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Janis Klovans vs Milorad Knezevic
WchT U26 07th (1960), Leningrad URS, rd 5, Jul-20
Scotch Game: Göring Gambit. Double Pawn Sacrifice (C44)  ·  1-0



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  fredthebear: This is a furious fight in Leningrad! The queens come out on the eighth move before castling occurs, creating multiple possibilities.

The opening skirmish is best left to the theorists.

Here are a few middlegame highlights:

White tries to give away the dark-squared bishop with 17.Bf4! If 17...QxBf4 18.Nd5 strikes back! So Black declines, castles long, and White makes fine use of the open diagonal toward the Black king. If 17...0-0 18.Bd6 benefits White.

If 20...NxQa7, then 21.NxNd5+ gains back the queen after 22.NxQb4. White is up a piece and pawn. However, Black declined the sham Q sacrifice w/a defensive move 20...Nc7, but that turns out to be that knight's last move.

21.Nd5! was available with tactical complications benefiting White. Instead the queens were exchanged.

The focus shifts to the pinned knights on the open c-file. Rook exchanges occur after a brief flurry. Black could fight on after 29...NxNd4 30.BxRc7+ but it's a slow death.

This was a sharp game. There were plenty of other tactical possibilities not discussed. Pins were the difference as the Black king was more exposed.

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