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Alexander Zaitsev vs Yuri Mikhailovich Nikitin
USSR Championship (1968/69), Alma-Ata (Almaty) URS, rd 10, Jan-15
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Three Knights Variation (E21)  ·  1-0
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Jun-25-18  zydeco: Black's resignation feels early, but all lines look good for white.

If 22....dxe4 23.f6+ Kf7 24.Bc4+ Ke8 25.Bb5 Rc8 26.Ne5 Bd5 27.c4

If 22....Rfe8 23.Bb5 Rac8 24.Rxh6 and white wins material: 24....Ne5 25.f6+

This game goes sideways quickly for black. Probably the critical mistake is 20....d5? - better 20....Nc6 21.Ne3 Ne5. Black's best try is 22....dxe4 23.f6+ Kh8 24.Rxh6+ Bh7 and if 25.f7 Nd8 25.Ne5 Nxf7 26.Ng6+ Kg7 27.Nxf8 Kxh6

But white wins if he goes a little slower: 25.fxe4 Rae8 26.Bd3 Ne5 27.Nxe5 Rxe5 28.0-0-0 Kg8 29.Bc4+ Kh8 30.Rdh1.

If, in this line, 26....Re6 27.e5 Nxe5 (or 27....Rf7 28.Bc4) 28.Rxh7 Kg8 29.Nh6#.

It looks like there's also a win in the line 22....dxe4 23.Rxh6 Rac8 (if 23....Bd5 24.c4) 24.f6+ Kf7 25.Bc4+ Ke8 26.f7+ Bxf7 27.Bb5 Bd5 28.c4

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