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Mikhail Chigorin vs Albert Whiting Fox
Cambridge Springs (1904), Cambridge Springs, PA USA, rd 14, May-17
French Defense: McCutcheon Variation (C12)  ·  0-1



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Aug-12-06  VanPoolPlayer: on 12 O-O-O... why not O-O instead? You think that Chigorin would have seen bxc3 as an obvious move to disrupt the pawn structure. I also prefer O-O so the king can help defend the 4 vs 3 pawn majority on the king's side. Or is that the very reason he went O-O-O?
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  Phony Benoni: After <11...a6>:

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I think Chigorin probably chose 12.0-0-0 as part of his general approach to the position. If White wishes to avoid the doubled c-pawn, he is stuck with 12.Nde2 or 12.Kd2, neither of which would have appealed to Chigorin's temperament.

Castling queenside is attempt to compensate for the pawn weaknesses with a rapid mobilization. Note how Black's queenside development is impeded. Also, if Black plays ...e5, White can answer with Rhe1 and have both rooks in play.

Reinfeld, in his tournament book, felt Chigorin played very well up till <29.Rd7?>, recommending instead the blockade with 29.Re3. After Black played <29...e3>, White's rooks could never coordinate, the one on the third rank being particularly useless.

In the final position, White lost on time. Our score is incorrect as of today; Black's final move was actually 41...Ra4.

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  Fusilli: 34.Rf1 is nonsensical. Maybe it was 34.Rf3, which would be consistent with the rest of the score.

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