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Genrikh Kasparian vs Grigory Levenfish
URS-ch10 (1937), Tbilisi GEO, rd 5, Apr-18
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Classical Variation (B64)  ·  0-1



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Dec-20-02  mrwonkabar: Excellent defense by Levenfish! Could white have won somewhere is the question...
Dec-20-02  mdorothy: Ok, I have an instint move here that I want you to analyze and hopefully ill find time to also.. try 20. Qf4. It attacks the undefended knight and allows the queen much more play on attacking the kingside. The only thing I'm worried about is whether white can withstand black's attack on the queenside if he starts with 20...Nd3+? All I know right now is it looks scary, definately too scary for me to try it OTB..
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  Honza Cervenka: What about 32.Nc4?
Dec-03-03  Calli: 32.Nc4 looks good. Maybe 32.Nd4 is fine too, but didn't Black miss 30...Bb5! 31.Qxb5 Nd3+ 32.Qxd3 Qxd3? Looks forced.
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  Honza Cervenka: <Calli> You are right. 30...Bb5 is a nice winning shot.
Sep-10-20  Straclonoor: 23.Rxf6? obvious but bad move

Analysis by Stockfish 040920:

1. +- (5.46): 23.Rhg1 Qc7 24.Rxf6 Be7 25.Qh4 Nd3+ 26.Bxd3 Qe5 27.Ne4 e2 28.Qg5 e1Q+ 29.Rxe1 Qxg5+ 30.Nxg5 Bxf6 31.Nxf7+ Kg7 32.Nxd8 Rxd8 33.Na5 Rf8 34.Nxb7 Kh8 35.Nc5 Bc8 36.Ne4 Be7 37.Rg1 e5 38.h6 Bh4 39.Rg7 Be6 40.c4 Bf5 41.c5 Bxh7 42.c6 Rc8 43.Rxh7+ Kxh7 44.Nd6+ e4 45.Nxc8 Bg3 46.Ne7 Be5 47.Bxe4+ Kxh6 48.Kb1 Bf6 49.Ng6

2. +- (4.04): 23.Qg3 Bd6 24.Qh4 Be7 25.Rhg1 Qd6 26.Rxf6 Nf3 27.Bxf3 Qe5 28.Ne4 e2 29.Bxe2 Bc6 30.Rg8+ Rxg8 31.hxg8Q+ Kxg8 32.Qg4+ Kf8 33.Rf4 f5 34.Ned2 Rd8 35.c3 Qg7 36.Nd4 Bd7 37.Rf2 Qxg4 38.Bxg4 Bg5 39.Bf3 e5 40.Rg2 Bh4 41.Nc2 e4 42.Be2 Be6

Mar-26-21  mel gibson: What a crazy game -
Black had to defend a poor position.

Stockfish 13 agrees with the text:

26... Qe4

(26. .. Qe4 (♕c6-e4 ♖h1-h3 ♗e7xf6 ♕f1xf6+ ♔h8xh7 ♔c1-b1 ♖f8-g8 h5-h6 ♖g8-g1+ ♘b3-c1 a7-a6 ♗e2-d1 ♖g1-g6 ♕f6-f2 f7-f5 a2-a3 ♕e4-d4 c2-c3 ♕d4-d6 ♖h3-h4 ♗d7-c6 ♖h4-d4 ♕d6-e7 ♗d1-c2 ♔h7-h8 ♔b1-a2 ♖c8-g8 h6-h7 ♖g8-g7 ♘c1-e2 ♘e5-f3 ♘e3-d5 ♗c6xd5+ ♖d4xd5 ♖g6-g2 ♕f2xf3 e6xd5 ♘e2-d4 ♖g2xc2 ♘d4xc2 ♕e7-e4 ♕f3-f2) +3.08/37 107)

score for Black +3.08 depth 37

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  agb2002: Black has the bishop pair for a bishop, a knight and a pawn.

Black has Qxh1 and Qe4.

After 26... Qxh1 27.Qxh1 Bxf6 28.Qxb7 Black doesn't seem to have achieved much.

After 26... Qe4:

A) 27.Kd2 Rfd8 28.Bd3 Bb5 looks very good for Black. For example, 29.Rf4 Rxd3+ 30.cxd3 Bb4+ 31.Ke2 Bxd3+ wins.

B) 27.Rh3 Bxf6 28.Qxf6+ Kxh7 29.Rg3 (or 29.h6) 29... Rg8 and White's attack seems to vanish without compensation for the material deficit.

Mar-26-21  Walter Glattke: 26.-Qxh1!? 27.Qxh1 Bxf6 28.Qxb7!? Bg5 29.Kd2 Bc6 30.Qxa7 Rfd8+ 31.Bd3 Be4 32.Nc5 Nc4+ 33.Ke2 Bxd3+ wins, but they would not play Qxb7. 26.-Ng4 fails by 27.Bxg4. Glattke agrees with Stockfish, all other ways fail.
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  Check It Out: Did not get this one.

Kasparian vs Levenfish; those are just some great chess names.

Mar-26-21  malt: Went for 26...Qe4 27.Rh3 B:f6 28.Q:f6+ K:h7 29.Nd2

(29.Kb1 Rg8 )

29...R:c2+ 30.N:c2 Q:e2 31.Qf1 Bb5
32.Q:e2 B:e2 33.Re3 Nd3+ 34.Kb1 Nf4 with an extra pawn.

Mar-26-21  mel gibson: < agb2002: Black has the bishop pair for a bishop, a knight and a pawn.

Black has Qxh1 and Qe4. >

No - according to Stockfish 13 -
I forced it to play 26... Qxh1
White wins instead of Black.

26. ..Qxh1 27. Qxh1

(26. .. Qxh1 27. Qxh1 (♕f1xh1 ♗e7xf6 ♕h1-e4 ♘e5-c6 ♘e3-c4 ♗f6-e7 ♕e4-f4 f7-f6 h5-h6 ♔h8xh7 ♘c4-d6 f6-f5 ♘d6xc8 e6-e5 ♕f4-h2 ♗d7xc8 ♗e2-c4 e5-e4 c2-c3 ♗e7-g5+ ♔c1-c2 f5-f4 ♘b3-c5 ♗g5xh6 ♕h2-h5 ♗c8-f5 ♘c5-e6 ♖f8-f6 ♘e6xf4 ♔h7-g7 ♘f4-e2 ♘c6-e5 ♗c4-e6 ♗f5xe6 ♕h5xe5 e4-e3 ♘e2-d4 ♔g7-f7 ♔c2-d3 ♗e6xa2 ♕e5-c7+ ♔f7-g6 ♕c7xb7 ♗a2-b1+ ♔d3-c4 ♖f6-b6 ♕b7-d7 ♖b6xb2 ♕d7-e6+ ♔g6-h5 ♕e6-f7+ ♔h5-h4 ♕f7-f3 ♖b2-b6) +2.60/37 92)

score for White +2.60 depth 37

Mar-26-21  Walter Glattke: Stokfish did not play 29.-Qxb7 I thought that.
Mar-26-21  mel gibson: Just let it run after 26. ..Qxh1 27. Qxh1
on 2 seconds per ply auto play
and White won after 191 moves.
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  samvega: Great puzzle. Did not get it. Bloody obvious once you see it though. It's good to have a few puzzles like this that aren't initiated by captures.
Mar-26-21  1g1yy: Yea, I'm gonna have to watch a few more chess game videos before I see continuations like this. :D
Mar-26-21  1g1yy: Could someone please explain to me 31...Bc6. Is it to stop Rf3? Surely it can't be to stop Nd5/f5 since there's already a pawn for that. Protection for the bishop using the b pawn? Of the moves in this line that seem pointless/passive to me, this has to be the most so... :shrug:
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  Jimfromprovidence: I saw that 26...Bxf6 was not playable because of 27 Qxf6+ Kxh7 28 Rg1, below.

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White threatens mate in one and black will lose the knight after something like 28...Rg8 29 Rxg8 Rxg8 30 Qxe5.

But 26...Qe4 protects the black knight while attacking white's e knight making white play 27 Rh3. Now 27...Bxf6 is playable and wins a bit of material but black went with 27...Qxh7?!.

Mar-26-21  20MovesAhead: 1g1yy if black play 31... R8g6 then 32. Rxg6 and ...Nxg6 fails to Qd4 check winning bishop on d7
Mar-26-21  RandomVisitor: 19.h6 is winning for white, not g6

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<48/72 32:32 +2.45 19...d4 20.hxg7> Bxg7 21.Qxd4 Qxd4 22.Nxd4 Be8 23.Nb3 exf5 24.exf5 Bc6 25.Rhg1 Bf8 26.a3 a6 27.Rf4 b5 28.Kb1 Re8 29.Bh5 Bd6

also 23.Rhg1:

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<47/70 10:51 +5.98 23.Rhg1> Qc7 24.Qh4 Be7 25.Rxf6 Ng4 26.Rxg4 Qe5 27.Rg8+ Rxg8 28.hxg8Q+ Kxg8 29.Qg4+ Kf8 30.Rf1 f5 31.h6 Bf6 32.Qb4+ Kg8 33.Qxb7 Qc7

Mar-26-21  RandomVisitor: Other move 18 choices for white:

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<51/85 1:24:35 +3.16 18.g6> h6 19.Nd4 d5 20.gxf7+ Nxf7 21.fxe6 Bxe6 22.Nxe6 Qxe6 23.exd5 Qe5 24.Rhf1 Nd6 25.Bg4 Rc4 26.Rde1 Qg5 27.Qxg5 hxg5 28.Rg1 Rf4

<50/71 1:24:35 +2.74 18.Kb1> Rxc3 19.Qxc3 exf5 20.exf5 Bxf5 21.Qg3 Re8 22.Rhf1 g6 23.Nd4 Bd7 24.a3 Qc5 25.h6 Re7 26.Nb3 Qc6 27.Qf4 Qc7 28.Rfe1 a6

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  Sastre: 29...Bb5 -+.

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