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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
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  agb2002: Usual suspect.

Reminds me of Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958

Mar-30-18
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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 ? !!!!
Mar-30-18
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  morfishine: Bondarevsky's immortal is too famous to be used as a puzzle
Mar-30-18
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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 :-)

Mar-30-18
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  thegoodanarchist: About right for a Friday puzzle
Mar-30-18
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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.
Mar-30-18
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  keypusher: <TheBish: I'm surprised Kotov walked into mate with 23. Ke3??, as it looks even after 23. Kf1.>

I'm surprised and thrilled to meet someone who evidently has never overlooked a combination in his life.

Anyway, White's still losing after 23.Kf1 Ng3+ 24.Kf2 Qxd4+.

Mar-30-18
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  takchess: Knights on two adjacent squares cover a lot of squares.
Mar-30-18  Moszkowski012273: White is kinda busted after 18.hxg5... instead of 18.Bxg5...
Mar-30-18  ChessHigherCat: <Moskowski: You mean after 18. Bxg5 instead of 18. hxg5, right?
Mar-31-18  Moszkowski012273: Na man. 18.Bxg5... IS what should of been played.
Apr-01-18  ChessHigherCat: Moszkowski: I understand what you mean but you can't say it like that in English.
May-17-18  Moszkowski012273: Yes I can....
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