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Andre Lilienthal vs Grigory Levenfish
URS-ch10 (1937), Tbilisi URS, rd 3, Apr-15
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation (E28)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Retireborn: This follows the gamescore given in ChessBase, but on pp40-41 of New In Chess 2001/4 Lilienthal himself gives some further moves ending in 65.Qhh7 mate and says in his notes that White won the game.

Was his memory at fault? Understandable after 60-odd years! Does anybody know the truth of the matter?

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  Pawn and Two: <Retireborn> The tournament crosstables in "The Soviet Championships", by Cafferty & Taimanov, and in, "Soviet Chess 1917-1991", by Soltis, show this game was a draw.

Had Lilienthal won this game, Levenfish would have been deprived of his clear first place finish in the 10th Soviet championship. How could this have been explained?

Levenfish won this tournament with a score of 12 1/2 - 6 1/2 (+9-3=7). Konstantinopolsky and Ragozin tied for 2nd/3rd, with scores of 12-7.

Can you provide Lilienthal's explanation, and the moves that he indicated? Perhaps Lilienthal was providing some post game analysis.

Fritz indicates Black has a difficult defense after 56...Kg7 57.Bd4!

Black's 2nd best defense is inadequate after 56...Kg7 57.Bd4!: (2.25) (22 ply) 57...Qe6? 58.Qxd3 Qh6+ 59.Kg3 Qg5 60.Kg2 b4 61.Qe4 Kg8 62.e6 Kf8 63.exf7 Kxf7 64.Qb7+, (4.05) (20 ply) 64...Ke6 65.Qc6+ Kf7 66.Qc4+ Kg6 67.Qg8+ Kh6 67.Qf8+.

However, after 56...Kg7 57.Bd4!, I think Black can draw with 57...Qc4!: (1.22) (22 ply) 58.e6+ Kf8 59.exf7, (.88) (22ply) 59...Qxf7+! 60.Ke3 Qe7 61.Kxd3 Qxe4+ 62. Kxe4 h4!, or (1.02) (22 ply) 58.Ke3 Kh6 59.Qxd3 Qxd3+ 60.Kxd3, (.43) (22 ply) 60...Kg5!

Also, after 56...Kg7 57.Bd4! Qc4!, (1.02) (22 ply) 58.Ke3 Kh6, I think Black will be able to draw after: (.46) (22 ply) 59.Qf4+ Kh7 60.Qf5+ Kh6 61.Qf6+ Kh7.

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  Retireborn: <Pawn and Two> Thanks for your reply. In NIC Lilienthal writes "Although my opponent, Grigory Yakovlevich Levenfish, lost this game, he in the end won the title of champion!"

As these notes were written in 2000 or 2001 I do agree it is likely that time had dimmed his memory as to the result of the game, and he had mistaken his post-game analysis for actual moves played.

He gives 57.Bd4! d2 58.e6 f6 59.e7 d1Q 60.Bf6! Kf6 61.Qe5 Kg6 62.e8Q Qf7 63.Qf5! Kh6 64.Qh8 Qh7 65.Qhh7 mate

A very nice finish, shame it was probably just wishful thinking!

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