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Andrey A Markov vs Paul Vinogradov
"Cable Wars" (game of the day May-02-2006)
cable match Moscow - Oxford (1916)
French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation (C11)  ·  1-0



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Aug-24-03  Qian: 35... g5?? I dont understand it.
Aug-24-03  uglybird: The position is lost for Black anyhow. White will proceed on the queenside and win another pawn by zugzwang. The move is only a little joke with the hope that White will temporarily forget the en passant rule.
Aug-24-03  Woodpusher: Cable Match: Moscow-Oxford 1916
OK, who represented Oxford? They both sound Russian...
Aug-24-03  mdorothy: They probably both were, one just went to oxford. lol. Remember, there are three kinds of GM's: Russian GM's, Jewish GM's, and Russian Jewish GM's. I don't remember who said that, but its not a mdorothy original.
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  Honza Cervenka: <who represented Oxford?>

It was probably Vinogradov who represented Oxford in this game.

See a biographical note at

May-02-06  United33: 35... g5??, maybe Paul is too tired, so he didn't realize en-passant
May-02-06  ReikiMaster: It is a matter of taste if you want to call 28.Rxe4 a sacrifice. Black is about to take e5-pawn and enjoy 2 passed pawns on the Kingside. White instead gives back the exchange and wins a pawn with a comfortable ending.
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  Honza Cervenka: <35... g5??, maybe Paul is too tired, so he didn't realize en-passant> No, it was a pure desperation. The Pawn ending was utterly lost for Vinogradov. Black's Kingside Pawn majority is immobile and Black cannot stop decisive intrusion of white King on c4.
May-02-06  Bare Beginner: I don't entirely get black's 3rd move. does he need to bring that N out immediately? what about c5, avoiding that pin and impending exchange?
May-02-06  slapwa: I am collecting information for a paper on legal educators and chess. I have stuff on the British players Tylor, Wheatcroft and Furmston. Any from elsewhere?
May-02-06  itz2000: <mdorothy> do u think it's just a coincidence that there are so many known Jewish GM's in the chess history?

(Aron Nimzowitsch, Najdorf, Bobby, Steinits, Tal, Kasparov, Taimanov, Tarrasch, Judit Polgar, ...) I just want to remind you, Jews are only 0.25% of the world populatation.

May-02-06  euripides: <beginner> 3...Nf6 is normal here.

3...c5 gives Black an isolated d pawn after 4 exd5; this is reasonable in some positions (e.g. the Queen's Gambit Tarrasch Defence 1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 c5 and the French Defence Tarrasch variation 1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc2 c5) but here the pawn could come under attack very quickly.

Another good move for Black is 3...Bb4, the Winawer variation; this is very interesting, and used to be the most popular line, though it has become less popular in the last twenty years.

May-02-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Of course I see that the pun "Cable Wars" is related to the fact that this was a cable match.

But why Cable <Wars>, in particular? I don't see what's particularly funny or clever about this pun.

May-02-06  euripides: <reki> yes; White could try hold the e5 pawn but it doesn't seem worth the trouble. An example of the risks is 28 Qh2 Qa5 29 a3 ?(better Kb1 but Black can keep going wth 29...Qb5) Nxc3 30 bxc3 ? Qxc3+ 31 Kd1 Qa1+ winning the queen.
May-02-06  fxenderby: it probably bears some relation to what we call "war cable" in portuguese. you know, when two teams try to pull on a piece of rope to see who pulls it further...
May-02-06  outplayer: I like 11.h4. This position can be achieved by another move order. It is very useful for playing as white against french defense.
May-02-06  outplayer: What is a pun?
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  Peligroso Patzer: Black’s main alternative at move 36 would have been: 36. … Kd5. After that move, the game could have continued as follows: 37. a3 Kd6 [or, if Black tries to finesse with corresponding squares, 37. … c4+ 38. bxc4+ Kc5 39. a4 Kc6 40. Kd4 Kd6 41. c5+ Kc6 42. Kc4 Kc7 43. Kb5 Kb7 44. Kxa5 Kc6 45. Kb4 (+ -)] 38. Kc4 Kc6 39. b4 cxb4 40. cxb4 axb4 41. axb4 Kb6 42. Kd5 Kb5 43. Ke6 Kxb4. [Here, we know Black is losing because - according to the rule where one side is trying to win by promoting a Rook-pawn after diverting the opponent's King to the opposite wing - the Defending King (Black's) is trailing White’s King at a distance greater than a “Knight’s jump”, and White can pick up Black’s K-side pawns without loss of tempo, i.e., in a total of three (3) moves. If White’s King were now at e5, because the f6-square is forbidden to him, he would need three (3) moves to capture on g7, thus a total of four (4) moves to capture all the Black pawns. In this variation (with White's King at e5 instead of e6), Black’s King would “gain a tempo” in his pursuit of the White King, and thus would reach the crucial f8-square resulting in the game being drawn.] Returning to the main continuation: 44. Kf7 Kc5 45. Kxg7 Kd6 46. Kxh6 Ke7 47. Kg7 and White wins by one tempo.
May-02-06  Maatalkko: <itz2000> Of course it's not a coincidence that there are so many Jewish grandmasters. What's more amazing is that almost a third of Nobel Laureates are Jewish.

A 1994 book I read entitled "The Bell Curve" by Hernstein and Murray reported that Ashkenazi (i.e. European) Jews have a higher average I.Q. than any other ethnic group. This has changed over the years; in fact, according to TBC statistics from the early 20th century showed Jews as being a sub-average group. However, these statistics were likely skewed by persistent anti-Semitism at the time, on the part of the French and Russians (among others) just as much as the Germans.

May-02-06  Maatalkko: <itz2000> And speaking of Jewish players, I believe you can add Rubinstein, Lasker, Reshevsky, Smyslov, Korchnoi, and Botvinnik to your list ( . No, I am not Jewish myself.
May-02-06  itz2000: <matalkko> maybe you should become jewish then ;)


May-02-06  Abaduba: If you want more firepower on your Jewish chess player list, both Fischer and Kasparov are of Jewish ancestry, although neither consider themselves to be Jewish. (At least I think not for Kasparov; I'm pretty Fischer doesn't)
May-02-06  Abaduba: As for the IQ thing, as the statistics on Ashkenazim show, the tests have far too much cultural baggage to be taken seriously. Blacks and Hispanics have always scored significantly below average on these tests, not because of an actual lack of intelligence, but because the tests are made up by white people. (There are other problems as well; for example, Spanish-speaking children in the US used to constantly score terribly because the tests were only available in English!) A big part of the improvement of the IQ's of Ashkenazi Jews is that they are now part of the dominant culture which makes up the tests, where they were excluded before.
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  kevin86: Can I resurrect a game here? This one is not quite over yet. After 37...♔e6,blsack stops the pawn and white must beware of the black outside passed pawn. Am I wrong?
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  technical draw: <Maatalkko> Thanks for that link. It's truly amazing such a large proportion of Jews in both GM chess and Nobel Prizes. Must be the Jewish emphasis on education and family. (works all the time).
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