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Igor Bondarevsky vs Alexander Kotov
USSR Championship (1948), Moscow URS, rd 10, Nov-26
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran Variation (D47)  ·  0-1



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May-24-05  Whitehat1963: What's the finish? (Player of the Day)
May-24-05  hintza: Not sure I understand this game, Black looks much better in the final position.
May-24-05  aw1988: Would anyone care to play the position against me as black? I have no clue if it is a win, but it would be a most instructive idea...
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  WannaBe: My best guess is time ran out.
Because here is a line that Shredder 9 gave...

38. ... g5
39. ♕c1 ♖g7
40. ♕e1 ♕f7
41. a3 ♖e8
42. ♕c1 ♕c7 -3.01/13

May-24-05  aw1988: Well, yes, g5 wins on the spot.

Stupid computers.

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  Benzol: <WannaBe> is correct.

"Already White does not have any serious compensation for the material loss, and Black must gradually win". - Kotov

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  Pawn and Two: The result should be 0-1, as it was White who lost on time.

In "Grandmaster at Work", Kotov noted at the end of the game: <38.Qf4 0:1 as White overstepped the time-limit>.

Other databases, and tournament crosstables from other books, verify that Kotov won this game. At the tournament's conclusion, Kotov tied Bronstein for first place, sharing championship honors in the 16th Soviet Championship.

Feb-11-14  yariharimo: Is this a case where White's attack had just gone wrong? What if at on move 14, White had just played Rb1 instead of Ba3? Would White be any better? I asked this because the database showed 3 choices by Black on move 11 and 11...Bb4 leads to this line.
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  plang: 11..Nf6 and 11..cxb are usually played; 11..Bb4!? was new and has been repeated only once. While it wins a pawn it gives White a dangerous lead in development. Bondarevsky chose to further sacrifice the exchange which Kotov acknowledges is very dangerous for Black. Kotov recommended 22 Qc2+..f5 23 g4 and if 23..Nf4 then 24 Bf3..h6 25 gxf..exf 26 Rb7+ with dangerous threats. Kotov recommended 30 Nc4; after the exchange of knights White' attacking chances were diminished.
Apr-07-22  cehertan: I assume the cool variation 11..cxb2 12.fxg7 bxa1=♕ 13.gxh8=♕ has been seen in practice:

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The mighty machine likes white after 13..♕a5+ 14.♘d2 ♕b4 15.O-O ♕4xd4 16.♕xh7 though unfortunately for the fans a pair of queens is likely to come off soon. Still looks like a good fight, but the black K is a little airy and white has more space.

Apr-08-22  phantasmagorium: <cehertan> I don't know if the vartiation you showed had been played in practice, but probably it was already played.

The game Hulak-Crepan 1998 did (from a different opening) line reach a similar position (with a possibly important difference that White's QRP is in a4 and Black's QB in b7). The game does not seem to be in the CG database, but it is in chesstempo:

Anyway, enjoy the chess madness! I hope you enjoy watching that game as much as I do! :D

Apr-08-22  Olavi: <cehertan> Yes, books on the Meran have sub-chapters on the four queens position. It has arisen far more often with Bc8-b7 instead of a7-a6, and it can naturally also arise with the white bishop on d3, I think it's thought to be better for white to have it on e2.

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