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Lev Polugaevsky vs Henrique Mecking
Polugaevsky - Mecking Candidates Quarterfinal (1977), Lucerne SUI, rd 1, Feb-26
Semi-Slav Defense: General (D43)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Apr-22-07  outplayer: 37.Nf5+! leads to a win by White according to Bagirov analysis.
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  offramp: <outplayer: 37.Nf5+! leads to a win by White according to Bagirov analysis.>

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She is right.
37. Nf5+! Ke8 and now 38. Qf6!

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This threatens 39. Ng7+ Kd7 40. Be6+, and there is very little Black can do to prevent it.

Oct-23-17  Howard: Kavalek pointed out a forced win in CL&R, but I don't recall exactly where.
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  offramp: I have a feeling it might be move 37.
Nov-08-19  Straclonoor: Some concrete analysis.

Analysis by Stockfish 051119 64 POPCNT:

+- (10.83): 37.Nf5+ Ke8 38.Qf6 Be5 39.Qxe5+ Kd7 40.h4 Bd3 41.Nd6 Na6 42.Qg3 Bh7 43.Nxf7 Nxc5 44.dxc5 Qxc5+ 45.Kh1 Qb4 46.Ne5+ Kc7 47.Qg7+ Kb6 48.Nd7+ Kb5 49.Qe5+ Ka6 50.h5 Qg4 51.Be6 Qh4+ 52.Kg1 Qb4 53.g4 Ka7 54.Qc7+ Qb7 55.Qa5+ Qa6 56.Qc5+ Kb7 57.Qd4 Qa7 58.Nc5+ Ka8 59.Kg2 Be4+ 60.Kh3 Qa3+ 61.Kh4 Qa5 62.Nxe4 Qc7 63.Kh3 Qe7 64.Qe5 Qd8 65.Nd6

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