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Svetozar Gligoric vs Lev Psakhis
Sarajevo (1986), Sarajevo BIH, rd 5, Apr-??
Benoni Defense: Classical Variation. Argentine Counterattack (A75)  ·  0-1



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  wordfunph: Gligo squeezed by Psakhis in the endgame.

0-1 for my facebook friend GM Lev Psakhis..

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  Baby Hawk: In his book "Rethinking the chess pieces" Andrew Soltis uses this as the example game to show that two minor pieces are stronger than a rook and two pawns in a tactical position.
Oct-24-20  SChesshevsky: < In his book "Rethinking the chess pieces" Andrew Soltis uses this as the example game to show that two minor pieces are stronger than a rook and two pawns in a tactical position.>

Have to believe this might be overstated. Maybe "are" is too strong? Would think "can be" or even "are often" could be more accurate.

Guessing the evaluation is going to be highly dependent on the two pawns and initiative. Here after 22. Rxc5, we get the two N's versus a R and two pawns. But I'd argue it's the position that gives black the edge. Psakhis quickly shows that the two N's easily blockade the hanging pawns. Suggesting that in this case the answer to the age old question, "Are hanging pawns a weakness or strength?", is clear. But that's not all as Black has the just about monster B, versus a limited white B, and also gets active control on the b-file. All equaling plenty of initiative.

Not saying that Soltis is definitively wrong. But would have to see some examples with the two pawns at least having some potential and/or the extra rook side with at least some initiative and then collapsing to accept outright "that two minor pieces are stronger than a rook and two pawns in a tactical position."

Oct-25-20  SChesshevsky: <...two minor pieces are stronger than a rook and two pawns in a tactical position.>

While reviewing a QGD Tartakower line from a recently kibitzed Kasparov-Beliavsky 1978 game, coincedently came across this nice win by Polugaevsky:

Polugaevsky vs Tal, 1980

Where the Rook and two pawns showed much more teeth. Additional investigation probably still needed before a definitive answer on the advantages or disadvantages of R and two pawns versus two minor pieces.

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