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Bernard Zuckerman vs August Rankis
New York (1961), ?
Spanish Game: Open. St. Petersburg Variation (C82)  ·  1-0



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Oct-14-21  Zugzwangovich: No kibitzing for this incredible game?? Rankis throws the eccentric Mackenzie variation at "Zuk the Book" and the result is a thriller. In Chess Life (June 2001) Soltis says "Black missed the scintillating defense 34...Qc4!! 35. Bxc4 bc" but to me that looks lost for Black.
Oct-14-21  sudoplatov: The local Stockfish gives 24...Qc4 as drawing.
Oct-15-21  Zugzwangovich: It would be very interesting to see the Stockfish analysis. After 34...Qc4 35. Bxc4 bc there doesn't seem to be any way to stop the d2 pawn from queening, so I would guess 35. Rxc4 has to be played so that the light-squared bishop can get to d1.
Oct-15-21  Granny O Doul: @Zugwangovich: Your two comments go from Black is losing to White is losing, but after 34...Qc4 35. Bxc4 bc, White plays 36. Rxg7 threatening mate and also Rd7+ winning lots of material. Black stays alive by attacking White's bishop, starting with 36...Rd5.
Oct-15-21  Zugzwangovich: Thanks for the clarification, Granny. Sorry for the contradictory comments; I had the position set up wrong when I said it looked lost for Black.

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