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Lev Polugaevsky vs Helmut Pfleger
Tallinn (1973), Tallinn URS, rd 11, Mar-07
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E08)  ·  1-0

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Aug-11-02  bishop: 25....Rab8 looks better than ....Rad8
Dec-26-12  ozmikey: 25...Rab8 looks passive to me. I think Black might have been better served by the more natural 26...Rd2 instead of ...Rd4. 29. Nxa6! was a nicely calculated little combination on the back rank theme (29...Bxa6 30. Rxa6!) with a cute sting in the tail (31. Nd3!). I imagine the final position was adjourned, but White cleans up after 43. Rb8 (threatening mate) h5 44. Rd8, with Rd6 or Ne7(+) to follow.
Dec-26-12  Nerwal: I guess Pfleger didn't play 26... ♖d2 because after 27. b3 followed by ♘c5 he has to go back hunting the b4 pawn with ♖d4. Still black had some drawing chances even in the 4 vs 3 ending with pawns on one wing, but with suspicious moves like 33... ♗a4, 34... g4, 37... ♗c6 and the blunder 38... ♔g7 he quickly collapsed. I am not convinced Polugaevsky would have won it at a modern time control against a Karpov, Fischer or Carlsen. But with adjournments after five hours of play it was another entirely different story, and maybe Pfleger thought he had no chance if the game were to be adjourned in a normal position given Polugaevsky's analysis skills...

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