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Vladas Mikenas vs A Dolukhanov
"Social Distance" (game of the day Nov-15-2020)
Simul, 30b (1934) (exhibition), Leningrad URS
Indian Game: Saemisch-Indian (A50)  ·  0-1



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  Phony Benoni: After <23...Rf8>

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Mikenas, up against an unknown in a simul, played the typically tricky <24.Nh4>. The knight, of course, is immune as taking it allows the queen to be pinned.

But, unbelievably, his opponent walked right into it! Then, after <24...Qxh4 25.Rh3 Qxh3 26.gxh3>:

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Found the decisive attacking idea by moving as far away from the White king as possible with <25...Bg8!>.

Quite logical when you analyze it, but you have to find it first.

Both sides made mistakes later. But it still appears that social distancing wins chess games.

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  FSR: Who was that masked man?
Nov-15-20  wtpy: ajile, 30 ...Bh7+.
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  Messiah: Terrible!
Nov-15-20  goodevans: I reckon most of us would have played 20...h6. I certainly would have. Moves like <20...Qf4!?>, <22.Rd3> and <23...Rf8?!> suggest that both players were playing with the tricky <24.Nh4?> in mind. If so then kudos to Dolukhanov, whoever he or she is, for seeing further than his or her illustrious opponent.

The mating sequence was nice to play through and the final position is very pleasing to the eye.

Nov-15-20  Ironmanth: Ok, people. What am I missing?! 30.Qh5+ threatens either a perpetual, or Q+B vs. R+2B, right?!
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  Phony Benoni: Ironmanth> If <30.Qh5+>

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Black's forced reply is <30...Bh7+>! One nice line after that is <31.Kb2 Rf2+ 33.Kb3 b5! 34.Qe8+ Bg8+!> (Encore!).

I've had occasion to play through some of Mikenas' games lately. This kind of stuff is everywhere.

Nov-15-20  Brenin: 24 Nh4 was a trick too far: 24 Ne5, threatening 25 Rh3 as well as 25 Ng6+, would have been much stronger, since it forces 24 ... Rxf5 25 Rxd5 Rxd5 26 Qxf5 and White's problems are solved.
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  scormus: Nice pun <PB>!
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  MissScarlett: <PB> specialises in puns that aren't puns.
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  OhioChessFan: <PB: Black's forced reply is <30...Bh7+>! One nice line after that is <31.Kb2 Rf2+ 33.Kb3 b5! 34.Qe8+ Bg8+!> (Encore!). >

Really amazing. You'd think it was a composition.

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  fredthebear: Dolukhanov's Double Bishop and Pawn Mate deserves to be on the Wikipedia list of checkmates!!
Nov-15-20  Ivan Karamazov: <Phony Benoni:If <30.Qh5+ Bh7!+ 31.Kb2 Rf2+ 32.Kb3 b5! 33.Qe8+ Bg8+!>

It gets even better!: 33. Bf5 ("best") Rxf5 34. Qe8+ Bg8+! 35. Kc2 Rf2+ 36. Kb1 Ba3 37. Qh5+ Bh7+! (Yet again!) and now 38. Qxh7+ is forced but it's mate in 6 anyways.

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