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Paul van der Sterren vs Vladimir Malaniuk
Tallinn (1987), Tallinn URS, rd 4, Apr-10
Dutch Defense: Leningrad Variation (A87)  ·  0-1



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Aug-17-07  MarkThornton: A convincing refutation of White's over-ambitious strategy.
Jul-03-17  cunctatorg: RIP GM Malaniuk...

At this very game a Dutch GM attempts the siege of the Leningrad Dutch, the favorite of the late GM who created an epic defense!!

Thus "... The Dutch Siege of the Leningrad Dutchman from Ukraine!" ... or "The Dutch Siege of the Leningrad" or so!...

Mar-22-18  brulla: Why not 22.Qg4+?
Mar-22-18  WorstPlayerEver: 22. Qg4+ Kf8 -+
Nov-10-20  geeker: "At first I thought 26...Bg1+ 27.Kxg1 Rxg3+"
Me too. :(
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  Phony Benoni: At first I thought 26...Bg1+ 27.Kxg1 Rxg3+, but on second though 27...Qe1+ is the correct follow-up, with 28.Kg2 Rxg3+ 29.Kh2 Qg1#, or 28.Kh2 Qxg3+ 29.Kh1 Qg2#. And everyone will yell at me if I don't point out 26. ...Bg1+ 27.Kh3 Qh1#
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  agb2002: Black is a knight ahead.

White threatens Qf7#.

Black can attack the white king with three pieces starting with 26... Bg1+ 27.Kxg1 (27.Kh3 Qh1#) 27... Qe1+ (27... Rxg3+ looks much slower):

A) 28.Kh2 Qxg3+ 29.Kh1 Qg1(2)#.

B) 28.Kg2 Rxg3+ 29.Kh2 Qg1#.

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  halito27: <brulla> After 22. Qg4+ Kf8, how does white proceed? Any check on f5 is met with Bf6 followed by Qg6 and the black king escapes via e8.

Remember, white has invested a bishop into this attack; once it's neutralized, black has the edge.

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  al wazir: 27...Rxg3+ also wins. It just takes a little longer.

White had black on the ropes, but then let the game slip away. 23. f5, opening the way for Bh6+, would have won. There are probably other ways.

Nov-10-20  Walter Glattke: Black is one knght ahead, and white threatens Qf7#, so 26.-Qc2+ or 26.-Bg1+ ( 27.Kh2? Qh1#) 27.Kxg1 Rxg3+ all perpetual check at least, they played 27.-Qe1+, so 28.Kg2 Rxg3+ 29.Kh2 Qg1# or 28.Kh2 Qxg3+ 29.Kh1 Qg2# 22.Qg4+ Kf8 23.Qf4+ Bf6 24.Rh7 Rg7 25.Rh8+ Rg8 26.Rxg8+ Kxg8 27.Be3 Qf8 28.Rh1 Qg7 black is still a knight ahead.
Nov-10-20  saturn2: The main line should be
26...Bg1+ 27. Kxg1 Qe1+ 28. Kh2 Qxg3+ 29. Kh1 Qg- 2 mate
27. Kh3 and 28 Kg2 dont help either
Nov-10-20  saturn2: 8.d5 and white's pawn center got demolished later. d5 should be supported by the pawns e4 and c4 like in the Petrosian system of the Kingsindian.
Nov-10-20  Brenin: <al wazir>: I think it was White who was on the ropes, after his optimistic sac 20 Bxh7 when his forces weren't well enough developed for attack. After that, Black always seemed to have defensive resources and good counterplay, e.g. 23 f5 Qc8, allowing the K to escape via e8, and threatening to neutralise White's attack with Qb7. Instead the more cautious 20 cxb5 and 21 Rxh5 would have given White a significant advantage.
Nov-10-20  malt: Black gets in first with 26...Bg1+ 27.K:g1

(27.Kh3 Qh1# )

28.Kg2 R:g3+ 29.Kh2 Qg1#
28.Kh2 Q:g3+ 28.Kh1 Qg2#

Nov-10-20  Brenin: The mating pattern after 27 ... Rxg3+ is surprisingly complicated, and with equal material and mate threatened on f7, Black cannot afford to get it wrong. Clearly 27 ... Qe1+, with a quick mate to follow, is much better.
Nov-10-20  zb2cr: All right, so 26. ... Bg1+ decoys the Whit King away from protecting the g3 White Pawn.

If 27. Kh3, Qh1#.

The main line is 27. Kxg1, Qe1+. Black has to keep checking, but fortunately has checks available whether White plays Kh2 or Kg2, viz.;

A. 28. Kh2, Qxg3+ with mate next move.

B. 28. Kg2, Rxg3+; 29. Kh2, Qg1#.

Nov-10-20  Walter Glattke: To Al Wazir, I say, I have tested 26.-Qc2+ 27.Kh3 Rxg3+ with perpetual, then 27.-Rxg3 28.Kf2 Rg2+29.Kf1 with perpetual, and 28.Kf2 Qg2+ 29.Ke1 with perpetual, I always found flight ways for the white king, so, 27-.Bxg1+ 28.Kxg1 (Kh3 Qh1#) Qe1+ get a forced mate.
Nov-10-20  Walter Glattke: ***then 26.-Bg1+ 27.Kxg1 27.-Rxg3+ ***
Nov-10-20  TheaN: Pretty straightforward decent Tuesday <26....Bg1+ 27.Kxg1 (Kh3 Qh1#) Qe1+> better and simpler than Rg3+ <28.Kg2 (Kh2 Qxg3+ 29.Kh1 Qg2#) Rxg3+ 29.Kh2 Qg1#>.

To get back to 27....Rxg3+: it's the intuitive move to play after luring the king away from g3. 27....Qe1+ just pushes him back. The difference is that two pieces aim at g3 rather than one, with mate to follow.

27....Rxg3+ is #8; the key is Black's control of d4 meaning that White can't escape on the queen side. It goes 28.Kf2 Qg2+ 29.Ke1 Qg1+ 30.Ke2 Rg2+ 31.Kf3 Rf2+ 32.Ke4 Qg2+ 33.Kd3 bxc4+ 34.Kxc4 Qe4+ 35.Kc3 Rc2#.

Nov-10-20  thegoodanarchist: This is not your father's back-rank weakness.
Nov-10-20  nevski: Good example of tactical counter attack !
Nov-10-20  landshark: If you see a good move, look for a better one - I saw 27...Rg3+ and worked out the win with that, completely missing the cleaner and quicker ...Qe1+
Nov-10-20  Granny O Doul: I like the ones where either side to move has a forced mate so that even if they mess up the header, you're good.
Nov-10-20  Nullifidian: Mate in 4:

26... ♗g1+ 27. ♔xg1 (♔h3 ♕h1#) ♕e1+ 28. ♔h2 (♔g2 ♖xg3+ 29. ♔h2 ♕g1#) ♕xg3+ 29. ♔h1 ♕g1#

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  eternaloptimist: Once I saw the deflection sac (26...♗g1+) the rest was easy

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