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Jan Foltys vs Erich Eliskases
"Foltys Towers" (game of the day May-28-2013)
Podebrady (1936), Podebrady CZE, rd 13, Jul-20
Sicilian Defense: Dragon. Classical Variation (B72)  ·  1-0


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Kibitzer's Corner
May-28-13  detritus: Quite an impressive performance for Foltys to work over Eliskases like that. EE was no slouch.
May-28-13  Tim Delaney: If the database is complete, Foltys had EE's number.
May-28-13  paavoh: Saving the exchange at 22.-Rd8, and giving it at 27.-Rxe7?! Perhaps doing it right away was better? Still, quite impressive attacking game by White.
May-28-13  Dr. Funkenstein: Really interesting, I don't know the classical variation very well, what is black's counter to the early g4 move followed by g5 and Bd4 to exchange bishops then pushing through on the kingside like in the game?

In modern GM games I've seen in the line, it is usual to castle short before playing f4-f5, so there must be something suboptimal in the early g4 line....

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  Phony Benoni: The early history of this variation is interesting. Though there were a couple of earlier games, the story really begins with Botvinnik at the Moscow tournament in June, 1936:

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In round 14, Botvinnik played <10...Na5>, which seems to have been the usual move at the time. He won the game (Kan vs Botvinnik, 1936 ), but may not have been satisfied with the opening.

Four rounds later, in

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Botvinnik played <10...d5> instead. Though he only drew, he preferred the line because of the immediate central counter to White's flank attack. Two months later at Nottingham, he used in in a famous draw with Alekhine, probably the most famous game in this variation: Alekhine vs Botvinnik, 1936.

Now Podebrady was played in July, between Moscow and Nottingham, but it appears that Botvinnik's 10...d5 may not have reached the attention of Eliskases. Or maybe he just preferred 10...Na5, which has continued to be played over the years. Black gets better results theoretically with 10...d5, but the play is very sharp and may not be to everyone's taste.

Also, see Foltys vs Pelikan, 1936, played eight rounds earlier at Podebrady. Pelikan lost after 11...Nd7, so maybe Eliskases' 11...Ne8 was meant as an improvement.

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  kevin86: a quick mate to follow!
May-28-13  Abdel Irada: As so often in positions like this, I think Black's 19. ...e6 sealed his fate. Once let that defended pawn reach f6 and you can bid farewell to your king.

May-28-13  Rookiepawn: I cannot see the sense of 18... b6, wouldn't be better 18... h5? Then if 19. gxh6 Bxh6 would sting h6-c1 diagonal, and if 19. Bxg7 Kxg7 would partially freeze the pawns attack.

And why not 19... gxf5? Of course that would harm the black castle but also would give the light Black B some chances to participate.

Only some shallow thought of a rookiepawn, no powerful engine (or brain) here.

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  Phony Benoni: <Rookiepawn> On his 18th move:

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It's possible that Black played 18...b6 simply to save his a-pawn. He probably considered 18...h5, but decided there was no rush to play that move.

As for avoiding 19...gxf5 to produce this postion:

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White would respond 20.exf5, and Black can't play 20...Bxf5 due to 21.Qxf5 Qxf5 22.Nxe7+.

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