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Isaac Boleslavsky vs Reuben Fine
"Super Bole Sunday" (game of the day Feb-04-2007)
USSR - USA Radio Match (1945), Moscow RUS and New York USA, rd 2, Sep-03
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense (C71)  ·  1-0



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May-14-06  stanleys: Excellent positional game by Boleslavsky
Aug-28-06  Ulhumbrus: The game suggests one answer to the question of how to proceed against a wrecked pawn structure : Do nothing to win the pawns but just develop in the middle game, and gobble up just one of the pawns in the endgame. The suggestion may not be the final answer.
Feb-04-07  Isolated Pawn: The tactfulness displayed in 41. a3 is the type of endgame finesse that I lack.
Feb-04-07  Confuse: Can someone offer a detailed explaination of a3 instead of a4? I admit I am lost like the labryinth.
Feb-04-07  Boomie: a3 supports b4. White wants to infiltrate the king side. But first he needs to decoy the black king to the queen side. Exchanging pawns makes it easier.
Feb-04-07  Strongest Force: I'm surprised Fine said that only the greatest masters could win such games against him. The game just looks like horrible play by Fine; all that his opponent had to do was make routine moves inorder to win. The move "a3" was best move of the game.
Feb-04-07  euripides: <confuse> I think the point is that after 41.a4 Black can play Kc6 followed by d5. Black can then meet b4 by c4, forming two connected passed pawns, which tie White's king down (because if he takes the backward one the front one queens). White might be able to leave the pawn on b3 and play Kf3, h3 and g4, but Black can meanwhile create serious queen's side threats by c4 and I am not sure whether White can win.

After <41.a3> Kc6 42.b4 Black doesn't have this resource, because he hasn't had time to play d5. Now if 42...c4 White simply captures the pawn. White can then implement the decoy strategy <boomie> mentions.

Feb-04-07  Themofro: Great game by white, i really like his handling of the Ruy in this game, although i probably would have played 5. Bxc6.
Feb-04-07  WarmasterKron: For further use of this pun see Alatortsev vs Boleslavsky, 1950.
Feb-04-07  homersheineken: What a great pun for today!! Lets Go Bears!!
Feb-04-07  IMDONE4: wat variation of the ruy lopez is this? doesnt look too promising for black... anyways, <Strongest Force>, we all have bad days now and then, and Ruben Fine has a bad day against the powerful grandmaster Boleslavsky
Feb-04-07  ajile: The Black finachetto Bg7 doesn't look right in the Ruy Lopez. Seems too slow and gives White a big lead in development and central control.
Feb-04-07  Dr.Lecter: Go, Colts!
Feb-04-07  IMDONE4: <Dr.Lecter> im with you on that one!
Feb-04-07  soberknight: The pun is better than the game.
Feb-04-07  schnarre: Definitely an apt pun for the day!
Feb-04-07  ALEXIN: I agree with strongest Force. Fine played a bit passively. On the other hand Boleslavsky played strong moves like 11.c5.
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  Gypsy: The c2-c4 variation in Ruy is due to Oldrich Duras (Repertoire Explorer: Oldrich Duras (white)), and g7-g6 is considered about the best defense. Also, Boleslavsky saved a tempo, as compared to the classical Duras Ruy.
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  kevin86: Note that Fine had triple pawns in the early part of the game. Also,that an author of endgame note loses in the endgame.

<Dr Lector>Do you enjoy fava beans and a nice chianti while you are playing computer chess?

Dec-10-07  Ulhumbrus: <Strongest Force: I'm surprised Fine said that only the greatest masters could win such games against him. The game just looks like horrible play by Fine; all that his opponent had to do was make routine moves inorder to win. The move "a3" was best move of the game.>

Two answers are that (1) when playing a routine move his opponent had to be able to choose not just any routine move but the right "routine" move, and (2) his opponent had to be right when choosing a routine move.

Fine may have meant that only the greatest masters (1) were able to make the right choice consistently in this way and (2) understood the reasons why the right choice was right.

Oct-11-08  jerseybob: Is 10..c5 playable in this line?
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  plang: Duras line is not fashionable these days though White had some good results with it in the 30s and 40s. 11 c5! was apparently the move Fine underestimated. Boleslavsky recommended 14..Rd8 though White is already better at this point. 35..Nb5 leads to a quick loss but if Fine had held his ground Boleslavsky would have played his King to d4 and quickly created zugzwang.

<jerseybob: Is 10..c5 playable in this line?>

Boleslavsky gives 11 Nd5 with a clear advantage for White.

Nov-20-12  bengalcat47: Very impressive win for Boleslavsky! Being played in 1945 this was a long time before the NFL started naming their championship game as the Super Bowl.
Feb-26-13  Poulsen: Perhaps it should be noted, that the 37.-,a4 (instead of 37.-,c5) with the idea 38.bxa4,Nc3 does not help blacks defense - since black does not have time to take on a2 - and since the pawnstructure c6/c7 prevents black from creating an effektive queenside defense. This was the main reason, why black gave up the pawn with 37.-c5.
Mar-17-13  bengalcat47: If Black continues with 41...Kc6 White then play 42. b4 forcing an exchange and creating an outside passed pawn on the b-file, after which the White King picks off all the remaining Black pawns while Black's King is busy stopping the b-pawn.
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