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Svetozar Gligoric vs Max Euwe
Zurich Candidates (1953), Zurich SUI, rd 22, Oct-10
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Huebner Variation (E41)  ·  1-0


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Apr-18-03  Rookpawn: Trifunovic suggested that Black play 38... h6 instead of the text, leading to an exchange of pawns and a very good chance of a draw.
Oct-09-04  The Analyst: In his games collection "I Play Against Pieces", Gligoric gives an interesting point about this game: " It was also possible to play 17...Rfd8."
(preventing the tactic on White's 21st move) The only drawback I can see with that is the weakening of the f7-square - which is highlighted after 18 Qd3 Bb6 19 Ng5 Qh6 20 Nxf7 Kxf7 21 Bxg4 Bxc5 22 bxc5, when White has the initiative and a pawn for the exchange. If White had tried this after 17...Rad8, then 18 Qd3 Bb6 19 Ng5 Qh6 20 Nxf7 Rxf7 21 Bxg4 Bxc5 22 bxc5 would not be as good, as Black's rooks are more active, and his king is a bit safer. Also, Gligoric says it was adjourned after the 40th move, while Bronstein in the tournament book says it was adjourned after the 44th. Does anyone know who was correct?
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  aw1988: An easy draw was Rg1+ (instead of h2??) Kxh3 Rh1+ Kg4 Rxh6 gxh6 f6 exf6 Kf7 Kf5 Kf8 Ke6 Ke8 and despite being two pawns down there is nothing white can do. I can't believe Euwe missed this.
Jul-25-08  4tmac: aw1988 it is 2008 and we have tablebases.

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The position at "despite being 2 pawns down ... is won for white! 1. f7+ K-f8 2. K-d6!! KxP 3. K-d7!! K-f8 (K-g6 4.K-e7 or K-f6 4.K-e8) 4. K-e6 K-e8 5. f5 K-f8 6. K-f6 K-g8 7. K-e7 and the pawn walks in & mates. If white is permitted to win the h pawn the win is easy.

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  whiteshark: <4tmac: <aw1988 it is 2008 and we have tablebases.>> ... it is 2010 and we have teh link:


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  jbennett: I'm doing a series of videos on the Zurich 1953 tournament. For round 22 I selected this game to cover:
May-22-16  finbarc: Black's move 37 is wrong - should be Rb7 rather than Rb2.
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  Omnipotent00001: 78. f6 works in 13
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