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Bereziuk vs A Izhnin
"The Born of a New Variation" (game of the day Jan-01-2023)
USSR (1976), ?
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Polugayevsky Variation Simagin Line (B96)  ·  1-0



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May-09-07  I3illieJoe: According to Kasparov, in OMGP III, in the part where he analyzes the Polu variation, Bereziuk played this game 'a la Morphy'.
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: Yep, a beautiful game by Bereziuk. It's not often you see two knights sacrificed on the same empty square! The game was all the more 'Morphy' because, just like the American star, Bereziuk was quite young when he played it. Anyone know what happened to him, did he just abandon chess? Only one game by him in Chessgames database...
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  ChessCoachClark: This game was cited as Diagram #374 on pages 249-250 of Checkmate! by Koltanowski and Finkelstein (c)1978, but the players' names were given as Berezyok and Ijnin.

You will also see this game and 402 others for Berezjuk, Sergej at the "CT" webpage.

The "365" webpage does not have this game, but does feature 669 games for Berezjuk, Sergej as well.

In both places, he has been actively playing until now.

Koltanowski and Finkelstein devote a fair bit of space and four stages of exercises for a chess student based on this game. Check it out!

Jan-01-23  piltdown man: Is this poor English, or is there something esoteric that I am missing?
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  beatgiant: <piltdown man> "The Birth of a New Year" must be intended, but the pun author is probably not a native English speaker.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Quite the stunner to conclude the year. After 19...Qxe5; 20.Rd8X, Black has an extra Knight, Bishop and Queen, but White has the King.
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  FSR: <piltdown man: Is this poor English, or is there something esoteric that I am missing?>

If the latter, it was too esoteric for me as well. Very strange pun.

Jan-01-23  Cheapo by the Dozen: White sacrificed 3 minor pieces yet wound up winning due to material advantage.
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  HeMateMe: This seems like an old movie pun. Very nice!
Jan-01-23  mrknightly: <HeMateMe> Perhaps you mean "The Birth of a Nation?" It was a 1915 silent movie. The original title was "The Clansman," referring to the KuKluxKlan, an ultra-racist US organization. Not a great reference for a pun.
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  perfidious: This pun is, mais certainement, one of the most obscure I have come across; the idea bandied about by <mrknightly> may well be correct, though the tone from that quarter is typically sanctimonious.
Jan-01-23  goodevans: <An Englishman: Good Evening: Quite the stunner to conclude the year...>

2023 gone already? As you get older the years do fly by so fast but even so! ;o)

But yes, quite the stunner indeed.

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  perfidious: Fly by they do, gentlemen....
Jan-01-23  mrknightly: I guess I could agree with <perfidious> but then we'd both be wrong. There's already enough curmudgeonliness coming from that quarter, ganz gewiss.
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  faustr: Happy New Year, All!

The pun refers to the subtitle of GM Polugayevsky's excellent book, "Grandmaster Preparation". It chronicles the remarkable effort it took to prove that 7....b5 was a viable variation.

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  Messiah: Terrible pun.
Jan-01-23  thegoldenband: <faustr: The pun refers to the subtitle of GM Polugayevsky's excellent book, "Grandmaster Preparation". It chronicles the remarkable effort it took to prove that 7....b5 was a viable variation.>

Oh, good catch! Particularly given the game variation, I think you're right:

(see the Contents section)

Good catch. But how did "Birth" -- "The Birth of a Variation" in the original book -- become "Born", I wonder?

Not to mention the addition of "New". Did the OP retranslate it from the Russian? (not joking, though not 100% serious either)

Jan-01-23  Kristijanf: The Birth of a Nation pun because white destroyed black lol?
Jan-01-23  Ron: My hunch is that the pun is related to "born of a new generation".
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  FSR: This game obviously was neither the first with the Polugaevsky Variation, nor (given that Black got destroyed in short order) one that proved its viability.

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