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Alexander Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs Peter Romanovsky
Leningrad (1929)
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov Variation (B17)  ·  1-0



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  chancho: Bold and sharp play by Alexander Ilyin-Zhenevsky
Feb-14-07  Timothy Glenn Forney: Here is some analysis of this brilliant game.

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Nf3 Ngf6 6. Nxf6+ Nxf6 7. Bc4 g6 8. Ng5 Nd5 9. Qf3 f6 10. Ne4 Nb6 11. Bb3 Qxd4 12. Be3 Qe5 13. O-O-O Nd5 14. Bxd5 cxd5 15. Rxd5 Bg4 (15... Qc7 16. Rc5 Qd7 17. Nxf6+ exf6 18. Qxf6 Bxc5 19. Bxc5 Qe6 20. Qxh8+ Kd7 21. Rd1+ Kc6 22. Qc3 b6 23. Rd6+ Qxd6 24. Bxd6+ Kxd6 25. Qf3 Bb7 26. Qxb7 Re8 27. Qxa7 Kc6 28. Qa4+ b5 29. Qa6+ Kc7 30. Qxb5 Re1+ 31. Kd2 Ra1 32. Qe5+ Kd7 33. a4 Rb1 34. a5 Ra1 35. b4 Rb1 36. a6 Rxb4 37. a7 Ra4 38. Qb5+ Ke6 39. Qxa4 h5 40. a8=Q Kf7 41. Qf4+ Kg7 42. Qaf8+ Kh7 43. Q4h6#) 16. Nxf6+ Qxf6 17. Qxg4 Qc6 18. Rhd1 Bg7 19. Rc5 Qa6 20. Qd7+ Kf7 21. Qd5+ Qe6 22. Rc7 Be5 (22... Qxd5 23. Rxd5 b6 24. Rdd7 Bf6 25. Rxa7 b5 26. Rdb7 Rhb8 27. a3 h5 28. h3 h4 29. g4 hxg3 30. fxg3 Rxb7 31. Rxa8 e5 32. Ra7 Rxa7 33. Bxa7 Bg5+ 34. Kd1 Ke6 35. h4 Bh6 36. g4 Bf4 37. Bf2 Kd5 38. Be1 e4 39. Ke2 e3 40. Kf3 Bh6 41. g5 Bg7 42. Bc3 Bf8 43. Kxe3 Bc5+ 44. Kf4 Bf8 45. Kg4 Ke4 46. h5 gxh5+ 47. Kxh5 Kf5 48. g6 Ke6 49. g7 Bxg7 50. Bxg7 Kd5 51. b3 Kc5 52. Bf8+ Kb6 53. c4 Kc6 54. a4 Kb7 55. c5 Ka6 56. Bd6 bxa4 57. bxa4 Ka5 58. c6 Kb6 59. c7 Kb7 60. a5 Ka7 61. Bc5+ Kb7 62. Bb6 Kc8 63. a6 Kd7 64. a7 Kd6 65. c8=Q Ke5 66. Kg5 Kd5 67. Kf6 Ke4 68. Qf5#) 23. Rxe7+ Kxe7 24. Bg5+ Kf7 25. Qxb7+ Bc7 26. Qxc7+ 1-0

Aug-04-10  sevenseaman: A brilliant, fast moving game by Zhenevsky, a strategist.
Mar-11-12  backrank: In 'The Russians Play Chess', Chernev describes this game as follows:

'After the first seven moves, Black's game seems normally developed and free of any visible weaknesses. But then with amazing alertness Ilyin-Genevsky sees a glimmer of opportunity; soon his opponent is on the ropes, fighting for his life.'

Typical for Chernev's pictorial, romantic, enthusiastic writing style!

In playing 15. Rxd5!, White must have foreseen the intelligent reply Bg4, and that it could be met by 16. Nxf6+! (after exf6, White can take the black queen with check!). After Qxf6 17. Qxg4, Black finds himself in a lost position. However, the game remains interesting until the last move, mainly because Black isn't willing to accept a bad endgame after 22. ... Qxd5. His reply 22. ... Be5 leads to more fireworks! 23. Rxe7+!! ist stunning, based on the fact that after Kxe7 24. Bg5+ Bf6 25. Qxb7+ the black king would have to interrupt the connection of the rooks, allowing for the desastrous 25. Qxa8+. This is why Black actually played 23. ... Kf7 24. Qxb7+ Bc7, which only helps for the moment, however. White has already 3 pawns for the exchange and a sustained attack. A plausible continuation (after 26. Qxc7+) would be: Ke8 (Kg8 loses immediately after 27. Bh6 Qf6 28. Rd7) 27. Qc3 (threatening Qxh8+ and Re1) Kf7 28. Re1 Qd6 29. Qf3+ Kg7 30. Qb7+, and again the Black king has to interrupt the connection of his rooks, and White has achieved his goal.

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  Fusilli: <backrank> Love Chernev's prose... very Russian, I would say.

7...g6 reveals itself as a pretty risky move. White quickly got an enormous development advantage. In the other game in this database with that move (E Jimenez-Zerquera vs J H Donner, 1964) White also won, although not as forcefully as here.

Mar-11-12  Jim Bartle: As Fusilli suggests, at a glance black's position looks terrible after move 14. The only piece he's developed is the queen, which is more a target than anything else. His king is still in the center, and he's played f6 and g6 which (to me) appear to weaken his position rather than strengthen it.

Meanwhile white has castled, his rooks are connected and one controls the d-file, and he has two minors in the middle of the board.

Mar-11-12  backrank: <Fusilli> Yes, I love Chernev's prose, too! That's what makes his books so enjoyable (aside from his patzer-friendly annotation, of course).

Thank you for pointing out the other game in this line. It appears that 8. Ng5 is stronger (or at least sharper) than Ne5.

Nd5 seems to be the losing move. Bf5 looks more plausible, although White has a tremendous lead in development (for the pawn). Maybe Black could have taken the 2nd pawn by 12. ... Qxb2, but who will take such risks in actual OTB-play?

Mar-11-12  backrank: <Jim Bartle> We must have written our comments at quite the same time, since yours hadn't been there when I was answering to Fusilli.

I think you're describing the situation quite precisely, but remember that Black didn't play f6 voluntarily; there is no reasonable other defence after 9. Qf3. (Be6 looks just terrible, and so does f5).

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