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Milan Matulovic vs Vlastimil Hort
Sarajevo (1965), rd 8, Mar-28
Caro-Kann Defense: Bronstein-Larsen Variation (B16)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: Pretty game. If 28...Bxd6, then 29.Rxc7+ and 30.Rxe8.
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  offramp: I don't think 6...♘a6 will get a second airing. It is totally illogical; it puts the Knight on the wrong circuit. The ♘ has two routes: ♘b8-d7-b6 and then to either d5 or c8, or ♘b8-d7-f6-e4.

6...♘a6 takes away all those opportunities.

Jun-10-05  farrooj: what about 27.d6?
Jun-10-05  iron maiden: A good finishing bind here. Black's pieces are too awkwardly-placed to prevent White's rooks and queen from penetrating along the open files.
Dec-16-08  xrt999: < farrooj: what about 27.d6?>

After 27.d6 Bxd6 28.Rxe8+ Qxe8 29.Qxd6 Qd7 the end result may appear to be the same, but on closer inspection this variation end game results in black down 2 pawns and with the knight versus the rook; in the actual game black is down 3 pawns and has the DSB vs the Rook. White's f-g-h pawns are all on dark squares and black's DSB is impotent.

You have to take advantage of every little advantage, even if it seems to be slight. In your line, you have to deal with the knight hopping all over the board, and yes, although you will most likely win, the clarity of the actual game is a slight nuance which translates into a clearer win.

Or, if you prefer, the rook vs knight endgame is "less clear" than the rook vs bishop.

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