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Svetozar Gligoric vs Jan Smejkal
Leningrad Interzonal (1973), Leningrad URS, rd 6, Jun-09
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Classical Variation (D86)  ·  0-1



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  Chessical: A highly theoretical and tactical opening as Gligoric drives his central pawns forward.

<25. Qxg6+!?> seems to lead to a draw after <25...Kh8> 26. Qh6+ Kg8 27. Bxc4 Rxc4 28. Qg6+ Kf8 29. Rd3 Qe6 30. Qh7; Gligoric obviously wanted more. He was counting on Smejkal miscalculating with an exposed King, but Smejkal defends steadily and it is Gligoric who eventually goes wrong in the complications.

<26. Rxd5> Qf6 27. Rd7+ Kf8 28. Rxb7 seems an improvement over Gligoric's actual move.

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Smejkal's <32...Qg7> is a hard choice It is a safe move but it may have given Gligoric an opportunity to get back into the game.

The alternative is very sharp

<32... Bc6!?> 33. f4

and now <33... d4> 34. g3 Qf5 seems preferable to:

<33... e4> 34. f5 Qd6 35. Qh4+ Kg7 36. Qg5+ Kf7 37. f6

By playing <33. Qe6+> Gligoric would have been almost equal, <33... Qg6> 34. Qe7 Bc6 35. f4 e4 36. f5 Qd6. His actual move <33. Qh4> relies on the Queen and the passed King-side pawns.

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Unfortunately for Gligoric, <39. Qxb7> loses to <39...Qe4+> 40. Kg1 Qxg4+ 41. Kh1 Qf3+ 42. Kg1 Qf2+

Gligoric resigns because the two passed pawns and a number of Queen checks are not enough to save him:

<43... Kf6> 44. Qd8+ Qe7 45. g5+ Kf7 46. g6+ Kf6 47. Qxd4 Qc5 48. Qh4+ Kxf5 49. Qh3+ Ke4 50. Qg2+ Nf3+ 51. Kh1 Qg5

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