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Semon Palatnik vs Igor Stohl
Kotov Memorial (1986), Tallinn, EST URS
Gruenfeld Defense: Three Knights Variation (D90)  ·  1-0


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  nasmichael: The power of momentum! Thank you, Sem Palatnik for the exchange. Folks, check out his books. Watch out for "Sick Buffalo". ;-)
Jul-22-06  quickbolt: I'm assuming you went to Emory? Good stuff :).
Mar-26-07  Chicago Chess Man: Why didn't black play 17. ..Kh6 ...? It seems that would have left him only a pawn down, rather than the exchange.
Mar-26-07  Black Vampire: <Chicago Chess Man:Why didn't black play 17. ..Kh6 ...? It seems that would have left him only a pawn down, rather than the exchange.> After 18.Bxc3,Bxd8 19.Rb1, the pawn b7 is lost. For instance, 19...Rb8 20.Be5,Ra8 21.Rxb7, for some strange reason the computer Crafty 19.01 prefers 21.Rd1 though.
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  Domdaniel: Either 17...Kh6 or 17...f6 would have hung on a little longer, but Black is quite lost in any case. It's not just a matter of being 'only' a pawn down - it's also Black's vulnerable queenside and White's initiative. The c5 pawn, supported by pieces, will be very dangerous once b7 falls - probably the reason that black went into the 17...Qxd4 line, as he gets to grab the c5 pawn at least. But of course it's not sufficient.

The crucial error seems to be 14...Bf6 - superficially a good move, defending e7 and making space for the king on g7 (and of course the Nc6 can't be taken - 14...bxc6? 15.Bxc6 Rb8 16.Rd8+ Bf8 17.Bh6 is murderous, and 15...Bh3 16.Bxa8 isn't much better).

Yet 14...Bf6 loses in the game after 15.Rd8+ Kg7 16.Nxe7! - a beautiful combination.

Instead, 14...Bg4!? gives Black some activity at the cost of another pawn or two. Even then, though, 15.Nxe7+ Kf8 16.Rb1! gives White a great many threats and a definite edge.

Another option is 14...Bf8, but it's very passive.

Perhaps the whole Queen sac line is simply good for White.

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