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Leonid Savitsky vs Sergey Nikolaevich von Freymann
USSR Championship (1934/35), Leningrad URS, rd 16, Dec-28
Semi-Slav Defense: General (D43)  ·  1-0



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  Phony Benoni: Freymann, at age 52, was one of the older players in this champipnship. He finished in a distant last place, largely by spoiling a number of good positions. This was one of them. We pick up the action after <41...Kb7>:

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Black's king is a bit insecure, but the extra knight is more than enough compensation. <42.a4> was as good as anything else, and Black, faced with a difficult choice of protecting the f-pawn with either 42...Rf5 or 42...Rf3, blundered instead with <42...Rh2?>.

Now, after <43.Rxd6 Qxd6 44.Qxf7+> Black could see that staying on the last two ranks would allow a perpetual check, so he went up with <44...Kb6??>. Unfortunately, <45.Rc5> showed the point of 42.a4: White threatens 46.a5#, and 45...a5 46.Rb5+ is no improvement. One spite check later, Black was forced to resign.

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