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Zilbermints vs Irina Krush

In our very first game, played before I invented my gambit (see below) Krush had me on the ropes but fell victim to a swindle and time trouble.

WHITE: Krush (1696)
BLACK: Zilbermints (1900)
Marshall Chess Club Game/45
November 1, 1992


1 d4 Nc6 2 c4 e5 3 d5 Nce7 4 Nc3 d6 5 e4 Ng6 6 Nf3 f5 7 ef5 Bxf5 8 Bd3 Bxd3 9 Qxd3 Be7 10 OO Nh4 11 Ne4 Nxf3+ 12 Qxf3 Bf6 13 Be3 b6 14 Qh5+ g6 15 Qf3 Qe7 16 b4 Qf7 17 a4 Be7 18 Qe2 Bf6 19 a5 b5 20 Rfd1 Ne7 21 Nxf6 Qxf6 22 cb5 OO 23 Rac1 Rfc8 24 Qd3 Nf5 25 Rc3 e4 26 Bd4 Qh4 27 Qc2 Rf8 28 Rxc7 Rab8 29 Bxa7 Rxb5? 30 Qc4 Rbb8 31 Bxb8 Nh6 32 Qd4 Nf5 33 Qb2 Rxb8 34 b5 e3 35 fe3 Qe4 36 Qd2 Re8 37 Qd3 Qg4 38 h3 Qg5 39 e4 Nh4 40 Qd2?? Nf3+!

The remaining moves were unrecorded as I too was by now in time trouble. We played on some more, but the outcome, now that her Queen was gone, was never in doubt. 0-1.

White: Irina Krush (1857)
Black: Lev D. Zilbermints (1950)
Marshall Chess Club U2200 Tournament
November 2, 1993


1 d4 e5! 2 d5?!
Earlier in the year I had invented the Zilbermints Gambit, 2 de5 Nc6 3 Nf3 Nge7! and wanted to try it out against Irina but she declined. That's fine by me.

Two moves into the game, and I already have space advantage.

3. e4 Qh4!
This move involves an interesting trap, for which many players, including Irina, have fallen.

4. Qe2 Nf6 5. Nc3?
The obvious move, it fails because of my next reply.

5... Bb4! 6 Bd2 Bxc3 7 Bc3 d6! =+
I win a pawn here, and the rest is just technique. The remaining moves were:

8 Nf3 Qxe4 9 Qxe4 Nxe4 10 Bb4 OO 11 Bd3 Nf6 12 Bc4 b5 13 Bxb5 Nxd5 14 Ba5 Bd7 15 Bc4 Nb6 16 Bb3 Nc6 17 Bd2 Ne7 18 000 Bc6 19 Ne1 Nf5 20 c3 Ba4 21 Bxa4 Nxa4 22 Nc2 Nc5 23 Be3 Ne4 24 f3 Nxe3 25 Nxe3 Nf2 0-1

Three weeks later, on November 27, we battled again. This time the result was even quicker:

White: Zilbermints
Black: Krush
Marshall Chess Club Holiday Grand Prix
Under 2000 Section
November 27, 1993

Euwe Defense (by transposition)

1 d4 Nf6 2 f3 d5 3 e4 de4 4 Nc3 ef3 5 Nxf3 b6
Actually this is the so-called Ritter Defense, but it soon transposes to the Euwe, 5...e6

6 Bc4 Bb7 7 OO e6
Now it's an Euwe Defense. This was good, because earlier in the year I had played a 43-game match against a friend of mine who espoused the Euwe Defense and beat him by an overwhelming score of 40-3!

8 Bg5 Be7 9 Qd2 OO 10 Qf4 Nbd7 11 Bd3 Nd5?
A classic mistake by many players who try to defend with the Euwe Defense. Now I announced mate in four.

12 Nxd5! Bxd5 13 Qh4! f6 14 Qxh7+ Kf7 15 Bg6 mate.

Two months later, we played some friendly blitz. Here is that game:

White: Zilbermints
Black: Irina Krush
Marshall Chess Club off-hand blitz, Game/5 minutes
January 30, 1994
Teichmann Defense

1 d4 Nf6 2 f3 d5 3 e4 de4 4 Nc3 ef3 5 Nxf3 Bg4 6 h3 Bh5 7 g4 Bg6 8 Ne5 e6 9 Qf3 Qxd4 10 Nxg6 hg6 11 Qxb7 Qe5+ 12 Be2 Qg3+ 13 Kd1 Qd6+ 14 Bd2 Qc6?? 15 Bb5! Black Resigns

We did not play for another two years. When we did battle again, Irina was already a National Master. Here is that game.

White: Zilbermints (2038)
Black: Irina Krush (2200)
Marshall Chess Club U2300 Tournament
September 29, 1996

Teichmann Defense

1 d4 d5 2 e4 de4 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 f3 exf3 5 Nxf3 Bg4
The Teichmann Defense. In our two previous encounters (Marshall Chess Club, 1993, 1994) Irina tried the Euwe Defense (5...e6) and the Gunderam Defense (5...Bf5). She got crushed in the Euwe in 15 moves, while the Gunderam took 51+ moves to wear down.

6 h3 Bh5
What I call the Teichmann Declined. The Accepted version goes 6...Bxf3 7 Qxf3 e6 and now White can try either 8 g4! or 8 Be3.

7 g4 Bg6 8 Ne5 e6 9 Qf3 c6
So far as in the famous correspondence match, Diemer-Gunderam-Stapelfeldt, Germany, 1972-1973.

10 g5 Bh5 11 Qf2 Nd5 12 Be2 Bg6 13 Bd3
Now the "natural" 12...Bh5 loses to 13. g6! After 13...Qf6 14 Nxf7 Qxf2+ 15 Kxf2 Rg8 16 gh! Bxf7 17 hg/Q Bxg8 Black is down an exchange.

13...Nbd7 14 Nxg6 hxg6 15 00 Qe7 16 Nxd5 cxd5 17 Kg2! Nb8 18 c4! Qd7 19 c5! Nc6 20 Be2 ...
Preventing 20...e5

20... OOO 21 Be3 f5 22 b4! (Diagram)
White is ahead in development, so what does another pawn mean here? Nothing!

22... Nxb4 23 Rab1 Nc6 24 Rb2 e5 25 Rfb1 Be7
Twenty-five moves into the game the Bishop comes out.

26 Rxb7! Qxb7 27 Rxb7 Kxb7 28 dxe5 d4?
A horrible blunder, one that cedes the critical a8/h1 diagonal. Once White gains control of this juncture, he does not let go.

29 Bf4 Bxc5 30 Bf3!
The beginning of the end.

30... Bb6 31 Qc2!
Piling up pressure

31...Rc8 32 Qc4! ...
Grabbing space and preparing for the final assault.

32... Rhd8 33 e6!
Opening the way for the Bf4.

33... d3 34 e7! Re8 35 Qe6!!
The final penetration. Loss of material is unavoidable.

A last-ditch effort to get the e7-pawn.

36 Bc6+! Rxc6 37 Qd7+, Black Resigns
Good attacking technique won the game for White.