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Ilia Kan vs Vladimir Makogonov
"Yes You Kan" (game of the day Jul-25-2013)
USSR Championship (1934/35), Leningrad URS, rd 3, Dec-09
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Classical Variation (B84)  ·  1-0



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Feb-08-06  Resignation Trap: Nice attack by Kan, beginning with 29.gxh6!
Mar-24-06  EmperorAtahualpa: [Site ""]
[Date "2006.3.8"]
[White "NN"]
[Black "EmperorAtahualpa"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B85"]

This game shows how important it is to be prepared for unorthodox variations of well-known openings. Particularly this is important in the most widely played opening in this era, the Sicilian. <1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e6> Switching from the Najdorf to the Scheveningen variation <7.Be2 Be7 8.O-O O-O 9.f4 Qc7 10.Qd3?!> The first moves were well-known in theory, but 10.Qd3?! is completely new to me. This move makes some sense too. 10.Qd3 supports White's advanced pawns and puts more pressure on b5 (as we will see later on, White could have profited from that). The book moves here, however, are 10.a4, 10.Qe1, 10.Bf3, the risky 10.g4?! and the waiting move 10.Kh1. Personally I think I like 10.Bf3 and 10.Kh1 most. <10...Nbd7!?> Not bad, but more normal is 10...Nc6 <11.Bf3 b5?> A poor move, exposing the rook on a8 via 12.e5 dxe5 13.Bxa8. <12.e5 Nc5?> Trying to grab the initiative by attacking the queen, but this move clearly does not work. Black's reply here could have been 13.Ndxb5! axb5 14.Nxb5 Nxd3 15.Nxc7 and now two of Black's pieces are under attack at the same time (the knight on f6 and the rook on a8). <13.Qe2?> White fails to seize the opportunity. <13...Nd5> The best move (or should I say least worst?) under the current situation. Still it loses a pawn and Black's position is abominable. <14.Bxd5 exd5 15.Nxd5 Qd8??> A blunder that loses the game immediately. The only right move here to stay in the game would have been 15...Qb7. <16.Nc6 Qd7 17.Ncxe7+> Black resigns. 1-0

A crushing defeat for Black, which did hurt. However, after defeats like these, the taste of victory only can get sweeter!

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  tpstar: Fritz 7 Deep Position Analysis [20MB]:

10. Qd3 b5

1) 11. a3

a) 11 ... e5 12. Nf5 Bxf5 13. exf5 Nbd7 = [0.25/12]

b) 11 ... Nbd7 12. Bf2 Nb6 13. Qg3 Bb7 = [0.25/13]

2) 11. Bf3

a) 11 ... Bb7 12. a3 Nbd7 13. Bd2 Nb6 = [0.09/11]

b) 11 ... e5 12. Nf5 Bxf5 13. exf5 Nc6 [0.50/12]

3) 11. e5

a) 11 ... de 12. fe Nfd7 13. Bf4 Bb7 = [0.22/12]

b) 11 ... Ne8 12. Nf5 Nc6 13. Nxe7+ Nxe7 [0.47/12]

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  tpstar: <EmperorAtahualpa> After 10. Qd3, Fritz 7 prefers 10 ... b5 first, then 10 ... Nbd7 (11. Bf3 Nb6) [0.37] second and 10 ... Nc6 (11. a3 e5) [0.44] third.
May-04-08  sambo: Not 35. Nxe6 because 35...d4 is a discovered check.
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  FSR: <EmperorAtahualpa> A lot of players are intimidated playing royalty and fail to put up much resistance. See, e.g., Napoleon Bonaparte vs Madame De Remusat, 1804; Napoleon Bonaparte vs General Bertrand, 1820; and all of the games of Prince Andrey Dadian of Mingrelia. Not to mention D King vs D Summermatter, 1989. OTOH, there's Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858. Your opponents might find games with you less daunting if you played under a pseudonym.
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  kevin86: This is about to get ugly;the knight and bishop are ready to add pressure to the pin...with mate to soon follow.
Jul-25-13  JohnBoy: At move 22 all of white's pieces have access to the black king, while most of black's material is awkwardly clustered - available for neither defense nor counterattack.
Jul-25-13  DcGentle: Well, actually White could have started checkmating at move 18 already, have a look:

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White to move should have played <18. exd6!>

[Event "Variants not played"]
[Site "Leningrad (RUS)"]
[Date "1934.??.??"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Ilia Abramovich Kan"]
[Black "V Makogonov"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B85"]
[Annotator "Gentle,DC"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "r1b1rbn1/1pq2ppk/p1npp2p/4P3/5P2/2N1BNQ1/PPP1B1PP/3R1R1K w - - 0 18"]

18. exd6 Bxd6 19. Rxd6 Qxd6 20. Ng5+ hxg5 21. Ne4 Qe7

(21... Qc7 22. Qh3+ Nh6 23. fxg5 e5 24. Qh4 Qe7 25. Bc5 Qe6 26. Rf6 Nd4 27. Bg4 Bd7 28. gxh6 gxf6 29. Nxf6+ Kh8 30. Bxe6 Nxe6 31. Ng4 Kh7 32. Qf6 Bc6 33. Qxf7+ Kh8 34. Bd6 Bxg2+ 35. Kg1 Rg8 36. Bxe5+ Ng7 37. hxg7+ Rxg7 38. Qxg7#)

22. fxg5 f5 23. gxf6 gxf6

(23... Nxf6 24. Bd3 Kh8 25. Nxf6 gxf6 26. Qh4+ Kg8 27. Rxf6 Rd8 28. Qg4+ Qg7 29. Rg6 Rd7 30. Bh6 Kf8 31. Rxg7 Rf7 32. Rxf7+ Kxf7 33. Qg7+ Ke8 34. Bg5 e5 35. Bg6#)

24. Rf4 f5 25. Bc5 Qg7 26. Ng5+ Kh8 27. Rh4+ Nh6 28. Nf7+ Qxf7 29. Rxh6+ Qh7 30. Qg6 Qxh6 31. Qxh6+ Kg8 32. Qg6+ Kh8 33. Qxe8+ Kg7 34. Bh5 Kf6 35. Qg6+ Ke5 36. Qg3+ Kf6 37. Bf8 e5 38. Qg6# 1-0


Jul-25-13  YetAnotherAmateur: Kaaaaaaan!
Jul-25-13  Sem: 'Kan' is very likely Cohen. Meagre pun.
Jul-25-13  nolanryan: the pun makes no sense
Jul-26-13  epistle: Don't pan the pun so you don't get the ban.
Oct-12-13  nolanryan: another liberal pun from this godless website.
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  perfidious: <nolanryan: another liberal pun from this godless website.>

Another nonsensical statement from a past master of the art.

If the 'godlessness' of CG causes you such trouble, why not leave, for good and all, and let we 'godless' wretches carry on towards our destruction as you wallow in your self-righteous priggishness?

Oct-12-13  Mr. President: Actually the campaign slogan was <Yes, we cannabis> but 4 some weed reason it has been reduced in the PR department.

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