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Alexander Kotov vs Ludek Pachman
Prague-Moscow (1946), Prague CSR, rd 1, Mar-??
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation (E28)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-29-07  wolfmaster: Kotov didn't see 29...Nc3?
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  OBIT: Pachman missed a quick win with 73...Qh2! Possible continuations are:

(a) 74. Rf8 Kg4 75. Rg8+ Kf3 76. Rf8+ (forced to stop mate) Kxg3 and wins.

(b) 74. Rf3 Kg4 75. Rd3 Qc2 76. Re3 Qd2 77. Re2 (the rook has no safe squares on the 3rd rank) Qd3 and wins the g-pawn.

The win became problematic after 73...Qd1?, and after 78...h4? there was no win at all.

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  wwall: Instead of 78.h4, Black still has a win after 78...Qe1 or 78...Qe3, but it takes about 50 moves to win.
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With the White K on h2 and the Black Q on e1, the move ..h4 would be the only winning attempt.

But after 1..h4 2 Rxh4 Qf2+ 3 Kh3 realising victory is practically impossible in over-the-board play.

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