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Nicolas Rossolimo vs Livingstone
"Living in the Material World" (game of the day Apr-20-2015)
New York (1961), New York, NY USA
Scandinavian Defense: Lasker Variation (B01)  ·  1-0



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Aug-30-08  YouRang: <jovack>, I think <ToTheDeath> and <RookFile> are right. After 7.hxg4 Qxh1 8.Ne2 <Ne5>, white's best reply is not the immediate 9.gxh5, but to exploit black's out-to-lunch queen.

Better is 9.Qd3 <threat: Qb5+ & Qxb7 & Qxa8> Nd7 <best way to avoid threat> 10.Qb5 <threat Qxb7 (and then Qxc7), but also double-attacks Nh5>

If 10...Rb8 <guards Pb7> then 11.gxh5 a6 12.Qg5 <threat:Ng3, winning black Q> h6 13.Nf6 Qf4 <forced to surrender Ph5, but now we attack Pc7> Qxh5 14.Qxc7 with Pb7 and Pa6 falling soon .

If 10...g6 <protecting Nh5> 11.Qxb7 Rd8 12.Qxa7 & Pc7 is in trouble .

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  jessicafischerqueen: <18.c4!!>

Rossolimo's "Immortal Move"

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  Phony Benoni: <jfq> Interesting choice. Most people would choose <23.Qg6> in Rossolimo vs P Reissmann, 1967, a game I'm sure you're familiar with.

But that was essentially a one-shot deal, albeit with a number of pretty variations. <18.c4> is far deeper.

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  jessicafischerqueen: <PB and J>
Yes everyone loves the <On Rye Man> move to be sure and with good reason.

But yes I've been tracking <Rossetti's> brilliancy prize games- and there are a good number of them and the <18.c4> here was the one I had most trouble with.

You see I test them by sparring out the post-move position against my computer.

It takes me hours and hours to do this- you try to guess why a certain line won't save the foe and then find out why through trial and error.

- the position resulting from this <18.c4> is no walk in the park to convert against a strong computer.

Jan-02-11  Organizer: Rossolimo had a chess studio in Greenwich Village in the 1960s, and I sometimes played against him with several other people in simultaneous games. Bobby Fischer once came into the studio to pick up some boards and pieces. Rossolimo was a warm, cultured and very decent man. He died accidentally in a fall, which was a great loss to his family, friends and to chess.
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  jessicafischerqueen: <Organizer> that's amazing! I'm currently researching a documentary video about <Rossolimo>, so if you have any other impressions or anecdotes about him, or the Greenwich village scene 1950-1975, please feel free to post them in my forum.
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  Sastre: <Pawnage: I don't get it. What would the counter to 20...Qa5 be?> 21.b4 Qb6 (21...Qxa6 22.Rd8+ Qc8 23.Rxc8+) 22.c5 e5 23.cxb6 .
Jul-30-11  birthtimes: This game reminds me of some of Nezhmetdinov's games, although on a lesser scale than Nezhmetdinov.
Apr-26-12  Llawdogg: 18 c4 was a gutsy move, man.
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  Phony Benoni: When Black played <8...Bxh3>, I can imagine Rossolimo smiling indulgently and thinking, "You call that a sacrificial attack? Now THIS is a sacrificial attack!"
Apr-20-15  offramp: It's surprising that white's c-pawn ends up at f7.
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  al wazir: 22...e6 would have defended. If 23. dxe6, then 23...Be7. 24. Rd7 is answered by Rb8. If 23. d6, then black waits for d7 before playing Be7.
Apr-20-15  morfishine: A pity for Rossolimo to pass away like that. Too often it seems, older or elderly people fall and hurt themselves. One of my favorite Green Bay Packers, Max McGee, fell off his roof and died a few years ago. However, in Max's case it wasn't just a pure accident. Max was from the old school, so instead of hiring someone to remove the leaves from his roof, he decided to strap on a leaf blower and do it himself; but 75-yr old people aren't supposed to do that


Apr-20-15  mruknowwho: Oh my goodness! Scandinavian Defense lost! That never happens!
Apr-20-15  vsiva1: White very great move with great planning and execution for mate; all the pieces of both white and black (Pawn and R) supporting for the mate.
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  Honza Cervenka: After 8...Bxh3(??) white could play also 9.Ne5! with decisive advantage. Of course, 9...Qf5 10.Bd3 Qh5 11.Qxh5 Nxh5 12.Nxc6 gives white an extra piece with easily won game. Rossolimo's play here was flashy and inventive, but by far not very precise.
Apr-20-15  whiteshark: Sometimes one has to burn one's bridges behind one and start over again.
Apr-20-15  Mating Net: I love how White leaves the Queen hanging for 3 moves. The Bishop a6 sat undisturbed for 13 moves. Besides covering b7, it prevented the a7 pawn from creating some luft for its monarch.
Apr-20-15  Immortal Gambit: This is my second GOTD I submitted, the other being Teichmann vs. Schlechter.
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  kevin86: I like this one...with pieces flying around. The promotion kills black's spirit.
Apr-20-15  grasser: One of the reasons I moved from my Sisters $920,000 home is that she would Wax the stairs to my room and not tell me. The funniest day is when she painted them when I was asleep and I had to stay in my room the entire day and evening.
Feb-08-17  mcgee: Hmmm. Having just mucked around with this on the computer, I have a question. What is wrong with 20...Nd7? After 21 Rxd7 e5, Black has done everything he needs to do - keep the white bishop on g3 quiet, prepare to untangle his kingside, and even cause White problems with Bf8-c5 threatening Qxg3+. I can't see a mate for White in this line because all the key squares are guarded. White now appears to be in trouble because he is material down and his king is exposed. Or am I missing something?
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  FSR: Some analysis posted on Facebook, which I haven't checked:

18.c4? Qxg5+ 19. Bg3 Rxd1 20. Rfxd1 Nd7 21. Rxd7 e5 22. Kf1 Bc5 23. b4 Rd8 24. Rxd8+ Qxd8 25. bxc5 Qd3+ 26. Kg2 Qe4+ -1.5 (attributed to Stockfish).

FM Kevin Bachler says that White wins easily with 18 Nxf7! If Black doesn't take the Queen, then 19 Bg3 and 20 Qe2 are likely with a big edge. If he takes the Queen, something like this: 18... Rxd1 19. Raxd1 Nd5 20. c4 e6 21. Bg3 Qg4 22. cxd5 Bc5 23. Rd3 Qa4 24. Nxh8 Qxa6 25.Rb3 e5 26. Bxe5 Bb6 27. dxc6 winning for White.

Apr-04-18  sudoplatov: Livingston presumed too much against Rossolimo.
Aug-08-19  sneaky pete: Instead of 14... O-O-O black can play 14... Nxd5

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