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Evgeny Sveshnikov vs Igor Ivanov
USSR 22/574 (1976)
Caro-Kann Defense: Panov Attack (B14)  ·  1-0



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Nov-07-05  Halldor: The position before White's 33d move could be a nice puzzle, which ends with a smothered mate.
Nov-07-05  TopaLove: I saw 33)Qf6 with mate in 2. It´s better then what was played here.
Nov-08-05  Halldor: <TopaLove> You are right (but Black can postpone the mate by sacrificing his Queen). It's better to have the puzzle one move later, after 33.Qd6+ Kg8: White to move - mate in 4.

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Nov-08-05  Halldor: 21...Nxe5 would have been a better move.
Nov-08-05  Happypuppet: <TopaLove> In The Inner Game of Chess, Soltis gives the diagram after Black's 32nd and this explanation.

"White found the most obvious idea of the position, the checks beginning with Qd6+. After he realized that 1... Kg8 2 Ne7+ Kf8 sets up the opportunity for discovered checks and doubled checks, it wasn't hard to spot the second idea in the position, the smothered mate: 3. Nxg6+ Kg8 4. Qf8+ Rxf8 5. Ne7#.

"This is the easiest method for most humans to calculate because it is the most forceful. But if you give the diagrammed position to a competent chess computer, it will find 1. Qf6 after which mate on g7, e7, or h8 can be delayed only for one move by a spite check. Thus, the "quiet" 1. Qf6 is two moves faster than the check on d6. Yet nine out of ten human players will tell you 1. Qd6+ is the easier to calculate."

Nov-08-05  TopaLove: <Happypuppet> That´s really interesting. However, Fritz moved Qd6+, at least when whe moves instantly.
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  tpstar: Great pickup about 33. Qf6 but the final sequence is striking.

White set the whole thing up with 25. Bd4 preparing a Discovery on the Qb2 while avoiding capture on e5. Then 26. h3 hit the Ng4 and also prevented any back rank problems. Finally 32. Bd4 (again) left a key diagonal open for White's Queen. Brilliant game.

Nov-23-07  computer chess guy: Black went wrong with 30. .. g6. The best defense is 30. .. ♗g4. Fritz still gives some advantage to White, though.
Nov-24-07  Red October: nice mate
Nov-05-13  mathlover: The finish is special .
Nov-23-18  Christoforus Polacco: In Poland ''smothered mate' is called ''Bieniowski Mate''.

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