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Isaac Boleslavsky vs Salomon Flohr
USSR Championship (1950), Moscow URS, rd 7, Nov-22
Caro-Kann Defense: Two Knights Attack. Mindeno Variation Exchange Line (B11)  ·  1-0



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  vonKrolock: <6.d4> According to Suetin, Boleslawski was very fond of this variation - sharper then that of Smyslov vs Flohr, 1950 or Aronin vs Flohr, 1950 from the same Tournament - and he liked to sacrifice some Pawns while playing this - Really a fine psichological coup to transform a Caro-Khan in a Gambit...

<8...Qd4> alea jacta est

<9...Qd8> Evidently to capture the second Pawn would be very risky

<12...Qb6> Going the wrong path - 12...Qa4 13.Nf6 Nf6 14.Bb3 Qe4 15.Qg3 0-0-0 was what Boles expected from his powerfull oponent

<13...Ne4?> "Already the decisive mistake" (Suetin)

<14...Nf6> "Or 14...Nc5 15.Re2 Be7 16.Bc3 0-0 17.Qg3 g6 18. Qe5 whith a wining position" (ditto)

<15.Be6!> A nice stroke

<16...Be7> Or 16...Kf7 17.Rf6! gf 18.Qh5 Kg8 (best) 19.Qg4 Kf7 20.Qc4 Kg7 21.Be3 Qb4 22.Rd7 Kg6 23.Qf7 Kf5 24.c3! Qb5 25.g4 Ke4 26.Qf6 (Boleslawski)

<17...Nd5> Or 17...0-0 18.Re7 Nd5 19.Rg7!! Kg7 20.Bc3 Nc3 21.Re7 Kh6 22.Qc3 etc

<23.b3> Not 23.Rb7?? Ka8 and the double therat Qe1 or d2 decides... for Black!

The rest is silence (a matter of technic for White's victory)

Dec-29-05  Saruman: I am amazed that there's so little kibitzing on this game! In fact this game with the inclusion of a sidevaration; namely 16.-Kf7 is mentioned in 'Think Like a Grandmaster' as well as Tisdall's 'Improve your Chess Now'. Its interesting to compare their annotations after 17.Rxf6+!

Here are some excerpts (only the mainline given):

17.Rxf6+! gxf6 18.Qh5+ Kg8 20.Qg4+ Kf7 21.Qc4+ Kg6 22.Qe4+! Kf7 23.Ba5!! Qxa5 24.Rd7+ Be7 25.Qxe7+ Kg6 26.Qg7+ Kf5 27.Qg4+ Ke5, and here follows my own piece of analysis; 28.Qe2+ Kf5 29.Rg7 Rhe8 30.Qh5+ Ke6 31.Qxa5

Its very interesting to follow the thought processes of both Kotov and Tisdall, so I recommend anyone to read their works.

Dec-17-06  refutor: <von krolock> the d-pawn is one of the pawns that black can grab <relatively> safely in the caro-kann. this summer i played a similar line

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.h5 Bh7 8.Bd3?! (mainline is 8.Nf3)

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and ended up with a great position

Apr-22-07  Towershield: Actually, in Saruman's analysis there's 27.Re7! forcing mate.
Aug-15-08  elvisbeikos: I am wondering why grandmaster flohr on his 9th move he decided to retreat his queen insted of capturing the unprotected b2 pawn?!
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