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Evgeny Zagorjansky vs Vladimir Simagin
"All is Quiet in Moscow" (game of the day May-07-2016)
Ch Moscow (1945), Moscow URS, rd 10
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation (D11)  ·  0-1

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May-07-16
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  Phony Benoni: "All in Quite in Moascow" is the first sentence in Tolstoy's novel, "The Cossacks." It probably has some less esoteric meaning as well, but that's what I found on Google.

As for the game, it looks like White keeps trying to out-tactic Black, who finally gets tired of all the foolishness and lays the hammer down.

May-07-16  Moszkowski012273: Healthy advantage for white on simply 17.Qxd3... He tried to be fancy and it came back to bite him. 18.Nc7...is answered by 18...Ndc5!
May-07-16
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  al wazir: <Phony Benoni>: After 17. Qxd3 white would have been perfectly all right. Instead he played Nb5, and five moves later black had the initiative and a better position.

I guess that's what you mean by "trying to out-tactic Black."

May-07-16
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  Phony Benoni: <Moszkowski012273> <al wazir>:


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You're both right: White could have played 17.Qxd3 in perfect safety. What was he thinking?

"I could just play 17.Qxd3 and get my pawn back. Seems perfectly safe, and the kibitzers no doubt expect it

"But look at that pawn on d3! It can't possibly advance, and I don't think it can be protected either. It's not going anywhere and can't possibly hurt me, so why bother taking it now? Let's pursue a promising adventure and get back to it later."

And, indeed, White does wind up winning a different pawn. Now all he has to do is capture that scrawny weakling on d3, and all will be well.

But that proves easier said than done. Terminal Fanciness is a great killer on the chessboard. I know. I was a lifelong sufferer.

May-07-16  Moszkowski012273: Hahahaha! Exactly! Me to!
May-07-16
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  perfidious: How White must have regretted his omission of the simple, unimaginative 17.Qxd3 in favour of the maelstrom which followed.

<PB> In poker, we have a not dissimilar phrase for that sort of cuteness: Fancy Play Syndrome.

May-07-16  Moszkowski012273: Though at 43 I probably have a few decades left before I get to use the word "lifelong".....
May-07-16  Ayaend: 20.Qa6 is better than Qc6 right?
May-07-16  Razgriz: Loving how the 19. Nc7 was danced around and skirted.
May-07-16  Moszkowski012273: 20.Qa6,Nc5
May-07-16  tonim: I think 17.Nb5 was better move than Q:d3 but 19.Nc7 was just to greedy. White could play simple 19.R:a7 R:a7 20.N:a7 and he would have big advantage. Black pawns on b6 and d3 are very weak and there is no counterplay for black because 20...Ng4 21.Rc8 is winning.
May-07-16
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  Honza Cervenka: "All is quiet in Moscow. The squeak of wheels is seldom heard in the snow-covered street. There are no lights left in the windows and the street lamps have been extinguished. Only the sound of bells, borne over the city from the church towers, suggests the approach of morning...." (Leo Tolstoy, The Cossacks)

And the game opened by the Quiet Variation of Slav Defense was played in Moscow, though it was not so quiet after all. But the reference is quite apparent.

May-07-16  AlicesKnight: Agree with all the above today, for which thanks. 22 ....Bh6 finds just the right pressure point, the kind of thing I don't spot too often.
May-07-16
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  thegoodanarchist: <Phony Benoni: ... Terminal Fanciness is a great killer on the chessboard. I know. I was a lifelong sufferer.>

Yes, I am happy that Simagin put the smack down on this fancy punk.

May-07-16  JohnBoy: How does black reply to 18.Nc7? To me the error is Qb7.
May-07-16
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  kevin86: With each exchange, black's attack gets stronger. Then, the mating net is closed.
May-07-16
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  Phony Benoni: <JohnBoy> After <18.Nc7>:


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Black gets good play after <18...Ndc5!> White has nothing better than <19.dxc5 Qxc7>, when Black's still a pawn ahead and nw threatens to fork WHite's rooks with ...Bxb2. A possible line like <20.cxb6 Qxb6 21.Qxd3 Bxb2 22.Rcb1> (an echo of the actual game) <22...Bxa1! 23.Rxb6 axb6 24.Qxd5 Nxd2 25.Nxd2 Red8>:


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Leaves White in a good deal of trouble due to his bank rank problems.

May-07-16
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  AylerKupp: If this is the Slav Defense "quiet variation" I would love to see games with the Slav Defense "non-quiet variation"!
May-08-16  RandomVisitor: Perhaps, a move other than 20.Qc6, is better for white


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Komodo-9.42-64bit:

<+0.24/44 20.Be1 Rec8 21.Rxa7> Rxa7 22.Qxc8+ Qf8 23.Qxf8+ Bxf8 24.Nb5 Ra2 25.Rb1 Ra8 26.Nc3 Bd6 27.h3 Nxc3 28.Bxc3 Ne4 29.Ne1 d2 30.Nf3 Rc8 31.Nxd2 Nxd2 32.Bxd2 Rc2 33.Bc3 b5 34.Ba5 Be7 35.b4 Rc4 36.Kf1 Kg7 37.Ke2 Bd6 38.Kf3 Kf6 39.Rb2 Ke6 40.Ke2 f5 41.Kd3 Be7 42.Ra2 Bd6 43.Ra1 Rc8 44.Rd1 Rc4 45.Rb1 Kd7 46.Rb3 f4 47.e4 Ke6

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