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Salomon Flohr vs Grigory Levenfish
Leningrad/Moscow training (1939), Leningrad/Moscow RUS, rd 8, Jan-12
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Noa Variation (E34)  ·  1-0


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Jan-27-08  Dr. Siggy: Reuben Fine, "Basic Chess Endings", New York 1941, pages 226-7:

"The first type of position [...] in which we can note the power of the Bishop is one in which the Pawns are balanced and unblocked. I.e., there are just as many Black Pawns on the Queen side as there are White (and similarly for the other wing) and these Pawns are free to move about. In such cases the Bishop may be exploited in one of three ways: - 1. By forcing a direct entry with the King. - 2. By creating weaknesses in the enemy Pawn position which will permit the King entry. - 3. By capturing one or more Pawns.

"Of these the first represents the central idea, for a positional advantage is useless if it cannot be converted into a material advantage. The third is also important, but usually occurs only in special positions. The second is of course subsidiary to either the first or, less frequently, the third; it almost goes hand to hand with them."

<Flohr vs Levenfish, Leningrad/Moscow 1939>, after Black's 43rd move, "[...] is a splendid example of the first case - forcing an entry with the King because of the superiority of the Bishop."

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  GrahamClayton: Levenfish had the major problem of the weakness of the f5 pawn, which needed to be defended by either the King or Knight, as the advance 45...f5 allows the White King to invade the Black position with 46.♔d4 ♔d6 45.♗b4+, followed by either 46.♔c5 or 46.♔e5.

Levenfish is eventually forced to advance the f5 pawn, as 49...♘d5 50.♗d2 ♔d6 51.f5 fixes the pawn on f6.

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