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Grigory Ravinsky vs Vasily Panov
"Grigory Chant" (game of the day Jan-05-2022)
Red Army 25 yr Jubilee (1943), Moscow URS, Feb-??
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Fianchetto Variation (B80)  ·  1-0

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Aug-19-06  MarioBalibrera: 32 Be3+ is slightly faster. ;-)
Sep-22-09  birthtimes: The essential preconditions for the knight sacrifice on e6 on move 21 were definitely in place: White has control of the open center files, and Black is partly undeveloped and scattered, with its King still in the center. According to opening theory, better for Black is 8...Be7 or 9...Be7.
Mar-22-14
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  perfidious: Black maintains a material advantage to the end, but his bereft king lacks shelter in the face of inevitable mate.

Nice attack in the style of Tal.

Oct-18-15
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Rueben Fine annotated this game in one of his books and nearly ran out of "!!" by the end. If I remember correctly, his favorite move was 24.b4, a quiet little move that makes a lot of noise.
Oct-18-15
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: I remember seeing Fine's annotations to Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907. He was very liberal with the exclams. "...RxN!! ...R-Q7!!! ...R-R6!!!!"
Apr-11-16  Gambito23: El libro de Reuben Fine es "Ajedrez mundial", publicado en la década de los 50.
Jan-05-22  paavoh: A very nice attack á la Tal, have not seen this one before.
Jan-05-22  Saniyat24: The sack just opened up black's position...that's why you should usually castle within the first ten moves...!
Jan-05-22  goodevans: <...Ne5/c4/xa3>. All the while Black was just one move away from completing his development (...Be7) but chose to grab a pawn instead and paid a heavy price for his materialistic bent.

<Song of Solomon>, <Grigory Chant>... If this pattern continues then it might lift these puns from the dire depths they currently inhabit.

Jan-05-22  Ironmanth: Nice attacking by White. Thanks, chessgames. Y'all stay safe out there today.
Jan-05-22
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  sleepyirv: I suggested this game after seeing this analysis by Sam Copeland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdT....

I'm of the opinion that White has the moral responsibility to sacrifice the house if Black leaves his King in the center for too long in the Sicilian. And while that certainly does not work all the time in my games, it does a man well to see it succeed in a game between two masters.

Jan-05-22
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  Messiah: It is impossible to construct a prediction scheme that would reliably foresee whether CG's kibitzing engine is going to be reconfigured to dismiss the written submissions of mine as a direct result of this post, still, hitherto this wordplay is the least pleasing one, ever.
Jan-05-22  JohnBoy: Played in Moscow in Feb '43. Hell of a time to be in Russia.
Jan-05-22  Honey Blend: Black can try holding on with 25. ... ♕xc2 26. ♕xg7 ♘g6 27. ♗g5 ♖c7


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This should hold all the pressure on e7.

Jan-06-22  goodevans: <Honey Blend> From the position in your diagram, what does Black do against <28.Be4> forking Q and N?
Jan-06-22  JohnBoy: The Stockfish analysis here gives “ 16...Nc4 17.Nxd7 Nxd7 18.Bf4 Qa7 19.Bh3 Rc6 20.Qe4 Qb6 21.Bg2 Rc8 22.Nd5 Qd8 23.Bh3 Nc5 24.Qe2 Bd6 25.b3 O-O 26.bxc4 Bxf4 27.Nxf4 Qa5 28.cxb5 Qxb5 29.Qe5 Kh8 30.Rb1 Qc6 31.Bg2 Qc7 32.Qe3 Rb8 33.Rxb8 Rxb8 34.Qc3 Qb6 35.Nd3 Nxd3 36.Qxd3 a5 37.Qc4 Qb4 38.Qxb4 axb4 39.Rb1 Rc8 “

Can someone plz explain to me the 19.Bh3, 21.Bg2, 23.Bh3 bit?

Jan-06-22  goodevans: <JohnBoy> Although this looks a bit strange at first sight, it seems to me quite reasonable.

My explanation would be that 19.Bh3 and 23.Bh3 are both eyeing up a potential sac on e6 whilst 21.Bg2 in between is aimed at removing the R's defence of that square.

This shuffling back and forth might look like White wasting a couple of moves but Black also 'wastes' two moves moving his R to c6 and back to c8 so it's all square on that front.

Worth noting that Black can't just move his R back to c6 after this manoeuvre. <23...Rc6?> would lose to 24.Nf6+ whilst <24...Rc6?> would lose to 25.Nc7+.

If you step through your sequence with SF you'll find it changes it's mind about each side's best move quite a lot (which is why game's SF annotations to White's 18th don't match your sequence). In particular, given enough thinking time SF prefers the immediate 21.Nd5 to 21.Bg2.

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