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Jonathan Speelman vs William Hartston
BBC TV Master Game (1975), Bristol ENG, rd 3
Indian Game: Reversed Chigorin Defense (A45)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-03-06  ycensor: An example of Speelman playing
bad Chess. He gets a better game
out of the opening. 9...Bg4 has
been prevented in other Schmid
Benoni games with h3 (Chuck, for one,
has done so, putting his KB on c4 in
a classic stuff of the Schmid), yet
encouraging ...Bg4, and then playing
h3! looks even better.
He plays the somewhat impulsive but
not bad 21 Bxb5 ( He could have
piled up all day on that with 21 Ra5,
22 Bd3, 23 Rfb1, etc.), because look
at the effect of REVERSING White's
24th and 25th moves. It's night
and day: 24 Re1! Kf8 (forced)- the
BQ is bound to it's post, and now
perhaps just 25 Kh1 and f4-f5! with
decent Kingside attacking chances. Or
25 Qd4, with a mate threat.
Apr-30-06  Nobutitis: 24...Kf8 isn't forced. The BQ is
not tied to it's post, since after
24 Re1 Qb6! can be played: 25 Rxe7
Rxe7 26 Qxe7 Rxd5 =, or 25 Rd7 Rc5
26 c4 Qb4 counter-attacking White's
own weak pawns again.
You were right the first time.
White really should have waited on
21 Bxb5? and taken his time in capturing that weak b-pawn.

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