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Andre Lilienthal vs Grigory Levenfish
Moscow (1936), Moscow URS, rd 10, May-27
French Defense: Winawer. Poisoned Pawn Variation Main Line (C18)  ·  1-0



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Sep-25-15  zanzibar: Assuming the Soviets were driving opening theory (fairly safe bet), this is the debut of the Winawer Poisoned Pawn (7.Qg4 ... 8.Qxg7).

<CG>'s Opening Explorer doesn't allow me to go past 7.Qg4 cxd4, so I haven't checked. I used RUSbase.

Sep-25-15  zanzibar: Correction to the above, <MillBase> had an earlier example:

Kotov vs Chekhover, 1935

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  Retireborn: <z> Chessbase 2002 agrees, although it doesn't have the Kotov game.

Botvinnik played 7...cxd4 in a big 1935 tournament so he was presumably prepared for 8.Qxg7, but his opponent chickened out with 8.cxd4.

Games with the 7.Qg4 Qc7 move order don't appear until 1945.

Sep-26-15  zanzibar: I only have one game with 7.Qg4 Qc7 from 1945.

Panov vs Ragozin, 1945

The next two examples arefrom 1947 - a Buenos Aires ch-ARG <Rebizzo--Rossetto>, and a Kuibyshev ch-RUS <Suetin--Isakov>.

Both of these games are missing from <CG> afaict.

Sep-26-15  zanzibar: I forgot to mention that Rebizzo also took a pass on the pawn, playing 8.Ra2 instead.

The Argentinians played to a draw, whereas Suetin won his game.

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