Uruguayan Immortal

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The Uruguayan Immortal is a game of chess played in the 1943 Uruguayan Chess Championship between B. Molinari and Luis Roux Cabral. The game is famous for the brilliant combination play of Cabral, who would become a two-time Uruguayan champion (1948 and 1970).


The game[edit]

White: Molinari   Black: Cabral   Opening: Semi-Slav Defense, Meran Variation (ECO D48)

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8
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g8 black king
f7 black pawn
g7 black pawn
h7 black pawn
e6 black pawn
a5 black pawn
c5 black bishop
e5 black knight
h5 black queen
a4 white pawn
b4 black pawn
c4 white pawn
e4 white pawn
f3 black bishop
h3 white pawn
e2 white bishop
f2 white bishop
a1 white rook
e1 white rook
f1 white queen
g1 white king
8
77
66
55
44
33
22
11
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After 30.Bxf2. Black mates in six.

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. c4 c6 4. Nc3 Nbd7 5. e3 e6 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 8. Bd3 a6 9. 0-0 c5 10. b3 Bb7 11. Qe2 Qb6 12. Rd1 Be7 13. a4 b4 14. Nb1 Rc8 15. Nbd2 cxd4 16. Nc4 Qa7 17. Nxd4 0-0 18. Bd2 a5 19. Nb5 Qa8 20. Nbd6 Bxg2 21. Nxc8 Rxc8 22. Re1 Bf3 23. Qf1 Qd5 24. e4 Rxc4 25. bxc4 Qh5 26. Bf4 Ng4 27. Be2 Nde5 28. h3 Bc5 29. Bg3 Nxf2 30. Bxf2 (see diagram) Qg5+ 31. Kh2 Qf4+ 32. Bg3 Bg1+ 33. Qxg1 Ng4+

Cabral is two rooks down and his queen and knight are en prise, yet Molinari is helpless to stop checkmate.

0–1 White resigns.[1]

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8
Chessboard480.svg
g8 black king
f7 black pawn
g7 black pawn
h7 black pawn
e6 black pawn
a5 black pawn
a4 white pawn
b4 black pawn
c4 white pawn
e4 white pawn
f4 black queen
g4 black knight
f3 black bishop
g3 white bishop
h3 white pawn
e2 white bishop
h2 white king
a1 white rook
e1 white rook
g1 white queen
8
77
66
55
44
33
22
11
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Final position after 33...Ng4+

Fred Reinfeld annotated the game in the Chess Correspondent, May–June 1944, pages 11–12. His final remark was: "A game destined for immortality."[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "B Molinari vs. Luis Roux Cabral, Uruguay (1943)". Chessgames.com.
  2. ^ Winter, Edward. "Chess Notes by Edward Winter: 5529. Uruguayan brilliancy". ChessHistory.com. Retrieved 28 August 2011.