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Ilye Figler vs Georgy Konstantinovich Borisenko
URS-ch sf (1971), Ivano Frankovsk
Russian Game: Modern Attack (C43)  ·  0-1



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Jan-13-11  Chesschatology: I saw up to ... 0-0-0 and thought "Black has a great position. Can I be sure it wins by force, not really, but Qxh1 is completely forced so... what else?". In a way I think it's a silly puzzle. To sac your Queen for R+B+development+an attack is easy when the alternative is to lose a rook!
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  Stonehenge: Got as far as 14...Qxh1+ 15.Bxh1 Rxh1+ 16.Kd2 0-0-0 17.Ke3.
Jan-13-11  stacase: 14 Qxh1+ was the only thing to do. The rest fell into place. The only real decision to make was between 16...0-0-0 or 16...h6 and threatening discovered check by moving the Knight was much stronger.
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  jahhaj: Maybe after 14...Qxh1+ 15.Bxh1 Rxh1+ 16.Kd2 0-0-0 17.Ne4 simply 17...Nxe5+ 18.Kc3 Rdd1 winning material (either Rxc1 or Rhe1). I don't have a comp to check.

I couldn't work this out OTB but a player with any guts would play this sac on instinct. Q for R+B and LOADS of compensation.

Jan-13-11  scormus: The sort of position where I'd play 14 ... Qxh1 without hesitation in a casual game, but I'd be nervous there was anything at stake, because the indicated move, 16 0-0-0 doesn't look forcing. I couldnt see from looking at the position what W could do in face of the threats but I'd still be worried I might have missed something. So I'd be quite relieved if W resigned .... just as I was relieved to see 16 ... 0-0-0 17. 0-1.
Jan-13-11  David2009: I Figler vs G Borisenko, 1971 Black 14...?

14...Qxh1+ 15 Bxh1 Rxh1+ 16 Kd2 0-0-0 leaves Black with R+B for Q and a strong attack against the King in the centre. I would play this sacrifice on general grounds. 17 Bg5 loses further material: 17...Rxa1. Time to check the game and set up the position with Crafty End Game Trainer colours reversed to find White's best defence.
<Chesschatology: [snip] To sac your Queen for R+B+development+an attack is easy when the alternative is to lose a rook!> Good catch -I hadn't even noticed I was losing a Rook without the Queen sacrifice.

The ever-resilient Crafty EGT fights on colours-reversed with the equivalent of 17 Ne4 in the resignation position

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(I Figler vs G Borisenko, 1971 resignation position plus 17 Ne4 colours reversed). White to play and win.

Link: and the win exists but is not obvious. Think of this as another Thursday-level puzzle.

<jahhaj: Maybe after 14...Qxh1+ 15.Bxh1 Rxh1+ 16.Kd2 0-0-0 17.Ne4 simply 17...Nxe5+ 18.Kc3 Rdd1 winning material (either Rxc1 or Rhe1).> Congratulations on finding the best White defence (17 Ne4!) but 17...Nxe5+ 18.Kc3 Rdd1 does not work (19 Qe3!). <I don't have a comp to check.> You now have Crafty EGT.

If all else fails, try setting up the position in Crafty EGT normal colours (I admit that is what I had to do). For hints on setting up Crafty EGT visit crafty chessforum.

Jan-13-11  gofer: I have looked at a few alternatives (Qxg4, Bxg4, Qxf2+) and they are all pretty bad for black, so lets go for broke!

<14 ... Qxh1+>
<15 Bxh1 Rxh1+>
<16 Ke2 O-O-O>

This all looks forced and pretty safe for black. The king is caught in the centre of the board with now where safe to run. Now white needs to avoid the discovered check, but this is really very difficult to do!

17 Ke3 Nxe5 looks to be fine for black!
17 Nd5 Nxe5 18 Kc3 Rxd5 looks to be fine for black Bb2 Rh3+ and Kb2 g6! 17 Kd3 Nxe5+ 18 Ke4 Nxg4

Okay there is probably something for white to fight a bit longer... ...but its time to check!

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  Sastre: <FleetRayMan: Hi What happens after 17 Ne4 , Bc4 18 Qe3 ??????>
18...Nb6+ 19.Kc3 Nd5+ 20.Kxc4 Nxe3+.
Jan-13-11  Chesschatology: "David2009: I Figler vs G Borisenko, 1971 Black 14...? 14...Qxh1+ 15 Bxh1 Rxh1+ ..."

Far from obvious! I'll say- took me half an hour to find the best line, which (using the reversed position in your diagram) is (1)... Ng6+ (2) Kd3, Ree1 (3) Kc3 Rad1 trapping the Queen and emerging a peice up. Phew!

Premature resignation indeed. I doubt very much I'd have found the win over the board- there are dozens of false trails and traps.

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  agb2002: The material is even.

White threatens 15.Rxh5 and eventually f4-f5.

If the queen escapes then 15.Rxh8 drops a rook. Therefore, 14... Qxh1+ 15.Bxh1 Rxh1+ 16.Kd2 0-0-0:

A) 17.Ne4 Nb6+

A.1) 18.Kc3 Na4#.

A.2) 18.Nd6 cxd6 19.exd6 Rxd6+ 20.Ke3 Nd5+ 21.Kf3 (21.Ke4 Nc3+; 21.Kd2(3,4) Nf4+) Rg1 with the threat 21... Bxg4+ (21.Qe4 Bxg4+ 21.Qxg4 Rxg4).

A.3) 18.Ke3 Rh3+ 19.f3 (otherwise 19... Rxc3) Bxg4 with the threat 20... Rxf3+.

B) 17.Bb2 Nxe5+ 18.Ke3 Rh3+

B.1) 19.f3 Nc4+ and 20... Nxb2 - + [R+2B+P vs Q].

B.2) 19.Ke(f)4 Nc4 20.Rb1 Nxb2 21.Rxb2 Rxc3 - + [R+B+N+P vs Q].

C) 17.Ke3 Nxe5

C.1) 18.f3 Rh3 with the threats 19... Rxf3+, 19... Nxf3, 19... Nxg4+ and 19... Bxg4.

C.2) 18.Ke(f)4 Nxg4 with enough material compensation for the queen and attack against the white king.

Jan-13-11  1.e4effort: call me a chicken, but for me i'd rather get my Knight to a more stately square with this move. Say 14...Nxe5. The aim of that would be a deflection, hoping for 15.Qxe5, then start an onslaught with 15...Qxh1+ 16.Bxh1...Rxh1+ and then the Q can't run interference from her post at e5. But the more I look at this, the more it becomes obvious that ain't gonna work. So, the heck with the Knight move, just start with the Q sac with 14...Qxh1. There has to be something i'm missing, but i'm on the clock, I gotta scoot, so I'll peek. Crap - the white K moves after the R+ and then black castles long. That's killer!! Didn't see that far ahead -'specially didn't see the K moving. To me - that's not the best. But then again, neither am I!!
Jan-13-11  Patriot: It quickly became clear that 14...Qxh1+ is the only option for black. Counter-attacking with 14...Bxg4 15.Rxh4 Bxe2 16.Rxh8 is bad for black. 14...Qxg4 15.Bxc6+ bxc6 16.Rxh8 also looks bad for black. Although I was uncertain how this would end, 14...Qxh1+ 15.Bxh1 Rxh1+ 16.Kd2 seems completely forced. Then I got hung up as what black should do next and realized that perhaps just 16...O-O-O is threatening enough. OTB it would be a mistake to try and calculate this out from move 16 since 14...Qxh1+ is clearly best. Move 13 is a critical move where black needed to be confident he wasn't just losing to a skewer.
Jan-13-11  NewLine: You think black has still work to do in the final position? That white could play on and put some resistance and check black's attacking skills?

Well how about having your king in the middle of a mine field, when a bomb might come off at any corner, seems to be the correct call to stay put and resign...

Jan-13-11  Chesschatology: <NewLine> try playing Crafty Endgame Trainer above and see how you do!
Jan-13-11  zooter: add me to the list of folks who saw till 0-0-0 and hoping it wins somehow...
Jan-13-11  patzer2: Against <David2009>'s crafty position, IMO the easiest way to win (colors reversed back) after 17. Ne4

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is <Jimfromprovidence>'s 17...Bc4! when play might continue 18. Qe3 (18. Qxc4 Nxe5+ ) 18...Nf6+! 19. Nd6+ (19. Kc3 Nd5+ ) 19...Bxd6! 20. exd6 (20. c3 Bc5+ ) 20...Rxd6+ 21. Kc3 Nd5+ .

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  kevin86: Much more subtle than yesterday;the exposed white king is a goner.
Jan-13-11  CHESSTTCAMPS: In this middlegame position, material is even, but black has the initiative and a safer king. Already the die is cast: black has committed to give up the queen for rook and bishop with a very strong attack against the exposed white king. It took me a while to see that there is even a plausible alternative, but after 14... Qxg4? 15.Rxh8 (Qxg4? Rxh1+ wins a pawn) Qxg2, black has only a pawn for the exchange and very little pressure on white's king. Therefore,

14... Qxh1+ 15.Bxh1 Rxh1+ 16.Kd2 (Qf1 leaves white a piece down) O-O-O

is almost a no-brainer. A discovered check is threatened, the WK is caught in a crossfire of rooks, the e-pawn must fall, and white's undeveloped queenside is a mess. Avoiding black's active pieces is an impossible task:

A) 17.Ke3 Nxe5 18.f3 Bc4 19.Qg2 Re1+ 20.Kf4 Ng6+ 21.Kg3 (Kg5 Be7#) Be7 22.Bb2 Bh4+ 23.Kh2 Rh8 24.Rxe1 Bf2+! 25.Qh3 Rxh3+ 26.Kxh3 Bxe1 wins.

A.1) 18.Bb2 Bxg4 19.Rxh1 Bxe2 20.Kxe2 Nc4 leaves black 2 pawns up with the initiative.

A.2) 19.Qf2 Rh3 leaves the f-pawn and WK defenseless.

A.3) 20.Kf2 Rxc1! 21.Rxc1 Rd2+ wins.

B) 17.Nd1 Nxe5+ followed by 18... R8xd1 wins.

C) 17.Bb2 Nxe5+ 18.Ke3 Rh3+ 19.Kf4 Bd6 20.Ke4 Bxg4 wins quickly.

D) 17.Ne4 Bc4 18.Qe3 Nf6+ 19.Kc3 Nd5+ wins the WQ.

Time to check the game and kibitzing....

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  Phony Benoni: Thanks for all the fine analysis, folks. I obviously wasn't seeing anything last night.

There is an interesting principle involved, after <16.kd2>:

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Should black continue the attack by castling or a knight move? The former should be the top candidate move, because you know you'll have to castle at some point, but you don't yet know the best square for the knight.

It's the same principle as the old opening chestnut about moving knights before biahops because you generally know where the knights will go, but the bishops have more options depending on the developing position.

Of course, you can't blindly play play 16...0-0-0 with some analysis, like you play 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3. But castling should probably be the move you consider first.

Jan-13-11  Patriot: I can see that I made a mistake in the line <14...Qxg4 15.Bxc6+ bxc6 16.Rxh8 also looks bad for black.> 15.Bxc6 is not check, which changes it completely. It should be <14...Qxg4 15.Rxh8 Qxg2>. I saw this line first and thought I found a better line but was looking at the wrong position.
Jan-13-11  skemup: what about 17 Bb2?
If white want endgame, better remove black rook..
Jan-13-11  chesskidnate: <skemup> 17... Nc5+ 18.Ke3 Rh3+ 19.Kf4 g5+ 20.Kxg5 Bh6+ 21.Kf6 Nd7#
Jan-13-11  CHESSTTCAMPS: <Phony Benoni:> <Should black continue the attack by castling or a knight move? The former should be the top candidate move,..>

In this case the answer is particularly clear cut - the knight belongs on e5 where it hits 3 weak light squares, c4, f3 and g4. Therefore 16... O-O-O is correct, after which Nxe5(+) can't be prevented.

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  OhioChessFan: I was lazy for a Thursday and spent maybe a minute. I saw up till Rd8. Not sure why I didn't go for 0-0-0.
Jan-13-11  CHESSTTCAMPS: Although on 2nd thought, I did miss the mate line after 17.Ne4 Nb6+!
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