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Nukhim N Rashkovsky vs Vitaly Tseshkovsky
URS-ch FL48 (1980), Tashkent UZB, Oct-??
Slav Defense: Exchange Variation. Symmetrical Line (D14)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jun-16-06  apawnandafool: i bet this one peeves jeremy silman.
Jun-16-06  suenteus po 147: <apawnandafool> Does he dislike 'mirror' games?
Jun-16-06  apawnandafool: it was off the cuff...i was thinking about's something i just got form the webb.

"The real goal of a chess game is to create an imbalance and try to build a situation in which it is favorable for you...You should only play where a favorable imbalance or the possibility of creating a favorable imbalance exists." --- Silman

Jun-16-06  amateur05: The nature of this game is not too unexpected: just look at the surnames: (ra)shkovsky-(Tse)shkovsky.
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  keypusher: They definitely picked the right opening for a draw...the surprising thing was how long the game lasted.

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Jun-16-06  KingG: Certain openings should be banned, and this is definitely one of them.
Jun-16-06  suenteus po 147: <KingG> I see your grudge against the Exchange Slav has not waned.
Jun-16-06  KingG: <suenteus po 147> Of course not. I hate this opening, more so than any other opening i can think of.

Apparently Michael Francis Stean once said(maybe jokingly) that anti-Sicilians should be banned, and although i would be in favour of that too, they are not nearly as bad as the Exchange Slav.

It may be borderline acceptable for a GM who needs a draw with white in order to pay his bills to play this, but for anyone else there is no excuse. And to play it during online blitz games is just... Well, what can i say? It leaves me speechless. I would really like to know what people are thinking when they do this.

Having said that, i don't know what is worse, the player who forces the Exchange Slav with White, or the player who chooses the Exchange Slav as Black when given the choice between cxd5 and exd5.

Jun-16-06  KingG: <suenteus po 147> By the way, are you a Kasparov fan yet? :-)
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  keypusher: Speaking of Kasparov and the Exchange Slav...

Kasparov vs Dolmatov, 1979

I think I am repeating myself, but here's a man who won quite a lot with the White pieces in this variation, even against the best:

Repertoire Explorer: Mikhail Botvinnik (white)

Not that I disagree with <KingG> -- you wouldn't find me on either side of this variation. I am just amazed by what great players manage to do with it.

Jun-16-06  acirce: You sure see a whole lot of rubbish posted on this site.
Jun-16-06  euripides: nukh nukh nukh ?
Jun-16-06  euripides: who's there ...


vital I who ?

vital I chesh... sorry too slurred to play. Shall we call it off, Rashkovsky ?

Jun-16-06  apawnandafool: 'find the fish'
ooooh, fishy, fishy, fishy fish!
a-fish, a-fish, a-fish, a-fishy, ooooh.

ooooh, fishy, fishy, fishy fish!
that went wherever i did go.
-monty python

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  keypusher: Looks like another outbreak of PWI.
Jun-17-06  euripides: <PWI> pregnant without intercourse ? pro wrestling illustrated ?
Jun-17-06  euripides: proposition wilfully indeterminate ?
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  keypusher: <Posting While Intoxicated>
Jun-17-06  euripides: Surely only a person without insight would think that.
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  keypusher: Or puritanical, waspish, & intolerant
Jun-17-06  suenteus po 147: <KingG: <suenteus po 147> By the way, are you a Kasparov fan yet? :-)> I'm coming around, slowly but surely.
Jun-20-06  KingG: <suenteus po 147> Good to hear it.:-)
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