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Zurab Azmaiparashvili vs Leonid Yudasin
URS-ch53 (1986), Kiev URS, rd 4, Apr-??
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Three Knights Variation (E21)  ·  1-0



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Nov-13-15  zanzibar: This game is mentioned in Soltis' <The Inner Game of Chess>.

After 22.Rac1 White is down a pawn, but has some compensation - the game is roughly equal ( ).

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Black's next move, 22...a4?! burns a valuable tempo, swinging the eval over a full pawn in White's favor. Play continues:

<22...a4 23.Qb8 d5 24.Nd2 Bd7>

Yielding a tactical with "a hard move to spot" (Soltis):

(White to move)

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1Q3rk1 /1p1b2pp/r3pb2/3p1p2/p7/Pq4P1/1PRNPPBP/2R3K1 w - - 0 25

(I like to call these Double Jeopardy problems, where each side has a piece en prise. Note that every Desperado problem is also a Double Jeopardy, but not vice a versa).

Nov-13-15  paavoh: A Tuesday puzzle at White to move 25.?
Nov-13-15  zanzibar: I might rate it a little more difficult than a Tuesday myself.

After all, Soltis rated White's 25th move double-bang. Plus, it's very tempting to play it out as a Desperado, which isn't enough for a clean, clear winning advantage.

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