|Jul-15-11|| ||Phony Benoni: Andy Soltis, <Chess to Enjoy>, p.73-74:|
<"Shumov once performed someting of a chess restoration on somebody else's poem. The poet was Alexander Pushkin and the work was his impressive 'Eugene Onegin', one of the first Russian-language literary effors to win world wide attention. In the poem, Pushkin describes a game played betwee Vladimir Lensky, himself a young poet, and his fiancee, Olga Larin:
"'At whiles, upon their elbows leaning
In grave seclusion as is fit,
Above the chessboard they will sit,
And ponder each move's secret meaning,
Til Lensky, too absorbed to look,
With his own pawn takes his own rook...'
"Based on this and some guesswork, Shumov recreated the following Lensdy--Olga game:
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Bc4 g4 5.0-0 gxf3 6.d4 fxg2 7.Bxf7+ Kxf7 8.Qh5+ Ke7 9.Rxf4 Nf6 10.Rxf6 Qe8 11.Qh4 d6 12.e5 dxe5 13.dxe5 Kd7
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"And here Lensky 'too absorbed to look' played 14.exf6??? Olga didn't let him take the back the move. The move had been made, she said, and can't be taken back. She soon forced mate.">
I don't believe Pushkin gave the actual moves of a game in Eugene Onegin. and the poem was originally published in 1833 anyway.
So in all probability, this game is a composition like Shumov's, <16.gxh2> allowing mate in one. Perhaps there was a competition in the Soviet Union at this time (1949) to compose a game based on Pushkin's poem.
If that's the case, I think Shumov's is the better version. In his, "Lensky" has a won game before his blunder; in the game on this page, "Olga" is forcing mate in the final position even without the blunder.
It also wouldn't surprise me if this was found to be a real game between two other players. But it wasn't Lensky and Olga.