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Lev Polugaevsky vs Jan Smejkal
Reykjavik (1978), Reykjavik ISL, rd 4, Feb-??
English Opening: Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni Variation Spielmann Defense (A33)  ·  0-1


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  Honza Cervenka: 32...Nxb3! was an ugly surprize for white. 43...Re2 is also quite witty.
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  patzer2: I'm adding 32...Nxb3! to my Knight Fork collection, even though I'm not quite sure it fits the theme.

The move 32...Nxb3! actually creates a "self-pin" after 33. Qe3 that Black has to violently break with 33...Nxd2 Qe3 and 34. Nxb4, in essence exchanging the Queen for a rook and two pawns (+2.50) -- an ugly surprise indeed!

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  patzer2: Honza Cervenka, thanks for pointing out 43...Re2! I like how it utilizes the threat of the Knight fork 44. Qxe2?? Nf4+! to defend a key pawn and to enable the doubling of rooks on the second rank to increase the winning advantage.
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  patzer2: In the final position, Black threatens two possible quick mates, which force White to give up decisive material. Two quick examples can illustruate. If the Knight moves 47. Nd6 then 47...Ne5# If the Queen moves 47. Qd7, then 47...h6+ 48. Kg5 Rf5#.

These two mate threats limit White's choices to nothing but multiple losing options. If 47. Qf4, then 47...Rxf7 . If 47.Ng5+, then 47...hxg5 . If 47.Nxh6, then 47...Kxh6 . If 47.a5, then 47...h6+ Kg5 48. Rf5#.

Nov-03-05  JohnBoy: Poly never got anything going here. Maybe he should have tried 13.e4 and gone into a Maroczy bind.
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