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Mikhail Bonch-Osmolovsky vs Boris Baranov
URS-ch qf Grp1 (1953), Moscow URS
Russian Game: Modern Attack. Center Attack (C43)  ·  1-0



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Jul-16-20  Walter Glattke: 22.Nc6++? Kc7 so 22.Nxe6++ Ke7 (Ke8 Rd8#) 23.Bg5+ f6 24.Nd8+ (Nc7+? Kf7) Qe5 25.Rxe5# Black is a bishop ahead in move 21 and threatens Rc2+ or Nxa2+. 21.Nxe6? Rxc2+22.Kb1 Be7 or better Qxa2# white is forced to play the queen sac.
Jul-16-20  Predrag3141: I almost got it, expecting 18 Qd8+ Kxd8 19 Nxe6+ Ke7 20 Bg5+f6 21 Ng5+, leading to mate. But 21 Ng5+ is illegal as the bishop occupies that square. Of course 21 Nd8 is just as good, and legal.
Jul-16-20  saturn2: Black has threats again the white king loke Rxc2 followed by Rxb1 Qxa1 mate.

I found .18.Qd8+ Kxd8 19. Nxe6+ Ke7 20. Bg5+ f6 21. Nd8+ - Qe6 22. Rxe6

Jul-16-20  saturn2: Meant Rxb2 Qxa2
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  agb2002: White has a pawn for a bishop.

Black threatens mate in two.

White can force mate with 18.Qd8+ Kxd8 19.Nxe6+:

A) 19... Kc8 20.Rd8#.

B) 19... Ke7 20.Bg5+ f6 (20... Ke8 21.Rd8# or Nc7# or Nxg7#) 21.Nd8+ and mate in two.

C) 19... Ke8 20.Nxg7+ Bxg7 (20... Ke7 21.Bg5#) 21.Bg5+ and 22.Rd8#.

Jul-16-20  saturn2: <agb2002 19... Ke8 20.Nxg7+ Ke7 21.Bg5#> Probably you meant 21. Bc5
Jul-16-20  boringplayer: Ha! I got this one!
Jul-16-20  saturn2: The mentioned threat against the white king Rxc2 is there if white plays 18 Nxe6 at which I looked first.
Jul-16-20  nalinw: saturn2: <agb2002 19... Ke8 20.Nxg7+ Ke7 21.Bg5#> Probably you meant 21. Bc5

19... Ke8 20.Nxg7+ Ke7 21.Bc5+

is met by 21 .... Kf6 ... and escapes

Jul-16-20  Brenin: Black must have been relying on a draw by 18 bxc3 Nxa2+ 19 Kd2 (Kb1 or Kb2 lead to a quick mate) Nxc3 20 Kxc3 (anything else loses material) Bb4+ 21 Kxb4 (Kb2 Qa2+ and mate next move) Qc4+ 22 Ka3 Qa2+ 23 Kb4 Qc4+. He was already in deep trouble by move 17 (starting with 10 ... Qb4), but 17 ... f6 would have kept him alive, and in particular would have prevented the kick in the stomach Qd8+.
Jul-16-20  saturn2: <agb2002 nalinw> you are right. I messed it up with the line where the bishop has taken on g7
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  OhioChessFan: "A Bonch of Checks"
Jul-16-20  malt: Settled for 18.Qd8+! K:d8 19.N:e6++ Ke7
(19...Kc8 20.Rd8# )

20.Bg5+ f6 21.Nd8+ Re3

(21...Qe2 22.R:e2+ Re3 23.R:e3# )

22.R:e3+ Qe6 23.R:e6#

Went for 19.Nb5+ ? at first to block the c7 square. 19...Nd3+

Jul-16-20  griga262: After looking at this, I had a look at Baranov's game history. The last one is listed as "Boris Fedorovich Baranov vs Osmolovski" (see B Baranov vs Osmolovski, 1973). Now, Osmolovski (or Osmolovsky) is not a common Russian name by any means. Could it be a game by Mikhail Aleksandrovich Bonch-Osmolovsky, and if so, shouldn't it be attributed to him in the database?
Jul-16-20  mel gibson: I saw that - it's mate in 5 and all forced.
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  chrisowen: Aged it was mitigate qd8?
Jul-16-20  Predrag3141: 10 ... Qb4 started the real slide, but 7 ... Qe7+ looked pretty awful to me as well, so I checked its record in

On 7 ... Qe7, White won 4, Black won 2.

On 7 ... Nc6, White won 34, Black won 10 and the remaining 29 were drawn.

Jul-16-20  drollere: one of the prettiest mates i have seen.

and surprising. i would have played 21. Nc7+ followed by 22. Nxa6 without thinking. "if you find a good move, keep looking and find a better one."

Jul-16-20  TheaN: I think I did see this one before as I pretty much laid my eyes on <18.Qd8+> from the get go. Mind that it is also by far the most forcing line, and once you play <18...Kxd8 19.Nxe6+ Ke7 (Kc8 20.Rd8#) 20.Bg5+> it becomes obvious we just got to seal the net after <20....f6 21.Nd8+> covering f7 <21....Re3 22.Rxe3+ Qe6 23.Rxe6#>.
Jul-16-20  Scuvy: Instead of a pun, maybe a title: "Storming Royal Fortress." That was the title Chess Digest placed on their English translation of a book by, of all people, Baranov .
Jul-16-20  Nullifidian: 18. ♕d8+ to draw the king out in front of the rook for a double check.

18... ♔xd8 19. ♘xe6++ ♔e7 (if ♔c8, then ♖d8# is a sort of Arabian mate) 20. ♗g5+ ♙f6 (if ♔e8 then ♘c7# because the king has nowhere to go to escape the second double check) 21. ♘d8+ (a discovered check that also covers the f7 square and prevents the enemy king from escaping) ♕e2 22. ♖xe2+ ♖e3 23. ♖xe3#

Jul-16-20  Nullifidian: Forgot to mention that if after 19. ♘xe6++ black plays ♔e8, then 20. ♘xg7+ ♗xg7 (♔e7 21. ♗g5#) 21. ♗g5+ any move 22. ♖d8#, the opera house mate.
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  PawnSac: < OhioChessFan: "A Bonch of Checks" >

good one OCF!

Jul-16-20  Pedro Fernandez: My definitive analysis: 18. Qd8+ Kxd8 19. Nxe6+ Ke8 20. Nxg7+ Ke7 21. Bg5#

Around 11:30 pm O'clock i'll see the ''real'' solution.

Jul-16-20  Pedro Fernandez: I see; the difference was I did play 19...Ke8?!, and the ''best move'' was 19.Ke7. But not so bad for me.
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