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Oleg M Romanishin vs Efim Geller
43rd USSR Championship (1975), Yerevan ARM, rd 12, Dec-??
Spanish Game: Closed. Bogoljubow Variation (C91)  ·  1-0



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  Jonathan Sarfati: This line was supposed to be good for back, thanks to classic games like Yates vs Rubinstein, 1922 But Romanishin showed in this game that White could simply let Black take the ♙d5 and generate considerable activity. This meant that the whole line had to be reassessed.
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  Predrag3141: If you believe 6-second Stockfish runs (a questionable proposition I know), Black's advantage in the center gave him the edge most of the way.

The critical position where Black lost was:

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Instead of 33 ... d3, 33 ... Qe6! almost certainly draws. Black threatens to defuse the pressure on his back rank with ... Rc8. The only way to prevent this is 33 ... Qe6 34 Bc5 Rc2! Here Black is turning the tables on the kingside unless White relieves the pressure on the 8th with 35 Ra3, to meet 35 ... Qf6.

In a 15 minute run starting with 34 Bc5, Stockfish considers the position (with the capitulation, 35 Ra3) roughly equal (+0.08).

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