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Igor Bondarevsky vs Alexander Kotov
USSR Championship (1948), Moscow URS, rd 10, Nov-26
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran Variation (D47)  ·  0-1

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May-24-05  Whitehat1963: What's the finish? (Player of the Day)
May-24-05  hintza: Not sure I understand this game, Black looks much better in the final position.
May-24-05  aw1988: Would anyone care to play the position against me as black? I have no clue if it is a win, but it would be a most instructive idea...
May-24-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: My best guess is time ran out.
Because here is a line that Shredder 9 gave...

38. ... g5
39. ♕c1 ♖g7
40. ♕e1 ♕f7
41. a3 ♖e8
42. ♕c1 ♕c7 -3.01/13

May-24-05  aw1988: Well, yes, g5 wins on the spot.

Stupid computers.

Jun-12-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: <WannaBe> is correct.

"Already White does not have any serious compensation for the material loss, and Black must gradually win". - Kotov

Jun-12-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  Pawn and Two: The result should be 0-1, as it was White who lost on time.

In "Grandmaster at Work", Kotov noted at the end of the game: <38.Qf4 0:1 as White overstepped the time-limit>.

Other databases, and tournament crosstables from other books, verify that Kotov won this game. At the tournament's conclusion, Kotov tied Bronstein for first place, sharing championship honors in the 16th Soviet Championship.

Feb-11-14  yariharimo: Is this a case where White's attack had just gone wrong? What if at on move 14, White had just played Rb1 instead of Ba3? Would White be any better? I asked this because the database showed 3 choices by Black on move 11 and 11...Bb4 leads to this line.

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