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Alexander Konstantinopolsky vs Alexander Tolush
Trade Unions Championship (1936), Moscow URS, Jan-??
Indian Game: Capablanca Variation (A47)  ·  1-0

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May-16-09  DWINS: What a ferocious attacking game by Konstantinopolsky! He hits Tolush right in the opening and never lets up the pressure.
May-16-09
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  HeMateMe: I think Tolush was Spassky's trainer, when Spassky was a young GM. The bit I read said that "Toulush was brilliant but eratic", and he "may have been a little jealous of Spassky". They also hinted that Tolush had a problem with alcohol.
May-16-09  WhiteRook48: 22. Nd4!!
Mar-12-12  backrank: It's the pawn sacs that are of extraordinary finess in this game: 10. e4! to open the e-file, and even more 17. b4!! as a preparation for the decisive 18. Rc7! after which Black could have resigned as well, since taking the rook means losing a piece (as the game continuation shows), but otherwise there is no reasonable way to stop White's threats of 19. Rexe7+ Qxe7 20. Qxd5+ and 21. Rc8+ or simply (e.g. after 18. ... Rd8) 19. Bg3.
Mar-12-12  pericles of athens: black's 8...f6 and 9...Bb7 look really awful.
Mar-13-12  backrank: Yes, but 8. ... f6 was almost necessary to stop White's threats 9. Bxf7+ (10. Ng5+) and 9. Ne5. Black must have gone wrong even earlier in the game. Instead of 9. ... Bb7, he might have played Bg7, but he probably was afraid of 10. d5.
Mar-14-12
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  GrahamClayton: Tolush seems to play the Veresov Attack a move behind with 3...♘e4. e4 seems to be the problem square for Black.
Mar-14-12  backrank: Yes, it's really amazing how quickly Black gets into a disadvantageous position only with natural opening moves. It seems that the interpolation of 2. Nf3 b6 favors White in the (pseudo-)Trompovsky. Maybe he's really already lost after 8. Bc4. But even if this is true, the attack is still well and imaginatively executed by Konstantinopolsky.
Mar-14-12  pawnofdeath: 23. Qd5 Qxd4
24. Qxd4 exd4
25. Bd6+ Kf7
26. Re7+ Kf8
27. Rxa7+ Kg8
28. Bc4#

other possibilities but i liked this one best <33

Mar-15-12  backrank: <pawnofdeath> In your line, Black plays 26. ... Kg6 and even wins, since the Nb8 is protected now. After 23. Qxd4 24. Qxd4 exd4, White can simply play 25. Bxb8, with a totally hopeless game for Black.
Apr-22-12  Yopo: A masterpiece of Konstantinopolski, attacking with the ferocity of a Tchigorin. His brilliant 10.e4, and the deep stab 17.b4, with a consequent 18. Rc7, are reminiscent of the liveliness of Alekhine (Chernev)
May-04-12  backrank: Yes, Chernev used to rave about the games he selected and annotated ... in this particular case I think his comparison to Chigorin and Alekhine is a bit too high a praise for the present game which is much more simple than Alekhine's masterpieces. It's a very good game, however, and a delight to play through.

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