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Laszlo Szabo vs Paul Vaitonis
Stockholm Interzonal (1952), Stockholm SWE, rd 3, Sep-18
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Alekhine Variation (D67)  ·  1-0



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  zydeco: Szabo had a real gift for producing complex, tactical positions out of the Queen's Gambit.
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  zydeco: 22....Bxe6 loses the queen to 23.Nxe6.

White wins his piece back with 23....Nd7 24.Nxf7 Bxf7 25.Bxd7.

If 25.....Rd8 26.Nxf7 Bxf7 27.Bxd7 and if 27....Qe7 (or the dramatic-looking 27....Qe8) white gets out of the pin with 28.Ba4 or 28.Bg4 and stays at least a pawn ahead in the endgame e.g. 28...Rxd1+ 29.Bxd1 Bxa2 30.Qd6 or 30.b3 and white's winning but black has greater drawing chances than he does in the game continuation.

The more elaborate 26.Qc7 fails (I think) to 26....Qe7 and then 27.Nxf7 Bxf7 28.Rxd7 Rxd7 29.Bxd7 Be8 or 28.Bxd7 Kf8! (if immediately 28....Be8 white wins the exchange with 29.Be6+ but after 28....Kf8 white can't escape the double-pin on the bishop).

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