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Alexander Kotov vs Erich Eliskases
Stockholm Interzonal (1952), Stockholm SWE, rd 1, Sep-15
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern. Knight Defense (D51)  ·  1-0



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Jun-17-07  sanyas: 17.a5 ♘c4+ 18.♗xc4 ♖xd4+ 19.♗d3 ♗c4 20.♔c3 ♗xd3

24...♖a8 25.♖xa8 ♖xa8 26.♖xa8 ♘xa8 27.♘g3 g6 28.e5 kd7 29.♘e4 ♔e7 30.♘f6

"This move, in connection with the next, is a very good manoeuvre; the intention is to advance with the pawns on the King-side and then break through in the centre at a suitable moment. The immediate advance of the King-side pawns (eg. 36.f5 followed by g5) would be pointless, as the Black pawns have not yet been weakened; for this reason White forces the advance of one of the Black pawns." - Pachman

"More precise was 28.h4! Nd6 29.Nc3, after which White can choose White can choose f5, e5 or g5 as the position demands. The text move complicates the situation considerably." - Pachman

"Stronger is 37...e4+! 38.Ke3 Rh8 39.R5xd5 Rh3+ 40.Ke2 Rh2+ 41.Kf1 e3 42.Re6! Rc7 43.Rc5, and although Whaite has good prospects, it is doubtful whether he can win against best defence. After missing the chance, Black sees his opponent convert his passed pawn on f5 in a most instructive manner." - Pachman

42...♖e8+ 43.♔f5 ♖f4+ 44.♔xg5 ♖8e4 45.♖f5

46...♔c6 47.♖xg5 ♖f1 48.♔e6 ♖e1+ 49.♔f7 b5 50.♔g7

"It is interesting to note that Black only loses because of the existence of his King-Knight-pawn, which shields the White King from perpetual check." - Pachman

Mar-01-08  whiteshark: After <47.Rxb7> it's a TB#25

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White found the only winning moves Ke6/Kf5/Kg6/Rb8+/Re8+

Mar-01-08  whiteshark: <Black loses because of his ♙g5, which protects the white king from checks along the file.>

Final position:

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Mar-01-08  whiteshark: After <37...e4+! 38.Ke2 Rh8> it should end as draw.
Sep-22-13  DoctorD: The position at White's 46th is given in Walter Korn's "Alls well that ends well" column in Chess Life, January 20, 1957.

He notes that White does not "fall for the wrong pawn" by taking on g5, and that later, Black's pawn on g5 "has changed from an asset to an obstruction in drawing the game!"

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  cwcarlson: 39....♖c8? 40.♔d4 ±; 39...♖3e4 40.♖d4 ♔c7= Houdini.

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