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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Panov - Yudovich, Moscow, 1936

       I was thumbing through an old book by Irving Chernev the other day titled The Russians Play Chess.  The book, originally published in 1947, had 6 games added when it was republished in 1963 making the total games 56.  According to Chernev the criteria for the games were that they had to be reasonably short (averaging only 30 moves per game) and enjoyable with the accent on brilliancy. One of the games I chose to look at with an engine was Panov – Yudovich from Moscow, 1936.  It turned out the game was brilliant only based on Chernev’s notes which left a lot to be desired.  Many of his notes were so inaccurate as to be meaningless. 
       That’s not to say the game wasn’t interesting and it’s a good example of what you would see in a typical game played between journeyman masters.  The fact is most games you see in print aren’t typical and only appear in print because they have something special to offer.

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