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Efim Korchmar vs Yevsei Polyak
"The Ukrainian Immortal" (game of the day Aug-21-2017)
Ukrainian Championship (1937), Kiev URS, rd 17, Jul-09
Spanish Game: Steinitz Defense (C62)  ·  1-0



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Dec-07-18  Rama: I tried Nxf6+ and Qxd6 to get to the back rank but that way didn't work. White's Nb3! was much superior.
Dec-07-18  thisisasign: I've never seen this game before. What an amazing combination by Korchmar!
Dec-07-18  SometimesGood: <Strelets: I would add David Bronstein, Eduard Gufeld, Efim Geller, and Leonid Stein to the list of players whose best games are more deserving of the label of "Ukrainian Immortal." Don't get me wrong; this is still an excellent game. But it just doesn't dazzle the mind and eyes like the best work of the aforementioned players.> Interesting list!
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  drollere: poor me. i went for Bxg7.
Dec-07-18  newzild: Added to my collection Game Collection: The Best Games You've Never Heard Of
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  Jimfromprovidence: 21...g5, below, (or 25...g6) look like they might work defensively.

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But white wins with 22 Rge3 as the bishop intervention 22...Bd7 loses to 23 Qxd7, etc. below.

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<Luzhin> first mentioned 21...g6 back in 2007.

Dec-07-18  landshark: Weird moves sometimes are the right moves - ?
After staring fruitlessly at this for way too long I settled on the try Nb4, attacking the R on a3 while simultaneously threatening Qxd6 where if the Q is recaptured mate follows starting with Rd8. None of which I cross checked very much. Hmmmm....
Dec-07-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 24 dpa done

1. + - (4.57): 19...Rd7 20.Nxa6 bxa6

2. + - (4.72): 19...Ra8 20.Qxd6 Be7 21.Qd5 Qxd5 22.Nxd5 Bf8 23.Bf4 c6 24.Nc7 Rd8 25.Ne6 Re8 26.Rge3 Rd7 27.Nxf8 Rxe3 28.Bxe3 Kxf8 29.g4 Kf7 30.Kg2 a4 31.Kf3 Rd5 32.h3 h5 33.Kg3 hxg4 34.hxg4 Kg6 35.Kf4 Rb5 36.Bd4 Rb4 37.Ke4 Kg5 38.f4+ Kh4

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  whiteshark: <analysis: Kxg8 24. Re8+ Rf8 25. Rxf8#> bravo!
Dec-07-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 24 dpa done

1. + - (2.41): 15...Qd7 16.exd6 Bxd6 17.Rg3 Bxf4 18.Ne7+ Qxe7 19.Rxe7 Rd6 20.Qc3 Nf6 21.Rh3 Rd1+ 22.Re1 Ne4 23.Rxd1 Nxc3 24.Rxc3 Bd6 25.g3 b6 26.Kg2 f5 27.f4 Kf7 28.h4 Kf6 29.Kf3 Rd8 30.Re3 g6 31.c3 a4 32.c4 h6 33.a3

2. + - (2.52): 15...Bh4 16.exd6 cxd6 17.Rde3 Ra8 18.c4 Bf6 19.Qd2 Kh8 20.Rf3 Qh5 21.Rb3 Rc8 22.Nb6 Rd8 23.Rb5 Qg4 24.h3 Qh4 25.Nd5 Be5 26.b3 Bxf4 27.Nxf4 Rd7 28.g3 Qd8 29.Qxa5 Nf6 30.Qxd8 Rfxd8 31.Kg2 Kg8 32.a4 Rc7 33.Nd5 Nxd5 34.Rxd5

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  ajk68: I had the right idea that the knight must go via queen sacrifice. Messed up the initial move.
Dec-07-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 24 dpa done

<1. + / - (1.11): 14...Qc8> 15.Nd5 Bd8 16.Qc3 dxe5 17.Bxe5 Re6 18.Nf4 Re7 19.Qxa5 Nf6 20.Nd5 Nxd5 21.Qxd5 c6 22.Qc5 Rfe8 23.Ree3 Bc7 24.Bc3 Rxe3 25.Rxe3 Rxe3 26.Qxe3 Qd7 27.g3 f6 28.Bd4 b5 29.Qe4 f5 30.Qe3

2. + - (1.42): 14...Rc6 15.h3 h6 16.Re2 Qf5 17.Rf3 Qh5 18.Bg3 Bd8 19.Qd5 Qg6 20.Qxa5 dxe5 21.Bxe5 Re6 22.Nd5 Ra6 23.Qb4 Rxa2 24.Kh2 Ra1 25.Rg3 Bg5 26.f4 Qh5

Dec-07-18  5hrsolver: Got this one. But it took at least 5 hrs. One interesting line is

19. Nb4 axb4 20. Qxd6 Qd7 21. Qd5 g6 22. Rge3

And it's either mate or lose a lot of material.

Dec-07-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Komodo 9
13...Qe6 14.exd6 Bxd6 15.Bxd6 Qxd6 16.Qxd6 Nxd6 17.Nd5 Rad8 18.Nxc7 Nc4 19.b3 Na3 20.Nd5 Nxc2 21.Rad1 Kh8 22.R1d2 Na3 23.Nb6 Rxd3 24.Rxd3 Re8 25.g3 g6 26.Rd5 Re6 27.Rxa5 Rxb6 28.Rxa3 Kg7 29.Ra7 Re6 30.Kg2 + / - (0.71) Depth: 29

Dec-07-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Komodo 9
12...Qc6 13.Nd5 Bd8 14.exd6 Nxd6 15.Rac1 Re8 16.Qd3 Qc4 17.Nxc7 Bxc7 18.Bxd6 Qc6 19.Bxc7 Qxc7 20.Re1 Qb6 21.Qb3 Qxb3 22.cxb3 Rxe1+ 23.Rxe1 Rd8 24.f4 Kf8 25.Kf2 f5 26.Re5 g6 27.b4 Kf7 28.Kf3 Rd2 29.Re2 Rd3+ 30.Re3 + / - (0.75) Depth: 28

Dec-07-18  cormier: Analysis by Komodo 9 d 26

1. ⩲ (0.63): 10...Qe6 11.Nd5 Bd8 12.Nf4 Qe5 13.Qb4 0-0 14.Qxb7 Qxe4 15.Nd5 Qg4 16.Be3 Qc8 17.Qxc8 Rxc8 18.Bxa7 Ra8 19.Nxf6+ Bxf6 20.Bd4 Bxd4 21.Rxd4 Rfb8 22.b3 Ra3 23.Rc4 c5 24.g3 Kf8 25.Kg2 Rba8 26.Rd1 R8a6 27.b4 cxb4 28.Rxb4 Rxa2 29.Rb8+ Ke7 30.Rd2

2. + / - (0.83): 10...b6 11.a4 Rd8 12.a5 0-0 13.axb6 axb6 14.Ra7 d5 15.Nxd5 Nxd5 16.exd5 Bc5 17.Qd3 Rfe8 18.h3 Qd6 19.Qf3 Bd4 20.Bf4 Be5 21.Bxe5 Rxe5 22.Qa3 Rxd5 23.Qxd6 Rxd1+ 24.Qxd1 Rxd1+ 25.Kh2 g6 26.Rxc7 Kg7 27.Kg3 b5

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  plang: <Domdaniel: Very pretty ... but as <delboy> said, not especially deep. I saw the Queen sac on d6 coming well in advance.>

Geez - tough crowd. I saw the queen sac too but I did not see 19 Nb4 or 21 Qd5 - when the queen sac is only the 4th or 5th best move in the game that is saying something.

Jun-22-19  Eopithecus: I found this same game with a date of 1931 and the black player's first name is Abram. Anyone have any ideas about which is correct
Feb-02-21  TheBish: <Eopithecus: I found this same game with a date of 1931 and the black player's first name is Abram. Anyone have any ideas about which is correct>

Where did you find that? I did a Google search with the FEN (diagram position, click the b8 square) at move 19, as I figured it must be in some game position database. The first page came up with (Korschmar-Poljak), so I'm convinced this is accurate.

Mar-24-21  thelegendisback: wow this is one of the most insane combos i've ever seen!
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  0ZeR0: A truly monumental conception.
Nov-21-21  ndg2: As several people have pointed out, there are couple of games by Ukrainian players who would be more deserving of the "Immortal" moniker.

I think the idea here is that _both_ players are born in the Ukraine, not just the winner.

Mar-03-22  Immortal Gambit: Nice game.
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  fredthebear: Ukrainian Immortality:

* Vitaly Skakun Volodymyrovych gave ALL he had:

* Video:

* With his BARE HANDS:

* Putin's false Nazi accusation against President Zelensky:

* No Cape:

* Fighting to remain FREE:

* Defeating Nazis:

* 1918 Heroes: https://www.ukrainianworldcongress....

* 11 Historical Figures:

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  Lattas: I did understand I have to reach the 8th rank, but couldn't find the right answer Nb4 Brilliant move. axb4 most logical, but not best move.
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