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Hans Ek vs Kristian Skold
Sweden (1969), rd 1
Dutch Defense: Leningrad. Matulovic Variation (A89)  ·  0-1


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  YouRang: It's a fairly even game after 35 moves, where white has a slight material advantage (a rook for a bishop and pawn) [diagram]

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The main point of tension is on the queenside, where white's knight on d5 is attacked by black's bishop.

Now this knight looks well protected since it's guarded by bishop on f3 and pawn on c4.

However, this defense in tenuous as black threatens 36...Nxc4!, because after 37.Rxc4 black can kick the bishop with 37...g4!. At that point, white's best choice is to give back the exchange with 38.Rxd4 gxf3+ 39.Kxf3 cxd4 40.Nf4 leaving black up a pawn, and slightly better.

It's no insurmountable problem for white, as he has a few ways to proceed:

1. 36.Kf1 would vacate g2, giving the bishop somewhere to go after ...g4, so that it keeps guard on Nd5.

2. 36.Be2 would guard the Pc4 with the bishop (so ...Nxc4 is answered by Bxc4, and the Nd5 is still guarded).

3. 36.Rh1 may be best because it's rather trappy for black. If black proceeds with the 36...Nxc4 idea, he finds trouble after 37.Rxc4 g4 38.Rxd4 gxf3+ 39.Kxf3 cxd4 40.Rh8+! Bg8 41.Nf6 [variant diagram]

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Now black is in danger because he can easily fall into a deep losing endgame position. Black's best: 41...Kf7 (...Kg7 loses!) 42.Nxg8 Kg7 (...Rxg8 loses!) 43.Rh5 Kxg8 (...Rxg8 or ...Kg6 both lose) 44.Rxf5 Rc8 45.Ke4 with white being better and possibly winning.

However, white missed all the above, and miscalculated with <36.g4?>, which just surrenders a pawn to <36...fxg4> and now 37.Bxg4? is out because 37...Nxc4 and the knight is immune (38.Rxc4? Bxd5+ ).

White continued with <37.Be2> (a move too late), and black is better. The game continued on with white getting progressively worse, and eventually his game just went to heck.

Hmmm, this gives me a pun submission idea...

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