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Vasily Panov vs Igor Bondarevsky
"Flash in the Panov" (game of the day May-22-2006)
URS-ch10 (1937), Tbilisi URS, rd 14, Apr-30
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Open System Main Line (C09)  ·  0-1



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May-22-06  gulliver: I think that after31. kh3 or kh1 the only winning continuation for black is 31...Qxf4 . 31...Rxf4 may be risky becaause of 32. Qd8 check Rf8 and QxRf8 and material is: black has a queen and a rook for white's two knights and two rooks. I am not sure that 31... Rxf4 wins but it looks that even though material is about even, black's queen and rook can take advantage of the weak defense around the white's king position
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  al wazir: 31. Kh3 Rxg3+ 32. Kh4 (32. Bxg3 Qxg3#) Rxf4+ Kh5 33. Qh2#; 31. Kh1 Nxg3+ 32. Bxg3 Rh6+ 33. Qh5 Rxh5+ 34. Bh2 Rxh2#.
May-22-06  cotdt: white defended quite poorly
May-22-06  Far1ey: Yeah I agree. He didn't defend very well.
May-22-06  EmperorAtahualpa: After 21.Kxf2, Black is three pieces down! Nice game!
May-22-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Considering the pun, I looked up this bit of information:


An effort or person that promises great success but fails. For example, His second novel proved to be a flash in the pan, or We had high hopes for the new director, but she was a flash in the pan. This metaphoric term alludes to the 17th-century flintlock musket, which could be fired only when the flash of the priming powder in the lockpan ignited the charge in the bore. When it failed to ignite, there was only a flash in the pan and the gun did not shoot.>


Nice story!

May-22-06  euripides: Karpov once attributed Spassky's skill with isolated d pawns to Bondarevsky's influence.
May-22-06  meloncio: <EmperorAt> Thanks, I had no idea about the pun. This season, Real Madrid has been a flash in the pan. :-)
May-22-06  euripides: <meloncio Real Madrid> Not enough flash, I fear. You need some initial startling success to qualify.
May-22-06  Seethamraju: I did not uderstand the move 7)Be2 Qe7
May-22-06  dakgootje: <An effort or person that promises great success but fails.> sounds like the screen version of the Da Vinci code
May-22-06  chessic eric: Initially I was confused by white's decision to attack the black queen with Bf4, putting it in position to recapture on h3. But then the idea behind black's 16...Bxh3 becamse clear: 17.gxh3?,Qg3+! 18.Kh1,Qxh3+ 19.Kg1,Ng4 taking advantage of the pinned f-pawn. So the black queen was more dangerous on the h2-b8 diagonal than on the h3-c8 diagonal.

I think 19.Bxc4 was ill-advised. A better defense might have included Ng3 and Bf1 - the light-squared bishop repairs all the holes in the white kingside, while the c4 knight threatens nothing other than b2. 19.Ng3,Nxb2 20.Bf1 trying to force exchanges and cash in on material.

May-22-06  chessic eric: I had been thinking maybe 14.Bf4 does good things for white, including open c1 for the a1 rook. But with 14...Nf3+ 15.Bxf3,Qxf4 black has dark-square superiority. 14.Bf1 to prepare 15.Bf4 might be good (because then the recapture with the queen on f3 protects f4 bishop), but black can play 14...Bg4 in between, and 15.f3 weakens the dark squares and opens the white king to the b6 bishop.
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  kevin86: The old story-black's pieces were active,white's inactive. Guess who won?
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  Gypsy: <chessic eric: Initially I was confused by white's decision to attack the black queen with Bf4, putting it in position to recapture on h3. But then the idea behind black's 16...Bxh3 becamse clear: 17.gxh3?,Qg3+! 18.Kh1,Qxh3+ 19.Kg1,Ng4 taking advantage of the pinned f-pawn. > You need to take the Ne2 first! The variations go something like this:

17.gxh3 Rxe2 18.Rxe2 Qxg3+ (only now) 19.Kf1 Qxh3+ 20.Kg1 Ng4 21.Bf4 g5 (so many squares and nowhere to go) 22.Qc1 Qxd3 ... and white position collapses, 0:1. And if 21.Rc2, then Qg3+ 22.Kf1 Nh2+ 23.Ke2 Qxf2#.

May-22-06  chessic eric: <Gypsy> don't know how I missed the knight - thanks.

In that line white might try to save the bishop he eventaully loses by recapturing with it on move 18: after 17.gxh3?,Rxe2 the option 18.Bxe2, preventing ...Ng4. But in that case f2 is not defended by the rook... 18.Bxe2,Qg3+!
19.Kh1,Qxh3+ (Kg1??,Qxf2#)
23.Qxf1,Qxf3 (23.Bg4?,Qg3+ 24.Kh1,Qxf2)

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  Gypsy: <In that line white might try to save the bishop...> Yup, went down that path along very similar thoughts till I finally also noted the f2 being for taking. :-)
Jun-10-06  Maatalkko: <Seethamraju> 7. Be2 was played because White didn't want to trade Queens after 7. Qe2 Qxe2. After 7. Be2 Black played 7...Qc7 because he didn't want 8. dxc5 Qxc5 to happen. Black would rather have his Bishop developed after the recapture than have his Queen exposed.
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  vonKrolock: <17...♕d7> Kotov remarked that this move would allow 18.♗c4 etc, a more resilient defense than the move actually played - But the genial alternative was not mentioned - The spectacular 17...♖xe2!!! - perhaps a move that in the past would be at reach of the very few like Morphy, Alekhine or Tal, and that today is spotted by a Chess software (there're instances when YOU see the move on the board, or before the Computer find it, so You're victorious - like someone that solved a Chess Problem) In other instances the Computer show the move, but the enjoyment of it's beauty or complexity are still at Your disposal... The move, after which White can choose a piece at will ♕, ♖ or ♗ is one that leave Black very soon with a decisive material and positional advantage, for instance: 18.♗xc7 (best) ♗xf2+! 19.♔h2 (otherwise White would have to return the ♕ immediatelly) ♖e1 20.♕f3 (ladies first!) ♖e3 21.♕d1 (what about a draw by repetition!?) ♗g3+!! (still a sac...) 22.♗xg3 ♘g4+ 23.♔g1 (as an example) ♖xg3 24.♗f1 ♘ce3! (with a powerfull attack)
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  Fusilli: White's moves 15 and 16 look erratic. White can't let the Knight on c4 immobilize his queenside. Paid a heavy price for it!
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  wordfunph: nice shot 16...Bxh3! 20...Bxf2!

"Some of Bondarevsky's ideas are so fine that one feels like turning to some of our masters and saying 'That's the way to play chess!'"

- IM Peter Romanovsky (on Panov-Bondarevsky 1937)

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  OhioChessFan: Panov is too good a player to play silly spite checks like this. He should have resigned much sooner, definitely no later than his 27th move.
Mar-30-18  morfishine:

Pan off

took the day off


Sep-23-18  landshark: In an uncustomary flash of brilliance, I actually chose 17-Rxe2, awarded two exclaims (!!) in the old kibitz of <VonKroloc> in 2007 - so I am Morphy for the day -

However, this was chosen on hunch, not deep calculation, and bolstered by the fact that this is a puzzle - - I highly doubt I'd have gotten to the starting point of all this fireworks in a real game. Let's see how far I can get comparing my guesses against the lines he posted -

Sep-23-18  Walter Glattke: Black threatens 27.-Qh5#, White has 3 pieces more. Mate cannot be stopped: 28.Ng3 Qxf4 29.Bxe4 Qxg3+ 30.Kh1 Rh6+ or 29.Rg1 Rh6+ 30.Qh5 Rxh5+ 31.Kg2 Qf2# several other mate ways.
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