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Vasily Panov vs Vladimir Simagin
"There be Dragons" (game of the day May-26-2011)
23rd Ch Moscow (1943), Moscow (URS)
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack (B76)  ·  0-1



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Apr-20-06  stanleys: 12...Bh8!!
Jul-15-06  ARTIN: Amazing! At move 20 white has an extra rook in a more or less "peaceful" position yet he can't do anything.
Oct-25-06  RookFile: What I find amazing is that white didn't win that game, against this unsound attack of black's.

After 19.... Bxc3, 20. Qxd6, returning some material, seems like a good approach.

Let's analyze:

20.....Bxc3 21. Qxd6 and now:

A) 20....Be2 21. Qxf8+ Kxf8 22. Bg2 Bxd1 23. Rxd1 Bg7 24. c3 and white is up a pawn in the endgame

B) 20... Qxd6 21. Rxd6 Bb4 22. Rd4 Bc5 23. Rhd1 Be2 24. Rd8+ Bf8 25. Rxc8 Nxc8 26. Rd8 Bxf3 27. Rxc8 Bxe4 28. Bg4 Kg7 29. Rc7 Kg8 30. Rc3 Bd6 31. h4 and play time is over

C) B) 20... Qxd6 21. Rxd6 Bb4 22. Rd4 Bc5 23. Rhd1 Bxd4 24. Nxd4 and white is just plain old up a pawn

20...... Na4 21. Qxf8+ Kxf8 22. bxc3 Nxc3+ 23. Kb2 Nxd1+ 24. Rxd1 Be2 25. Rd3 Bxd3 26. cxd3 and white wins easily

20......Qg7 21. Qd8+ Rxd8 21. Rxd8+ Qf8 22. Rxf8+ and lights out.

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  plang: It is hard to imagine anyone playing 8 Nb3 today. Simagin was sceptical of his exchange sacrifice: "In this position the exchange sacrifice cannot be considered completely correct...If the sacrifice can be considered reasonable, then it is only on psychological considerations. Master Panov is an excellent attacker, but considerably worse in games requiring lengthy defense" Dvoretsky recommends 12..Bh6 13 Qh6..Rc3 14 bc..Qc7. This thematic sacrifice was not known when this game was played though Simagin used the idea 4 years later. 18..Nf3 certainly is an unexpected sacrifice. Dvoretsky recommends either 22 Ne5 or 22 Ka1 as improvements with chances for both sides. Panov's last chance was 25 e7 which Dvoretsky provided several pages of analytical support.
Feb-05-08  hitman84: Wonderful game by Simagin!

<Rookfile>21.Qxd6 Qe8 idea Qa4 or Qb5. with good attack.

<Panov's last chance was 25 e7 which Dvoretsky provided several pages of analytical support.>

<plang>Could you post the analysis ?

Feb-11-11  madhatter5: ♖ookfile, in your analysis line A, 20...♘a4 is possible and black still is in the game. He threatens ♗xc3 and maybe even ♘xb2. If 21.♖d7, 21...♗xc3 22. bxc3 22...♘xc3 black might be able to draw.
May-26-11  Jamboree: What's wrong with white giving up the Queen back on move 20? The move that really shocked me as an unexpected blunder was 20. bxc3?. What does black do if white instead tries 20. Qxc3.

Keep in mind that in this position white is already a rook up, so that black "winning" the queen for an additional B+R with 20. ... Bxa2+ 21. Kxa2 Rxc3 22. bxc3 doesn't work because by now white has 2 Rs and a B for the Q, and has various ways to stop any black attack that might begin Nf4 or c5 or Qc8. In all of those lines black can trade either a R or an N for the black N and get to at worse a drawn position.

So, back to move 20, what other reply does black have to 20. Qxc3. After 20. .. Na4 21. Qb4, then what? Seems like White has just too much fire power, and will inevitably be able to fend off any black attack.

I didn't analyze this with a program, just off the top of my head, so I easily could be missing something. But what?

May-26-11  sofouuk: <Jamboree><20. ... Bxa2+ 21. Kxa2 Rxc3 22. bxc3 doesn't work because by now white has 2 Rs and a B for the Q, and ... get to at worse a drawn position.> you are right white can draw here, but even better is 20 Qxd6! Be2 21 Qxf8 Kxf8

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and rybka says +1.0ish. however 20 bxc3 isn't losing, white had the draw in hand up until 25 Rd4??, when instead 25 e7! threatening Rd8+ is 0.00

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  Sastre: <Jamboree: What's wrong with white giving up the Queen back on move 20? The move that really shocked me as an unexpected blunder was 20. bxc3?. What does black do if white instead tries 20. Qxc3.>

After 20.Qxc3 Bxa2+ 21.Kxa2 Rxc3 22.bxc3, 22...d5 23.exd5 Nxd5 looks good for Black. Given the strength of Black's knight on d5 and the threat of 24...Qc5, White should probably return material with 24.Rxd5 exd5 25.Nd4 Qc5 26.Kb2 =. As White was probably playing for a win before his 20th move, this sort of variation wouldn't have appealed to him.

May-26-11  belgradegambit: This was not dubbed the "Yugoslav attack" until the 1950s when it was refined in that country. And yes nobody plays 8. Nb3 anymore. But a lot of the attack/counterattack themes remain the same. Allowing White's DSB to take the kingside rook is a common theme as in this famous game Karjakin vs Radjabov, 2008
May-26-11  hedgeh0g: Just off the top of my head, how about the continuation 12...Bxh6 13.Rxc3 bxc3 14.Na4? Cliché, I know, but Black seems to get good activity for the exchange.
May-26-11  WhiteRook48: Simagin's attack was simply devastating
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  Penguincw: Oh. Nice combination at the end.
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  kevin86: The dragon's target is c3-where this game ended...

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