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Richard Reti vs Carl Johan Margot Carls
Baden-Baden (1925), Baden-Baden GER, rd 17, May-08
English Opening: Symmetrical. Fianchetto Variation (A34)  ·  1-0


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Feb-08-09  SufferingBruin: FYI, this game is from Jeremy Silman's book "The Amateur's Mind" from the chapter having to do with the center, territory and space. He had one of his 1700 students play from move 27. The student played 27. h5 which Silman gave two question marks, writing, "I almost had a heart attack when he played this positional blunder!" (p. 95).
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  Naniwazu: The game is also included in Alexander Kotov's book "Play Like a Grandmaster" (1978) p. 47 to illustrate how one plays when the centre is closed.
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  plang: The idea of the immediate 6 Bd2 and 7 Qc1 seems a bit dogmatic - I doubt a GM would play this way today. 15..Qd7 creates some problems on f6; perhaps 15..Bxg2 at once. After 22..g5? 23 g4 the break on the h-file is always going to be in White's favor; the Tournament book recommends 22..Kh8 followed by ..Qg7 and..Ne7. 32 Rxh6 at once also would have been sufficient: ie. 32..Rxg4+ 33 Kf2..Rxh6 34 Rxh6..Qg8 35 Rxf6+..Ke8 36 Re6+!..Ke8 37 Re8+.
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  perfidious: <plang> After 6.Nf3 and 7.0-0, 8.Bd2 and 9.Qc1 is a more common try, but I don't believe it offers White much.
Nov-10-15  rasmus1610: can anyone explain me the purpose of the moves 31. ..Kf7 32. Kf2 ? wouldn't it be a better plan to get the king of the 2nd rank for white to be able to triple up? whites Q can control h6 over the diagonal but if the trades happen on a nother h square whites queen can't be involved
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  TheFocus: <rasmus1610> The purpose is to get the Kings off the g-file, in case they open up.
Jan-02-17  shunyo: The real purpose of 32. Kf2 is to avoid, after to take the pawn h6, the ckeck with ...Rxg4.
Jan-02-17  parisattack: Suttles used the Bd2/Qc1 setup quite often. Several examples in his Chess on the Edge trilogy.

Suttles vs Benko, 1974

This game is also annotated in Golombek's Reti's Best Games of Chess. Always fun and enlightening to compare different annotations of a game (Amateur's Mind, Play Like a Grandmaster).

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  TheFocus: <parisattack> I have played this opening in the <Suttles - Benko> a few times. I know it as the Sortov Attack. I played it from seeing Suttles' games.

I used it a couple of weeks ago in my current match. I got a draw.

Jan-02-17  parisattack: Here's Nakamura playing the Sortov Attack:

Nakamura vs Harikrishna, 2008

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