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Michal Krasenkow vs Evgeny Sveshnikov
Tal Memorial (1992), Moscow RUS, rd 4, Aug-??
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation. Shabalov Attack (D45)  ·  1-0



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Jan-07-06  aerohacedor: <patzer2> Thanks for posting all those variations. The last puzzle in my opinion can be solved by 24. Nf7 Qf7 25. Qe5+ Qg7 26. Qg7+
Jan-07-06  Hauketo: Interesting that this brilliant game is between two old friends. In the introduction to his 1996 book on the Sveshnikov (!) Sicilian, Krasenkow writes: "As a precious relic, I carefully keep a copy of the monograph by Evgeny Sveshnikov on this system, published in Moscow in 1988, with a memorable note by the author: "To Misha Krasenkow, my chess companion-in-arms, from the author, in memory of our chess meetings. It would be fine if you found mistakes and indicated them (best of all, not during a game, especially between us).""
Jan-07-06  Shubes82: <patzer> 1) Nxf7
2) mate in three is Nxf7 then Qxf7 followed by Qe5+, the black queen can block at g7 of f6, then the white queen captures for a mate in three. The real kicker is the mate in two, which white can deliver in that position by playing an immediate Qe5. If the black queen captures at e5, then Nxf7#. If black tries to defend with Rd6, then white just gives mate at e8. 3) mate in three with Qg5+ Ke6, Qxf5+ Kd6, c5#
Jan-07-06  patzer2: <Shubes82> Good try! You got my first two puzzles correct. However, you need to check your solution to the third problem, since 25...Kf6 25. Qg5+! Ke6 26. Qxf5+? Kd6 27. c5+ Kc7 = allows Black to escape the mate.
Jan-07-06  patzer2: <aerohacedor> Good try! You are correct that after 23...Be6 24. Nxf7+ Qxf7 25. Qe5+ leads to a quick mate. However, Black can put up more resistance with 23...Be6 24. Nxf7+ Bxf7 25. Qxe7 Bg6:

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How does White (26. ?) force a winning pin from here?

Jan-07-06  supermanprime: I need help with this game.

I keep seeing the move 24... Be6 as black's savior...what's wrong with me?

Apparently I need to be shown because I'm not going to sit here and struggle with this anymore.

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  kevin86: An elegant series of sacs drive black's king into the open-the final,quiet queen sac decides it.

Black is lost:After 23...♕xe2 24♘xf7# or 23...♕f8 24 ♘xf7+ ♕xf7 25 ♕e5+ and mate soonest---a keen reversal of the theme!

Jan-07-06  supermanprime: Sorry, I meant 23... Be6
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  kevin86: <supermanpride>23...♗e6 succumbs to 24 ♘xf7+ ♕xf7 25 ♕e5+ amd mate next---or 24...♗xf7 25 ♕xe7 puts white up a queen for a rook.
Jan-07-06  supermanprime: Thanks...I kept missing something there. I'm half with it today or something.
Jan-07-06  TalEl: Beautiful puzzle, Qe2 is the sting in the tail!
Jan-07-06  guidomiguel: <patzer2> 26. h4 wins the bishop since attempts to move it results in mate. If 26.h4 Re8 threatening the queen, then 27.Qf6+ Kg8 28.h5. Now 28...Rf8 loses to another check 29.Qe6+, and the bishop cannot move because of the pin, White will win the bishop next move.
Jan-07-06  Chopin: I managed to only solve the first 2 moves, but couldn't figure out the rest of the continuation. Qe2 is a beauty! Great game.
Jan-07-06  MrSpock: Wow, what a beauty :-)))
Jan-08-06  patzer2: <guidomiguel> From my last puzzle position, the computer solution is 26. Qf6+! Kg8 27. h4 Rf8 28. Qe6+ Kh8 29. Qe5+ Kg8 30. h5 winning the pinned Bishop.

However, your 26. h4! solution wins just as effectively. For example, after 26. h4! Rg8 27. Qf6+ Rg7 28. h5! Black's game is lost as the threat of mate pins and wins the threatened Bishop.

Jan-10-06  alexandrovm: a great queen sac! incredible!
Apr-05-06  pwrstick: Wouldn't 23... Be6 simply result in an immediate 24. Qe5+ Qf6 25. Qxf6#? Why the run around with the horsie?
Apr-06-09  WhiteRook48: 23...Qf6 24 Qe5!!
<24...Qxe5 25 Nxf7#> <24...Qg7 25 Qxg7#>
<24...Be6 25 Qxf6#>
anything else, 25. Nxf7#
Oct-01-10  sevenseaman: 23. Qe2, a Greek gift if ever there was one. If Black sees through and plays ... 23. Qf8 or Be6, there is some elongation but White prevails via,

24. Nxf7 + QXN(BxN is nothing) 25. Qe5+ and mate soon.( see DWIN comment of 06).

Oct-01-10  sevenseaman: A brilliancy, sheer eclat from Krasenkow. The Trojan horse is unrefusable (or irrefutable). It is disheartening to note that recognition accorded to this masterpiece is more than just a little light.
Apr-02-11  tacticalmonster: 1) Black has a bad c8 bishop and his queenside is undeveloped

2) The f5 knight is guarding the g7 and h6 square

3) White has pressure on both g7 and h6 square: WQ d2-h6-g7, WN h6+ and WR d1-g1 and g2-g7

4) Black is threatening the d4 pawn and Nh4 disrupting White's piece cordination

candidate: 19 Bxf5

19...exf5 20 Nh6+ Kh8 21 Rxg7! Kxg7 22 Rg1+ Kh8 23 Qe2! Be6 24 Nxf7+! Bxf7 25 Qxe7 Bg6 26 h4! Rf8 27 Qe5+ Kg8 28 h5 Rae8 29 Qf4 Re4 30 Qh6 White has a queen for a rook

Oct-26-11  lemaire90: Very nice game !
Nov-04-11  sevenseaman: If 23...Qxe2 24. Nxf7#. If 23...Qf6 24. Qe5 forces the issue with the N+. If 23...Qf8 24. Qe5+ f6 25. Rg8+ Qxg8 26. Qxf6+ Qg7 27. Qxd8+ Qf8 or Qg8 and 28. Qxf8 (or Qxg8) mates next.
Nov-14-15  thickhead: If 23... Qxe2 or Qf6 or Qf8 or Be6 reply is same. 24.Nxf7+ Only for 23... Re8 24.Qxe7 Rxe7 25.Rg8# 23... Be6 24.Qe5+ is met by 24... f6
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  fredthebear: If the Queen offer was accepted in the final position, the game would continue 23...QxQe2 24.Nxf7#, an example of Mongredien's Knight Mate. See diagram:

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Mongredien's Knight Mate (if the game had continued in obvious fashion)

The Original: A Simons vs A Mongredien, 1846

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