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Yuri Averbakh vs Lev Polugaevsky
USSR Championship (1958), Riga LAT
Modern Defense: Averbakh System. Kotov Variation (A42)  ·  1-0


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  Honza Cervenka: If 30...Rf8, then 31.Nf6 with mate in several moves.
Sep-10-16  zydeco: It looks like the first time that this line, with 7.g4!, was played, and it goes horribly for black.

11....a6 is definitely not a move I would play in this position, although it's a creative way to recover the lost pawn. Other players tried 11....f4 in this position, although it also scores terribly.

16...Nhxg3 may be more solid; at least it closes the g-file.

25...Ra8 is deeply weird but it's hard to suggest another move. If 25....Rg8 26.Nf5 with a commanding position: white threatens 27.Rxg8+ Kxg8 28.Ne7+; if 26...Rxg1 27.Rxg1 followed by 28.Nf6.

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