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Zvulon Gofshtein vs Mikhail Gurevich
"My Kingdom for a Horse" (game of the day Jun-04-2010)
TCh-FRA (2001), Noyon FRA, rd 2, Feb-03
French Defense: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Variation (C11)  ·  1-0

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May-14-09  WhiteRook48: 39 Qxh2 Qxf6 40 e8=N+ also wins
Jun-04-10  cracknik: Yeah, how did a 2694 miss mate in one on move 35? I guess it happens to the best of us.
Jun-04-10  hannahbelle: and sadly... lose the game.
Jun-04-10  RandomVisitor: 33.Rg2 Ne4 34.Rxg6+ Kh8 35.h3 and white has winning chances.
Jun-04-10  syracrophy: Well, now I see that the brilliancy of this game is based on the shameful miss of mate!
Jun-04-10  SpiritedReposte: How could he miss a mate? Time pressure and nerves probably.
Jun-04-10  scormus: I cant believe this :-O B even posted Rh7 and next move Qc7, exactly how I used to try and set up # when I was a schoolboy beginner.

CG certainly likes to bring variety to GOTD - after yesterdays masterclass .... now this

Jun-04-10
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  al wazir: 38. Rf7+ would also have won:

A) 38...Kg8 39. e7 Rxf7 (39...Qxh2+ 40. Qxh2 Rxh2 41. e8=Q#) 40. e8=Q+ Rf8 (40...Qf8 41. Qxf8+) 41. Qff7+ Kh8 42. Qexf8#.

B) 38...Kh8 39. Rf8+ Kg8 (39...Qxf8 40. Qxf8#) 40. Qf6+ Kh6 41. Qh4+ Kg7 42. Rf7+ Kg8/Kh8 43. Qxh7#.

C) 38...Kh6 39. Qh4#.

Jun-04-10  ounos: Think of it inversely: you are playing against a >2500. OK, what are the chances he'll miss a mate in one? How often would you ask the question "Lets see, did he blunder a mate in one yet?"?
Jun-04-10  ounos: Seeing the finish of it though, it seems like a terrible time scramble.
Jun-04-10  apiana: do i miss something why did nt black play 36 qxh2 check, king moves to f1, qh1 check, qf1, ba6check, ??? winning for black is nt it???? anybody who can explain me why not???
Jun-04-10  cracknik: Bishop 55, white to play is obvious. But black to play goes 1...Qxh2 2.Qxh2 Rc3+ 3.Ke4 Rxe3+ 4.Kxe3 f1N+ Not too hard but I wouldn't want that K & B endgame!
Jun-04-10  cracknik: I meant N & B. Excuse me.
Jun-04-10  xqdashi: apiana..if 36....Qxh2+ 37.Kf1 Qh1+
Qg1 is not forced.

Instead white can play 38. Ke2 when e.g.
38...Rh2+ 39. Rf2 Ba6+ 40.Kd2 is not clear.

Jun-04-10  Snosko: 35. ... Qxh2# ????
Jun-04-10  xqdashi: Snosko, yep LOL 35...Qxh2# was possible.
Jun-04-10
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  kevin86: a real strange one: white promotes to a knight and wins after black missed a mate in ONE! on his 35th try.
Jun-04-10  Brandon plays: haha, was this a lightning game? 35... Rxf6 looks like the type of move I might play under time pressure.
Jun-04-10  Elo: What is the story on this game? Is there a typo somewhere? Were both players in severe time trouble? The blunders seem too obvious.

Flip the board and view from the Black side, and they are even more obvious. Black even moves his Queen, and along the correct diagonal, heading straight towards the checkmate before mysteriously stopping. If this is a blunder, then it is the blunder of the new century. Should we be suspecting a typo?

As many have pointed out, Black has an immediate checkmate on move 35 on h2, and then again a forced win on h2 one move later.

If these are indeed just oversights, and not typos, then it supports the fact that most chess blunders occur in the "danger zone" -- between moves 35 to 40.

Perhaps a basic chess discipline should be to pretend that the real time control is 35 moves in 100 minutes. This then assures having a good 20 minutes remaining for navigating through that treacherous "danger zone."

Jun-04-10  jrlepage: I feel much better about some of my games after seeing this one.
Jun-04-10  bambino3: nice move by black at 35
Dec-27-11
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  Penguincw: The pun fits the game perfectly.
Jun-03-12  vinidivici: lololol this is funny. the last move is da best
Dec-23-12  Meistro1: HAS ANYone suggested yet that move ... 35 was an error? i feel like black has better chances with a different move.
Dec-24-14  sammysammy: After 35. Rxf6 Black should have moved 35... Qxh2#.


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