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Artur Yusupov vs Rafael Vaganian
Montpellier Candidates (1985), Montpellier FRA, rd 12, Oct-27
Old Indian Defense: General (A53)  ·  0-1



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  zydeco: Interesting that Vaganian passed up 41...Qxc4, winning a clear pawn.
Jul-14-16  Sally Simpson: Hi zydeco,

It was Vanganian's call.

Win a pawn which swaps Queens and go into a double Rook ending.


Play on the fact White's King is going to be exposed on an open board. To take advantage of this the Queens have to stay on.

The latter course is the way to go. An exposed King is a great disadvantage far out weighing any plus one might have.

This is highlighted a few moves later here.(Black has just played 47...Rf8-b8)

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If White's King was less exposed then the passed pawn would hold the trumps. But as it is 48.d6 meets 48...Rb2 and White can resign.

The game panned out just as Vaganian thought it would by keeping the Queens on. The White King was chased all over the board having to avoid all kinds of land mines and (from a personal perspective) easier to play as Black than going into a long double Rook ending.

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  zydeco: <Sally Simpson> I agree. Gutsy decision by Vaganian, trusting his ability to outplay Yusupov with equal material rather than trying to convert a difficult, technical rook endgame.

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