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William Lombardy vs Raymond Keene
Teesside (1975), Middlesbrough ENG, rd 8, Sep-09
Queen's Indian Defense: Spassky System (E14)  ·  0-1



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Jun-30-05  aw1988: Wow, wonderful notes. A humerous touch is <White's last hope is the long diagonal, conveniently opened by the loss of his e- and f-pawns.>.

Jun-30-05  euripides: 31...Nd4 with the idea of Nd4-f5-g3 is an alternative way for Black to try to reduce White's resistance.

White could try for e6 or for an exchange sacrifice on f5 but they don't seem to work. If 32 Rd1 then 32...Rxd6 33 ed Nf5 34 d7 (Q moves lose to Ng3+) Nxe3 35 d8=Q Rxd8 36 Rxd8+ Kh7 37 Bxe3 Qe1+ wins, avoiding 32 ...Nf5 ? 33 Rxd8! Nxe3 34 Rxf8 + Kh7 (Kxf8 ?? 35 Rd8 mate) 35 Bxe3 when White is a piece up.

However, White can sustain the attack by exploiting Black's weakened hold on f4 to eliminate the knight: 32 Rf4 Qh5 33 Rfxd4 (Qg3 is met by Ne2 and Qf2 by Nf5) cxd4 34 Qxd4. Now after 34...Rxd6 35 exd6 White's advanced pawn may be worth the exchange, e.g. 35...Re8 36 Bd2 Qe5 37 d7 ! or 36...Rd8 37 Ba5 ! and White's reduced forces start to look alarmingly well coordinated. 35...Rd8 looks a bit glum for Black. 35 ...Qf5 36 Bh6 is interesting.

Black might be able to do better in this line by moving his rook off the d file; 31...Nd4 32 Rf4 Qh5 33 Rfxd4 cxd4 34 Qxd4 Rc8. This resembles the position that would have arisen after 33 Qe5 in the game, with an exchange sacrifice inserted - not clear which side benefits from the difference.

Very hairy.

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