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Yury Nikolaevich Shaposhnikov vs Georgy Bastrikov
White Russia (1954)
Benko Gambit: General (A57)  ·  0-1


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  An Englishman: Good Evening: This very early Benko Gambit with 4...e6 (favored during the first few decades of theory), features some strange sacrifices. In particular, with 18...Na6 Black drops a Knight just to protect the Re8. Somehow, this all works, and if the madness is somehow sound madness (does 20.Ng5 improve?), it's one of the most brilliant games in Benko history.
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  PawnSac: Indeed! I loaded the position up to 18.Qf7 into Stockfish 7 and it immediately started analyzing ..Na6 . I let it run up to 32 ply (almost 10 minutes) and the ONLY move considered was ..Na6 and at that depth had an eval of +2.88 !
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  PawnSac: Here is the analysis at 35 ply...

35/68 23:18 1,025,083k 733k +3.02
..Na6 Kg1 Qc1+ Rxc1 b2xc1Q+ Bf1 Bxf3 Nf5 Qa1 gxf3 Nc5 Qd5 Ne6 h4 Ref8 Nf5-d6 Qa1-f6 Bf1-c4 Ra8-b8 h4-h5 Ne6-g5 Bc4-e2 Ng5xf3+ Be2xf3 Qf6xf3 Qd5xf3 Rf8xf3 a2-a4 Rf3-f4 Kg1-g2 Rf4-g4+ Kg2-h3 Rg4xa4 Rh1-c1 Ra4-d4 Rc1-c8+ Rb8xc8 Nd6xc8 Rd4-a4 Kh3-g3 Kh8-g8 b5-b6 a7xb6 Nc8xb6 Ra4-a3+ Kg3-f4 Ra3-d3 Kf4-e4 Rd3-h3 Nb6xd7 Kg8-f7

Mar-23-16  not not: it seems stockfish wants to save rook by connecting both rooks with na6; what happens if rook defends itself like Re8?
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  Sally Simpson: Game 21 in Clarke's 'Soviet Miniatures'. One of my desert Island books.

Clarke's notes and comments are instructive and some of the hidden lines are fantastic.

This game gets 2 pages but if we go deeper it would need 22 pages to dig out all the tactics on display.

For instance here: White to play.

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Clarke gives a line if 13.Bxd6 Nd2+ 14.Ke2 Nxb1 15.Qxb1 Bxd5 as winning but 15.Nc7+ first and then 16.Qxb1 opens the door on a 1,001 tactical shots for bother sides. But the one line I dug out years ago in the 13.Bxd6 line was here White to play after 16...Nd2+

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The crazy looking 14.Ke1 allowing a discovered check. There si only way to win it.

14...Nxb1+ 15.Bb4

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Now what?

15...Qxb4! 16.Nxb4 Nc3

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And Here (White to play)

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Clarke reaches here from analysis and gives 20.Ne3 Kxf8 0-1 as Black is a piece up.

But White can save the piece with 20.Nf3 Bxd5 (20...Kxf8 21 Nc7 is unclear) 20...Bb4 trapping the b1 Knight 21.Bxa2 Rc1.

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and after 'luft' White has Rc8+ and Bd6 though Black is still winning if he chooses the correct 'luft' you have 6 choices.23.h6 26.h5 23.g6 26 g5 23 f6 or f5. Instructively it does matter.

A great game and a brilliant book to tactically mine, there are many hidden treasures and dark alleys to explore. Clarke has it right, he points you in the correct direction. Now dig.

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