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Alexander Kotov vs Isaac Lipnitsky
USSR Championship (1951), Moscow URS, rd 17, Dec-13
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Noa Variation (E34)  ·  0-1



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Jul-01-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: Various cliches apply, such as "Always check; it may be mate!" or my teacher Arthur Spiller's favorite "Queens move backwards!"

But why didn't White play Ra1 a move earlier?

Jul-01-14  dfcx: 39...Qh3+ and mate next with Qh1 no matter what white plays (Kxf3 or Kg1).
Jul-01-14  Chess Dad: <M.Hassan>

<40.Kf1 NO>

Whoops. Yep, Kf1 is not legal. My mistake.

Jul-01-14  jffun1958: Black K is mate on f3 with a diagonal check from h1:

39 ... Qh3+ Kxf3/Kf1/Kg2 40 Qh1#

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  agb2002: Black has a rook for a bishop and a knight.

White threatens 40.Qg8#, 40.Re8# and 40.Nxg4.

Black can deliver mate in two with 39... Qh6+ 40.Kxf3 (40.Kg1 Qh1#) 40... Qh1#.

Jul-01-14  Stormbringer: Interesting how white lost dominated the white diagonals but still lost on the white squares.
Jul-01-14  RookFile: Evidently Kotov blundered, and missed the win earlier. Lipnitsky didn't miss his chance.
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  whiteshark: <39... Qh3+ 40.Kxf3 Qh1#>, and that's it.
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  Sally Simpson: Smashing game with a lot of cute ideas and towards the end a nice position to mess about with. The winning combo is good, Black sacs one Rook (refused) so he sacs the other Rook. Game Over.

Back here.

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Instead of the attractive looking 38.Nf6 the move 38.Ng5 is the winner.

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White has mating threats, hits the f3 Rook and stops the Rxh4+ and Rh3 mate idea.

Often missed Legacy tucked away in there, some players stop looking because the h7 pawn has moved but...

38...Rf8 to save the Rook and stop the back rank mates.

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39. Nf7+ Kg8 40. Nxh6+ Kh8 41. Qg8+

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41...Rxg8 42. Nf7 mate.

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Speaking of the Philidors Legacy stumbled upon this yesterday on RHP.

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Black to play. He saw and played the legacy

And speaking of two Queens. Do you want to see a total heart breaker?

Actual game, your opponent has two Queens, you have none. You can under promote not to a Rook, but to a Bishop and checkmate. The lad chose the mundane way.

Jul-01-14  morfishine: 39...Qh3+ 40.Kxf3 Qh1#

The pawn on d4, sealing of e3, makes this possible


Jul-01-14  Nick46: It fell into place after I set up the ole fashioned board and pieces.
Jul-01-14  stacase: Took me way too long worrying about White's mating attack and failing to see that Black had a Pawn on the job blocking the White King's escape route.
Jul-01-14  stacase: <Cheapo by the Dozen:..."Queens move backwards!">

And Bishops

Jul-01-14  zb2cr: After messing about with the idea of a Rook sacrifice on g3, I suddenly saw the mate in two beginning with 39. ... Qh3+, with the curious "main line" running 39. ... Qh3+; 40. Kxf3, Qh1#.
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  patzer2: I hope I find watching today's Tuesday World Cup game in Brazil between the USA and Belgium as satisfying as solving today's two-move mate problem 39...Qh3+ 40.Kxf3 Qh1#.

White could have won with 38. Ng5!! instead of 38. Nf6?! Also winning was 38. Kg2! .

The losing move was 39. Kg2?? Instead, 39. Kg1! leaves Black with nothing better than a draw by perpetual with 39. Kg1 Rxg3+ 40. fxg3 Qxg3+ 41. Rg2 Qe3+ 42. Rf2 Qg3+ 43. Rg2 Qe3+ 44. Rf2 Qg3+ 45. Rg2 =.

P.S.: Between having to investigate bite marks and judge diving contests, wouldn't want to have to be a FIFA referee in the current World Cup matches. Aside from the difficulty of enforcing FIFA's law 12, serving as a futbol referee in Brazil may be hazardous to one's health. As recently as a year ago, reports a group of Brazilian football fans, disputing a red card decision, cut off a referee's head and mounted it on a stick.

Jul-01-14  moodini: <patzer2> I'm not condoning the beheading of referees but in this case the referee had just murdered a player by stabbing him.

I suppose if the red card doesn't work a good stabbing might improve discipline.

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  Penguincw: Well I was efficient with 39...Qh3+ 40.Kg1 Qh2+ 41.Kf1 Qh1# 0-1. :|
Jul-01-14  chinokoli: I saw the move 38. Ng5 and I totally agree with your idea Sally Simpson. It's interesting to see how a seemingly little inaccuracy can lead to a loss. I'm sure white had little time on his clock and was trying to make move 40 and thus missed the right move.
Jul-01-14  Castleinthesky: It's "Rook Sac" Tuesday! Our special today is used hood ornaments!
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  kevin86: The white king can "escape" to f3, but is immediately mated by the queen from behind.
Jul-01-14  notyetagm: Kotov vs Lipnitsky, 1951

<kevin86: The white king can "escape" to f3, but is immediately mated by the queen from behind.>

As the degenerates like to say at my chess club:


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  chrisowen: Aid perchance 39...Qh3+ seals the deal quarter,

heads up ply in light had generals 38.Ng5 change give glean for the great and good borough,

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Jul-01-14  M.Hassan: <Sally Simpson:
Instead of the attractive looking 38.Nf6 the move 38.Ng5 is the winner.>

Nice find and thorough analysis

Jul-20-22  cehertan: I second enjoying Sally S. analysis. It looked like Lipnitsky just beat him like a baby, but not so simple. There were no easy rounds in this event.
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  perfidious: Across the years, I have often classed the 1955, '73 and 1988 Soviet title bouts as being the toughest, but 1951 did not feature a milksop in the lineup either.
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