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Vladimir Nenarokov vs Veniamin Sozin
"Reap What You Sozin" (game of the day Apr-29-2018)
USSR Championship (1925), Leningrad URS, rd 12
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bishop's Gambit (C33)  ·  0-1



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Oct-02-03  morphynoman2: Nice! I liked it.
Oct-02-03  Alyosha Karamazov: So, I guess 15. Qb5 was a blunder that eventually allowed the fine tactical shot 17. Bxd4 --- its a total meltdown after that. What should he have done instead of Qb5?
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  Sneaky: What about 16.Qxb7? I guess Nenarokov didn't want his queen "off sides" while his King was under direct assault.
Oct-02-03  crafty: 16. ♕xb7 g4 17. ♘d2 ♖c8 18. ♘c4 f3 19. gxf3   (eval 0.45; depth 12 ply; 500M nodes)
Oct-02-03  Alyosha Karamazov: So, it seems that nabbing that free pawn out in left field isn't so bad an idea, even though things are so sharp down by White's king.

By the way, where can I get a summary of the meaning of all those +, -, =, etc. symbols?

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  Sneaky: Karamazov <where can I get a summary of the meaning of all those +, -, =, etc. symbols?> click on crafty's name.
Oct-02-03  patzer2: Sozin's fine play here is just one more well played game indicating to me that 3.Bc4 is a dubious (perhaps even weak) move, which is inferior to 3. Nf3.

Black is clearly better after only 11 moves, while white must struggle to find posts to develop his pieces -- but loses as white cannot overcome the huge black initiative.

Note the difference in the white winning percentages and games played between 3. Nf3 (46.3%) and 3. Bc4 (39.7%). Note also that 3. Nf3 has been played four times as often as Bc4, and is by and far the preferred move today of stronger players and the majority of opening theorists.

Mar-21-05  THE pawn: <patzer2> I couldn't have put it in a better way. I simply never play the 3.bc4 while someone else can threaten my king. This game is a perfect exemple of two players of equal ( or almost)strength showing why you should never play the bishop on the third move...that said, good game by Sozin, the initiative was there.
Mar-21-05  minimaxing: The king's gambit is great for blitz against intermediate level players. Anyone know other simple openings that lead to crazy tactical positions?
Mar-21-05  iron maiden: <minimaxing> Even though it's all but worthless as a tournament weapon, the Two Knights usually leads to wild complications in blitz.
Mar-21-05  patzer2: <iron maiden> The two knights is far from worthless for Black as a tournament weapon. It is strong even in correspondence play. The biggest problems is getting White to play into it, since the Ruy Lopez, the quiet Italian game with 4. d3 or the Scotch is the current fashion among stronger 1. e4 players.
Mar-21-05  patzer2:, you might wish to have Crafty reassess the position after <16.Qxb7 g4 17.Nd2?> Bxd4! 18.cxd4 Nxd4 19.Qb4 Bb5+ 20.Bc4 g3 21.Ngf3 Bxc4+ 22.Qxc4 Nxf3 23.Qe2 Nh2+ 24.Ke1 Qc5 –+ (-5.16 @ 13 depth per Fritz 8).

I think you'll find Black is clearly better after 16. Qxb7!? g4!

Mar-21-05  patzer2: In the game continuation, Black initiaties a decisive King hunt or pursuit combination after the deflection 16...g4! and 17...Bxd4!
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  kevin86: White's king and queen are both evicted from their home-their places taken by a promoting pawn.

After 31 ♔h3 ♔xh6 and black's position looks like Camp Crystal Lake after Jason has passed through.

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  kevin86: oops,instead of ♔xh6---black,of course plays ♗e6# and IS JASOn
Mar-21-05  malbase: White did not play the best lines.
See Spielmann-Levenfish Moscow 1925.
If you have PCO see page 116. Probably an old line given by Fine. Appears that White was unprepared to play the King's Gambit. It may have been that White wanted to spring a suprise by playing the King's Gambit, but got suprised himself.
May-07-06  syracrophy: <kevin86> After 31.Kh3 Be6+ 32.Qg4 hxg4+ 33.Kg2 Bd5+ 34.Nf3 Bxf3++
Apr-29-18  thegoodanarchist: Here it is after noon on the East Coast, and no one has yet commented on today's GOTD?


I will step up!

Before looking at the date, I thought to myself "People still play the King's Gambit?" Then I noticed it was from 93 years ago!

Outside of coffee houses, people don't really play like this anymore.

Apr-29-18  Ediciones3jaques: <Malbase> la PCO? de quién es? donde la consigo? Me interesa ver la página 116...
Jul-06-21  faulty: I have no idea whether the author of the pun understands Russian, but if it was intentional, I highly praise him/her for picking the game against Nenarokov. for those who are not well-versed in Russian, I just explain that etymologically this surname is related with "nenarokom" which means [done] accidentally, when something bad was done without any intent. This resonates well with the meaning of the English proverb.

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