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Alexander Kotov vs Svetozar Gligoric
Stockholm Interzonal (1952), Stockholm SWE, rd 5, Sep-22
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Yugoslav Variation Rare Lines (E64)  ·  1-0



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Jul-17-15  zydeco: Around move 24, Gligoric has what looks like a dream Benko Gambit-type position, but it's difficult to make progress.

Maybe 26....Na6, planning to bring the knight to c5 and b3, would be an improvement on the game. Black could probably also tread water for a few moves and it's very hard for white even to untangle his pieces.

Hard to tell if Gligoric missed the strength of 27.b3! when he played 26....Nxd5?! or if he really thought the piece sacrifice gave him winning chances.

Nov-26-19  paulthebox: 31... Rb2 seems like a much better chance
Jul-25-22  cehertan: Yes it is a proto Benko and modern eyes recognize black ought to be better. Instead of the unnatural 22..Na6 more consequential was 22..Rb3 23.Kf2 f5! with good play since white has no time for 24.Be3 fxe4. It is also kind of hard to believe that 22..Nb3 interring the silly Ra2 is not great, but my engine likes white!
Jul-28-22  Retireborn: Houdini likes 26...Nd3 27.b3 [27.Bxd3 cxb2 28.Bxb2 Bxb2 is an obvious draw] 27..Rd4 28.Be3 Rxb3 29.Kh1 [29.Bxd4 and 29.Bxd3 are both bad] 29...Ra4 which it assesses as equal.

An interesting possibility then is 30.Bxd3 c2 31.Bxc2 Rxe3 32.Bxa4 Bxa1 33.Ra2 Bd4 [33...Rxf3 34.Kg2 wins] and 34...Bc5 and the white a-pawn will fall, with a draw.

This is very much a computer line though. Most human minds would automatically reject putting the knight on d3.

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