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Benjamin Markovich Blumenfeld vs Abram Rabinovich
"Sonic Blume" (game of the day Aug-04-2013)
Moscow-ch (1924), Moscow URS
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran. Rabinovich Variation (D49)  ·  1-0



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  offramp: White's bishops are bonkbusters.
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  Phony Benoni: I suppose that <31...Qd6> will be a Question Mark Magnet:

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But what else is Black supposed to do in this position? White has 32.Qd7# coming up. It's mate in one after 31...Qe6, 31...Qe7 or 31...Qe8. Other protective moves by the queen just hang her anyway. And 31...Kc8 is a nice mate in two: 32.Qa8+ Bb8 33.Qa6#.

So that leaves two choices: abandoning the bishop and suffering for a while with 31...Ke7 32.Bxc7 Qe6, or giving everyone a good laugh. And it's the Soviet Union in the 1920s, when there was plenty of suffering for everyone and not enough laughs to go around. It was a patriotic decision.

Aug-04-13  moi: Nice pun, beautifull game. :-)
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  Mrcomputer55: Mate in two after Qe8!
Beautiful endgame after move 24!
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  FSR: Heh. 3...c5 4.d5 b5 would have been a Blumenfeld Counter-Gambit.
Aug-04-13  Dr. J: Why not 30...Ke7?
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  Honza Cervenka: <Dr. J: Why not 30...Ke7?> It is a good question but it was hopeless for black anyway after 31.Qb7+ Kf6 32.Bc4 Rf8 33.Bd8+!! Rxf8 (or 33...Kg6 34.Be7 Re8 35.Bd3+ etc.) 34.Qxf7+ Kg5 35.g3!! and black has no satisfactory defence, for example 35...Qe4 36.Qxg7+ Qg6 37.Qe7+ Qf6 38.f4+ Kg6 39.Bd3+ or 35....Kxg4 35.Be6+ etc. White Bishop pair is a monster here.
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  kevin86: The last minute blunder sealed black's fate,which was hopeless,anyway.
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  Benzol: In the book of the Baden Baden 1925 tournament there is an article by Alyekhin on the Meran Defence. This game is cited and it says that Black resigned after 31.Qc6. It also notes that the game was played at the Moscow Championship in January 1925. Anyone know if this is so?

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