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Alexander Kotov vs Igor Bondarevsky
"All The King's Horses" (game of the day Dec-26-2005)
Leningrad (1936)
Dutch Defense: Stonewall. Modern Variation (A90)  ·  0-1



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Mar-30-18  wtpy: GSM, I agree it was pretty easy, in part because you have to consider 25 ..Qf2+. But if the puzzle had started two moves earlier beginning with 23 ..f4+,which Bondarevsky clearly saw, I think it could have been a Sunday problem.
Mar-30-18  landshark: <Gregor Samsa Memdel> Self-given attaboy for me too - after staring at it for about 5 minutes I walked away, came back and just saw it. Fun puzzle.
Mar-30-18  ChessHigherCat: Aha, Marmot's line is prettier and deadlier: 24. Nxf4 Qf2+ 25. Kd3 Qxd4+ 26. Kxd4 Bc5+ 27. Kd3 Nxe5#
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  al wazir: I wanted to play something like 24...Qf2+ 25. Ke3 Nxe5+ 26. Bxe5 Nc5+ 27. Kc3/Kd2 Bxe5+, and black loses two more pieces.

My line is good, but Bondarevsky's was better.

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  patzer2: White's decisive mistake was 18. hxg5?, allowing 18...Qh2+ -+ (-2.26 @ 20 ply, Stockfish 9).

Instead, 18. Bxg5 ± (+0.60 @ 21 ply, Stockfish 9) looks OK for White.

P.S.: As for today's Friday puzzle, 24...Qf2+! is too tempting to resist. Fortunately, it leads to mate-in-four after 24...Qf2+! 25. Kd3 Qxd4+ 26. Kxd4 Bc5+! 27. Kd3 Nxe5#.

Mar-30-18  lentil: I got as far as ...Bc5+ but couldn't figure out how to continue!
Mar-30-18  mel gibson: I saw the first move but not the Queen sacrifice. What a great game!
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  agb2002: Usual suspect.

Reminds me of Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958

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  Richard Taylor: I worked this one out fairly quickly but it IS difficult. The reason is the complexity of the position. I was glad it was a series of checks...

I first started trying to solve it as a win for White! As in fact both players were considerable GMs or masters.

I wonder if it is in my old Kotov and Yudovich 'The Soviet School of Chess' book, or it was my father's, and I inherited it...

Mar-30-18  et1: 7 unique moves in succession - how many times do we see this ? !!!!
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  morfishine: Bondarevsky's immortal is too famous to be used as a puzzle
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  malt: Me thinks, me has seen this one before
24...Qf2+ 25.Kd3 Q:d4+! 26.K:d4 Bc5+ 27.Kd3 N:e5#
Mar-30-18  cocker: After 24 ... Qf2+ 25 Kd3 two other moves win easily: 25 ... Nxe5+ and 25 ... Ndc5+.
Mar-30-18  schachfuchs: @malt Me too!
I got the Queen sacrifice in a minute, but then almost made the mistake 26...Bxe5+
Mar-30-18  Mayankk: Such a beautiful game beginning with 22... Ne4 The more you replay it, the better it gets.
Mar-30-18  RKnight: Never would have gotten this one without the pun. In fact, I'd given up, which is how I read the pun, and renewed trying. The mate had to be delivered by the knights. Even then it took forever, though in retrospect it is so elegant,
Mar-30-18  Nosnibor: Got it within one minute.Nice finish.
Mar-30-18  gars: Beautiful!
Mar-30-18  ChessHigherCat: <cocker: After 24 ... Qf2+ 25 Kd3 two other moves win easily: 25 ... Nxe5+ and 25 ... Ndc5+>

Those are the moves for people like us who haven't seen the game before :-)

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  thegoodanarchist: About right for a Friday puzzle
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  Breunor: Although 23 Qe3 leads to mate in 5, the computers don't agree that 23 Kf1 gets white a draw. Stockfish rates Kf1 as -1.77 after Ng3 24 Kf2 Qxd4 ch 25 e3 Qh5.
Mar-30-18  JimmyRockHound: Has anyone ever figured out just exactly what it is that Chris Owen is all about?
Mar-30-18  tatarch: <wtpy: ...if the puzzle had started two moves earlier beginning with 23 ..f4+, which Bondarevsky clearly saw, I think it could have been a Sunday problem.>

Agreed, and seems like he saw it even two moves before that with 21...Qh4.

Incredible game.

Mar-30-18  TheBish: Kotov vs Bondarevsky, 1936

Black to play (24...?) "Difficult"

I guess if you consider yourself a tactician, you better be able to solve this... since it's relative simple mate in 4!

24...Qf2+ 25. Kd3 Qxd4+! 26. Kxd4 Bc5+ 27. Kd3 Nxe5#.

Mar-30-18  TheBish: I'm surprised Kotov walked into mate with 23. Ke3??, as it looks even after 23. Kf1.
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