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Andre Lilienthal vs Abram Davidovich Zamikhovsky
Moscow-ch (1942)
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack Modern Line (B76)  ·  1-0

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Jun-15-04  Checkmate123: Very nice.
Jun-16-04  SicilianDragon: Firstly, 9...Re8 is waaayyy too slow!!!! Black can't afford to spend a whole move to save the bishop, and if he really wants to save it then 9...Nxd4 10. Bxd4 Be6 preserves it for a while. In addition, 16...Qa5 is utterly foolish as 16...Rh8 is necessary.
Apr-19-06  DeepBlade: Indeed <SicilianDragon>, The Re8 seemed like a wasted tempo, whilst White succesfully pried the kingside open.
Jun-15-07  ruelas007: That king went out for a walk out of his castle
Dec-23-09  mertangili: A very nice attack indeed. However, i couldnt work out the winning line in the variation 22...Kg3 instead of 22...Kxf3

I absolutely agree that a lone king in the middle of so many white pieces must have no chance of survival. Yet, i cant figure out a forcing continuation after 22...Kg3. The thing is that black king is attacking the white rook, so it should either move or be defended (there is no check on h3 as the square is covered by black bishop). And after white vastes a tempo to protect or move his rook black appears to have some chances. Can anyone help me on this variant?

Jun-11-10  Catfriend: <mertangili> In fact, it seems you're right!

23.Rh1 Qa1+ 24.Kd2 Qa5+ and Black's even better.

23.Qh7/Qh6, protecting the rook, Rh8 24.Qxh8 Rxh8 25.Rxh8 Qa1+ 26.Kd2 Qxb2, 0-1.

23.Bd3 Kxh4 is a draw, after 24.Qh6+ Kg3 25.Rg1+ Kxf3 26.Qh1+

23.Bd3 Qa1+ 24.Kd2 Qxd1+ 25.Kxd1 Kxh4 26.f4 Kg3 is probably a draw, certainly not a victory for White.

Looks like this whole attack by Lilienthal is a mistake.

May-22-12
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  Honza Cervenka: <Catfriend: <mertangili> In fact, it seems you're right!

23.Rh1 Qa1+ 24.Kd2 Qa5+ and Black's even better.

23.Qh7/Qh6, protecting the rook, Rh8 24.Qxh8 Rxh8 25.Rxh8 Qa1+ 26.Kd2 Qxb2, 0-1.

23.Bd3 Kxh4 is a draw, after 24.Qh6+ Kg3 25.Rg1+ Kxf3 26.Qh1+

23.Bd3 Qa1+ 24.Kd2 Qxd1+ 25.Kxd1 Kxh4 26.f4 Kg3 is probably a draw, certainly not a victory for White.

Looks like this whole attack by Lilienthal is a mistake.>

Lilienthal's attack was correct but 21.Qg7 was a serious slip. Instead of that 21.f4+! wins in all lines:

A1) 21...Kxe4 22.Bg2+ Kf5 23.Rd4 (threatening Bh3#) 23...Qa1+ (23...Kg4 24.Rh4+ Kg3 25.Rh3 Bxh3 26.Qxh3+ Kf2 27.Rd2+ with mate in next move or 25...Kg4 26.Qh4+ Kf5 27.Be4#) 24.Kd2 Kg4 (24...Qg1 25.Bh3+ ; 24...Qa5+ 25.c3 Kg4 26.Rh3 ) 25.Rh3 Qa5+ 26.c3 Bd5 (to stop threatening 27.Qh4+ Kf5 2.Be4#) 27.Rf3 (threatening 28.Qh3#) 27...Rh8 28.f5+ Be4 29.Rxe4#.

A2) 21...Kxe4 22.Bg2+ Ke3 23.Rh3+ Bxh3 24.Qxh3+ Kxf4 25.Qh4+ Kf5 26.Bh3+ Ke5 27.Qd4#

A3) 21...Kxe4 22.Bg2+ Kxf4 23.Rh4+ Bg4 24.Rxg4+ Kxg4 (24...Kf5 25.Rf4+ Ke6 26.Bh3+ Ke5 (26...f5 27.gxf6+ Kf7 28.Qg7#) 27.Re4+ Kxe4 28.Qh4+ Ke3 29.Rd3+ Ke2 30.Qe4+ Kf2 31.Qe3#) 25.Rd4+ Kf5 26.Qh3+ Kxg5 27.Qh4+ Kf5 28.Bh3+ Ke5 29.Qf4#

B1) 21...Kxf4 Kxf4 22.Rh4+ Ke5 23.Qg7+ f6 24.gxf6 Rg8 25.Qxe7 Qa1+ 26.Kd2 Qa5+ 27.Ke2 Rge8 28.Qxd6+ Kxf6 29.Rd5 and black must sac the Queen to avoid immediate checkmate.

It is also possible to note that 20.e5+! dxe5 21.g5+ Kf5 22.Rh4 with threat Bh3# would have been easier and shorter way to win for white.

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