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Emmanuel Schiffers vs Mikhail Chigorin
Chigorin - Schiffers Second Match (1878), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 10, May-09
King's Gambit: Accepted. Muzio Gambit Sarratt Defense (C37)  ·  1-0

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Nov-02-10  Jim Bartle: I like the way white's 32. Rc2 both stops a back-rank mate and creates the threat of one itself.
Jan-08-11  Calar: Last few moves are all about mutual back row mate threats and parrying them. Very nice game
Jan-08-11  capanegra: Though it was an interesting middle game, Chigorin spoiled at the end (as sadly he had done many other times). 29Nxd3?? was awful. After 29Qxf7 30.Rxf7 Rxd3 Black was still in the game, with a piece up in exchange of two Pawns.

24Nf4? was another bad move. I believe Black should win after 24Rhf8 25.Qc3+ Qc6 26.Qb3 Rxf7 27.Rxf7 Nf4 28.Rg7 Rxd3 29.Rg8+ Rd8 30.Rxd8+ Kxd8 31.Qg8+ Kc7 32.Qxh7+ Qd7 33.Qxd7+ Kxd7.

Jan-13-11  capanegra: When he played 29Nxd3?? Chigorin evidently thought that 31Qe6 was a deflecting winning move. What he didn't see is the counter-deflecting 32.Rc2! and game over.
Apr-14-14  thomastonk: The end of this game has deserved some attention.

The position after 31.♕f5 appears in a book by Neistadt on queen's sacs, which is currently my bedside book. Usually I study one or two examples and then I fall into a deep sleep. But this example didn't work well.


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I saw that Neistadt mentions Chigorin's move 31.. ♕e6. Well, that looks quite spectacular, and my first idea for a reply was 32.♖h8. This is a good move and it wins, too, but Schiffer's 32.♖c2!! is much better and much more spectacular!

But has anybody observed so far, that these are the only two winning moves? There is in particular one 'normal' move, which has a fantastic/beautiful refutation: 32.♖h5 ♖f7!!.


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White is lost!

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Back to the original position. I think Chigorin's idea can be improved by 31.. e4!!:


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Here it is already difficult to find a move for White! And indeed 32.♖h5! is the only move that saves the game, which is now about equal, and still very interesting.

Have fun!

Sep-30-14  bengalcat47: Thomastonk, what is the title of this book on Queen sacrifices?
Nov-28-14  Knight13: So, you think Black could've done better with 22... Rf8?? No, because of 23. Qxg6+.

Also, a shout out to 13. d6!

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