Monday, 3 March 2008

Correspondence King Hunt

A small Monday night analysis group has started up in Canberra, in the charming reading room located at the back of King O'Malley's pub. One of the positions we looked at came from a recent edition of Chess Today, and involved mating the Black King which stood on b2! Someone asked how the King managed to end up there and I said I'd try and find the game. Half remembering it as a correspondence game included in "The Worlds Greatest Chess Games" by Burgess, Nunn and Emms, I did some searching and found the following in my database. The notes for this game are not by me, but from the sources listed in the game header.

Kopylov,I - Korolev,S [B29]
Dobrovolsky Memorial 81-83 corr, 1981
[INF 36/205, Kopylov, etc.]

This is one of three CC games in the Mammoth book of 100 Greatest Games edited by Nunn/Burgess/Emms but they have event details wrong. The event it was played in was not a USSR Championship but the Dobrovolsky Memorial, 1981-83. According to Sergey Grodzensky, Dobrovolsky (1928-1971) was a Soviet cosmonaut-pilot. He perished in 1971 (space flight - Volkov, Dobrovolsky, Patsaev...). This was the decisive game in the tournament. Additional notes are in Nunn's edition of the Cozens book "The King Hunt" and in M. Arkhangelsky's CC booklet. 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.Nc3 e6 5.Ne4 Nc6 6.c4 Ndb4 ?! M.A. 7.a3 Qa5 8.Qb3 [ 8.Rb1 Na2!;
8.Nc3 d5 9.exd6 Bxd6 10.Nb5 ( 10.d3 Ne5 11.Ng5! Be7 12.f4! Nec6 13.Be3 Nd4! 14.Bxd4 cxd4 15.axb4 Qxb4 16.Ra4 Qxb2 17.Ne2 Bd7÷ Barash-Korolev SU 1986) 10...Bb8 11.b3 Nd4 12.Nbxd4 cxd4 13.Bb2 Nc6 14.b4 Qf5 15.b5 Ne5 16.Bxd4 0-0 17.Bxe5 Bxe5 18.d4± Kopylov-Korolev, 1982 (untraced. Game or analysis?)] 8...d5 9.exd6 e5 [ Black should play 9...f5 10.Nxc5 Qxc5 11.axb4 Qxb4 with at best a slight advantage to White said Kopylov. Amazing complications now follow as both players soon forsake the right to castle:] 10.Rb1 Na6 11.g4?! Says Kopylov; !? M.A. White's idea is to maintain the d6 pawn by preventing the move ...f5. If 11...Bxg4 then 12 Qxb7. 11...Qd8 12.d4!? ! M.A. 12...exd4?! [ 12...cxd4? 13.c5;
12...Bxd6 13.d5 Nd4 14.Nxd4 exd4 15.Qb5+ Kf8 16.h3 Qe7 17.Bg2 f5 18.Bg5!] 13.Bf4 Qd7 14.Bg3 h5! [ 14...Qxg4 15.Nfg5] 15.Kd2! [ 15.g5? h4! 16.Bxh4 Rxh4 17.Nxh4 Qg4!;
15.gxh5 f5] 15...hxg4 16.Re1 Kd8 17.Ne5 Nxe5 18.Bxe5 Qc6(D)
19.Ng5! Rh5! Ingenious counterplay. Not [ 19...Qxh1 20.Nxf7+ Kd7 21.Nxh8 ( 21.Qb5+ Qc6 22.Nxh8± Fernschach) 21...Bxd6 22.Bxd6 Kxd6 23.Qg3+ followed by Bg2+-] 20.Bxg7! [ The N would be trapped after 20.Nxf7+? Ke8!] 20...Bxd6 [ 20...Bxg7 21.Nxf7+ Kd7 22.Re7#;
If 20...Qxh1 21.Nxf7+ Kd7 then 22.Bxf8 say Kopylov and Arkhangelsky( 22.Qb5+ Qc6 23.Bxf8 which source?) ;
20...Rxg5 21.Bxf8 Qxh1 22.Be7+ Kd7 23.Bxg5 Kxd6 24.Qg3+±] 21.Nxf7+ Kc7?! [ 21...Kd7!] 22.Nxd6 Qxd6 23.Bg2 Rg5 24.Bh8 Qh6 25.Qg3+ Kb6 [ 25...Kd8 26.Kd1 Qxh8 27.Qd6+ Bd7 28.Qe7+;
25...Kd7 26.Qf4 Rg6 27.Qxh6 Rxh6 28.Be5 Kopylov] 26.Kd1 Qxh8 27.Qd6+ Ka5 28.Kd2! Threatening 29 b4+ Ka4 30 Bc6+! bxc6 31 Qxc6+ Kb3 32 Qb5 28...Bf5 29.Bxb7 Rg6 30.b4+ Ka4 31.Bc6+ Kb3 32.Qg3+ Kb2 # White now executes a problem-like finish: [ 32...d3 33.Rb1+ Ka2 34.Ra1+ Kb3 35.Rhb1+ Kxc4 36.Qf4+ Qd4 37.Rc1+ Kb3 38.Qxd4 cxd4 39.Bb5 with unavoidable mate: Kopylov] 33.Rb1+!! Bxb1 34.Rxb1+ Kxb1 35.Qb3+ Ka1 36.Kc1! [ Not 36.Kc2?? d3+ and the black Q defends.;
After 36.Kc1! if 36...Qh6+ 37.Kc2 d3+ 38.Qxd3+-] 1-0

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