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Mikhail Chigorin vs James Mason
Monte Carlo (1901), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 11, Feb-21
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Anderssen Variation (C77)  ·  1-0



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Feb-13-04  Whitehat1963: 144 moves! Chigorin wins a marathon.
Apr-08-05  kanter: trapping of the rook is beautiful
Apr-08-05  Runemaster: Chigorin was one of the great "manouvrists". Here he keeps going and going until the chance eventually comes to finish off his opponent.
Apr-08-05  paladin at large: The unassuming looking 57. b3 is a fine move, leading to exchange of queens and rooks and clearing the way for an advantageous ending - but I am not sure it was worth the work!
Apr-26-06  soberknight: Mason played another 144-move contest vs. Mackenzie.
Feb-07-13  Mostolesdude: the rook is trapped!......(1st comment in more than 4 years,, go me!!)
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  OhioChessFan: At first glance, 77...Rd1 was the losing move. No idea why Black took the Rook off the 5th rank.
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  GrahamClayton: Great patience by Chigorin - he takes 52 moves after capturing the final black pawn to entrap the Black rook.
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  perfidious: <soberknight: Mason played another 144-move contest vs. Mackenzie.>

In so doing, Mason thereby created the basis of the Jacqueline Susann novel <Once Is Not Enough>.

Wonder whether Mason was also the inspiration for Susann's <The Love Machine>.

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  wwall: Was 97...Rg6 really played? White simply plays 98.Bxg6 and wins.

139...Ka8 is the losing move. Black can play 139...Kb7 140.Bd5 Rg5 141.a6+ Kc7 and draw.

After 139...Ka8, best may be 140.a6 Rg5 141.Kb6 Rb5 142.Kc7 Rd5 143.Be2 Rg5 144.Bf3 Rg3 145.Bd5 Re3 146.Kb6 Re6 147.Bc4 Rf6 148.Bb3 Rd6 149.Bf7 Rf6 150.Bh5 Rf4 151.Be8 Ra4 152.Ne7 Ra3 153.Bd7 Rb3 154.Kc7 Re3 155.Nc8 Rc3 156.Bc6 Rxc6 157.Kxc6 Kb8 158.Kb6 Ka8 159.Nd6 Kb8 160.Nb5 Ka8 161.Nc7 Kb8 162.a7 wins for White.

142.Be4 should draw. White wins with 142.Be6.

Now 142...Rb2 loses as the rook gets trapped. Black can draw with 142...Re1.

After 144.Bc2 Kb7 145.Kc4 and 146.Kc3 wins the rook.

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  offramp: I'll bet it was 97...R-N7.
Oct-19-15  tjipa: I wonder if this has been thoroughly analyzed in some endgames book or Chigorin's games collection. Definitely feels like there was monstrous shuffling to and fro without much sense, until the luck struck in the end. A kind of Carlsenesque game.
Jan-19-17  Straclonoor: <tjipa: I wonder if this has been thoroughly analyzed in some endgames book or Chigorin's games collection> In two - both in Russian language. 'Mikhail Chigorin' by Mikhail M Yudovich Sr. (endgame only) and '120 selected games of Chigorin' by N.Grekov
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