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Milan Matulovic vs Vladimir Sokolov
Italy (1953)
Sicilian Defense: Smith-Morra Gambit. Accepted Classical Formation (B21)  ·  1-0
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Aug-02-05  ArturoRivera: what the hell, this game is called tactics and no one has ever kitbitzed!!!
Aug-26-05  PurpleKnight25: That game is like "panic!!!". Pieces hanging everywhere..... Great! Great!
Nov-29-05  Holden: Yes, pieces are hanging everywhere, but is it for a good reason? What is wrong with 13...exd6? or even 14...exd6? or 18...axb5?
Apr-18-07  Manic: Well, here is my patzer analysis:

13...exd6 14.hxg4 Qxg5. Black will have trouble finding a safe place fore his king to hide. The isolated d-pawn is also target for the white pieces as well. 15.e5! looks to be a good move to exploit black's vulnerable king, creating open lines for the major pieces. A bishop sac on f7 also looks worrying for black.

14...exd6 15.exf6+ and after the king moves white has many options with which to continue the attack. 16.Ne4 aiming for the d pawn and perhaps followed up by piling major pieces to aim at the d pawn.. 16.Qe4 Or Nd5 if the king moves to d7 also looks good for white.

18...axb5 19.Qxb5+ and if 19...Qd7 20.Rxe5+ dxe5 21.Qxe5+ Be7 (21...Kd8 22.Rd1) and it looks like 22.fxe7 and Nd5 or 22.Nd5 wins.

I probably missed something so maybe you should put it through an engine.

Apr-18-07  Quintiliano: This is the great Matulovic for you. One the greatest attacking palyers ever.
Apr-18-07  Quintiliano: In Italian chess books it's called the Matulovic gambit.
Nov-18-11  transpo: After 8.Rd1 instead of 8...Qc8, much better is 8...e6. By blocking the WKB Black creates a real threat of 10...Ne5
May-02-13
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  PawnSac: That's because Matulovic did a lot to advance the theory of the Morra gambit
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