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Victor Andreevich Vasiliev vs Alexander Tolush
"Snatching Victor from the Jaws of Defeat" (game of the day Jun-22-2008)
USSR Ch semi-final (1945), ?, rd 9
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Mackenzie Variation (C77)  ·  0-1



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Typical Tolush madness, coming from one of the more colorful players of the last century, and Black's 22nd is one of the more astonishing defensive resources I've ever seen. Tolush had to see his 24th move (threatening ...Rg1+!) before playing his 20th.
Jun-22-08  NewLine: I guess 22...Rxh2+ 23.Kxh2 Ng4+ 24.Kg1 Nxh6 was sufficient for a win. But Tolush was looking for some fun...
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <NewLine>, doesn't 25.Bxd5+ give White a reason to fight on? A Rook and pawn for 2 pieces doesn't seem so bad, unless I'm miscounting material again.
Jun-22-08  wouldpusher: Much stronger after 22...♖xh2+ 23. ♔xh2 would be 23. ... ♕xb3! 24. ♕xf6+ ♔xf6 25. axb3 ♗f5
Jun-22-08  Trigonometrist: For the past few days,the puns have started to become longer..
Jun-22-08  lentil: 22...Rxh2+ 23 Kg1!
Jun-22-08  matingthreat: <Trigonometrist> and worse.
Jun-22-08  Extremophile: crazy game...
Jun-22-08  Trigonometrist: <matingthreat>

And ,yeah very obvious and boring..

Jun-22-08  Manic: <lentil> 22...Rxh2+ 23.Kg1 Rxh6 24.Bxd5+ Nxd5

I'm not really convinced that 22...Rxh2 was better, though it is probably winning as <wouldpusher> notes. I think Tolush's continuation was more correct.

Jun-22-08  wanabe2000: I'm amazed that this game hasn't been noticed by the "community" before today. What a way to start my day! Just ignore the pun and play.
Jun-22-08  dylam: how about: 23. Rxe6!?
23... Qxe6 24. Bxe6+ Kxe6 25. Qh3+ Rg4 26. f3 .
23... Rg6+ 24. Bxd5 Rh6 25. Rxa6+ Nxd5 26. Rxh6 with an unclear position (ofcourse 26... Rxa2?? is not good because of 27. Rh5 Ke6 28. Re1+ Kd6 29. Rd1 c6 30. c4 ).
Jun-22-08  MarkThornton: <dylam: how about: 23. Rxe6!? >

I think play then goes. 23...Rxf2+ 24. Bxd5 Rxf1+ 25. Kg2 Rg1+ 26. Kf3(or Kh3) Nxd5.

Jun-22-08  dylam: <MarkThornton: <dylam: how about: 23. Rxe6!? > I think play then goes. 23...Rxf2+ 24. Bxd5 Rxf1+ 25. Kg2 Rg1+ 26. Kf3(or Kh3) Nxd5.>

I dont know...
in your line, after 25... Rg1+ it goes like that:
26. Kf3 Nxd5 27. Re5 and now:
a) 27... Rf1+ 28. Ke2 Rf2+ 29. Ke1 Rd8 30. Qe6+ .
b) 27... Rd8 28. Qe6+ .
c) 27... c6 28. Qe6+ Kg7 29. Qd7+ Kg6 30. Re6+ Nf6 31. Qd3+ Kf7 32. Rxf6+ Kxf6 33. Qc3+ with an unclear position.

Jun-22-08  NewLine: <dylam>, I afraid I have some bad news. I couldn't find anything wrong with your line, so I fed it into my silicon and ... bang! It shoot me dead with this line:

<23.Rxe6?? Rg1+! 24.Kxg1 Rg8+>

Embarassing, Isn't it?
OK, it looks like everybody here are sleepy today, so I'll just keep it quiet...

Jun-22-08  whiteshark: <22...Rxh2+> would have been a great finalization.
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  kevin86: Black looked dead;the queen was pinned and white was on the prowl. It took a wicked crossfire attack to seize the day.
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  patzer2: Tolush's Queen pseudo sacrifice with 20. Qxd4!! is a brilliant winning stroke, which I believe he visualized one if not several moves earlier. He had to see that his Queen would be pinned and "lost" after 21. Bb3. However, he looked deeper to see that he would get three pieces and a pawn and a decisive attack for the "Queen sacrifice."

P.S. Tolush was Boris Spassky's tutor and a player who often preferred tactical solutions to positional play, so I can see where Spassky got some of his tactical brilliance.

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  Predrag3141: I'd love to see the whole game. Right now it ends on move 12 after 11 … Nf6, White resigns. Must be some kind of bug in the website that truncates the game.
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  Annie K.: Fixed! :)

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