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Rafael Vaganian vs Yuri Balashov
USSR Championship (1974), Leningrad URS, rd 13, Dec-19
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. General (E15)  ·  1-0

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Feb-01-07  GeauxCool: 4...Bb4+ . I don't understand, maybe 19...Rxe8 wasn't a good idea, the isolated pawn becomes a strength in the endgame. I also don't understand Black abandoning the pawn at a7 with 34...Qb1+. I guess he was trying to get his knight out of that tight spot, but it seems to be losing. I think that White won through the resiliency of his Queen which was able to gain a pawn and clear the a file for promotion. I especially like the middlegame segment <16.cxd5 Nxc3 17.Qxc3 exd5 18.Ne3 Rc8 19.Qd2 Rxc1 20.Qxc1 Re5 21.Nxd5 Bxd5 22.e4 Re6 23.exd5 Rd6 24.Qc4 Ng6> for white.
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