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Lev Polugaevsky vs Alexander Zaitsev
USSR Championship (1968/69), Alma-Ata (Almaty) URS, rd 6, Mar-??
English Opening: Agincourt Defense. Neo Catalan Declined (A14)  ·  1-0



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Dec-10-04  Resignation Trap: This was the sixth and last game of the playoff match between Polugaevsky and A Zaitsev after they tied for first in the USSR Championship. The score was even with one win each and three draws. After White's 38th move, Polugaevsky stands better, but Zaitsev may still put up tough resistance with 38...Kf7.

38...Rb7?? was to meet White's reply of 39. Rcxc4 with 39...Rb2+. Only then did Zaitsev realise that White instead plays 39. Rdxc4! Rc2+ 40. Rc2, so he resigned without waiting for Polugaevsky's reply.

Feb-10-07  Vollmer: I agree that 38...Kf7 or Kf8 would give white only a slight advantage . Kf8 might be better as it allows some freedom of movement for Black's Bishop . Its nice to know I am in good company when I blunder in a complicated endgame .
Aug-26-18  zydeco: Zaitsev's flaw as a player was a pursuit of activity for its own sake. With 25....Nb5 his knight ends up out of play on the queenside. The blunder 38....Rb7 is also an attempt to create mischief.
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Black to move

1) +0.08 (31 ply) 38...Rf8 39.Rb3 Kg7 40.Be1 Re8 41.Kf2 Rf7+ 42.Kg3 h5 43.e4 dxe4 44.Rc3 hxg4 45.hxg4 Rf4 46.Rxe4 Rxe4 47.Bxe4 Bg8 48.Bd3 Rxe1 49.Bxc4 Rg1+ 50.Kh3 Bxc4 51.Rxc4 Rb1 52.Rc7+ Kg6 53.Rxa7 Rb3+ 54.Kg2 Rb2+ 55.Kf3 Rb3+ 56.Ke2 Rb2+ 57.Kd3 Rb4 58.a5 Rxg4 59.a6 Ra4

2) +0.13 (31 ply) 38...Re8 39.Rcd3 Rde7 40.Rxd5 Nxe3 41.Rxe3 Bxg4+ 42.hxg4 Rxe3+ 43.Kf2 Ra3 44.Be5 Rxa4 45.Kg3 Ra3+ 46.Kh2 Ra2 47.Kg1 Ra4 48.Bf3 Ra3 49.Kg2 Ra2+ 50.Kg3 Ra3 51.Bd6 Rb3 52.Bc5 Rc8 53.Rf5 a5 54.Kg2 Rb2+ 55.Kh3 Rd2 56.Be4 Kh8

3) +0.26 (30 ply) 38...Rc8 39.Kf2 Rc6 40.e4 Na5 41.Rxc6 Nxc6 42.Rd2 dxe4 43.Rxd7 Bxd7 44.Bxe4 Kf7 45.Bd6 Ke6 46.Bc5 a5 47.Bc2 Ke5 48.Bb3 Nb4 49.Bb6 Nc6 50.Kg3 Be6 51.Bd1 Bc4 52.Bf3 Nd4 53.Bxa5 Nxf3 54.Kxf3 Bd5+ 55.Kg3

6.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

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  whiteshark: <zydeco: With 25....Nb5 his knight ends up out of play on the queenside.>

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Black to move

1) +0.71 (31 ply) 25...Nb5 26.Bb2 d4 27.Bf1 fxg4 28.hxg4 a5 29.Rd3 Nc3 30.Bxc3 dxc3 31.Rcxc3 Rxd3 32.exd3 Bd5 33.Kf2 g6 34.d4 h5 35.Ke3 Re8+ 36.Kf4 Rf8+ 37.Kg3 Rd8 38.Bc4 Bf7 39.Bxf7+ Kxf7 40.Rc7+ Ke6 41.Rb7 Rxd4 42.Rxb6+ Kf7 43.Ra6 hxg4 44.fxg4

2) +0.79 (31 ply) 25...fxg4 26.hxg4 Nb5 27.Bb2 d4 28.Bf1 a5 29.Rd3 Nc3 30.Bxc3 dxc3 31.Rcxc3 Rxd3 32.exd3 Bd5 33.Kf2 g6 34.d4 h5 35.Ke3 Re8+ 36.Kf4 Rf8+ 37.Kg3 Rd8 38.Bc4 Kg7 39.Bxd5 Rxd5 40.Rc4 hxg4 41.Kxg4 b5 42.Rc7+ Kf6

3) +1.00 (31 ply) 25...Re7 26.e3 Bc8 27.Bb2 Bb7 28.f4 fxg4 29.hxg4 Ne8 30.Kf2 Rdd7 31.Bf3 Nd6 32.Be5 Kf7 33.Kg1 Ne4 34.Rc2 Ng5 35.Be2 Ne4 36.Kh2 Rd8 37.Kg2 Ng5 38.b4 d4+ 39.Kf1 Nf3 40.exd4 Rdd7 41.Bb5 Nxe5 42.fxe5

6.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

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