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Svetozar Gligoric vs Yuri Balashov
Skopje Solidarnost 4th (1970), rd 10, Jun-23
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Blackburne Defense (C10)  ·  1-0

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Dec-11-02  Sylvester: Gligoric says 8. h4 is his novelty. He faults himself for 12. Be2 being not energetic enough and allowing 12e5 which frees black's game. With 16Bf5 black offset white's mistake on move 12 with an even greater one.
Dec-12-02  drukenknight: gee whiz: why not 8 dxc5?
Dec-12-02  Sylvester: He does not say except that it was his novelty and he wanted to avoid the usual 8.Qd2.
Dec-12-02  drukenknight: why is it such a novelty? ANyonw who plays the Albin Chatard attack is aware of h4 to support the Bishop. It might be one thing if the Albin Chatard were obscure but it is still a sharp way to play against the classical French.

IN fact as soon as I see e3 be it French, or Sicilian or whatever, I start to think h4.

Dec-12-02  Kulla Tierchen: Perhaps Gligoric was the first to play it in this line.
Dec-12-02  Kulla Tierchen: I just made use of the Opening Explorer feature for the first time. An admirable tool. I fed in the first eight moves of the game: 1.d4 e6 2.e4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Nf3 Ngf6 6.Bg5 Be7 7.Nxf6+ Bxf6 8.h4 and it reports that this game is the first time that move was played in this line. My appreciation of chessgames.com has increased.
Dec-12-02  Kulla Tierchen: It is still rare, the next example in the database is Anand vs Korchnoi, 1991 Our friend Anand turns up again.
Dec-12-02  bishop: Kulla, another way to reach the 8.h4 games, is to click on "explore this opening" then click on 7.Nxf6+, click on 7...Bxf6, click on 8.h4, and youre there.

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