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Igor A Zaitsev vs Yuri Sakharov
USSR Championship (1968/69), Alma-Ata (Almaty) URS, rd 16, Jan-27
Sicilian Defense: Smith-Morra Gambit. Accepted Scheveningen Formation (B21)  ·  1-0



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Mar-21-11  Rick360: Wasn't Sakharov an early trainer/coach for Kasparov? Either way, Zaitsev shows that the lowley Smith-Morra is playable.
Mar-21-11  joupajou: Why did Sakharov resign? 31. ..e4 looks ok.

I think he made some not-so effective moves earlier in the game.

After 29.Qg4

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Don't think 29. ..h5 is the best possible move here. This line looks interesting. 29. ..g6 30.Nd5 Nxe4.

Something happened even earlier on, though. This is the position after 22.b3

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Here black should play 22. ..Ne5. Maybe Sakharov just set up a trap, hoping for 23.Rd1? Or did he just want to start tearing up the white fortress in the f1..h3 area? What about 22. ..e5 23.Nf5?

Could easily spend hours analysing this game, some very complicated positions.

Jan-05-15  Sololoy: joupajou: Nd5 is good enough, 'cause it gets a minor piece anyway!
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  kingscrusher: This has one of the mysterious end of game labyrnythns ever. Given the amount of confusion both Zaitzev's have given me in this tournament, I will give my full PGN here:

Basically craziness in final position starts after Nd5:

Igor Arkadievich Zaitsev - Yuri Nikolaevich Sakharov 1-0 16.0, USSR Championship 1968/69

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Analysis by Stockfish 14:

1. +- (3.52): 32...exd3 33.Ne7+ Kh8 34.Qe6 Rh6 35.Ng6+ Kh7 36.Qxe8 Rxe8 37.Rxe8 Rxg6 38.fxg6+ Kxg6 39.Be3 Bxe3+ 40.Rxe3 Kf5 41.Rxd3 Ne4 42.Rd5+ Kg4 43.g3 Kf3 44.Rxh5 g5 45.Rh8 d5 46.h4 Kxg3 47.h5 Kg4 48.h6 Kh5 49.h7 Kg6

2. +- (5.57): 32...Qe5 33.Rxd2 Bxd2 34.Qxd2 Re8 35.Bh4 Qxf5 36.Ne7+ Rxe7 37.Bxe7 Rh6 38.Bxd6 Qd7 39.Qd5+ Qe6 40.Qa8+ Kh7 41.Bc5 h4 42.Qxe4+ Qxe4 43.Rxe4 h3 44.gxh3 Rc6 45.Re5 a5 46.h4 Rh6 47.h5 Rf6 48.Kg2

3. +- (5.96): 32...Nxb3 33.Rxb3 Bxh2+ 34.Kh1 Be5 35.Nb6 Rc7 36.Qxe4 Rh6 37.Rh3 h4 38.Be3 Rh5 39.f6 Qf7 40.Nd5 Rc4 41.Ne7+ Kh8 42.Ng6+ Kh7 43.Nxe5+ Rxe4 44.Nxf7 gxf6 45.Nxd6 Re6 46.Rd1

4. +- (7.00): 32...Qf7 33.Rd4 Rc2 34.Qd1 Bxh2+ 35.Kh1 Rxa2 36.Rxd2 Rxd2 37.Qxd2 Be5 38.Rc1 Rh6 39.Rc7 Rf6 40.Rxf7 Rxf7 41.Qg5 e3 42.Bxe3 g6 43.Qxg6+ Rg7

5. +- (7.05): 32...Rh6 33.Rxd2 Bxd2 34.Qxd2 Qf7 35.Rxe4 Kh7 36.f6 Rxf6 37.Nxf6+ Qxf6 38.h3 Qh6 39.Re3 Qg6 40.Re2 Re8 41.Rxe8 Qxe8 42.Qd3+ Qg6 43.Qd5 Qb1+ 44.Kh2 6. +- (7.15): 32...Qd7 33.Rxd2 Bxd2 34.Qxd2 Re8 35.f6 Rh6 36.fxg7 Rg6 37.Bd4 Qf7 38.Nf4 e3 39.Bxe3 Rxg7 40.h3 Rg3 41.Bf2 Rxe1+ 42.Bxe1 Rxb3 43.axb3 Qxb3 44.Qxd6 Kf7 45.Qxa6 White is winning

(Gavriel, 22.11.2021)

But see the pastebin analysis :)

Cheers, K

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