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Milan Rodoje Vukcevich vs Dolfi Drimer
WchT U26 07th (1960), Leningrad, rd 10
Sicilian Defense: Accelerated Dragon. Maroczy Bind Gurgenidze Variation (B36)  ·  1-0


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  SwitchingQuylthulg: The sacrifice 45.Bxb7+! (and 44.Bc6 preceding it) is very pretty. White realizes that for all practical purposes Black's locked-in bishop doesn't exist, and therefore simplifies to a won pawn endgame. :)
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  gawain: This game is very instructive. Nice perception by White. Yay for human beings! A computer takes a rather long time to see that giving up the bishop is winning.

But why did Dr Vukcevich play 53 Kg8 instead of 53 Kf7? Kf7 wins more quickly and without the nerve-wracking pawn race of the actual game.

53 Kf7 Kd8 54 d6 exd6 55 Kxf6 and if 55...d5 then 56 Kg7 and if there is a race now, white's pawn will queen first, with check.

Position in my variation after 55...d5

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Compare the position from the actual game after 55...d5

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White will have to use two moves to capture the f6 pawn and get his King out of the way! And it was unnecessary.

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  whiteshark: This game got the <Best ending> prize of the 7th World Student Team Chess Championship in Leningrad 1960
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