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F Alexander Hoffmann vs Alexander Petrov
"Petrov's Immortal" (game of the day Mar-19-2017)
Warsaw m (1844), Nov-??
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Center Attack (C53)  ·  0-1

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Jul-27-14  Gilmoy: <David2009: I couldn't see the win ... after 12...0-0 13.Nxd8 Bf2+ 14.Kh3 d6+ 15.g4 ...


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and all becomes clear: after 15.g4 Ne3>

Or 15..Nf4# :)

Jul-27-14  PJs Studio: At first I thought 12...Bf2+ was the key. Morphshine is right on again though.

Don't feel bad lost in space - I have never seen this game before either.

Jul-27-14  TheBish: I got the key move and the rest in a lively round of Guess the Move! (Although I did get some moves wrong on the way to the diagrammed position, but that takes nothing away from a successful completion of a Sunday puzzle.)
Jul-27-14  rickycota: <trnbg: What if White had played 17.Qb3 (instead of 17.Nxe6)? With Qb3 White gains time to retreat his king to h3, and I can't see a forced win for black.>

If white plays 17.Qb3 it comes with Rf4+ and the king has to outs (Kh3 or Kh5) both of which result in mate with Rh4#

Jul-27-14  M.Hassan: Black to play 12...?
Black is two pawns up.

12.........Qe7
13.Qxd5
<if 13.Nxh8 Qg5+ 14.Qg4 Bf2+ 15.Kxf2 Qxg4 and Black Queen is lost>

13..........Rf8
14.Rf1 Rxf7
15.Rxf7 Qg5+
16.Kf3 Qe3+
17.Kg4 d6+
18.Rf5 Bxf5+
19.Kxf5 0-0-0
Apart from astrayed condition of White King, forces seem to be equal Time to check
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12........0-0
would not have ever occured to me!

Dec-18-14  KeyanChess: 12...O-O!!! was an amazing move. It's also unique. I've never seen such a move. It's such an amazing and unexpected move it deserves at least two exclamation points.
Nov-14-15  kubbybulin: Why not 9.Kf1?
Mar-19-17  RandomVisitor: <kubbybulin>9.Kf1 is good for white, also 11.h3 or 11.Qc2.
Mar-19-17  AlicesKnight: They don't make 'em (very often) like this any more ....
Mar-19-17  morfishine: A witty & superb game title of imperishable brilliance

*****

Mar-19-17  kungfufighter888: CHECKMATE!!!
Mar-19-17  ColeTrane: Today's title defiantly gets my attention; putting down this and getting my undivided attn for an epic battle royale
Mar-19-17  The Kings Domain: Golden oldie.
Mar-19-17  eykca: Yeah, I'm with <Kubbybulin> 9.Kf1 seems safer, but I guess 9.Kg3 gives white a chance to get the rook activated.
Mar-20-17
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  OhioChessFan: Self respecting 19th century players simply didn't make sissy moves like 9. Kf1.
Mar-20-17
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  OhioChessFan: I'll give White 9. Kg3 for sheer chutzpah, but 11. Ng5 was truly awful. But in 19th century context, a King side attacking move was de rigeur.
Mar-24-17  morfishine: <Cole Trane> Why not open your forum since UR a full member? This gives us an alternate place to post

*****

Jun-26-17  Amarande: Are the final moves confirmed anywhere?

It seems that almost every source I've read agrees on up through 16 ... Nxe6 but then diverges on exactly how the game went to the mate:

Mason's Social Chess (Game No. 51) gave the conclusion as seen here.

Tartakower/Du Mont's 500 Master Games (Game No. 11) gives 17 g3 Nxd8+ etc. (the same line is given by Mason as a variation).

The game is also found in The Fireside Book of Chess p. 354; alas, I donated my copy during a move and Google has only snippet view, however it gives Black's 17th as ... Nd4+ (which for all practical intents and purposes is the same as capturing the Knight, of course).

It is also in Fine's The Middle Game in Chess, but my copy disintegrated long ago, the book is hard to find and expensive and McKay does not seem to be keen on ebooks, so I'm unable to verify offhand just which variation was given there.

Which one was actually played? Were any of them played, or did Hoffman actually resign early (perhaps even as early as 16 ... Nxe6)?

Aug-04-17
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  GrahamClayton: 12...0-0 - A rare example of a player castling with an enemy piece adjacent to the King.
Jan-23-18  Jeweller: Chess friends. Chess engines analyze this game here: http://proint.narod.ru/jeweller/jew...
Mar-05-18  CheckMateEndsTheGame: I never saw 0-0
Jun-13-18  guilleon: I have a different line here, after 16. ... Nxe6 17. g3 Nxd8 18. Kh4 Rf4+ 19. Kg5 Ne6+ 20. Kh5 g6+ 21. Kh6 Rh4+ 22. gxh4 Be3#. From the '500 Master Games of Chess' book. This is odd.
Dec-14-19  spazzky: 17. Qd5 falls to

17...Rf4+ 18.Kh3 Rh4#

Jan-10-20  frdmchd: why 9.Kg3 instead of kf1?
Jan-24-23  generror: Lovely game! Both players play a decent Italian game. It's interesting to see that a few years of opening theory already made much better openings. Sure, nobody would play that <6...Ne4?> line today, because while getting 3 pawns for a knight isn't bad *per se*, this would give White a nice playground for its pieces once it had brought his king to safety and developed its pieces.

On its 11th move, White should have played <11.h3> to give his king a safer square and then would be fine. However, <11.Ng5??> (D) is immediately losing, it just gives away a bishop:


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After <11...Nxd5!> the knight is obviously poisoned: <12.Qxd5?? Qxg5+> is mate in eight. White's best way to continue is <12.Ne4 Ne3! 13.Qf3 Bb6>, and then White it's "just" three pawns down. (If I was black, I'd get that e5-pawn -- maybe even sacrificing a piece -- and then bulldoze White with my pawns. (And then I'd lose because I'd blunder my queen. :))

Instead, White tries to grab a pawn by <12.Nxf7??> which loses another piece after the lovely <12...0-0!!> (a queen-sac'ing castling!!); after Black takes the queen, it's actually a forced mate in 13, which Petrov plays with 100% accuracy (White shortens it a bit with <17.Nxe6> -- that wasn't his lucky knight -- pun intended :) Best would have been <13.Rf1>, but after <13...Rxf7 14.Rxf7 Qg5+ 15.Qg4 Qxg4+ 16.Kxg4 Kxf7 Black is up a rook, so White could have abandoned after Black's castling.

Surely not the best play by White, but (except his dubious attack in the opening), Petrov really finds consistently the best move throughout the game, giving us a textbook example of why attacking with an exposed king is often not the best idea.

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