Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Victor Ivanovich Soultanbeieff vs Vladimir Borodin
Brussels (1943), Brussels BEL
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Classical Variation Paulsen Variation (B85)  ·  1-0



explore this opening
find similar games 88 more games of V Soultanbeieff
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: At the top of the page we display the common English name for the opening, followed by the ECO code (e.g. "B85"). The ECO codes are links that take you to opening pages.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.


Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 3 OF 3 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Premium Chessgames Member
  ciberchess: The beauty of the simple. I didn't see it of course
Dec-21-16  mel gibson: I didn't see it.
I must have Alzheimer's.
Should I go & see a doctor?
Premium Chessgames Member
  WorstPlayerEver: Simple puzzle, now wait.. I did an illegal move! Let's try it again, Rg2 hmm.. that cannot be it... they must be joking. Any way..
Premium Chessgames Member
  WorstPlayerEver: <Easier than many a Tuesday POTD I have seen,>

Sometimes I don't get the Monday's either.

Dec-21-16  Rama: morphishine, I did too, in my Averbach "Advanced Tactics..." Rg2 is a nice move, isn't it?
Premium Chessgames Member
  steinitzfan: I got this but not yesterday's. That makes me feel a little better. The hardest thing is not seeing the idea here but being sure there's not a spoiler. An engine can frequently do amazing things with a free move.
Premium Chessgames Member
  maxi: Nice puzzle, and simple to crown. I will consider this CG Christmas present to me.
Dec-21-16  diagonalley: <The King's Domain> ... totally agree!
Dec-21-16  awfulhangover: I feel utterly stupid (well, i am), coz I "forgot" that Qxf3 is answered by Qxf8#
Premium Chessgames Member
  morfishine: <Rama> Yes, its a devilishly simple move, but Black is down an exchange
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jimfromprovidence: If 24...Rc4, here is the position.

click for larger view

What is white's best move to win?

Dec-21-16  catlover: <Jimfromprovidence> Well, 25 Qxh7+ KxQ, 26 Rh3+ check won't work because of 26...Rh4. Looks like an immediate 24 Rh3 will do the trick: then moving the rook to h4 just loses a piece and if 25...Qa8+ 26 Rg2.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Once: That took a lot longer than I'd care to admit! I developed a blind-spot by not noticing the Qxf8# threat if the black queen moves off the back rank.

The funny thing about the final position is that it's our old friend the GOOT (Get Out Of That):

click for larger view

White's threatens 27. Qxh7+ Kxh7 28. Rh3# and there's nothing that black can do to stop it. Black has a free move but can't add another piece to the protection of h7 or find a way to obstruct the g or h files.

26...Qe4 (protecting h7) loses to 27. Qxf8#

26...Qxf3 (stopping Rh3) also loses to 27. Qxf8#

26...Bg7 (creating a flight square on g8) loses to 27. Qxg7#

What else? 26...Bf6 is no real defence anyway, but it does allow the mercy killing of 27. Qxf6# and white mates one move sooner.

The pattern of the two rooks on f3 and g2 defending against a queen-king pin along the long diagonal looks familiar. I may have seen this game (or one like it) somewhere before.

Dec-21-16  YouRang: Following <26.Rg2!>,

click for larger view

I see that <agb2002> offered another interesting defensive try that I hadn't considered: <26...Bg3!?>.

click for larger view

It doesn't really help black, but it may be unexpected enough to make white pause.

It blocks one rook's path from f3 to h3 and the other rook's control of the g-file while allowing the black queen to maintain defense of Rf8, but it also leaves f6 unguarded, allowing <27.Qf6+ Kg8 28.Rxg6#>.

Good try ;-)

Dec-21-16  docbenway: Almost gave up, and then it was Duh, the other rook!
Premium Chessgames Member
  ChessHigherCat: It was tricky to do all in your head (which is what I usually do, that is to say in my head, not yours!) but once you see the position after Rg2 on the board the Q sac jumps out at you.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jimfromprovidence: If 24...Rc4, what is white's best move to win?

<catlover> <Well, 25 Qxh7+ KxQ, 26 Rh3+ check won't work because of 26...Rh4. Looks like an immediate 24 Rh3 will do the trick: then moving the rook to h4 just loses a piece and if 25...Qa8+ 26 Rg2.>

25 Rh3 works, but take a look at 25 Ne4!, which blocks the a8-h1 diagonal.

click for larger view

Premium Chessgames Member
  Check It Out: I came in determined to solve today's POTD. First I was entranced with the queen sac on h7 followed by Rh3#, but no, the rook is pinned. I kept looking. My mind grazed over the Rg2 interference move briefly, but no, that leaves my f3 rook hanging. I kept looking. I looked at taking the rook on f8, but no, it's protected by the black queen and doesn't lead to anything. I occasionally glanced at the number of stars: two. Surely I can solve this puzzle. So I kept looking. Then the solution clicked: I need to unpin my f3 rook. I can only do that with Rg2. But that leaves the f3 rook hanging; but black's queen is tied down to protecting her f8 rook, so Rg2 leads, finally, to the original mating pattern I saw first. Success!
Dec-21-16  ozmikey: Clever! Took me a couple of baffled minutes to get it. A different sort of "overloaded queen".
Dec-21-16  Vyrak: Actually that is quite simple if you find that without the pin it is mate after Qh7 or Rh3. Then you find how to break the pin. Rg2. It took me a minute
Premium Chessgames Member
  Bubo bubo: If not for that annoying pin on the long diagonal Qxh7+ and Rh3 would be mate in two. Since there is no efficient attack in sight w/o the Rf3, we have to un-pin it: 26.Rg2! Now 26...Qxf3 or 26...Qe4 fail to 27.Qxf8#, and 26...Bf4/Bg7 27.Q(x)g7# or 26...Bg3 27.Rfxg3 are also futile.
Dec-21-16  MostlyWatch: Sweeping the king with two rooks, I call that the Harvester. Probly there's already a name for it. In the wheat harvest, at least here in the US, the farmers use a combine, which is a combined reaper and thrasher. The reaper has an oscillating blade that cuts the wheat, and a big gadget like an old steamship paddlewheel - boards sweep the wheat onto the reaper. Somehow this pair of rooks reminds me of that.
Dec-22-16  Abdel Irada: ∞

Appropriate that this puzzle should come along in mid-Holiday Present Hunt, because it amounts to a forthright logic problem.

First, take note of the salient facts:

1) White has a potential mate-in-two starting Monday-wise with 26. Qxh7+, Kxh7 27. Rh3#, but

2) The rook on f3 is pinned by Black's queen on a8.

Can we break that pin and renew the threat?

At first glance, the answer would seem to be "no" because

3) The rook on f3 is also undefended.

But then we see that if Black takes the rook *without check*,

4) The black rook on f8 falls with mate.

So, let's see what happens:

<<+> 26. Rg2! ... >

And now Black is confronted with a dilemma. White's mate-in-two is now a real threat, and he can't take on f3. So, what is he to do?

The answer appears to be: not much.

Dec-22-16  RandomVisitor: After 21.e5

click for larger view


<0.00/49 21...Bg5> 22.Qg2 Bxf3 23.Rxf3 Kh8 24.Rg1 f6 25.exd6 Qxd6 26.Ne4 Qe5 27.Nxg5 fxg5 28.Qxg5 Qxg5 29.Rxf8+ Rxf8 30.Rxg5 Rd8 31.Rg2 Rd1+ 32.Rg1 Rd2 33.Rg2 Rd1+

Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: Is there a name for the tactic where White broke the pin on one rook by creating a pin with the other rook?
Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 3)
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 3 OF 3 ·  Later Kibitzing>
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any gratuitous name-calling of any members—including Admin and Owners—or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Sicilian Def: Scheveningn. Classical Paulsen Var (B85) 1-0 26.?
from Noot Soo Loong Games in Fredthebear's Gallery by fredthebear
by kayleff
Sicilian Def: Scheveningn. Classical Paulsen Var (B85) 1-0 26.?
from Short Straw Don't Draw FTB Sicilian Puzzlers by fredthebear
By Heart : Stunning Game
from Sicilian Schevengien by ISeth
26. Rg2!! is a devastating "pin breaker"
from Pinning by patzer2
White to play after 25...Qa8
from's Daily Puzzles (#2) by Minor Piece Activity
26.? (Friday, June 4)
from POTD * Sicilian Defense - Part 1 by takchess
Victor Soultanbeieff
from ! Miscellaneous games by Qindarka
26.? (December 21, 2016)
from Wednesday Puzzles, 2011-2017 by Phony Benoni
White wins after 25...Qa8 - Friday
from Chess puzzles by 2ndNature
26.? (Wednesday, December 21)
from Puzzle of the Day 2016 by Phony Benoni
26.Rg2, brilliant quiet move, unpinning
from obstructions / interferences by samvega
pretty, surprising pattern
from beautiful moves by rilkefan

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us

Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC