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Bukhuti Gurgenidze vs Anatoly Lein
"Lein Over Backwards" (game of the day May-27-2008)
USSR Championship (1966/67), Tbilisi URS, rd 9, Jan-12
Sicilian Defense: Nimzowitsch. Exchange Variation (B29)  ·  1-0



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May-26-08  who: 11.Nxf5!! and 12.Bd5!!
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  whiteshark: What a great game! Lein must have missed <11.Nxf5!!>. With the wisdom of hindsight he would assuredly give preference to 9...Be7.
May-27-08  apexin: what happens if 11...exf5?
May-27-08  ernieb: I expect e6
May-27-08  LosHermanos: In the final position of the game white could choose between "some" lines to bring it home...nice game..weird game...

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  Gilmoy: Eerie! Just a couple days ago, I won a game with <exactly> the same combination, except shifted two files over to g/h. I had Qh6, Pf6 (mate threat at g7), Rg1, and he had Kg8, Ne6 (defends g7). I (saw and) played the double-deflection Rg5! (Nxg5?? Qg7#) and Rh5!, gxh5 Rg1+ and mate. Gurgenidze wins with <exactly> the same threat: 22.Rf5 (now Qf7+ mates) exf5 23.Re1+.
May-27-08  LosHermanos: Hi,apexin!
I thought of that too and came up with a simple but efective line, I think... 12.e6...Qxf4 13.exd7+...Kd8 14.Bb5 and white will soon have a Queen or too much black material in any exchange..
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  Once: Presumably, Chessgames made this the game of the day because Bukhuti Gurgenidze died yesterday.

I must confess that I don't know much about him, so I'll spend some time in the next few days playing over his games. I used to play his variation of the modern where black plays g6, Bg7 and c6. But I was nowhere near good enough to know what I was doing.

This is a stunning game, especially the five star move Nxf5. White's command of the semi-open files and his massive bishops make a striking impression.

May-27-08  Towershield: if <11...gxf5> 12.Qh5+ Kd8 13.Rad1 with a strong attack. If <11...exf5> 12.e6 Qxf4? white is completly winning after 13.exd7++ Kd8 14.Re8+ Kc7 15.d8=Q+ Nxd8 16.Qxd8+ Kb7 17.Qd5+ Kb8 18.Rxc8+ Kxc8 19.Qxa8+
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  Honza Cervenka: 11.Nxf5 was like a bolt of blue for Lein.
May-27-08  Bare Beginner: Thanks Towershield. I was lost.
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  Jimfromprovidence: Didn't understand 9...f5 instead of 9...Be7, below.

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Did he want to castle queenside?

There is only one game in the database like this and it diverges after 6 Bf4.

R Bellin vs J Havenaar, 2001

May-27-08  hms123: <towershield> It looks like 18. Ba6 might also work in your line.
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  kevin86: The theme to this game is that white was able to thrust his pieces deep into black's territory. The 11th and 12th moves were only the start of the theme.
May-27-08  Lightboxes: What about:
11. Nxf5, exf5
12. e6, d6

I was thinking:
13. e7
and then eventually moving Bxd6 and threatening the queen.

OR 13. Qd5

May-27-08  newzild: 11.Nxf5!! is one of those moves that makes your jaw drop. It's especially impressive that he apparently saw the idea a move earlier, when he played 10.Nh5. I wonder how much of this was theory? Apparently not much.
May-27-08  Morphystyle: Amazing game, so I ran this through Toga II out of curiousity and black is basically lost after 9...f5 which is the first out of book move. It thinks White played this perfect and had only 2 improvements for black which both lose. It gave white a +3 score throughout most of the game until 18...Nd8 where white has a long mate. It suggests 18...Rg7 as the only move to stay alive, which would be utterly ridiculous to a human.
May-27-08  Towershield: <hms123> yep, it's also completly winning for white.
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  Gilmoy: Position after Gurgenidze's 21.Re5! 1-0:

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My aforementioned skittles game, after 29.Rg5! Na4:

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Nifty! Game score (and the mate) here: Gilmoy chessforum

May-30-08  newzild: Gilmoy:

In your skittles game, instead of 29.Rg5, why not just play 29.Rg3 and 30. Rh3?

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  patzer2: White's 11. Nxf5! decisively exploits Black's
helpless King position.

Here's some computer verified analysis:

<11. Nxf5 !! Na5>

The sacrificed Knight offer on f5 is poison.

If 11... exf5, then White wins after 12. Qd6!! Bxd6 (12... Qxd6 13. exd6+ Be7 14. Bd5 ; 12... Qb7 13. Qf6 Rg8 14. Bf7#) 13. exd6+ Ne7 14. Rxe7+ Kd8 15. Re8+ Rxe8 16. dxc7+ Ke7 17. Re1+ Kf6 18. Rxe8 .

If 11... gxf5, then White overwhelms Black's position after 12. Qh5+ Kd8 13. Rad1! Be7 14. Bxe6 b5 15. Bxf5 h6 16. Qf7 Rf8 17. Qh7 a6 18. Bxh6 Rxf5 19. Qg8+ Bf8 20. Bxf8 Ne7 21. Qg7 Qc6 22. Qxe7+ Kc7 23. Rd6 Qb7 24. e6 Rxf8 25. exd7 .

<12. Bd5!>

Also winning is 12. Nd6+ Bxd6 13. exd6 Qd8 14. Qd5 Nxc4 (14... Rb8 15. Bg5 ) 15. Qxa8 O-O 16. Bg3 .

<12... Bb7 13. Nd6+ Bxd6 14. exd6 Qc8 15. Bh6 Rg8 16. Qf3 Bxd5 17. Qxd5 Nc6 18. Rad1 Nd8 19. Qg5 Nc6 20. Qf6 g5>

If 20... Qd8, then White can build a mating attack with 21. Rxe6+ dxe6 22. Qxe6+ Qe7 23. dxe7 .

< 21. Re5 1-0>

Black resigns in the face of decisive threats, such as 21...Nxe5?? 22. Qe7#; 21...Qb7 22. Rf5! exf5 23. Re1+ Ne7 24. Qxe7#; or 21...Qd8 22. Rxe6+ dxe6 23. Qxe6+ Qe7 24. dxe7 .

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  Gilmoy: <newzild: 29.Rg3 and 30.Rh3?> See Gilmoy chessforum for my reply.
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