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Mikhail Chigorin vs Sergey Fedorovich Lebedev
2nd All-Russian Tournament (1901), Moscow RUE, rd 10, Jan-??
Russian Game: Modern Attack. Center Variation (C43)  ·  1-0



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  tpstar: Deep trap by Chigorin! This is the Modern Petrov (3. d4) with picturesque symmetry via d4/d5 + Ne5/Ne4 + Bd3/Bd6, but specifically the 9 ... Bxe5 line = White-gets-the-Two-Bishops-but-crappy-Pawns-so-enjoy-an-early-endgame variation. After 12. a4! if 12 ... Qxe5 13. Ba3 Re8 (13 ... Qxc3? 14. Bxf8 Qxc4 15. Qd8) 14. Re1 Qxe1+ 15. Qxe1 Rxe1+ 16. Rxe1 and now White regains the Pawn (16 ... Be6 17. Bxe6 fxe6 18. Rxe6) then his pig gains the seventh rank (19. Re7); note 16 ... Bd7?? 17. Re7 & 18. Bd6 wins a piece. More interesting is 16 ... Be6 17. Rxe6?! fxe6 18. Bxe6+ Kh8 19. Bc8 and now 19 ... Na6 20. Bxb7 Rb8 21. Bxa6 Rb1+ 22. Bf1 or 19 ... Nd7 20. Bxd7 Rd8 21. Bg4 and White barely avoids a fatal back rank problem. Alas, the hole is 19. Bc8 a5! 20. Bd6 (20. Bxb7 Ra7 21. Bc8 Nd7) Na6 21. Bxb7 Rd8 and now the weak back rank really is fatal; 22. Bxa6 Rxd6 and Black wins the endgame.

tpstar-flock (InstantChess 8/28/04): 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. d4 Nxe4 4. Bd3 d5 5. Nxe5 Bd6 6. 0-0 Qf6!? 7. f4 0-0 8. c4 c6 9. Nc3 Nxc3 10. bxc3 Nd7 11. c5 Bc7 12. Qh5 g6 13. Qd1 Re8 14. Ng4 Qg7 15. f5 gf 16. Nh6+ (16. Bxf5 Bd8 17. Bxd7 Bxd7 18. Nh6+ Kh8 19. Rxf7; 16 ... Nf8 17. Bxc8 Rexc8 18. Nh6+ Kh8 19. Rxf7 and not 17. Nf6+?! Qxf6! 18. Bxh7+ Nxh7 19. Rxf6 Nxf6 with RBN for Q) Kh8 17. Rxf5!? Nf6 18. Rg5?! Qxh6 19. Rg8+ Rxg8 (19 ... Nxg8 20. Bxh6 Nxh6 with RBN for Q) 20. Bxh6 Bh3 21. Bf1 Rg6 22. Qd2 Rag8 23. Re1 Ne4 24. Rxe4!? dxe4 25. g3?! Bxf1 (25 ... Bxg3! 26. hxg3 Rxg3+ 27. Kh2 Bxf1; 25. Be3 f5 26. d5) 26. Kxf1 Rf6+ 27. Kg2 and White won (1-0).

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  Gypsy: <tpstar> First, thanks for the nice notes and pretty variations. (Good game, too!)

Second, look at these lines: ... 16...Be6 17.Rxe6?! fxe6 18.Bxe6+ Kh8 19.Bc8 a5! and now <20.Bc5!? b6! 21.Bxb6> and either <21...Nd7?! 22.Bxd7 Rb8 23.Bxc6 Rxb6 24.Bb5 ...> or <21...Na6 22.Bb7 Rb8 23.Bxa6 Rxb6 24.Bf1...> They are almost making the 17.Rxe6?! line playable.

Oct-14-04  Cyphelium: <tpstar> If 12.- Qxe5, then what about 13. Re1!?. After 13.- Qxc3 14. Ba3 Qxc4 15. Bxf8 black is gone. Another fast way to lose is 13.- Qf6 14. Ba3 Rd8 15. Be7!, winning. Of course 13.- Qc7 is a better defence. Then 14. Qh5!? appeals to me, hinting at Ba3 or Bg5 and keeping dangerous compensation for the pawn. This would also be consistent with Chigorin's style of playing, I believe.
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  tpstar: <Gypsy> Thank you very much for the positive feedback! I believe you answered your own questions, because Line 1 looks great for White (B&2P vs. R) whereas Line 2 should win for Black after 24. Bf1 Rb1 & 25 ... Ra1 & 26 ... Rxa4. Interesting how the 2 Bishops can harass Black's undeveloped Queenside like that!

<Cyphelium> I am very bad at positional sacrifices where White invests a Pawn for "play" without a clear follow-up. Your line is far more aggressive and keeps Queens around, plus those threats of 15. Ba3 & 16. Re7 loom large. Black could always bail with 14. Qh5!? Be6, or chop wood with 14 ... Kh8!? 15. Bxf7! Bg4! 16. Qxg4 Qxf7, but not 14 ... b6? 15. Bg5 (like you said). Thanks for your analysis.

Oct-15-04  Cyphelium: <tpstar> On 12.- Qxe5 13. Re1 Qc7 14. Qh5 Be6, 15. Ba3 might be worth checking out, since 15.- Bxc4 16. Bxf8 Kxf8 17. Qc5+ is bad for black. Also after 15.- Rd8 16. Bxe6 (16.Rxe6!?) 16.- fxe6 17. Rxe6, black seems to be in trouble. He cannot stop mate on e8 and infiltration on e7 at the same time.

After 14.- Kh8, 15. Qxf7! seems to be worth an edge for white: indeed both 15.- Qd8? 16. Bg5 Rxf7 17. Bxd8 Rf8 18. Be7 Rf5 19. Rad1 and 15.- Qd6? 16. Ba3 c5 17. Re8 Nd7 18. Qg8+ Rxg8 19. Rxg8 mate lose. Better is 15.- Qxf7, for example 16. Bxf7 Nd7 17. Ba3 c5 18. Re7, but that too looks good for white.

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  tpstar: <Cyphelium> Yes, 15. Ba3 appears very strong for White; after 15 ... Rd8 16. Bxe6 fxe6 17. Rxe6 I think 17 ... Qf7 is forced, then simplest is 18. Qxf7+ Kxf7 19. Re7+ Kg6 20. Rxb7 winning a Pawn. And I don't see anything better for Black after 14. Qh5! than 14 ... Be6, so I believe your 13. Re1 idea was the original point of the sacrifice. I completely agree with your second paragraph in that your 15. Qxf7! is much better than my 15. Bxf7. Thanks.
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  tpstar: Fun miniature:

tpstar-CQKZ (FICS 9/27/06) [Fritz 7]: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. d4 Nxe4 4. Bd3 d5 5. Nxe5 Bd6 6. 0-0 0-0 7. c4 c6 8. Nc3 [last book move] Be6 9. Nxe4 Bxe5? [9 ... dxe4 10. Bxe4 Nd7 ] 10. Ng5 [ ] Bf6 [10 ... Bxh2+ 11. Kxh2 h6 ] 11. Bxh7+ Kh8 12. Qh5 Bxg5 13. Bxg5 1-0.

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