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Eugene Aleksandrovich Znosko-Borovsky vs Viktor Nikolaev
3rd Russian National Tournament (1903), Kiev RUE, rd 5, Sep-??
Spanish Game: Open. Open Variation (C80)  ·  1-0

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Mar-28-04
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  tpstar: A common situation in the Ruy Lopez Open, 6. Re1 = Black gets the Two Bishops, but what to do with them? Here the KB is a mere spectator, then a target, while the QB gets the fine long diagonal, only to be traded for White's KN. I understand 9. d3, so that White's QB becomes a good Bishop, but I don't fathom 10. h3 or 11. Nf3, after which 11 ... Bf6 was screaming to be played. I wonder if 16. Be3!? was a planned sacrifice or a mistake. A timely ... h6 would have avoided the winning combination.

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