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Julio Bolbochan vs Ludek Pachman
Moscow Olympiad Final-A (1956), Moscow URS, rd 9, Sep-21
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Pillsbury Variation (D41)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-03-03  Shadout Mapes: This one literally took me two or three seconds.
Oct-03-03  patzer2: If 22. ..Kxf7, then 23. Bxe6#.
Oct-03-03  erikcu: Yeah, it took me longer because after I saw the 2 moves I could not believe it would be that easy. I guess I am getting used to the "oh a chess puzzle... sack the queen."
Oct-03-03  fukui: It seems like queen sacs are easy to see in chess puzzles but hard to see while playing a game.
Oct-03-03  patzer2: Pachman's 21. ..Rc7?? was a blunder. Black's best defense is 21. ..g5.

Now Fritz 8 indicates white maintains a strong advantage after 21. ..g5 22. Qe4! Bd6 23. Qe3 Kh8 24. Bxg5 Be7 25. Bxe7 Rxe7 26. Nf6 Qf8 27. Bd3 Qg7 28. Nxh7 Na5 (-1.59 @ 15/15 depth & 740k/Ns).

However, Pachman was not playing Fritz 8 and missed his best chance to survive against his human opponent by not playing 21 ..g5.

Oct-03-03  patzer2: I thought 10. ..Nxc3 was not black's best move, since it locks in the bad bishop and concedes the initiative to white. The opening explorer confirms 10. ..Nxc3 has not been good for black, with white winning 59% and black only 8% after this move.

Instead, black should consider:

10. ..a6 as in Spassky vs Korchnoi, 1962 or Najdorf vs Fischer, 1970 or Matveeva vs Anand, 1987 or A Sokolov vs Karpov, 1987 or Spraggett vs Lesiege, 2001

10. ..Ncb5 as in O Korneev vs S Giardelli, 2001

10. ..Bf6 as in Tal vs Petrosian, 1966 or V Saravanan vs Sasikiran, 1999 or A Sokolov vs P Schlosser, 2001

10. ..Nf6 as in Julio Bolbochan vs Petrosian, 1964 or P Passerotti vs J Ivanov, 2002 (by transposition)

Oct-03-03  4daluvofchess: too easy
Oct-03-03  Shadout Mapes: I think I could see this combo in a game, if it was a simple queen sack immediatly followed by mate. If you've got your queen pointed at f7, you should be looking to sack it at every chance possible anyways.
May-07-04  WMD: Is the score of this game correct? My version has a transposition on moves 8-11, which goes 8.exd4 Nxc3 9.bxc3 Be7 10.0-0 0-0 11.Re1 b6.
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  Benzol: "Modern Chess Miniatures" by Barden and Heidenfeld has the gamescore as it is given here.
Jul-16-11  Shams: I am pleased to announce that IM Andrew Martin has featured this game on his burgeoning youtube channel:

Julio Bolbochan vs Pachman, 1956

For those who haven't heard Martin's analysis, you're in for a treat. I think he's just a superb commentator.

Bonus: his clip on the Gothenburg Najdorf is also great!

Jul-20-11  Shams: Here is the correct link:
Apr-30-23  Saniyat24: Woo Julio...!
May-01-23  syracrophy: Yikes, Pachman!!

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