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Aleksander Arulaid vs Vladimir Simagin
URS-ch sf (1949), Vilnius (Lithuania), rd 8, Jun-??
French Defense: Tarrasch. Closed Variation (C05)  ·  1-0



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  tpstar: In the French Tarrasch (3. Nd2), ... Nb6 is distinctly uncommon, since Black often plays ... Qb6 and/or ... f6/f5, then the Nd7 heads the other way. But it does fight for the c4 square, so b3 & a4 might be a good plan for White, also Nf3 & Nf4 instead of 0-0 (if ... Bb4+, then Kf1). I don't understand 11. h3; since White's pieces are pointing towards Black's Kingside, g3 & h4 should yield better chances, trying for Ng5, or even 11. Nh5 g6 12. Ng3 and fine play on the weak dark squares. Another idea is Bb1 & Qd3 shooting at h7. Here if White had played b3 & a4, he could have met 16 ... Nc2 with 17. Ra2, then 17 ... Nb4 with 18. Re2. Black's Queen rushed back to defend the dark squares, but it was too late; 20 ... Qxf6?? 21. Bg5 wins the Queen due to mate on e7, so Black sacrificed the exchange with 20 ... h6 21. Bf4 Qxf6 22. Be5 but lost anyway. 33. Rec1! was clever; if 33 ... bxc5 34. Rxc5, and if the Nc7 moves, 35. Rxc8, and if 34 ... Rh7 35. Rc6+ Ke7 36. Rxc7+ Bd7 37. Rxa7 wins handily.

tpstar0-pebete20032000 (Yahoo 5/8/04): 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. Bd3 c5 6. c3 Nc6 7. Ne2 cd 8. cd Be7 9. Nf3 Nb6 10. b3 Bd7 11. a4 Bb4+ 12. Kf1 0-0 13. h4 h6 14. Bb1 f5!? 15. ef Qxf6 16. Qd3 Ne7 17. Qh7+ Kf7 18. a5 Bxa5?? (18 ... Nbc8 19. Rh3 and White has to watch f2) 19. Rxa5 Rh8?! 20. Ne5+ Qxe5 21. fxe5 Rxh7 22. Bxh7 and White won (1-0).

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