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Roman Dzindzichashvili vs Yuri Nikolaevich Sakharov
USSR (1957)
Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation. Smith-Morra Declined (B22)  ·  1-0



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  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.
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  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?
Apr-30-17  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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