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Vassaguron vs Paul Keres
Mexico City (1972), rd 3, Dec-20
Latvian Gambit: Mason Countergambit (C40)  ·  0-1


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  beenthere240: From the guy who "refuted" the latvian with an exhaustive analysis of 1.e4 e5. 2Nf3 f5. 3. Bc4.
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  fredthebear: White sacrifices both knights in this game for some activity, but it doesn't work out well.

Instead of 24.BxNc6, how about setting an absolute pin queen to king with 24.Rg5 instead? In the game, White ends up down the exchange.

White gets passive in the late middle game and loses to a Bishop pin at the end. 47...Rb2! is a good move. If the Bishop remains put, the sacrifice offer 48...RxBb3 creates a passer on the a-file after White's pawn recaptures. If the Bishop retreats to d1, the White a-pawn is lost, still creating a passer on the a-file.

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