Chigorin ... A classic game

Chigorin ... A classic game


1884: John D. Rockefeller is the richest man in the world; the Tsar still rules Russia; the chess genius Morphy died in July of that year. 1884: Steinitz has not yet become a world chess champion, he has to wait two years to officially win the title; Lask is a 15-year-old boy; Rubinstein has just turned 1 year old, just a baby. Capablanca and Alekhin have not yet come to life. However... the world of chess is full of hope. Various signs indicate that spring is coming, and a large number of talented chess players will spring up like mushrooms! 1884: There are more than hundreds of chess magazines published in various languages. Books on the opening of chess have existed for decades, and 95% of modern endgame theory has been demonstrated. The rapid development of chess, London in 1883 The International Tournament (London 1883 International Tournament) has ended. Closer to home, let us understand the development of Russian chess at that time through a game in 1884!

At the end of the 19th century, chess was very popular in Russia. "All Russian writers like to play chess." Tolstoy, Turgenev, Pushkin, Lermontov, Herzen, Dostoyev Siege, Chernyshevsky, and Belinsky are all chess fans. However, the two names that most represented the Russian chess level at that time were Petrov and Chigorin. The former is the founder of Petrov’s defense, the Russian defense, and the latter is familiar to many chess enthusiasts with the Chigorin variant of the Spanish opening and the Chigorin defensive with abandoning the back wing. This game is a game between Solovtsov and Chigorin. Solovtsov is also a very strong Russian chess player. He is the first Moscow chess champion in history, but that will be 5 years later, in 1889.

White is dominant, and winning is only a technical problem of the endgame.