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Alexander Kotov vs Laszlo Szabo
Zurich Candidates (1953), Zurich SUI, rd 15, Sep-26
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch. Closed Variation (E87)  ·  1-0


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Mar-30-03  Rookpawn: If 39... Qxe2, then 40. Rb8+ Nxb8 41. Qe8+ and Black cannot stop mate.
Mar-22-06  Ulhumbrus: 39 Ne2 is a preparation for the sacrifice 40 Rb8+ followed by 41 Qe8+. Its purpose is to draw the Black queen off the g file so that on 39 Ne2 Qxe2 40 Rb8+! Nxb8 41 Qe8+ Kh7 42 Qf7+ Black's queen lacks the resource of ...Qg7 and the Black king has to move therefore to either h8 or to h6 whereupon White's Queen moves to the g file and mates either at once, or merely almost at once, depending upon whether the Black King goes to h8 or to h6.On 42...Kh8 43 Qg7 is mate and on 42...Kh6 43 Qg7+ Kh5 44 Qg5 is mate.
Oct-04-09  ozmikey: 36. a3! is a very clever move, providing the king with some luft for the final combination. There's a nice logic to this game, especially the 19. Bxc5! and 20. Ba4 plan to simplify the position in White's favour. A real classic.
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  plang: 11..f4 seems illogical reducing Blacks chances for active counterplay. The move has not been repeated; 11..a5 and 11..a6 are usually played. In playing 12..a6? Szabo probably intended 13..b5 but then realized that White could respond 14 b4 and 15 c5. 18..Bh4? was a positional error allowing 19 Bxc5..bxc where the open knight file did not prove useful for Black and the a-pawn was very weak; Bronstein recommended instead 18..a4 preventing the exchange of light-squared bishops. Szabo had no choice but to play sharply with 30..Qh1 as positionally he was busted. Kotov's finish starting with the clever 35 Rd3 was quite impressive.
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