbooks -- took another couple of decades.

And nobody knows who invented forks, skewers and pins. At least Röntgen accidentally gave a name to part of the chess armoury.

Sep-12-09  WhiteRook48: when you see a mate in 2, take it
Aug-16-10  Whitehat1963: Great ending combo that would make an excellent Thursday puzzle after 28...Qg6 (or thereabouts).
Nov-26-10  sevenseaman: Thanks <Domdaniel> for the perceptive 'x-ray' comment that aptly relates to the game situation.

Those here that advocate Black should of gone for the Q exchange on c5 may have been right perhaps.

On White's part, 22.Qc5 may have been bit of a brow-beating, but I do not condemn Borovsky for thinking ...28. Qg6 to be a good move. It puts him on to mate on c2. Little inkling would he have had of impending Tsunami, the x-ray mate on f8 brewing in Chigorin's scheming mind.

The insidious insertion of 38. Qf8+ into his innards might rate as one of the most notorious of chess swindles to date - a swindle that involved no actual cheating!

Jul-27-14  m.okun: 28. ... Qg6 - very bad!
At all without possessing sharp position thinking, it can be seen.
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