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Sieghart Dittmann vs Nikola Padevsky
Dresden it (1956), Dresden GDR, rd 11, Mar-??
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Bernstein Defense (E59)  ·  0-1

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Jan-09-11
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  Phony Benoni: After <52.Ka4>:


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Bishops hate separated passed pawns. Sort of like stately old Uncle Basil trying to keep up with two rambunctious nephews who suddenly rush off in different directions.

The process began with <52...Bxe4 53.fxe4 f3!>, which paralyzed the bishop and prepared the entry of the Black king.

White's king can't retreat in time to help, so he will have to find counterplay by going for Black's a-pawn. He can't do this immediately, so the game continues <54.g5 Ke5 55.Kc5 Kxe4>.


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If White has done his math, he's not too worried yet. It takes six moves to queen White's a-pawn, and six to promote Black's f-pawn. No great problem. But arithmetic goes out the window after <56.Kb6 b4!>, as a black pawn gets through in plenty of time.

Jan-09-11  Eduardo Leon: After <17...♗a4!>, Black secured a long-term advantage, thanks to White's bad bishop. (Of course, 18.♕xa4 ♕xc3 was not acceptable for White.)


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White managed to reach the endgame by carefully exchanging most pieces, but couldn't get rid of his bad bishop, which ultimately decided his fate.

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Round 11
from Dresden 1956 by Phony Benoni

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