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Detlef Neukirch vs Lothar Zinn
"Zinn Master" (game of the day Mar-10-2021)
East German Championship (1974), Potsdam GDR, rd 7, Feb-??
Modern Defense: Averbakh Variation (A42)  ·  0-1



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  OhioChessFan: "Zinn Master"
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  al wazir: Blunder on move 40. Was it because of time pressure?

White was already down an exchange. I guess the point of 30. Rxd3 instead if 30. Bxd3 was to defend the ♙ on d4.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Versatile pun upon the words "Zen" and "Zin," short for Zinfandel, a popular wine grape in the state of California.
Mar-10-21  Brenin: One can imagine the look of relief on White's face, having completed his 40th move just before the flag fell by pinning his opponent's R with 40 Qd8, and then the look of horror as Black calmly (or triumphantly?) unpins it with Re1+. A scene one can witness in chess clubs all over the world.
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  perfidious: Indeed, though a far less common tableau between two far stronger players as seen here.
Mar-10-21  goodevans: <18.b4> was an odd move. Perhaps white had in mind playing c5 or, more likely, b5 at some point but the need for white to keep an eye on d5 means neither of those moves seems very plausible.

White needed to retain the option of playing b3 at some point to bolster c4. As soon as 18.b4 was played black started to put pressure on c4 which ultimately cost white the exchange (since 30.Bxd3 exd3 followed by 31...Bxc4 is even worse).

The <28...Nb4>/<29...Nd3> manoeuvre was very nice and there doesn't seem to be much white could do to stop it even if he'd realised it was coming.

Mar-10-21  catlover: Perhaps Neukirch played 30. Rxd3 rather than Bxd3 because 30. Bxd3 exd3 31. Rxd3 Bxc4 leads to black's bishop simultaneously attacking white's knight and rook.

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