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Kurban Khanov vs Jacob Yuchtman
URS-ch sf (1957), Sverdlovsk URS, rd 16, Dec-??
Modern Defense: Averbakh Variation (A42)  ·  0-1


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Aug-15-05  fdbcentral: I cant see why move #42 Ng7 was made? I would have moved Nxf4 if i was going to lose it to Bg7.. and then Bg7 didnt take. Why? Can some one explain what i cant see. thanks
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  WannaBe: Here is what I think...
The knight is trapped. Everywhere it goes is bad. (if Ng3 pawn takes, if Nxf4, king takes, Nf6 bishop takes).

Exception being Ng7 Because of this...
if 42. ... Nxg7 (now king and bishop are both on g) 43. Rg2+

and king has to move then 44. Rxg7 and gets an even up knight for bishop.

As far as the take, I *think* (following the above scenario.) knight vs rook ending are not to be desired. Having a bishop helps.

Mar-08-08  cn1ght: Actually black has so many pawns that the knight v rook still might be won, but as to the question I agree that the reason for moving it to g7 is because if the bishop takes the rook gets the bishop, after checking the king. this way the rook is stuck in front of the pawns (I'm fairly certain rule of thumb rook is better behind pawns and in this case definately) and the knight it useless way over there for the time being.
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