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Post Re: Dennis M.: Boruchovsky-Savchenko, EICC 2012 [38:49]
When I watch this game it makes me weep for the fact that I clearly don't understand the game at all :)


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Post Re: Dennis M.: Boruchovsky-Savchenko, EICC 2012 [38:49]
Unbelievable! What a game!

I really have to thank you, Dennis. That was definitely the best tactical game I'd seen in quite a while. And your analysis adds much more to its beauty. All those crazy lines with the black king roaming all over the board... :D

One little correction, though: Tal didn't lose that game to Larsen. In his autobiography he explains that he was so frustrated that his thoughts kept going back to the position before the 6.Nxf7 sacrifice, so he couldn't concentrate on the real game, and he got into a lost position, but on the adjournment he nevertheless managed to get away with a draw thanks to a trap that Larsen fell for. The game can be replayed here.

My friend and I once tried analyzing this variation blindfold in a train. It was fun, but it was tough, too. No wonder, if Tal with his celebrated calculating ability couldn't find a clear-cut win over the board, us patzers couldn't hope for anything without even seeing the board. But we did have a good time! :mrgreen:


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Post Re: Dennis M.: Boruchovsky-Savchenko, EICC 2012 [38:49]
What a bizarre and most exciting game! Very nice and instructive video, thanks for the effort.


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Post Re: Dennis M.: Boruchovsky-Savchenko, EICC 2012 [38:49]
@ Andishmand, thanks to you (and to someone who contacted me via my blog) for the correction on Tal-Larsen! I had remembered his self-recriminations and somehow assumed from that that he had lost.

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Post Re: Dennis M.: Boruchovsky-Savchenko, EICC 2012 [38:49]
Thanks a bunch for this.

In the variation starting with 1...Ke4 (rather than the game 1...Ke2) I thought about 2.f3+ Kf5 (or 2...Ke5 immediately, doesn't matter...) 3.g4+ Ke5 4.Re1+ Kd4 and now a nice sac creates a mate net:

5.Qxf6+ exf6 6.Re4+ Kd3 7.Nb2+ Kc3 8.Bd2X


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Post Re: Dennis M.: Boruchovsky-Savchenko, EICC 2012 [38:49]
There was a series in Chess Life May 1990 and August 1991 by Shamkovich and a correspondence game Danny Kopec vs Sowray where Black went 10 ... Nb8


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Post Re: Dennis M.: Boruchovsky-Savchenko, EICC 2012 [38:49]
@ Polo Mateo: That's true, 10...Nb8 has been played - 35 times, according to ChessBase's online database. But it loses by force - see the email game Conttegnie-Bortolin, ICCF email 2007:

11.c5+ Kd7 12.Bb5+ c6 13.dxc6+ bxc6 14.0-0 Qa5 15.Rd1+ Kc7 16.a4!! Qb4 17.Bd2 Qxc5 18.Ra3

(18.Na3 also wins: 18...Ng4 19.Ba5+ Kb7 20.Qb3 cxb5 [20...Qxf2+ 21.Kh1 Qb6 is "best" but completely hopeless: 23.Bxb6 axb6 24.Qf3 etc.] 21.Nxb5 Qxf2+ 22.Kh1 is simple and dead won.)

18...Bd7 19.Ba5+ and Black resigned. After 19...Kb7 20.Rc3 White has too many attackers. For instance, 20...Qe5 21.Qc4 Nd5 (after 21...axb5 both 22.axb5 and 22.Rxd7+ force mate in a few more moves) 22.Rxd5 Qe1+ 23.Qf1 Qxf1+ 24.Bxf1 and Black is completely busted. The threat is 25.Rb3+ Kc8 26.Rxb8+!, and if Black takes the rook - 24...cxd5 - then 25.Rc7 is mate.

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