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Boris Siff vs Isaac Kashdan
"Kashdan's Immortal" (game of the day Sep-24-2009)
New York (1948), rd 5
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Noa Variation (E36)  ·  0-1

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Sep-24-09  screwdriver: I guess you could say that this is a good example of a smothered mate.
Sep-24-09
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  Jimfromprovidence: 24 Kh1!? deserves a long, hard look.


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Now, maybe white can sacrifice his d knight by moving it to e4. That gets his queen involved in the action to try to hold off the onslaught.

Sep-24-09  Marmot PFL: 24 Kh1 Nxe3 25 Qb2 Neg4 26 hg Qh4+ seems to lead to a draw, but this does not detract from the combination and the clever smothered mate.
Sep-24-09  ROADDOG: Kashdan cashed in with an incredible assault against the white King. 20...Bxh3!. 29...Nh5 32...Qh2+. So many great moves and a beautiful mate.
Sep-24-09
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  Jimfromprovidence: < Marmot PFL>< 24 Kh1 Nxe3 25 Qb2 Neg4 26 hg Qh4+ seems to lead to a draw, but this does not detract from the combination and the clever smothered mate.>

The combination is indeed sensational.

I brought up the possibility of 24 Kh1 because it lets white avoid check for at least one move in order to get his queen involved.

I saw something like 24...Nxe3 25 Nde4 after 24 Kh1.


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Sep-24-09  lzromeu: I dont believe this. Three sacs and mate.
First bishop, then rook, and finaly Queen and mate with knights.
Sep-24-09  AnalyzeThis: How does black win after 27. Nf1?
Sep-24-09
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  fm avari viraf: < Phony Benoni: Kashdan's Other Immortal: Colle Vs Kashdan 1931 > I don't think, this game can find its place in the Immortal Archives. Definitely, a beautiful game with lots of classic combinations.
Sep-24-09
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Guess-the-Move: B Siff vs Kashdan, 1948

Sep-24-09  RandomVisitor: After 14...g6:


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Rybka 3:

<[+0.33] d=17 15.Rae1> Ng7

[+0.33] d=17 15.f4 Ng7 16.g4

Sep-24-09  Marmot PFL: <Jim> 25 Nde4 looks strong, probably Fine or Reshevsky would have found it.
Sep-24-09
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  fm avari viraf: Indeed, a very superb game worthy of high praise! With a sudden violent attack, White's stubborn defence was 'Blown to smithereens' & ultimately, the galloping gallants knights sending the White King to gallows is a delight to watch. Definitely, an indelible display of power, brilliance & grace.
Sep-24-09
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  fm avari viraf: My pun is "Siff sniffs."
Sep-24-09  WhiteRook48: he sacs everything but his knights!
Sep-24-09  tivrfoa: wow. Maybe the most beautiful game I ever saw.
After 26. Kh2 I tried to find out how black could win, but I failed. Very difficult sequence.
Sep-24-09  SirChrislov: Breathtaking. its hard to see where white went wrong. the final position reminds of the position from that movie Killer Night Moves.
Sep-24-09  randomsac: Lovely play, great job of boxing in the white king with the knights.
Sep-24-09  kingfu: Sorry guys, I got this one totally backwards. Siff got HIS revenge in only 21 moves. I am older than Karpov so I forget things!
Sep-25-09
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  kevin86: A fantastic ending! The knights swarm like the snakes in Indiana Jones' movies.
Oct-11-09  kingfu: I hate snakes. Why does it ALWAYS have to be snakes?
May-26-10  sneaky pete: <24.Bg2 ..> White plays for a win. Perpetual check could be forced with 24.Kh1 Nxe3 25.Qd3 Nfg4 24.hxg4 Qh4+

<27.Nf3? ..> The losing move. (...) Correct was 27.Nf1! Nxf1++ 28.Kg1 Nd2 29.Rb2 Ng4! 30.hxg4 Qe3+ with perpetual check.

Hans Müller in the Austrian Schach-Magazin, January 1949.

Aug-08-10  abstract: by move 19.. all white pieces are at the left part of the board and away from the king... thats a typical poor defence..maybe as a rookie.. i would be winning this position for black..
Oct-12-10  sevenseaman: A wonderfully pleasing ending; very rare!
Mar-08-14  Blunderdome: So...yeah.
May-31-17  bamonson: In sheer terms of material investment, is there another game that even compares? Granted, the opposition was weak, but this game SHOULD be as well known among romanticists as Morphy-Duke of Brunswick and Anderssen's "Evergreen Party" and "Immortal" against Kieseritsky.
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