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Mark Taimanov vs Yuri Averbakh
USSR Championship (1956), Leningrad URS , rd 1
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Reshevsky Variation (E46)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  zydeco: Interesting endgame.

24....Nf6 seems a little over-cautious - black creates holes in his position in order to reduce white's attacking force.

Averbakh missed white's shot, 32.Bxd5+!

The triangulation with 71.Kb8 forces black to sacrifice a piece. 71...Kf8 72.Kc8 Ke7 (or 72....Be6+ 73.Kd8 Bd5 74.Kd7 Bg2 75.Kd6) 73.Kc7 Kf8 74.Kd6 and the bishop has to vacate the a2-f7 diagonal) and after 75.Bxc6 black can't take on f7 with the bishop.

I don't know the theory of this endgame but obviously these two do. I guess it's dangerous for black's king to take the direct route through the center to get to the h8 square, and it's safer to stay as far away as possible until the white king leaves and a route opens up along the eighth rank.

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