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Vitaly Chekhover vs Isaak Mazel
USSR Championship (1934/35), Leningrad URS, rd 12, Dec-22
Bogo-Indian Defense: Nimzowitsch Variation (E11)  ·  1-0



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Sep-04-06  rudysanford: In 'The Russians Play Chess' by Irving Chernev, this game ends

27. Rd6 1-0

Jan-13-07  Timothy Glenn Forney: 21.Re5! Is really a great move,nice tactic.
Mar-11-12  backrank: After 17. ... d5, Black probably thought he had equalized. However, he seems to have overlooked the HORIZONTAL PIN 21. Re5!, after which he must at least lose a pawn, whatever he tries (e.g. Nb4 22. Qxh7+ and 23. Rxc5; 21. ... Nf4 22. Rxc5 Nxd3 23. Rc7; 21. ... Qc3 22. Qxc3 and 23. Bxb7). Trying to avoid this loss of a pawn, Black walks straight into a much more cruel fate. First, he finds witty defensive moves up to 24. ... Qa5, but after the terribly calm 25. a3!, he seems overstrained. After 25. ... Nd5 26. Bxd5 Bxd5 again the HORIZONTAL PIN 27. Qe5! would prove decisive this time (Rd8 28. Ne3)! And after 25. .. Nc6 (or Na6) there would be again that loss of a pawn (26. Qxb7). However, that would have been best. 25. ... Nc2 (trying to avoid the loss of a pawn!) is horrible. Black seems to have forgotten that he has to cover the square d8! After 26. b4! Qb6 27. Rd6! he can't stop the deadly move Rd8.

Very instructive game by Chekhover (who was not only 'the guy who lost that brilliancy to Botvinnik').

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