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Georgy Lisitsin vs Vladimir Simagin
USSR Championship (1955), Moscow URS, rd 2, Feb-12
Zukertort Opening: Symmetrical Variation (A04)  ·  0-1


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Nov-21-06  gabisrael: A very good game from Simagin. A good plan from the opening and a precise finish. Lisitsin 12.Nxc5 was innecessary and 24.dxe4 his worst mistake, leaving black pawns all the way forward. White rooks were never coordinated and that was the detail of the strong moves 25...d3! and 31...f2+! An instructive game
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  Phony Benoni: Loose Pieces Drop Off, as they say:

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<31.c5> gave Black his chance to demonstrate this, beginning with <31...f2+>. Since 32.Qxf2 would abandon his bishop and 32.Kxf2 would allow the fork 32...Qf7+, White had no choice but <32.Kf1>.

Now, <32...Qe6> exploited the loose rook to gain another tempo. After <33.Qc2 Qh3+>, White still avoided 34.Kxf2 Bxd3 and 35...Qxh2+ will be decisive whether the bishop is recaptured or not. Unfortunately, after <34.Ke2 Qg2 35.Rf1 Bf3+ 36.Kd2> the other rook was now loose, and once it dropped off to <36...Qxf1> White dropped out.

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  Fusilli: I think Lisitsin's problems start very early, when he plays the harmless 5.a3 and 6.b4. With 6...e5, black has solved the opening problems already, and after 7.bxc5 (positionally weak) Bxc5, black is ahead in development (already in move 7!) and very comfortable.

Why do strong players sometimes forget the most basic principles of chess?

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: According to Stockfish, 24 dxe4 was bad (fxe4 was better), but The Losing Move was 25 a5; The Computer says that white might have been able to hold on with 25 fxe4. Although the a4-a5 push was something Stockfish liked earlier in the game, preferring it slightly to 12 Nxc5, playing it later turned out to be a fatal error. In chess, timing is everything; but stating this bald cliche is of no use after the game has been lost.
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