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Max Euwe vs Jose Raul Capablanca
Hastings (1934/35), Hastings ENG, rd 1, Dec-27
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Rubinstein Attack (D64)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Dec-09-11  ughaibu: I thought this kind of blocking the queenside, with b5, by black, was a modern idea. Does anyone know who introduced it?
Dec-09-11  Wyatt Gwyon: That's a pretty ugly game.
Dec-09-11
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  maxi: <ughaibu> It would seem to me that it is White who is doing the blocking, with 10.c5 and 16.b4. Black's b5 is necessary in order for him not to suffocate.
Dec-09-11
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  maxi: A question would be: what is the origin of Black's b5? The Meran variation D48? Or, very likely, does it go back further?
Dec-09-11  ughaibu: But black traditionally captures on c4 before playing b5. Mysteriously, it was played at least once more in this tournament: Flohr vs G A Thomas, 1935 Perhaps it was a forgotten fashion.
Dec-09-11
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  maxi: Yes, and another difference is that in the Meran White's Bishop is still within the Pawn chain. I am sorry to say my knowledge of chess opening history is not very good.
Dec-09-11
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  maxi: If no expert comes to our help, perhaps one of these days we can do a little research ourselves into the history of b5 and c5.
Dec-09-11  lost in space: I don't know if the whiter advantage after move 38 is big enough to win this, but at least I would try it.

White can play Ne5, attacking c6 and afterwards has to try to open line for his better bishop....

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Round 1 (Thursday, December 27)
from Hastings 1934/35 by Phony Benoni
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from American Chess Bulletin 1935 by Phony Benoni

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