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Vitaly Chekhover vs Vladimir Alatortsev
USSR Championship (1934/35), Leningrad URS, rd 6, Dec-14
Gruenfeld Defense: General (D80)  ·  1-0

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Aug-12-06  rudysanford: For what it's worth, in 'The Russian Play Chess' by Irving Chernev, Dover 1964, Chernev has Alortsev resigning after 33. Qg4
Jan-13-07  Timothy Glenn Forney: Great Kingside attack,I love that book by Chernev too.
Dec-08-07  erlepettus: Pardon my ignorance, but why not 16. ... Qxc4?
Dec-08-07
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  Benzol: Well it might be possible for White to try something like this 16...♕xc4 17.♕xc4 ♗xc4 18.axb6 ♗a6 19.♖xa6 ♘xa6 20.b7 with the pawn forking both Rooks. Not sure otherwise.
Mar-18-09
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  Phony Benoni: Chernev gives <Benzol>'s line and the assessment, "...with a won ending for White." True, White is probably better with the bishop pair and a superior pawn structure, but the position is far from won. Alatortsev undoubtedly saw it, and simply considered the game line better.

Chekhover was an excellent endgame study composer, and this game has some artistic touches. 33...Qxh5 wasn't that bad a blunder; Black's only way to avoid mate is 33...Qf7 when White starts snapping everything in sight with 34.Nh6+ Kf8 35.Nxf7 Kxf7 36.Qxd7+. Better to just get it over with.

Sep-08-16  bengalcat47: If 33...Qf8 is played White replies 34.Qg6 and Black can resign.
Dec-23-19  jith1207: 33...Qf8 34. Qg6 Nb8 35. Nh6+ Kh8 36. Nf7+ Kg8 37. Rh8#

This would have been a great checkmate position.

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