Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Ralf Lau vs Alexei Barsov
Ostend op (1993), rd 8
French Defense: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Variation (C11)  ·  1-0



explore this opening
find similar games 1,166 more games of Barsov
sac: 29.Nxe4 PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You can get computer analysis by clicking the "ENGINE" button below the game.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.


Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Oct-19-17  TrczkWszczinsk: The bishop offer is a brilliant clearance sacrifice: 35...dxe4 36. Rxh6+ Kg8 37. Rh8+ Kxh8 38. Qh2+ Kg8 39. Qh7#
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: That's a bit tricky for a Tuesday. After <37.Rxh6+ Kg8! 38.Rh8+ Kxh8> White's queen can't check on the h-file. So <37.Be4>, clearing a path to h2.
Jan-04-22  Brenin: White wants to play 35 Rxh6+ gxh6 36 Qxh6+ Kg8 37 Qh7 mate, but Black has the response 35 ... Kg8, with 36 ... Qb1 mate threatened. If his B were not on g2 White could play 36 Rh8+ Kxh8 37 Qh2+ with mate to follow, so let's start with the clearance 35 Be4: the Black Q has nothing better than 35 ... Qxe4, and then 36 Rxh6+ leads to mate as above
Jan-04-22  TheaN: Woah. Sophisticated Tuesday. Per post of <PB> and <Brenin> however, it follows a relatively logical deduction.

1) 35.Rxh6+?! Kg8! else mate, but now Qb1# (and possibly Qf1+) are an issue. 36.Nf6+ Kf8 37.Bxc5 ± is playable but not satisfying.

2) 36.Rh8+? Kxh8 fails, as we have no access to the h-file. Now 36.Be4?? is a move too late, 36....Qf1+ #2. So lets back up a move.

3) <35.Be4 +-> and Black is toast. Now he has no Qb1+ or Qf1+ because of the rook, and Rxh6+ is still a threat. <35....*xe4 36.Rxh6+ Kg8 (gxh6 37.Qxh6+ Kg8 38.Qh7#) 37.Rh8+! Kxh8 38.Qh2+ Qh* 39.QxQ+ Kg8 40.Qh7#>

Premium Chessgames Member
  Diademas: Over my pay grade.
I just smashed in with 35.Rxh6? gxh6?? 36.Qxh6+ Kg8 and 37.Qh8#. Declaring myself a genius.
Jan-04-22  mel gibson: I also went with 35.Rxh6
after only 5 seconds of looking.

Stockfish 14 agrees with the text and says:

35. Be4

(35. Be4 (♗g2-e4 ♕f5-f8 ♗d4xc5 ♖c6xc5 ♘d7xf8
♔h8-g8 ♘f8xe6 ♖c8-f8 ♘e6xg7 ♖c5-c7 ♕d2xh6 ♖f8-f1+ ♖h1xf1 ♖c7xg7 ♕h6-f4 ♖g7-f7 ♕f4xf7+ ♔g8-h8 ♕f7-f8+) +M10/74 176)

White wins - mate in 10.

35. Rxh6+ still wins:

(35. Rxh6+ Kg8 (♔h8-g8 ♘d7-f6+ ♔g8-f8 ♖h6-h1
♗c5xd4 ♕d2xd4 g7xf6 ♖h1-f1 ♕f5-g5 ♕d4-b4+ ♖c6-c5 ♕b4xb7 ♖c5-c7 ♕b7-b4+ ♖c7-c5 e5xf6 ♕g5xg6 ♕b4-f4 ♖c8-d8 ♕f4-d4 ♖c5-c7 ♗g2-h3 ♖d8-d6 ♕d4-b4 ♖c7-c6 f6-f7 ♖c6-b6 ♕b4-c5 ♖b6-c6 ♕c5-a7 ♖c6-c8 ♖f1-g1 ♕g6xg1+ ♕a7xg1 ♔f8xf7 ♕g1-d4 ♖c8-c4 ♕d4-e5 ♖d6-b6 ♗h3-f1 ♖c4-c8 b2-b4 ♖c8-c6 ♔a1xa2 ♔f7-e8 ♗f1-e2 ♔e8-d7 b4-b5 ♖c6-d6 ♔a2-b3 ♔d7-c8 ♗e2-f1 ♔c8-b7 ♔b3-b4 ♔b7-a7 ♗f1-e2 ♖d6-d7 ♔b4-a5 ♖d7-b7 ♕e5-e3 ♖b7-b8) -5.38/44 483)

score for Black -5.83 depth 44

so I still give myself 2nd prize.

Premium Chessgames Member
  takchess: ditto with Diademas.
Jan-04-22  Tiggler: Whoa! Thought I solved this but no: Be4 was much too good for me.
Jan-04-22  Dionysius1: I did see that 35.♖xh6+ ♔g8 36.♖h8+ wouldn't work without space for the ♕ on the h file, so 35.♗e4 figured.
Jan-04-22  Dionysius1: I like the notation #2 <TheaN>. I'll use that in future!
Jan-04-22  landshark: 35.Be4 is a pretty move. I settled on it via the exact logical sequence that <Brenin> (as usual) so clearly presented. I wouldn't call this an easy puzzle, nor would I call it terribly hard - it's a relatively simple sequence; what's not quite easy is the first move being hard to spot.
Jan-04-22  saturn2: I had the clearing idea but went one square further:

35.Bxd5 instead of 35. Be4

Jan-04-22  nalinw: I also did the hard work of finding

36. Nf6+ after

35. Rxh6+ Kg8

but clearly not the best way forward ....

Jan-04-22  murkia: ditto <takchess> and <Diademas>. However as a weak excuse, and it being Tuesday, I thought that the obvious line was the solution.
Premium Chessgames Member
  agb2002: White has a knight for a rook and a pawn.

Black threatens Bxd4 and Qxg6.

The knight controls f8. This suggests 35.Be4 to prepare Rxh6+ (35.Rxh6+ Kg8):

A) 35... Qxe4 36.Rxh6+ Kg8 (36... gxh6 37.Qxh6+ Kg8 38.Qh7#) 37.Rh8+ Kxh8 38.Qh2+ and mate in two.

B) 35... dxe4 36.Rxh6+ as in A.

C) 35... Qg4 36.Rxh6+ as in A.

D) 35... Kg8 36.Bxf5 wins decisive material.

Premium Chessgames Member
  scormus: 35 Be4! Wow, cool move.
I see I'm not the only one who thought they solved it with 35 Rxh6+?! (Kg8 36 Nc6+ Kf8 Ne7+ Ke7) It looks completely winning, but W will have to retreat Rh1 (confirmed by SF). It's not as crushing or as neat as 35 Be4!

A bit more to it than normal for a Tuesday, I think

Jan-04-22  awfulhangover: Took a looong time to realize that 35.Be4 solved the puzzle, since 35.Rxh6+? Kg8! didn´t work for white.
Jan-04-22  parch: Went with 35.R:h6+.
Jan-04-22  Lambda: I loved this puzzle, finding such a beautiful move is very satisfying. (Like most, I started with Rxh6+ and Nf6+, but that didn't seem to be going quite right.)
Premium Chessgames Member
  chrisowen: Ohm i auldy o vet Be4 ghoul arrive bob ohm i auld i vent akin jacks cog cren vet bent what quill ohm hummy v i puzzled its a kups avis lush jam groaned its cub part with z its flurry braille its ado evict vat deaths eg douche ivory bag cog cad did efface gang finish clod aim fang fag pips vet reg had da its sober aggregate ivory qijong knight addled its packed its pec etc ins skin aid vis hunch jedi t chumley ho x blusher cobs crossed its buff x cab leed x fa black card its ovid afford clifford fared it c u la dex c fee i bad baba v cor vilify lala u v fur ruffle gun no voila x flavour vis full ulf v lara big i ski dun roaming its hub v sams mit had bee i lax ivory soar v bro v on yellow lax bare it ovid v ai see its ph ins o vet rent loop rope boca back ooh worn brits v i nod rosa vibe its alex 53 saint rap on it Be4 ko;
Jan-04-22  Mick1204: @diademas
I didn�t offer my bishop, neither!
And it worked.
Jan-04-22  King.Arthur.Brazil: The great hid is that after 35.♗e4 Black ♕ cannot keep the 'f' column, and the lonely move 35...♕g4 fails due to combination 36. ♖xh6+ ♔g8 37. ♖h8+ ♔xh8 38. ♕h2+ and check mate next. I also failed to find this clever move. I went with 35.♖xh6+ where the ...♔g8 escapes, including 36.♘f6+ ♔f8..., since Black also threats ...♕b1#. That's why 35. ♗e4 is so good too!
Jan-04-22  Olsonist: A Tuesday making you think it's a Monday when it's actually a Tuesday.
Jan-04-22  jes47: Very elegant. But I'm with mel_gibson. 35 Rh6+ is very inviting, and if you work it through to the end of a forcing sequence, it wins. So why look for something else? Brilliancy prizes are nice, but you still get only one point for the win.
Premium Chessgames Member
  noads4me: Rxh6+ also.Second prize with Mel.
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.
  8. Do not degrade Chessgames or any of it's staff/volunteers.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Ralf Lau (1959-)
from PLayer of the day:notable game II by nikolaas
by zentovic
Trounce the French II
by schnarre
Stunning and Then Some
by akatombo
Steinitz. Boleslavsky Variation
from MKD's French Defense by MKD
35.? (January 4, 2022)
from Tuesday Puzzles, 2018-2022 by Phony Benoni
35.? (Tuesday, January 4)
from POTD French 3 by takchess
35.? (Tuesday, January 4)
from Puzzle of the Day 2022 by Phony Benoni
Felipe C00 - C40
by Sergio X Garcia
35.? (Tuesday, January 4)
from Puzzle of the Day 2022 by MissScarlett
0ZeR0's Favorite Games Volume 90
by 0ZeR0
Half Open X
by Sergio X Garcia

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2023, Chessgames Services LLC