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Roman Dzindzichashvili vs Yuri Sakharov
Soviet Jr-ch (1957), URS
Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation. Smith-Morra Declined (B22)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-08-05  offramp: White's last three moves to win the game are pretty amazing. I have never seen anything quite like that.
Jun-12-05  mynameisrandy: Well, OK, that is the coolest thing I have ever seen in my life.

But why did black resign? After 19...Bc5 20.Bxb2 Rb8 21.Bc3 0-0 things look roughly even. The traditional material point values are even, black has one open file and is preparing to secure the second.

So where's the fire? It's like he resigned because Dzindzi had him out-eleganted.

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  al wazir: 19...Nc4 20. Bxa3 (20. Bxc4? Nxc1) Nxe5, with an edge for black.
Jun-13-05  aw1988: How is that an edge for black? You're a piece down.
Jun-18-05  offramp: Perhaps black thought he was going to be a whole piece down and not just the exchange.
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  al wazir: <aw1988>: I make it a R and 2 P for 2 B. OK, the position's not so great, but it's an edge in material.
Jul-21-05  Pawncrusher: <mynameisrandy>: After 21.Bc3 you can't 0-0 because Bc3 is attacking f8
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  Phony Benoni: White's last three moves demonostrate the importance of proper development.
Jan-10-09  WhiteRook48: winning by moving 3 pieces back. Interesting.
Jun-25-10  vintage geisha: This would be a good study for how to use an extra piece, no?
Feb-11-11  zealouspawn: Is 18 .. Rb8 a significant improvement? I've been looking at it for a while and the best I can find for white are variations with 2 peices vs an active rook... it doesn't seem so clear
Feb-11-11  zealouspawn: Actually, maybe 18.. Rb8 19 Rb1 Ba3 20 Nd1 0-0 21 Rxb2 Bxa3 22 Nxb2 is strongest... with 3 peices to the 2 rooks with good control of the position. Anyone else see a more promising continuation?
Jun-01-11  chesskidnate: <zealouspawn> what about 21.Nxb2 Rb2 22.Bc4(intending Bb3)
Jun-01-11  Strongest Force: Roman must have been 11 or 12 years old.
Jun-01-11  Marmot PFL: Why is this a win for white?
May-05-12  Sem: Yes, 19. ... Nc4 and then what?
Aug-22-12  zealouspawn: I assume chesskid means 21.Nxb2 Rb7 22.Bc4

I think black is best to play 21..Rb4 (threatening to double on the file) and there 22.Bc4 Bxb2 looks losing.

Aug-22-12  zealouspawn: 19.. Nc4 still loses the peice. Not 20.Bxc4, but 20.Nxa3 or 20.Bxa3 (I am not sure at a glance which is better)
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  FSR: Back to the Future.
Dec-07-14  mrcool0: Why didn't Dzindzi just play 17 Kxf1 or 17 Rxf1?
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  ChessHigherCat: <mrcool0: Why didn't Dzindzi just play 17 Kxf1 or 17 Rxf1?>

Good question. Maybe Roman thought black would play a6/b5, letting the black knight escape on d3

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  FSR: 17.Bxf1 followed by 18.Bc1! and, after Black's blunder 18...Ba3?, 19.Nb1!, is a striking and original conception. Alas, the implacable computer (Stockfish 12) says that White should in fact have played 17.Kxf1! a6 18.Be2 bxc6 19.Bc1 Rb8 20.Rb1 Ba3 21.Nd1 O-O 22.Nxb2 with a large advantage, though it's still complicated. (Originally, Stockfish thought it was 0.00, but later changed its "mind.") 17.Bxf1, though more "thematic" with White's later retreating moves, is weaker because it leaves White's king out of play.

After 17.Bxf1?! bxc6 18.Bc1, Black should have played 18...Rb8! 19.Rb1 Ba3 20.Nd1 (20.Na4 is similar, but allows Black the possibility of ...Rb4 attacking the knight in some lines) O-O 21.Bxb2 (21.Nxb2? Rb4 is worse) Rfd8 with a winning advantage. At the appropriate time Black will play Rxd1 followed by Bxb2 with a rook and opposite-colored bishop ending where he has an extra passed c-pawn.

Obviously humans aren't going to see all this, but on general principles it's possible to intuit that Kxf1, bringing the king nearer the center, is preferable to Bxf1.

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