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Isaac Boleslavsky vs Alexander Kotov
USSR Championship (1944), Moscow URS, rd 4, May-25
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C98)  ·  1-0



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Aug-13-07  vonKrolock: <34.♖xe5> Boleslavsky believed that here 34.♖xb5 ♕xb5 35.f6 would win forcibly, but there's the shadow of a doubt in the line 35...g5 36.♕f5 ♔f8 37.♕h7 ♔e8 38.♕g8+ ♔d7 39.♕xf7+ ♔c8 40.♕e7 ♕d7 41.♕a3 ♕c7 42.♕a8+ ♔d7 43.♕d5+ ♔e8 44.♕g8+ ♔d7 45.♕f7+ ♔c8 46.♕e6+ ♔b8 47.♕a6 (Boles' analysis so far!) But now it seems that, instead of the move (47...♕a7) suggested, black can play 47...♖d1+ followed by 48...♖a1 with a good drawing chance
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  plang: After 19..axb Boleslavsky said:

"Black has played the opening inaccurately and as a result"

1) the d7 square, needed for the transfer of the knight via c5 to d3 is occupied by the bishop;

2) White has obtained the possibility of occupying the f5 square with the knight f3, retaining the second knight for the d5 square;

3) the f5 square, because of the absence of the h pawn cannot be covered by the g pawn"

<Boleslavsky believed that here 34.Rxb5 Qxb5 35.f6 would win forcibly>

Well, the move he played (34 Rxe5) was certainly sufficient.

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