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Svetozar Gligoric vs Braslav Rabar
Zagreb (1939)
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Bishop Attack (E47)  ·  1-0


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  dzechiel: Can anyone with a decent engine tell me if 22 Rf5 playable here?
Nov-10-09  hms123: <dzechiel> Looks like a winner to me:

Svetozar Gligoric - Braslav Rabar, Zagreb 1939

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Analysis by Stockfish 1.5.1: 18 ply, dpa

1. (5.69): 22...Qxf5 23.Bxf5 Bxf5 24.Qxg5+ Bg6 25.Rf1 Nd7 26.Rf4 Rad8 27.h3 Ne5 28.Bxe5 fxe5 29.Qxe5+ Kg8 30.Rxh4 Rd1+ 31.Kh2 Rdf1 32.Rh8+ Kf7 33.Qxc7+ Ke6 34.Rxf8 Rxf8 35.Qxb7 Rf4 36.Qc6+ Kf7

2. (22.74): 22...Bxf5 23.Qxg5+ Kh8 24.Bxf5 Qxf5 25.Qxf5 Nd7 26.Qxd7 Rad8 27.Bxf6+ Rxf6 28.Qxd8+ Kg7 29.Rf1 Rxf1+ 30.Kxf1 Kg6 31.Qxc7 Kf6 32.Qxb7 a5 33.c5 h3 34.c6 hxg2+ 35.Kxg2 Ke6 36.Qd7+ Ke5

3. (27.63): 22...Kg8 23.Rxa5 b5 24.Rxb5 c5 25.Bxf6 Rxf6 26.Qxg5+ Kf7 27.Qd5+ Kg7 28.Qxa8 Bf5 29.Bxf5 Na6 30.Rf1 Nc7 31.Qxa7 Rf7 32.Rb7 Re7 33.Rxc7

4. (32.24): 22...Kh6 23.Rxa5 b5 24.Rf1 Nd7 25.Rxb5 c5 26.Bxc5 f5 27.Bxf8+ Nxf8 28.Bxf5 Rb8 29.Rxb8 Ng6 30.Bxc8 h3 31.Bxh3 a5 32.Rb5 Nf4 33.Qd6+ Kh7 34.Rxg5 Nxh3+ 35.gxh3

5. (#10): 22...Rf7 23.Qxg5+ Kf8 24.Qh6+ Ke8 25.Qh8+ Kd7 26.Rxa5 b5 27.Bf5+ Kd6 28.Qxc8 Re7 29.c5+ Kd5 30.Qg8+ Rf7 31.Qxf7+ Kc6 32.Be4#

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  dzechiel: HMS -

Thanks for the quick post! Did you happen to notice if 22 Rf5 was better or worse than the text (22 c5)?


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  dzechiel: Nuts. For those of you that don't get Chess Life magazine, this game was used by Pandolfini for the "Solitaire Chess" column this month.

When I got to move 22 in the game, I convinced myself that 22 Rf5 was the best move. Pandolfini only gave the text move, 22 c5, with no comment on 22 Rf5. I was prepared to drop him a line about this, provided that the rook move was at least as good as the text.

Looks like I will not be sending that e-mail.

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  plang: <When I got to move 22 in the game, I convinced myself that 22 Rf5 was the best move.>

Same with me! I think, though, that there is no defense to the attack after Gligoric's 22 c5 while after 22 Rf5..Qxf5 the attack is diminished and Black could drag the game out for a time.

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