Peter Romanovsky’s Checkmates

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Checkmate Monday is here again and we start a brand new month with a look at some checkmates by Peter Romanovsky.

Romanovsky’s name may not be as familiar to readers as some of the people we have featured in our Checkmate Monday series but he was a very strong player, who won the Soviet Championship in both 1923 and 1927 (the latter title was shared with Fedir Bogatyrchuk).

Romanovsky’s chess hero was Mikhail Chigorin, who featured in our Checkmate Monday series last week.

Checkmating His Brother

The first two of today’s checkmates came in games against Romanovsky’s brother.

Black Attacking the White KingA. Romanovsky – Peter Romanovsky
Friendly Game, 1908
Black to play

Black pounced with:

28…Qxh2+!!

A queen sacrifice!

29.Kxh2 Rh8+

Peter Romanovsky Checkmating Attack

30.Kg3 Bh4+ and White resigned (0-1), due to the impending moves 31.Kh3 (or 31.Kh2) 31…Bf2 checkmate.

Peter Romanovsky CheckmatingWhite had a couple of different ways to play during the moves, but ‘all roads lead to checkmate,’ as our readers can no doubt prove for themselves.

Another Queen Sacrifice

Checkmating AttackPeter Romanovsky – A. Romanovsky
Friendly Game, 1908
White to play

Peter Romanovsky has just sacrificed his queen again, to open up the Black king’s position. Checkmate is on the way.

36.Nh6+ Kh8

37.Rg1 1-0.

Peter Romanovsky Attacking

Black can delay – but not prevent – Rg8+ Rxg8 and then Nxf7 checkmate.

Classic Pattern

White to Play and WinPeter Romanovsky – Yakov Rokhlin
Soviet Championship, 1927
White to play

This one follows a fairly simple pattern which is well worth knowing.

29.Qg6!

Threatening checkmate. Black resigned (1-0) because of 29…hxg5 (the only way to stop 30.Qh7 checkmate) 30.Qh5 checkmate.

Peter Romanovsky Checkmate Attack

Fabulous Finish

Black AttackingVladimir Nenarokov – Peter Romanovsky
Soviet Championship, 1927
Black to play

This is an unusual pattern with which to finish on.

Romanovsky played:

48…Rg1+!! and White resigned (0-1) because of the line 49.Kxg1 gxf2+ 50.Kf2 Qg2 checkmate.

Peter Romanovsky Checkmate

Wonderful checkmates by Peter Romanovsky!

Further Reading

To find out more about the life and games of Peter Romanovsky you are strongly advised to find Selected Games by Peter Romanovsky, with a very detailed biography by Sergei Tkachenko, recently published by Elk and Ruby.

Peter Romanovsky

We can still learn a great deal from the chess of a century or so ago.

Chessable Course

There are many more beautiful checkmating patterns in our course, The Checkmate Patterns Manual, by International Master John Bartholomew and CraftyRaf. This course won third place in our Chessable Awards for 2020.

The Checkmate Patterns Manual

There is a shortened, free version of the course here.

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