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Yakov Geraisimovich Rokhlin vs Alexander Zaitsev
Yaroslavl (1954), Yaroslavl URS
Spanish Game: Open Variations (C80)  ·  0-1



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Aug-06-09  JimmyVermeer: This game is almost identical to a game played between Honan and Zaichev (White) vs. Denis V. Mardle and Y. Rochlin (Black). It is game #4629 in Laszlo Polgar's "Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations, and Games". All the moves are the same up to White's 16th move but then it differs after that. It would seem that is using an alternate spelling of these players' names.

The book gives the ending as 16 Qh3 d4 17 Na3 Qxg2+ 18 Qxg2 Ng3+ 19 hxg3 Rh8#

I would suggest this slower alternate ending: 16 Rg1 Bxg1 17 Qxg8 Qc1 18 Qg5+ Nxg5 19 Nd2 Qxa1 20 Bc4 dxc4 21 Nb1 Qxb1 22 h4 Bf2+ 23 Kh2 Qg1#

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  sachistu: The colors are reversed. A.N. Zaitsev was Black. See Shakhmatny Bulletin Issue 1, 1972, p24, and Aleksander Zaitsev's games book p127 (game #53). There is some question about the location of the game. Sh. Bulletin 1972 lists it as a tournament of candidate masters and masters, but does not give a location. Rusbase has a cross table for such a tournament at Yaroslavl (with both players participating). However, Zaitsev's games book lists the location as Irkutsk. Neither event/location is given in the summary of Zaitsev's tournament and match events.

Regarding the kibitz from <JimmyVermeer>, I do not have the Polgar book, but I suspect Polgar was trying to communicate two different games that were played along similar lines. As far as I know, the Honan-Mardle game was a correspondence game from 1958 (although that is not confirmed). And, as mentioned, the 1954 game given here should have Zaitsev as Black.

The finish <JimmyVermmer> cites from the book e.g. 16...d4 (instead of ...Bc8) is the actual reported finish to Honan-Mardle. That line ending in mate is given in a theoretical article by I. Kan in Shakhmatny Bulletin, 1960 page 102.

I'll submit a correction slip to correct the color assignments. However, more research is needed to confirm the location.

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  wwall: The confusion comes from Modern Chess Miniatures by Barden and Heidenfeld, 1960, pages 6-7. The authors wrote:

Honan Mardle
Zaitsev Rochlin

(White being Honan in one game and Zaitsev in the other game)

The moves for both games were identical for the first 16 moves.

The authors had meant two different games, with the main game as Honan-Mardle, Corr. 1958 (Mardle played 16...d4), and the less aesthetic Zaitsev-Rochlin, Yaroslavl 1954 (Rochlin, which should have been Zaitsev, played 16...Bc8).

The authors had Zaitsev as White in the second game (found in the notes), but it looks like Zaitsev won it and should have been Black.

In both games, 12.Qxg7 was the losing move. White had to play 12.fxe3 and Black would have castled with the better game.

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