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Rudolf Spielmann vs Georgy Lisitsin
Moscow (1935), Moscow URS, rd 4, Feb-18
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Berlin Variation (E38)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Sep-23-06  syracrophy: <> Well, something I don't understand. In a book it appeared the next diagram:

Spielmann - Lisitsyn, Moscow, 1935

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And the winning combination was: 1.Nf5+! Kg8 <1...gxf5 2.Qg5#> 2.Qh6! Nh5 3.Qg7+!! Nxg7 4.Nh6#

When I saw this game I recognized it because of the diagram that appeared in that book, but I don't understand why it is not as in the game.

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  Benzol: <syracrophy> Which book? The gamescore here is the one that is given in the tournament book. The result of the game was a draw. It's probable that later analysis revealed missed opportunities by the players.
Sep-23-06  syracrophy: <<Benzol>:It's probable that later analysis revealed missed opportunities by the players.> It's possible. I'm just recalling the position that appeared in a book. But indeed it was a great puzzle
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  Pawn and Two: <syracrophy> Lisitsin provided the comments for this game in the Moscow 1935 tournament book. He indicated that it would be incorrect for Black to play 22...Kg7. Lisitsin stated: <If at once 22...Kg7, then 23.Nd6! Bxa6 (or 23...Rxd6? 24.Bxd6 Bxa6 25.Be7!) 24.Nf5+ Kg8 (24...gxf5 25.Qg5 mate) 25.Qh6 Nh5 26.Ne7+ with a strong attack.>

I think this resolves your question, but it also leads to some additional questions.

Listisin's indicated line missed a mate in two after 25...Nh5.

Also, after 26.Ne7+, White seems to lose most of his advantage after 26...Rxe7 27.Rxe7 Ng7. However, the position is extremely complicated. Fritz 9 gives an evaluation of (.25) (18 ply) and indicates a continuation of 28.Qf4 Nf5 29.Rae1.

Fritz 9 also shows that after 22...Kg7 23.Nd6, Black could play 23...Nh5 (not 23...Bxa6?) and if then 24.Qd4+ Qf6, Black actually has a slight advantage (-.57) (17 ply). Fritz then indicates a continuation of 25.Nxc4 Nxc4.

Sep-24-06  syracrophy: <Pawn and Two> Thanks for your explanation. That explains all this stuff. For a moment I thought it was another of my crazy hallucinations. Thank you very much

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