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Vladlen Zurakhov vs Alexander Tolush
USSR Championship (1956), Leningrad URS , rd 14, Feb-02
Spanish Game: Closed. Pilnik Variation (C90)  ·  1-0



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Nov-04-06  syracrophy: <<<Fisheremon: 22...Bc8 was a blunder. 22...Bxe7 23. Bxe7 g6 24. Nd6 Nd5 25. Bxf8 Rxf8 26. Nxb7 Qxb7 27. b3 f5! with a counterplay.>>>

It was not a blunder. 22...Bxe7 23.Bxe7 Rg8! <Not 23...g6? 24.Bxf8! Rxf8 <Not 24...gxf5?? 25.Qg7#>> 24.Bxf7

Nov-04-06  BipolarChessorder: a classic case of interference.
Nov-04-06  karik: I thought 23.Be6 - at least the square was right! By the way, Zurakhov's current FIDE rating is 2415.
Nov-04-06  Ingolf: Got that one (after missing both Thursday's and Friday's). A funny variation is 23.- fxe6 24.Bxf6 Rf7 25.Bxg7+ Kg8 26.Nh6#.
Nov-04-06  euripides: 13...d5 looks like a delayed Marshall played against White's anti-Marshall. Tolush's idea seems to be to generate play on the dark squares rather than the usual Marshall king's side attack exploiting White's delayed development. 22 Bg5, bringing an extra piece into the attack with a concealed threat, is nice. I don't know Zurakhov's play at all but this is a lovely game.
Nov-04-06  dzechiel: Saw it right away. Felt like a Tuesday puzzle.
Nov-04-06  Marius: I wonder if 27. d4 is good ...
27.d4 Bxd4 28.Qxd4+! cxd4 29.Bf6 and Ne7 or h6 # or 27.d4 gxf5? 28.Bf6+ and mate
27.d4 f6 28. Bh6 and the knight cannot be taken so Rd8 29.Bg7+ Kg8 30.Be6#
Nov-04-06  Fisheremon: As shown in my 1st message it should be thought that the order of moves 21 & 22 should be better permutated, i.e.

21. Bg5. Black then has to determine with Bishop on f6. There are two choices 21...Bxb2 and 21...Bxg5. In either choice White can reply 22. Re7. I produce two main lines:

1) 21...Bxb2 22. Re7 Qc6 23. Rb1 Bc3 24. d4 cxd4 25. Rxb7 Qxb7 26. Bf6

2) 21...Bxg5 22. Re7 Qc6 23. Qxg5 Qg6 24. Qxg6 fxg6 25. Nxg7 Bd5 26. Ne6 Bxe6 27. Rxe6

Nov-04-06  WarmasterKron: I saw the idea quickly; Bxf6 and mate can't be stopped on g7. After realising that the queen could not be deflected, it became obvious.
Nov-04-06  flamboyant: I tought about Re6 but i rejected it without exploring it completly :(
Nov-04-06  joeaverage: What's wrong with Bh6?
Nov-04-06  Soltari: OMG I almost solved a saturday, I thought 23.Be6 :(.
Nov-04-06  sataranj: after a series of misses
i got this one. 23.Re7
Nov-04-06  Fisheremon: <Marius: I wonder if 27. d4 is good ... 27.d4 Bxd4 28.Qxd4+! cxd4 29.Bf6 and Ne7 or h6 # or 27.d4 gxf5? 28.Bf6+ and mate 27.d4 f6 28. Bh6 and the knight cannot be taken so Rd8 29.Bg7+ Kg8 30.Be6#>

27. d4 is as good as 27. Nd6. A better defense for Black is 27. d4 Nd5 28. Qd1 Bc3 29. dxc5 Rab8 30. Ne7 and pawn c decides the game.

Nov-04-06  rbond: I am new to this. I gather the Saturday puzzles are harder. I saw that cutting off (and threatening) the queen would force the queen-rook exchange to avoid mate, but I thought I should be able to see a forced mate in 5 - 6 moves and couldn't quite make it out. I replayed the game and found out why...I also think that Black got into trouble by prematurely building up a queenside pawn attack and ignoring the obvious kindside pressure. Can anyone tell me where the game started to slip away from Black?
Nov-04-06  Fisheremon: <rbond> Black made two bad moves in the opening: 12...c5 (better 12...a5) and a wrong anti-Marshall 13...d5 <euripides>, because of White Knight on f5.
Nov-04-06  rbond: <Fisheremon> Thanks. Just got back from a walk with my dog. Yes, I can see that 12...c5 is dubious. 13...d5 is a clear error.
Nov-04-06  TopaLove: I thought the solution was 23.Rc7. But after checking with Fritz it follows 23...Bxf5 24.Qxf5 Qxc7 25.Bxf6 gxf6 26.Qxf6+ and draw by perpetual.
Nov-04-06  donRamon72: <I thought the solution was 23.Rc7> Same as me. Im glad I wasnt the only.
Nov-04-06  aazqua: This actually seemed very easy because of the obvious shot b*b (double attack on g7) with the caveat that the q could retake and guard the mating square. So, how to deflect the queen? Offer up the rook on the 6th to block the rank. Elementary, dear watson.
Nov-04-06  midwood2001: What if black plays 23... Be6 ?
Nov-04-06  Fisheremon: <midwood2001: What if black plays 23... Be6 ?> A mate in 4.
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  lostemperor: <midwood2001> I think it goes like this: 23 ... Be6 24. Bxf6 Rg8 25. Bxg7+
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  Peligroso Patzer: Tolush, who came out on the losing end this time, was a very dangerous player. Although somewhat erratic, at his best he was capable of very strong performances. The Notable Games listed on his personal page include wins against Botvinnik, Korchnoi and Smyslov.
Nov-06-06  kevin86: The key move was a nice interference try. White forced black to give up the queen to avoid Bxf6.
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