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Shimon Kagan vs Samuel Reshevsky
Petropolis Interzonal (1973), Petropolis BRA, rd 8, Aug-03
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation (B91)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-23-06  GarryBonaparte: 10...Since Black threatens ...Qc7
here (which threatens ...b5)
White must play now 11 b3! Qc7
12 Ra2! slamming the door.

11...0-0? Why not 11...Qc7!

12 Kh2? Another chance for the
forced 12 b3!

14,15,16: Routine moves promoting
the 18th, which produces an
attackable pawn on d5 (see Black's
20th and 24th)

With the correct queenside setup in
earlier (b3! and Ra2!) White could
find a stronger plan in h3 and g4
(in place of a5? and Kh2) Bd2 (also
breaking a pin that would happen
after an upcoming ...Rfd5 and ...d5)
then...Ng3! and Nf5! and capturing
with the e-pawn. It looks as if
after this operation that g5 (booting
the f6-knight) would be ahead of
the ...d5 blowup, altho this would
need to be established. The plan is
strong looking, but would need to
be timed properly.

Have a nice day.

Apr-23-06  Shajmaty: <GarryBonaparte: With the correct queenside setup in earlier [...] in place of a5?> 13. a5 is a thematic and good move. 17. axb6, with a slight advantage for White, would have proved that.
Apr-29-06  LivinFree: 17 ab might have been addressed in
Reshevsky's book 'The Art of Positional Play'. Not sure, since I've lost that book. However, there is a
later game here in Kagan's lineup
where Black already has ...b5 in,
Kagan then plays a4, and Black responds with ...bxa4, which produces the identical position that would
arise if White had first played a5,
then ...b5, then ab.
Apr-29-06  euripides: Kagan's play is certainly adventurous. At move 34 Black is a rook up; is 34...Bg7, returning the exchange, a blunder ? After that the endgame is interesting, as Reshevsky returns the piece for a decisive advantage in king activity.

At the end, I would have tried the cheapo 66 b6 when 66...Rb1 wins but 66..Rg6 67 b7 Rb6 68 b8=Q Rxb8 is stalemate (remember Larry Evans vs Reshevsky, 1963 ). But maybe that's just me.

Mar-22-11  Helios727: Reshevsky gave 17. axb6 e.p. Nxb6 18. Rxa6 Bc4 with good play for black. That's presumably why white didn't go that direction.

Reshevsky also gives his move 34... Bg7 as a blunder which he blamed on overconfidence.

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