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Isaac Boleslavsky vs Salomon Flohr
Budapest Candidates (1950), Budapest HUN, rd 10, Apr-29
Spanish Game: Closed. Kholmov Variation (C92)  ·  1-0


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Nov-03-07  Jaburu: 19 ...Rc8 allows the beautiful "petite combinaison" to gain the black pawn a5 that begin with 20. Qd3!! The concept of "petite combinaison" is in the top of the elite practice as one of your more notables secrets.
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  Shams: <Jaburu> interesting. I see that the threat of Nxh7 wins the a-pawn, but what I don't get is why black couldn't play 19...Qf5, hitting the knight and grabbing a crucial diagonal.
May-31-13  zydeco: 19....Qf5 looks better than Rc8 and 21....Qa7 looks much better than Ne6 (maybe Flohr preferred to lose the a-pawn than deal with white's activity after 22.e6. It's interesting how averse strong players are to passive positions even when the passive position is probably their best option: Flohr gives away the farm with 22.....Ra8 rather than just try to hang on to the c6 pawn.
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  Gypsy: <zydeco: 19....Qf5 looks better than Rc8 and 21....Qa7 looks much better than Ne6 (maybe Flohr preferred to lose the a-pawn than deal with white's activity after 22.e6. ...>

I think you are overlooking <20.Qd3! f6 21.Qa3 Qa7? 22.Nxh7!...> where Black ends a pawn and exchange behind.

To really appreciate the subtle point behind Boleslavsky's <20.Qd3!...>, let's consider first the immediate <20.Qa3 h6!>. Black gets off the hook fairly easy on the account of <21.Nh7? Re8 ...>. And, of course, after <21.Nf3...> Black has the time to protect his hanging pawn at a6.

In contrast, let's consider this line <20.Qd3! f6 21.Qa3 h6? 22.Nh7!...>. Here, <22...Re8? 23.Nf6+...> is not playable at all as Black drops the whole exchange, for instance, to <22...Kxh7 23.Qxf8...>.

All in all, surrendering only his <a6> pawn is the least material concession available to Black.

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