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Svetozar Gligoric vs Ulf Andersson
"And As In Ulfish Thought He Sat" (game of the day Nov-15-2019)
Manila (1974), Manila PHI, rd 8, Oct-??
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Fischer Variation (E44)  ·  1-0



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Mar-09-07  shalgo: According to Kavalek, Andersson spent 40 minutes deciding on 17...Nd7? in response to 17.Rd5?!

Larsen is supposed to have walked up to Andersson after the game and said "always take an exchange and think later."

Nov-15-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: Given the anecdote, this is a great pun!
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  Phony Benoni: The Gliogric, with eyes of flame...
Nov-15-19  Carrots and Pizza: 17...Bxd5 wins the exchange, but it may have given black the kind of position that he is not comfortably with, making it hard to find the right moves for quite some time. After 18.Bxd5 Ra7, Black's rook is placed awkwardly. It may not be full compensation for the exchange, but it's awkward enough.

What to do in such a situation?

I usually opt to play myself into a position I am comfortable with, a position that seems familiar to me, where I can easily see the usual path to follow.

Nov-15-19  cunctatorg: A cataclysm of Gligoric!
Nov-15-19  ewan14: Andersson's pawns disappear from all over his side of the board !
Nov-15-19  Ratt Boy: I'm gonna miss Jabberwocky Week.
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  offramp: <Ratt Boy: I'm gonna miss Jabberwocky Week.>

Luckily there is a limit of 24 days for this enormity to be foist upon us.

Nov-15-19  catlover: <offramp>, it is good to see you posting again. We've missed you.
Nov-15-19  SChesshevsky: <Carrots and Pizza...It may not be full compensation for the exchange, but it's awkward enough...> Yeah, the question appears, "Is there going to be adequate compensation?" Seems a great evaluation exercise when a GM like Andersson has trouble deciding .

Not sure just rook position is enough. After 18. Bxd5 Ra7 a logical ...c6, bxc6, ...Rc7 continuation gets the pawn and aligns the rook.

I might be worried more about some sort of later tactical trick getting the material back with advantage. Though with whites passive rook, not sure how likely that is.

The other compensation I might expect is some sort of fairly advanced king side passed pawn protected by a bishop. That may be possible given the time it takes Black to get the c pawn. Though given the time it takes to get whites pawns moving, I couldn't make it clearly work.

Could be Andersson just gave Gligoric the respect that there must be adequate compensation even if unclear with the judgement Gligoric wouldn't just bluff.

Would really be interesting to have the players thoughts about 17.Rd5.

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