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Alexsander A Shashin vs Viktor Korchnoi
"Music and Shashin were Always the Fashion" (game of the day Aug-19-2009)
Leningrad-ch (1973), Leningrad URS, Feb-??
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Gligoric System Bernstein Defense (E56)  ·  1-0



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Aug-19-09  birthtimes: Beautiful example of the power of the 2 Horrwitz bishops with a queen battery and attack on weak point f7 with the assistance of a rook...wonderful coordinating of the pieces by White.
Aug-19-09  leow: did 22 ..Ne6 have any merit?
Aug-19-09  randomsac: Great play weathering the storm then delivering a crushing blow. Actually, the title reminds me of Barry Manilow.
Aug-19-09  screwdriver: I thought Korchnoi was winning this game until the very end. I expected to see 26... N(g4)e3+ instead of Korchnoi's 26... Nh4+. If white captures the Knight on e3 with his pawn on f2, then 27... Qxg3mate. White can take the knight on e3 with his queen , but then 27...N(f5)xe3+ and this opens up the d2 and c6 squares for the attack. If white doesn't take with the queen on move 27 then black can just play Nf1+ and possibly pursue the attack further or just repeat moves for the draw. I haven't analyzed it all the way through or checked on Fritz.
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  kevin86: A fantastic game! White was to win,if the king suevived his troubles-and he did.

The lethal discovered check-like Christmas in THE GRINCH-did come.

Aug-19-09  pimbo: 20...Kf8 looks good to me
Aug-19-09  pimbo: In the end if 34...Rxg5 35.hxg5 Qxb2 isnt bad or im wrong?
Aug-19-09  YetAnotherAmateur: His name was Boris. He was a GM.
With two bishops on a line, and a double check in mind. He'd do the king walk, and the queen sac.
Another brilliancy prize, and surprise in Korchnoi's eyes.

With apologies to Barry Manilow.

Aug-19-09  estrick: pimbo: In the end if 34...Rxg5 35.hxg5 Qxb2 isnt bad or im wrong?

36. Bf2+ wins for White

Aug-19-09  YetAnotherAmateur: <estrick> I think you'd do better with a move that's actually legal, like 36. Rxb7+
Aug-19-09  WhiteRook48: or even 36 Rxg7+?!?!
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  whiteshark: Shashin said it's his best game. <Probably, the best game of a chess player is his best business card> You'll find his annotations here:
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  Annie K.: Alright, who's responsible for this pun?!

Inquiring minds want to know. :p

Aug-19-09  Dr. J: <al wazir> <leow> 22 ... Ne6 loses to 23 Bxe6 fxe6 24 Rxg7+
Aug-20-09  Manic: <Dr. J> Black can play 23...Rd1+ 24.Kh2 Qd6+ picking up the rook.

Can't see anything that good for white here. White is going to have to worry about this trick and the dangerous position of his rook.

Aug-20-09  YetAnotherAmateur: <WhiteRook48>36. Rxg7+ is legal, but allows white to end up with a marauding queen after 36. ... Kf8 37. Rg8+ Ke7 ...

Whereas after 36. Rxb7+, the queen must be sacrificed to prevent Rb8#. 36. Rf2+ also works, but costs white his bishop.

Aug-28-10  sevenseaman: <screwdriver> valid analysis. White is forced to capture N with the Q. If not 27. Kh2 Nfi+ 28. Kg2, N5e3+ with the same dilemma or the N goes to d5 to cut out the B on a2. Either way Korchnoi wins.
Oct-25-10  sevenseaman: The game is like a tightrope balance. 25. g3? 25. Qe5 keeps things simpler; all ccntinuations favor White.
May-29-11  RWood: Coming in rather late - better than never! I saw this game analysed by the late Attila Schneider in the BCM December 1988 magazine. He also quotes the "better try" as per aulero above - 29... ♖e1+ 30.♔d5! and continues to the checkmate conclusion above. However, it immediately occurred to me at the time that instead of 30... ♘e3+ Black has the much better 30... ♘f6+!?. The last time I checked on Fritz (some while back now), this was not a clear win for White, if indeed a win at all! If this is not a win for White, then 24...♕d6+ is not a fatal error at all!


Feb-28-14  LIFE Master AJ: This should have been the GOTD years ago ...
Feb-28-14  LIFE Master AJ:

My web page on this game.

Mar-31-14  Granny O Doul: In a book, yeah, I think it was Soltis's "Chess to Enjoy".
Jan-20-15  RWood: @screwdriver: 26..S(g4)e3+ loses to 27.Kf3, followed by Ke4. Fritz has this as hopelessly lost for Black.
Apr-07-16  ToTheDeath: Quite a little masterpiece.
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  offramp: Kortschnoi analysed this game, which is unusual for him, to analyse one of his losses. Here is one line he gave.

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In the game, Kortschnoi played 29...Qe2+.
He says that he should have played:
29... Re1+

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And after 30. Kd5 the following might have happened: 30...Ne3+ 31. Kd6 Nc4+

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32.Qxc4 Rd1+ 33.Kc7 Qb6+ 34. Kb8 Rd8+

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35. Qc8 Qd6+ 36. Rc7+ Check! At last!

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36...Kf8 37. Bxg7+ Ke8 38. Bf7#

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Would you ever believe that that final position could be reached through normal play?

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