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Vitaly Tseshkovsky vs Viktor Kupreichik
47th USSR Championship (1979), Minsk BLR, rd 3, Dec-??
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Classical Variation (B64)  ·  0-1
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Jul-22-05
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  Honza Cervenka: Exciting game!
Jul-22-05  farrooj: Yes, I agree! I love these double-edged sicilians. I really liked the sacrifice beginning with b5!
Jul-22-05
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  Honza Cervenka: Better seems to be 13.Nxb5 Qa4 14.Bxf6 Bxf6 15.Nxd6 Na5 16.Qd3 Rfc8 17.Bb3 Nxb3+ 18.axb3 Qa1+ 19.Kd2 Qxb2 20.e5 with advantage of white, which played Rowley against Dmitry Gurevich at Philadelphia in 1992.
Jul-22-05
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  Honza Cervenka: If white tries 14.e5, then black can play also 14...Nb4! with deadly attack. For evample 15.exf6 Bxb5 16.fxe7 Rxc3! 17.Nd4 <(17.bxc3?? Qa3+ 18.Kb1 Qxa2+ 19.Kc1 Qa1#; 17.Be1 Rac8 18.Nd4 Qa4 is only a small transposition.)> 17...Rac8 <(also 17...Ra3 18.b3 Rxa2 19.Nxb5 Rc8! looks quite convincing.)> 18.Be1 Qa4 19.Qxc3 Nxa2+ 20.Kb1 Nxc3+ 21.Bxc3 Be8 and black has a decisive advantage.
Jul-22-05
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  Honza Cervenka: Also 14.Bxf6 Bxf6 15.e5 is not an improvement. After 15...Nb4! white is still in great troubles: 16.Qxd6 <(The Queen leaves d2 for the King; 16.Bxd7 Rxc3! is evidently good for black.)> 16...Bxb5 17.exf6 Nxa2+ 18.Nxa2 Qxa2 19.Qa3 Rxc2+!! <(Another pretty blow.)> 20.Kxc2 Rc8+ 21.Kd2 Qc4! 22.Rde1 <(22.Rhe1 is not better: 22...Rd8+ 23.Ke3 Rxd1 24.Rxd1 Qe2+ 25.Kd4 Qxd1+ 26.Kc5 Qd5+ 27.Kb4 Qc4+ 28.Ka5 Bc6 29.Qb4 Qa2+ 30.Qa3 Qd5+ 31.Kb4 Qd6+ 32.Kb3 Bd5+ 33.Kc2 Be4+ 34.Kb3 Qxf4 etc.)> 22...Rd8+ 23.Ke3 Rd3+ winning the Queen.
Jul-22-05
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  Honza Cervenka: Kupreichik's 15...Rxc4!, 17...Nxe4! and 18...Nxc2! is very powerfull sequence. After 17...Nxe4 there are two black pieces en prise, but to take them is not advisable. 18.Nxe4 is evidently bad for simple 18...Ba4 19.Qa3 Nxc2 and white has anything better than 20.Qc3 Rxc3 21.Nxc3, which is absolutely hopeless, for example 21...g5 22.Bf2 gxf4 23.Rd2 Ne3 etc. After 18.Bxe7 Nxc3 19.bxc3 black would have played 19...Rxc3! winning the Queen (20.Qxc3 Nxa2+; 20.Qb2 Rxc2+).

After 19.Bxe7 (Instead of Tseshkovsky's 19.Qxc2) the game could have continued 19...Nxc3 20.bxc3 <(20.Rxd6 Ne4 21.Kb1 Nxd6 22.Bxd6 Qa6 23.Rd1 Ba4 )> 20...Rxc3 21.Qb8+ Kh7 22.Rd2 Nxa3+ 23.Kd1 Re3! 24.Re1 Ba4+ with quick mate.

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