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Leonid Alexandrovich Shamkovich vs Ratmir Kholmov
USSR Championship 1961b (1961), Baku URS, rd 10, Dec-01
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov. Smyslov Variation Main Line (B17)  ·  1-0



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Nov-21-02  ughaibu: Another nice game. At first glance the only chance appears to be 24.Rfc8 immediately.
Nov-21-02  Cyphelium: Then I suggest 25.Ng6+. That move lacks punch with the rook on e8, but now it's different.

25.-fxg6 loses to 26.Qg7+ :
26.-Kd6 or Ke8 28.Rxe6+
26.-Kd8 27.Rd1+

Don't taking the knight and just moving the king out of the check is no pick-nick for black either. 25.-Kd8 26.Qf8+ Kd7 27.Bb5+ Qc6 28.Qe7 mate

25.-Kd7 26.Bb5+ Kd6 27.Qf4+ Kc5 anyone for black?

Perhaps Kholmov's 24.-Rfe8 was meant to deal with the threat of Ng6.

Nov-21-02  ughaibu: Cyphelium, interesting analysis. Have you any suggestions for black at some point?
Nov-21-02  Cyphelium: The rook sac 19.Rxg7! looks very strong to me.

It seems hard to avoid the rook sac for black after 17.-Nxe3, since black is almost forced to play 18.-Kh8 efter 18.Qxe3.

So I suggest that black could wait with 17.-Kh8!? instead of the knight move.

The idea is (apart from the obvious avoidance of something evil landing on h6)that if white wants to open the lines with, say, a natural 18.h3, then black plays 18.-Nxe3 and white cannot play 19.Qxe3 because of 19.-Qxc4, when the g7 sac doesn't seem to work.

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  perfidious: This game has Sunday writ large as a POTD.
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  zydeco: 17...exd4 looks like the principled move, although it gets wild there too. A sample variation: 18.Nxd4 Ne5 19.Bxh6 Qxc4 20.Rxg7+ Kh8 21.Qh5 Bf4+ and then probably 22.Bxf4 Kxg7 loses, but 22.Kb1 wins. Lots of alternatives and everything gets tactical.
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