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Andre Lilienthal vs Abram Khavin
USSR Championship (1944), Moscow URS, rd 7, May-30
Old Indian Defense: Ukrainian Variation (A54)  ·  1-0



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May-12-14  jffun1958: 30. Qxf7 Rxf7 (or 30. ...Kh8 31. Qg7#)

31. Re8+ Rf8 32. Re(f)8#

May-12-14  Nick46: When in doubt ...
May-12-14  Nick46: Refuting my known theory that the player with the more complicated name should win.
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  FSR: Check, check, check and mate.
May-12-14  abuzic: 30.?
This is # in 3: 30.Qxf7+ Rxf7 31.Re8+ Ref8 32.Rxf8#.

Earlier, 26.?

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The actually played line <26.Qd4 Rc2 27.Qxf6 Qb2 28.Qf4 Qxa2?> black could continue with 28...Be6 29.Qe3 Bf5 30.Rf3 Qf6, white is better but no immediate win.

Instead of <26.Qd4>, 26.Rf3 is much stronger, and should lead to unstoppable attack on the Black King.

May-12-14  morfishine: White forces mate with <30.Qxf7+>

30...Rxf7 31.Re8+ Rf8 32.Rxf8#


May-12-14  mel gibson: I saw it in under 4 seconds.
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  Once: The thing I find interesting about this is how white shifts the attack from one focal point to another. None of it is rocket science or particularly difficult to understand. The overall effect is of threat after threat on different squares in the black kingside.

As black defends one threat white shifts to another until we reach a position where black can't defend any more.

In quick succession we have Rg3 + h6 pawn versus a pawn on g7:

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Then Q + h6 pawn versus a hole on g7:

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Then (if the game had continued) one of three different back rank mates. Here's one:

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The instructive point here is how white (a) gets a positional advantage by imprisoning the black queen (b) makes his own pieces more aggressive by posting them on open lines and (c) keeps on shifting the attack until there is no defence.

Incidentally, Fritzie says that black's big mistake was 28...Qxa2. Instead 28...Be6 stops the immediate mate threats (although black is still a pawn down).

May-12-14  zb2cr: 30.Qxf7+ does it. If Black plays 30. ... Kh8??, he is mated on the spot by either 31. Qxf8# or 31. Qg7#.

The main line is 30. ... Rxf7; 31. Re8+, Rf8; 32. (either)Rxf8#.

May-12-14  CC0112358: The unassuming h6 pawn is the real king of game
May-12-14  therevolver17: 30.Qxf7 Rxf7 31.Re8+ Rf8 32.Rfxf8# (32.Rexf8#)
May-12-14  goodevans: Black has been under the cosh for some time, but on move 28 he finally manages to win a pawn with his Q, which has been stuck on a3 doing very little for almost half the game. A small indulgence just before the house caves in.

... but did black have anything better than the greedy <28...Qxa2>? Right now I don't see an immediate refutation to <28...Rc3> (if 29.Qf6 then 29.Rc2 repeats) although I'd still rather be in white's shoes.

May-12-14  goodevans: <abuzic: could continue with 28...Be6 29.Qe3 Bf5 30.Rf3 Qf6, white is better but no immediate win.>

After <28...Be6, 29.Qd6> looks strong, but I'd agree that <28...Be6> is still better than <28...Qxa2?>.

May-12-14  Chess Dad: White to play at move 30. Very Easy.

30. Qxf7+ Rxf7
31. Re8+ Rf8
32. Rfxf8# (or Rexf8#)


30. Qxf7+ Kh8
31. Qxf8#

Easy problem. Though I will say I didn't see it instantly. For a few moments, I was looking at Re8 to deflect the Rf8 from protecting Bf7.

May-12-14  simsan: I also briefly looked at 30. Re8.

This may look equally tempting, but black has the zwischenzug 30. .. Qc1+ which forces a queen exchange and eases the pressure in the f-file.

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  kevin86: Brilliant queen sac. Black must open the back door to let the white rook in for a back row mate.

Mate in three:30 ♕xf7+ ♖xf7 31 ♖e8+ ♖f8 32 ♖xf8#

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  Oxspawn: This week’s ‘very easy’ is not facile and that’s good – I spent some time looking at how to mate on g7 before deciding that the queen needs some self-sacrifice.

30. Qxf7+ Rxf7 (If 30. Kh8, then 31. Qxf8 is mate)

31. Re8+ Rf8
32 R (either)xf8++
It’s white’s bishop wot won it….

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  LIFE Master AJ: 30.Qxf7+ and then Re8+ and then mate on f8.
May-12-14  john barleycorn: A pretty variation of the theme can be found here.

May-12-14  Patriot: 30.Qxf7+ Rxf7 31.Re8+
May-12-14  BOSTER: When you have an advantage and you don't use it, you will lose.

White to play 25.

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After 25.Qh6 g6 26.hxg6 Bxg6 27.Rxg6+ hxg6 28.Qxg6+ Kh8 29.Re3 and white win.

But after 28... Be6 game is getting more complicated.

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  patzer2: Strange game! Who would think 22...d5?, protecting an isolated central pawn, would be a decisive mistake. Yet, due in large part to Black's immobilized Queen, 22...d5? allows 23. h5! with a decisive advantage.

The alternative to 22...d5? 23. h5! is the Fritz suggestion 22...Rc3! which holds after 22...Rc3! 23. Rxc3 bxc3 24. Qxc3 Qxa2 =.

After 22...d5? 23. h5! White's attack is unstoppable.

Even stronger than 24. Re1 is 24. h6! when play might go 24. h6! g5 25. Rxg5+! Kh8 26. Rg7 Rg8 27. Qe3 Bf5 28. Bd7! Bxd7 29. Qe7 with mate-in-three to follow.

May-12-14  1stboard: If i was black I would have played on move 28 Re2 .......
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  patzer2: If 28...Re2, then 29. Rxe2 Qxe2 30. Qd4 (or 30. Qf6 ) wins easy.
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