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Mark Taimanov vs Nikolai Georgiyevich Kopilov
URS-ch sf (1949), Leningrad, rd 11, May-??
Alekhine Defense: Exchange Variation (B03)  ·  1-0



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Oct-01-07  beginner64: Black never really gets the hold of this game, and especially after the small combination on moves 16-17, is even further behind in development.

By move 22, white has a raging attack and can sacrifice an exchange to open some attack lines for heavyweight pieces.

The cramping of black's position started with black's reluctance to exchange pawns on moves 9 and 15.

15..exf3 is preferable to 15..Nf7 (played)

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  tpstar: 1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. c4 Nb6 4. d4 <Alekhine's Defense, Chase Variation> d6 5. exd6 cxd6 <Compare 5 ... cxd6 Opening Explorer versus 5 ... exd6 Opening Explorer > 6. Nf3 <More common is 6. Nc3 Opening Explorer and then White often plays h3 before Nf3> Bg4 7. h3 <7. Be2 Nc6 8. 0-0 g6 9. b3 Bg7 10. Bb2 0-0 T Palmer vs S Burtman, 1986 > Bh5 <7 ... Bxf3 8. Qxf3 Nc6 9. Qd1 G Pfeiffer vs Vidmar, 1950 > <[last book move]<>> 8. Be2 Nc6 <8 ... Bxf3!? 9. Bxf3 Nxc4?? 10. Qa4+ - a stock tactic> 9. b3 <[9. Nbd2 e6 ]<>> e5 10. 0-0 Be7 11. Bb2 e4 12. Nfd2 Bg6 <[12 ... Bxe2 13. Qxe2 d5 14. a4 ]<>> 13. Nc3 <[13. d5 Bf6 14. Nc3 Bxc3 15. Bxc3 Ne5 ]<>> f5 14. d5 <This Pawn formation is typical for Alekhine's Defense> Ne5 15. f4 Nf7 <[15 ... Ned7!? ]<>> 16. Ndxe4 <A sham sacrifice since 17. f5 traps the Bg6> fxe4 17. f5 Bf6 <[17 ... Bxf5!? 18. Rxf5 Bf6 ]<>> 18. fxg6 hxg6 <Black's Pawns are very weak> 19. Bg4 Ng5 <[19 ... Qe7 20. Qc2 Bd4+ 21. Kh1 ]<>> 20. Qd2 Rh4 <[20 ... Nd7 21. Bxd7+ Kxd7 ]<>> 21. Rf4 Be5 22. Nxe4! <An exchange sacrifice to open the e file> Bxf4 23. Qxf4 Nf7 <[23 ... Nxe4 24. Re1 Rxg4 25. Qxg4 Qd7 ]<>> 24. Re1 Kf8 <[24 ... Ne5 25. Nxd6+! Qxd6 26. Rxe5+ ]<>> 25. Rf1 Qe7 26. Nxd6 Kg8 <26 ... Qxd6? 27. Qxf7#> 27. Qxf7+ Qxf7 28. Rxf7 1-0 <If 28 ... Rh7 29. Be6 Kh8 30. Rxb7 threatening 31. Nf7+>.

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