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Vladimir Kirillov vs Semyon Furman
URS-ch sf Vilnius (1949), Vilnius URS, rd 6, May-??
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Wormald Attack (C77)  ·  0-1



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Jun-09-08  mezzieh: It's a game of many mistakes. I wonder why White played 8. Bd5 move the same piece twice in the opening and allowing the exchange of important Bishop for only a Knight.

Kirilov was desperately looking for a pawn grab so he opened the center for enemy Bishops, central files for enemy Rooks and he left his own Kingside offguard.

And then he played something I really don't understand: 19. Nc4 why not 19. Nf3?

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  tpstar: ChessBase 8.0 has this game ending with 26. Kh1 Re1+ 27. Qxe1 Qf3+ 0-1.

Great tactics by Black starring the Double Bishop Sacrifice.

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  mifralu: This game was played by

Vladimir Grigorevich Kirillov

Jul-20-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: I had a little trouble, but then I realized I was playing the wrong color. :) Anyhow,

... Qf3+ would be mate in 2 if only White's queen didn't cover the square.

... Re1+ first diverts the White queen.

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  Penguincw: Woo hoo, a Monday puzzle on International Chess Day.

And nice deflection.

< Cheapo by the Dozen: I had a little trouble, but then I realized I was playing the wrong color. :) >

Yep, me too. Almost thought they changed the theme of Mondays...

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  gawain: 26...Re1+ 27 Qxe1 Qf3+ 28 Rg2 Qxg2# all perfectly forcing.
Jul-20-20  Walter Glattke: Deflection: 26.-Re1+ leads queen off from guarding f3. All other black moves seem to lose, e.g. 26.-Re4 27.Nd2 with decisive material
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  agb2002: Black has a pawn for a knight.

The white queen prevents Qf3+. Hence, 26... Re1+ 27.Qxe1 Qf3+ 28.Rg2 Qxg2#.

Jul-20-20  saturn2: Black mates in 3

26...Re1+ 27. Qxe1 Qf3+ 28. Rg2 Qxg2

Jul-20-20  landshark: This one took me about a minute -
26.... Re1+ forces the WQ off her guard of f3, allowing 27... Qf3+ with mate next move. Gone are the good old days of seeing the Monday solution in 5 seconds or less (;
Jul-20-20  Nullifidian: 26... ♖e1+ to decoy the defender of the f3 square. Play continues 27. ♕xe1 ♕f3+ 28. ♖g2 ♕xg2#
Jul-20-20  newzild: <<Walter Glattke>: Deflection: 26.-Re1+ leads queen off from guarding f3. All other black moves seem to lose, e.g. 26.-Re4 27.Nd2 with decisive material>

On 26...Re4 27. Nd2?? Black wins with 27...Qxh2+.

Correct is simply 27. de Qxe4+ 28. f3, winning immediately.

Jul-20-20  stacase: <landshark: This one took me about a minute>

Longer than that for me.

Off topic - I did manage to see comet Neowise a few hours ago.

Jul-20-20  Damenlaeuferbauer: After long thinking, the Belarussian "world champion when playing white" (Lev Polugaevsky) Semyon Furman, who worked as coach for David Bronstein, Mikhail Botwinnik, Viktor Kortchnoi, and Anatoly Karpov, finally found the mate in 3 moves with the rook sacrifice 26.-,Re1+! 27.Qxe1,Qf3+ 28.Rg2,Qxg2#.
Jul-20-20  Walter Glattke: Ok, I always get surprised, here by Qxh2+
Jul-20-20  Brenin: A nice, easy, traditional Monday combination. The position after 17 ... Bd6 must have had Black salivating and White trembling. It's hard to understand 19 Nc4: it frees the bishop (allowing the reverend gentleman's later fruitless self-sacrifice), but it takes the knight away from the K-side defence, and almost begs Black to play either Bxh2+ or Rxc4, either of which initiates a crushing attack. Offering the pawn back with 19 Ne4 (rather than 19 Nf3 Qf6) would have been wiser.
Jul-20-20  TheaN: The combination itself is pretty trivial... once you realize it's Black to move. At first glance it seems more logical it's White to move with an half open h-file and the back rank patterns.

However, White could have muddied the waters greatly with 23.Qf3! Rg6+ 24.Qg3, requiring Re2!:

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...after which 25.Qxg6 fxg6 26.Bd2 Rxd2 (else it's just a draw) 27.Nxd2 Qg5+ 28.Kf3 Qxd2 ∓ and Black has the better endgame, but is this so trivial?

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On the other hand, Black might not have played the attack to its fullest potential, albeit winning how it went. SF9 gives 19....Rxc4! 20.dxc4 Qh4 21.h3 (g3 Qh3 22.f3 Bxg3! -+) Re6 22.Re1 Rg6 23.Re8+ Bf8:

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...and White's underdevelopment breaks him up, as the attack on the g-file is imminent. I can understand Firman didn't want to go along this route and then 19....Bxh2+ is more direct, but I'm not sure if he anticipated Qf3.

Jul-20-20  YoungEd: Easy, even for me, but still pretty.
Jul-20-20  lost in space: I love Mondays, espcially after 26..Re1+
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  chrisowen: Re1 Qf3 up in two mo yes no?
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  Jimfromprovidence: There is a decent side puzzle if white plays 25 Rh3?!, below, (seeing 26 Qf3), instead of the text 25 Rh2??

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Black to play and win.

Jul-20-20  Brenin: <Jimfromprovidence>: Nice side puzzle: one possibility is 25 ... Qxf2+ 26 Kh1 Re2 27 Qg1 (to prevent mate on g2) Qf3+ 28 Rxf3 Rh6+ 29 Qh2 Rexh2+ 30 Kg1 Rh1+ 31 Kg2 (or f2) Rxa1 32 Rf4 Rc1 33 Rxd4 Rxc2+, leaving Black the exchange and two Ps ahead.
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  Jimfromprovidence: <Brenin> <Nice side puzzle: one possibility is 25 ... Qxf2+ 26 Kh1 Re2 27 Qg1 (to prevent mate on g2) Qf3+ 28 Rxf3 Rh6+ 29 Qh2 Rexh2+ 30 Kg1 Rh1+ 31 Kg2 (or f2) Rxa1 32 Rf4 Rc1 33 Rxd4 Rxc2+, leaving Black the exchange and two Ps ahead.>

I did not see your clever line.

There are two ways to go here after 25 Rh3 Qxf2+ 26 Kh1, below.

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You picked 26...Re2. I did not see that variation. Instead I focused on 26...Rfe6, below, seeing 27.Qf1 (or Qg1 or Rh2) Re1+ 28.Qxe1 Rxe1+ 29.Rxe1 Qxe1+ 30.Kg2 .

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I ran the CG chess engine for one minute after 25 Rh3 Qxf2+ 26 Kh1 and here are the results...

1) -8.96 (30 ply) 26...Rfe6 27.Rh2 Re1+ 28.Qxe1 Rxe1+ 29.Rxe1 Qxe1+ 30.Kg2 Qd1 31.Kg3 b3 32.cxb3 Qxd3+ 33.Kg2 Qxb3

2) -8.90 (29 ply) 26...Re2 27.Qg1 Qf5 28.Qg3 Qd5+ 29.Kg1 Rg6 30.Qxg6 hxg6 31.Rh2 Qf3 32.Rxe2 Qxe2 33.b3 Qxc2

Jul-23-20  newzild: <<Walter Glattke:> Ok, I always get surprised, here by Qxh2+>

At least your comments are based on your own thinking, rather than an engine!

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  perfidious: Here's to that.
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