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Vladimir Andreevich Makogonov vs Vasily Smyslov
USSR Championship (1940), Moscow URS, rd 15, Sep-25
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation (E32)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: 25.Bh3 is a cool shot. 25...Qb8 (25...Qa8 26.Rg5 g6 27.Rxa5 Nxa5 28.Bh6 ) 26.Rg5 g6 27.Rgd5! and black can resign.
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  Fusilli: Brilliant game by Makogonov.

<HC> Not quite. After 25...Qb8 29.Rg5 g6 30.Rxa5 Black recaptures with the pawn, 30...bxa5. The computer says White is still better after 31.Rd5 (31.Bh6 loses to 31...Nd4, the point of recapturing with the pawn), but White has several better choices than 27.Rxa5.

The computer also gives a more spectacular variation. 25...Qb8 26.Rd7 h6 27.Be6!! Nice, no?

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If 27...Rf8 28.Rxa5 Nxa5 (or 28...bxa5 29.Bxc4) 29.Bxh6! winning (29...gxh6 30.Qf6).

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