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Savielly Tartakower vs Isaac Boleslavsky
Groningen (1946), Groningen NED, rd 15, Sep-02
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack. Fianchetto Variation (B31)  ·  0-1


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  plang: 5..d5?! 5 Qa4! was strong for White but after 10 Qh4?! (10 Qe2) and 11 Na3? Black was already better with excellent compensation for the pawn; 11 d4 would have maintained an edge for White. After 19..Qh4 it was difficult for White to keep his extra pawn: eg. 20 Rad1..Nc3! 21 Qxb7..Nxd1 22 Nc6..Nxe3 23 fxe..Rde8 and Black should win (24 Qxa7..Qe4).

Boleslavasky after 36..Bb6:
"Black's plan consists of the following; without advancing the a-pawn for the present, so as to not deprive the bishop of a base, he will create a weak point for White on the king's flank by manoeuvering the rook and pushing the h-pawn. Then he will break through with the king, either to the White pawns or to the wueen's flank to support the advance of his passed pawn."

48..Kd5? gave White a chance to draw; 48..Rf4 should have been played first. With 51 Ra8 White could have taken advantage of Black's error by preventing the rook from reaching f4; instead after 51 Rd8+? Black was winning. Boleslavsky's technique after that was impeccable and instructive.

Feb-09-15  ScottElliott: Dear Plang, I do not see how it is "strong for White" if he plays something other than 10 Qh4. What compensation does White have for the bishop pair?
Feb-09-15  ScottElliott: This is an important line since few these days seem willing to face the accelerated Dragon.
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