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Vsevolod Rauzer vs Fedor Bohatirchuk
USSR Championship (1934/35), Leningrad URS, rd 8, Dec-16
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense (C75)  ·  0-1



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  Gypsy: The ending is a captivating tempo fight: Bohatirchuk gains ground via a series of zugzwangs. Rauzer's knight fights on valiantly but has no real chance; White Q,B, and K are completely hogtied.

White capitulates when he can no longer avert the decisive Nf2+. If White exchanged knights 50...Nc5! <51.Nxc5> bxc5 instead, then he would have ended up in a full-on zugzwang; eg, 52.e5 Kg7 53.e6 Kf8 54.e7+ Ke8 55.c4 Kf7 56.e8Q+ Ke8 zugzwang.

Oct-09-04  iron maiden: This game is a prime example of what I look for in my zugzwang collection. Thank you <Gypsy> for bringing it to my attention.
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  Gypsy: You are welcome <iron┬ámaiden>. Now, when I know you are looking for zugzwangs, I will keep my eyes open.
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  Gypsy: <If White exchanged knights 50...Nc5! <51.Nxc5> bxc5 instead, then he would have ended up in a full-on zugzwang; eg, 52.e5 Kg7 53.e6 Kf8 54.e7+ Ke8 55.c4 Kf7 56.e8Q+ Ke8 zugzwang.> I think my line is not accurate on the account of 54.Qxc5+. The meneuvers should go <50...Nc5! 51.Nxc5 bxc5 52.e5> and now carefully <52... Kg8 53.e6 Kg7 54.c4 Kg8 55.e7> (all else allows mate) <55...Kf7 56.e8Q+ Kxe8 ... 0:1>.
Sep-13-09  Xeroxx: What a game!
Sep-13-09  Starf1re: White seems to be unfocused in the middle game.... 20) b b5 or 20) ra d8..... 21) h3 is needed? 25) kxc7 evaluates as +2 for white.... 26) d1 evaluates + 1.2 .... 28) still a chance for kxc7, still evaluates + 1.75....37) d5 is white's last chance to maintain an edge!

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