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Laszlo Szabo vs Alexander Kotov
Budapest Candidates (1950), Budapest HUN, rd 15, May-09
Sicilian Defense: Chekhover Variation (B53)  ·  1-0



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May-12-05  paladin at large: Pretty position play by Szabo as he takes advantage of the weakened black kingside to post a powerful knight on f6. NIfty sacrifice of the exchange via 30. fxe4 leads to the key 32. Qd4 and the discovered check on black's cowering king.
Apr-26-12  zydeco: I wonder if black might have been better off sacrificing a pawn with 11...Bxf6 12.Qxd6 Qb6 and play for compensation with two bishops.
Apr-26-12  rilkefan: Stockfish says that 11...Bxf6 12.Qxd6 is +0.9 at a depth of 27. It prefers 12...Rb8 and 12...Bg4 to the immediate ...Qb6 (where it's soon a target for Nc3->a4). It evaluates 11...gxf6 as +0.4 at a similar depth.

It thinks black was equal after 13.Nd2 allowing ...d5. It dislikes 17...Qa5 (...Bc5). Black had nearly equalized again before 27...f5 (...Bxg4). 31...dxe4 held white to under a pawn advantage - the game move just loses.

Jun-04-13  zydeco: <rilkefan> Really? After 31....dxe4 how does black stop Qh6?

The lines I see after 31....dxe4 32.Nd4 are 32....Kg7 33.Qg5+ Kf8 34.Nxh7+ Ke8 35.Nf6+ Kf8 (or 34.....Ke7 35.Nxe4++) 36.Nxe6+ fxe6 37.Qg8+ Ke7 38.Qg7#

and 32....Rg8 33.Qh6 Rg7 34.Ne8 Rg6 35.Qf8+ Rg8 36.Qxd6 Rxe8 37.Qe5+ and maybe black can draw but it looks tough.

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