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Kharlampy Karpovich Baranov vs Nikolay Dmitrievich Grigoriev
"The Red Baranov" (game of the day Mar-16-2012)
Moscow (1919), Moscow RUS
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Greco Gambit Moeller-Therkatz Attack (C54)  ·  0-1



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  Stonehenge: Comments by Eric Schiller:

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  Phony Benoni: Even by Russian standards, <Kharlampy Karpovich Baranov> is a pretty impressive name.

A quick comment on the position after <30...Bc4>:

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Black has the double threat of 31...Re1+ and 31...Bg3, and White's 31.Kh2 didn't help at all. However, 31.Qc3 doesn't quite click either: 31...Re1+ 32.Kh2 Re3! 33.Qxc4 Bg3+ 34.Kg1 Re1+ 35.Qf1 Rxf1+ 36.Kxf1 Kg7, and the poor rook, still digesting Black's queen, can't waddle away to safety.

Mar-16-12  sevenseaman: A very enjoyable game. Sharp comment <PB>.
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  whiteshark: Double Pun?

The Red Summer of 1919:

The Red Baron:

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  Once: Just which form do I have to fill in to get a magnificent polysyllabic name like either of those?

Maybe that's why the Russians are so good at chess. Their minds are attuned to complexity because they need to work out how to pronounce each other's names.

Mind you, just adding "evich" to the end of everything does seem a little like cheating.

It's a wonderful game to play through. White starts by attacking like a maniac but it is black who gets the decisive attack in - and a queen sac to boot. Odd how the white pieces surge forward in the first quarter of the game but are then beaten back until the end.

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  whiteshark: <Comrade <Oncevich>> you have a fundamental grasp of effects that occur. :D
Mar-16-12  scormus: Crushing use of R+2B by B. I used to play the Italian game / Moeller attack, it looked so good with the open centre and thw W pieces zooming all over the boead. Until you got to about move 15 that is .....

<Onceovsky> be careful what you wish for. Your family name might be <Zwierzchiewski> but in any country except Poland you'll just be known as Z.

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  Penguincw: Once black got white's rook off the board, it's an easy win. And it looks like a mate in 3.

34...♖e2+ 35.♔g1 ♗e3+ 36.♔h1 [36.♔f1 ♖c2+ 37.♔e1 ♖xc3 (see diagram2)] ♗xd5# 0-1 (see: diagram 1).

Diagram 1

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Diagram 2

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Mar-16-12  ephesians: The whole game reminded me of a note Fischer made once: "Just which side is attacking is not quite clear!"
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  kevin86: I believe that the Red Summer of 1919 was a result of race rioting in the US.(unlike the 1960s,this rioting was by angry whites in the North protesting the migration of African-Americans into the large cities in search of jobs and escape ill treatment in the South).

Also,the Red Scare was at its peak,also,in fear of the IWW and communism.

In the game,the two bishops proved superior to the queen and the white king had to sue for peace.

Mar-16-12  Lopin: Pretty surprising queen sacrifice. But - what if white stays ice cold and tries:

26. ♖h3 (to activate the rook and prepare to cover f1)

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Game will continue:26... ♗xf1 (26... ♖xf1+ leads to same positions) 27.♖xe1 ♖xe1 28. ♕d2 (only chance) ♖a1 (♖b1) 29.♕xd4 ♗c4+ 30.♕xg1 ♖xg1+ 31.♔xg1 ♗xd5

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and I think there's still a lot of work ahead for both players... Any opinions about this line?

Mar-16-12  abuzic: White could play 30.Rxh7

30.Rhx7 Kxh7

<30...Re1? 31.Qxd7 Bb5+ 32.Kh2 Bg1+ 33.Kg3 Re3+ 34.Kh4 and W # in 6>

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31.Qxc7+ Kh6
32.Qxd6 and white seems to get away...

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Mar-16-12  Kingfischers: Very good!
Mar-16-12  LoveThatJoker: Great game by Grigoriev. As soon as I saw White's 31st, I wondered 'why not 31. Qc3?'

Analysis diagram - Position after 31. Qc3

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Stockish gives an elegant line:

(-6.30) 31. Qc3 Re1+ 32. Kh2 Re3 33. Qxc4 Bg3+ 34. Kg1 Re1+ 35. Qf1 Rxf1+ 36. Kxf1 Kg7

Position after 36. Kg7!

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  Honza Cervenka: Lovely game and it wouldn't be worse if white would manage to find optimal defence and keep the draw. Grigoriev's sac of queen was really spectacular and it was definitely sound but with the best play white should not lose.
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