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Ilya Shumov vs Carl Jaenisch
St Petersburg (1852), St. Petersburg, rd 2
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Greco Gambit (C53)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Honza Cervenka: Very entertaining game but far from flawless. After dubious 7.exf6?! White's opening play gave clear edge to black and 12.Qh5(?) could have lost the game quickly after 12...Bg4 13.Qh6 (13.Qh4 Bf3 14.Re1+ Kf8 ) 13...Be2 with too many threats including immediate Rxg2+ which does not allow white to play 14.Be3. Black missed that possibility and later started to play quite riskily on attack instead of keeping his material and positional advantage. This bold decision gave white some counter-play and the position became quickly very sharp, complex and foggy. In this situation both players mutually blundered in move 23 where they missed that black can give mate in 5 after pretty but not so difficult 23...Rxg3+! 24.fxg3 Rxg3+ 25.hxg3 Qh1+ 26.Kf2 Qf3+ 25.Kg1 Qg2#. But instead of 23.Qb4 (which was in all other respects very good move) White's objectively best defense 23.Bg5+! Kxg5! (23...Qxg5 24.Qb4 is good for white) 24.Re7! also doesn't look sufficient after very picturesque and quite forced long line 24...Kf6! (Here the King is very powerful piece and active participant in both attack and defense.) 25.Rxg7 Rxg7 26.Qb8 Rg8! 27.Qb4 Rxg3+! 28.fxg3 Qe2 29.Ne4+! Qxe4 30.Qc3+! (other checks of Queen lose quickly) 30...Kg6 31.Kf2 Qg2+ 32.Kf3 f4+! 33.Kd4! (33.gxf4 Qf3+ 34.Kd2 Qf2+ 35.Kd1 Bf3+ 36.Kc1 Qf1+ 37.Kc2 Be4+ 38.Kd2 Qxa1 ) 33...Qxh2 34.g4 Qf2+ 35.Ke5 Qc5 36.Re1 (36.Qa3 Qxa3 is not better) 35...Kg5! (diagram) with decisive advantage of black.

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After 23...Qh3?? white turned the table and had a clearly won game after failure of Black's desperate attack but in move 30 he blundered once again with 30.Qd2?? (Any reasonable move of Re1 on this file, for example 30.Re6, would have dealt with threatening mate and white should win easily) and let the Black to come back into the game. It ended quite soon after that by mutually forced perpetual and draw.

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