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Vladimir P Malaniuk vs Lev Psakhis
50th USSR Championship (1983), Moscow URS, rd 5, Apr-08
French Defense: Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  0-1



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  fredthebear: It seems 12...Nb4! should be considered an opening trap because it ruins White's ability to castle else the smothered Ra1 will be lost. (The invading Black kNight must be declined. 13.cxNb4 is met by the discovered check 13...Bxb4+ and then the White queen is taken by the rook on the e-file.) Because of the opening trap, king safety and lost tempos become a decisive issue against White as the game wears on.
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  fredthebear: In the final position, the White king is not long for this world.

If 57.Kd4 Rh4+ 58.Ke3 Re4+ setting up a Railroad Mate transporting the helpless White king along the third rank with 59.Kf3 Qe2+ 60.Kg3 Rg4+ 61.Kh3 Qg2#. Perhaps there is a quicker way, but this is an easy forced mating pattern of consecutive checks with no interposes.

If 57.Kf4 Qf5#.

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