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Adrian Mikhalchishin vs Alexey Shirov
URS-ch First League Klaipeda (1988), Klaipeda URS, Nov-??
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack (B78)  ·  1-0



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Apr-12-12  Manoloo: Mikhalchnical problem.
Apr-12-12  solskytz: this double-deflection theme, the capture on h4 (creating some entertainment for two defenders of c1) is something I once pulled in a mutually blindfolded blitz game against a strong Israeli master.

There, he was white and had three pieces covering the f1 square. I created a diversion on e3, pulling one of these away. It was a drawing resource - the only way to avoid defeat - and the brilliancy was applauded by all present in that chess party (we had some 30+ guests, playing and kibitzing on some 12 boards)

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  FSR: <solskytz> You're on the right track, but your 20...Rc3 is not the most incisive.
Apr-12-12  Memethecat: Give a Q, get a Q. A born again queension.
Apr-12-12  LoveThatJoker: <FSR> Good on you for coming up with an elegant finish in your game vs Nagle.

I'll leave the 2nd one to be solved by solskytz (who has already commenced posting ideas) and other fellow kibitzers.

I'm off to enjoy the rest of the day, but before I go, go to V Malakhov vs Movsesian, 2012 and check out an awesome game!

I have submitted my pun for it already:

"Radioactive Man" in honour of Bart Simpson's and Milhous' favourite comic book hero...and also a nod to Malakhov being a part-time nuclear physicist.


Apr-12-12  sevenseaman: Solskytz is close on it. Try 20...Rc5, with d5 or a5 as options depending upon reactions.
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  FSR: <sevenseaman: Solskytz is close on it. Try 20...Rc5, with d5 or a5 as options depending upon reactions.>

Black doesn't have to be so subtle or slow.

Apr-12-12  kevin86: Nice sac! blacks king is cut off and must bug out to avoid mate.
Apr-12-12  BOSTER: Even if you create the <Fire on board>, you should remember about safety of his king.

In the position where all black forces, like dark clouds, surrounded the white camp, and maybe only in one sec. will begin the thunderstorm, white clearly understood that the most powerful piece which black has is bishop on f5. After 25.Qxf5 game is over.

My guess, that after this game Shirov was in thundering rage.

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  chrisowen: Strife line stir up it trouble get umble woo lower queenb8 sic dray

Alexei manages too create a flurry open in shut terrific a b5 in surge

mama find plaudit almost in c8 sabbatical cyclings the knight ha grain

corking finish Alexei courting fate gets rook in sight enthrall why

flush f8 chassuer is turned cerf too success.

Building frees eg 25.qxf5 in tease the cleric offer tile landing bishop

haul I see pawn it hinges what lo wing mood for expansion until white in

effect weed pluck it black bind I spot h5 edge any rallying call i

fester await drill in aim I back it ph4 again has clear path to

promotede in h8 king fight bid shunting aloof at escaping ke8 d7 etc le

crick one h8 and light it goes up a knight in plain sight apost in

18.bxg7 chances almighty cusp feel hobble nesee red mist Alexey braving

to put his plans on the back burner. Difficult ok in c1 his hand fip

svelt banana taints kin tough hide accrue kg8 bastions for 22...ra5

might warrant it squeek in go rookc3 court road double in digress 23.qf4

kf8 the stinker dig ham up 24.gxh5 bf5 heart of the natter amazing opa

scent it another in curfew corpus cleans in staple 25.qxf5 indeed sure

gripper shank in g7 sully it real "Chabrier" feast I pull later f5end.

Apr-12-12  M.Hassan: <sevenseaman:Your idea is quite good. I had tried this and it nearly worked. The defense against it goes like this;>

Thanks for the post. I am short of time now. I am going to fully study your post tonight and I am sure will learn from it. Will respond if I had any idea

Apr-12-12  cyclon: My line today is 25. Qxf5 gxf5 ( what else? ) and now 26. h6 shoud do it. There are several tries for Black, but White seems to prevail in them all - one being 26. -Rxc2 27. h7 Rxc1+ 28. Rxc1 Qd3+ 29. Rc2 Qd4 30. Rg8+.
Apr-12-12  sevenseaman: <M.Hassan> <sevenseaman><I am going to fully study your post tonight and I am sure will learn from it>.

On <ernicohen>'s suggestion that 28. Rg2 successfully refutes any mating possibility by Black, it has been reviewed and confirmed by me and Fritz-confirmed by <Once> that <25. hxg6> is as good a line as <25. Qxf5> line. (see our mutual posts wherein I said it was good news for you and your unique line).

So cheers, you have second viable solution. But study it all the same. And keep up your wonderful style and approach.

Apr-12-12  cyclon: Of course Black can try "stronger" ( 26. h6 ) 26. -Ke8 ( -f6 27. h7 followed by 28. h8Q/+ Black may even get mated ) 27. h7 White queens and perhaps plays his Rook to g8 having a piece up plus attack.
Apr-12-12  dragon player: This is the first idea I get:

25.Qxf5 gxf5

I don't see a way to stop the pawn from queening, and black has to be awere of 27.h7 and 28.Rg8#. The only remaining question is: does black get an attack going? I don't think so, since a2 is defended well, and 26...Qc5 isn't really threathening.

Time to check.


It seems I was right.


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  scormus: Doing this POTD reminded me of that Australian guy. The one who won Olympic gold in short track speed skating. Simple strategy, tag along at the back of the group and hope the others fall over. As he crossed the line ahead of a bunch of guys on the ice desparately scrabbling in vain to reach the finish, raising his arms in victory with a demeanour of total astonishment as if to say "Hey I cant believe it, I've won!"

OK back to the puzzle, not much time. Only thing I could think of was 25 Qxc5, push the h-pawn and hope the B forces desparately scrabble in vain to find a counter-combination. So I look it up and see, to my astonishment ....

<25 Qxc5 1-0>

Of course, it was the WN on c1 that they slipped over on

Apr-12-12  BOSTER: This is a sharp position after white played 16.exd5.

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All real combo are risky .

So, I'd play 16... b3 sacr the rook with idea to activate the bishop d7, and white has no time to play exc6.

If 17.exc6 bxc2+ 18.Qxc2 (forced) Bf5.
The irresistible nature of two bishops (Bf5 and Bg7) gain space on two adjacent diagonals create extremely strong attack. If 17.axb3 Rxc2 18.Qxc2 Bf5.
If 17.c xb3 Bf5+ 18.Ka1 Bc2 and black win.
Maybe best defense is 17.c3 Bf5+ 18.Ka1 Ra6 with tempo, and black has a good position even playing without rook on a8.

Apr-12-12  James D Flynn: Candidates hxg6, h6,Qxf5
If 25.hxg6 Bxc2+ 26.Kb2 Bxg6 27.Rxg6 Rxc1 28.Rxc1 Qe2+ 29.Rc2 Rxa2+ 30.Kxa2 Qxc2+ 31.Ka1 Qc3+ 32.Kb1 Qxb3+ 33.Kd1 Qd3+ 34.Ke1(orQd2) Qxg6 and Black should win the ending. If 25.h6 Rxc2 26.Qxf5 Rxc1+ 27.Rxc1 Qd3+ 28.Ka1 Qe2 and White has no way to defend a2 , therefore Black wins. If 25.Qxf5 gxf5 25.h6 Black cannot stop the h pawn from queening, therefore 25….. e5 to create an escape square for the K and to block the long diagonal when the pawn queens. If 26.dxe6 Qe5 27.h7 Rc6 28.Rg8+ Ke7 29.h8(Q) Qxh8 30.Rxh8 30.Rxc2 and White is up a N and P and should win the ending. Now for the game.
Apr-12-12  M.Hassan: <sevenseaman:So cheers, you have second viable solution. But study it all the same. And keep up your wonderful style and approach.>

And cheers to you too. I have seen your statement of good news for me on <ernicohen>'s suggestion and this is my continuation of the game bearing in mind your line (of 27...Qa5):

25.hxg6 Bxc2+
26.Kb2 Bxg6
27.Rxg6 Qa5
28.Ra2 Qa3+
And Black will only loose further if:
White is a Rook and a pawn up and Black is too weak to do any major threats.

Thanks for your wonderful posts.

Apr-12-12  solskytz: perhaps reverse the move order?

Earlier I didn't like 1...Rxh4 right away, as I was afraid of 2. Bxc8 Rxh1+ 3. Nxh1 and c1 is covered by the bishop - except that I didn't look at 3... Qd1+ mating...

so 1...Rxh4 right away - not subtle.

No rook can be taken. After the white rook moves away, now ...Rc3 is great, as a4 and b4 (the defensive squares) are denied the queen. Later Rhc4 is an idea... and of course ...Rxg3 will win at least a piece

(eg 1...Rxh4 2. Rg1 Rc3 3. Qa5 Rxg3 etc.)

Apr-12-12  WinKing: <James D Flynn: Candidates hxg6, h6,Qxf5 If 25.hxg6 Bxc2+ 26.Kb2 Bxg6 27.Rxg6 Rxc1 28.Rxc1 Qe2+ 29.Rc2 Rxa2+ 30.Kxa2 Qxc2+ 31.Ka1 Qc3+ 32.Kb1 Qxb3+ 33.Kd1 Qd3+ 34.Ke1(orQd2) Qxg6 and Black should win the ending.>

If 25.hxg6 Bxc2+ 26.Kb2 Bxg6 27.Rxg6 Rxc1 28.Qh6+!<(not 28.Rxc1?)> Ke8 29.Rg8+ Kd7 30.Qxc1! <(threatening Qc8#)>

Apr-12-12  Patriot: White is up a pawn.

Black threatens 25...Bxc2+.

I'd say 25.Qxf5 wins. 25...gxf5 26.h6 and it appears white gets a new queen with no fuss.

Apr-12-12  newton296: pawn promotion never occurred to me,

great move.

for what its worth the only move I considered was hxg6 Bxc2+ ka1 Bxg6 (forced to prevent mate) Rxg6 winning.

I like my move better.

Apr-12-12  sevenseaman: <M.Hassan> You got it, 'cept 28. Ra2 is an obvious typo for 28. Rg2.
Apr-12-12  M.Hassan: <sevenseaman: M.Hassan You got it, 'cept 28. Ra2 is an obvious typo for 28. Rg2.>

Quite right and thanks

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