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Vlastimil Jansa vs Ratmir Kholmov
Budapest Tungsram (1976), Budapest HUN, rd 2, Aug-??
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov. Smyslov Variation (B17)  ·  0-1



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Oct-01-05  Petrocephalon: While not exactly a "thunder bolt from a blue sky", it's interesting how much aggression Kholmov derives from a drawish-looking position, starting with 30..e5. Nice illustration of the exploitation of a kingside pawn majority.

36..a5 was perhaps the star move, forcing the bishop to a2, so that white cannot play Bd1 in response to Qf6.

Can anyone explain though what the motivation behind 40.Kf1 might have been? It appears to me to be an outright blunder...

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  Gypsy: <what the motivation behind 40.Kf1 might have been? It appears to me to be an outright blunder...> Probably just making the time limit, making a seemingly normal move towards the center. The final maneuver 41.Nf5 42.e3 43.Nd6! is sweet.

The whole play by White after <24.Rd1 a6> is rather uninspired. Jansa probably was severely low on time.

Aug-08-08  norcist: why didn't white take on a5 on move 37??
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  perfidious: <norcist> 37.Qxa5 is met by ....e3 38.fxe3 Ne4 (or ....Nf5), as noted by William Hartston in the February 1977 British Chess Magazine.

40.Kf1, the last move of the time check, was indeed made in Jansa's characteristic time trouble, though as stated by Hartston, White had no remedy against the simple plan ....Qe5, followed by ....f7-f5-f4, when he essentially has an extra pawn, with White's majority on the other side of the board rendered useless after ....a5-a4.

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  perfidious: A trap to avoid in this apparently innocuous variation is 13.Bd2 Nxe5 14.Nxe5 Bxf2+ with the point 15.Kxf2 Qxe5, though Suetin twice played into this against Kholmov in 1976: Opening Explorer

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