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Andrei Sokolov vs Artur Yusupov
Candidates Match (1986), Riga, rd 1, Sep-01
French Defense: Winawer. Positional Variation (C19)  ·  0-1



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  Honza Cervenka: This is quite interesting game with some unusual manoeuvres. I like Yusupov's regrouping of forces started with 13...Kd7 and his gradual mounting of pressure on the Kingside.
Jan-18-08  SuperPatzer77: After 73. Qb7 (only move) c3+!, 74. Kb3 (not 74. Kb5? Qc4#) Qb4+!, 75. Qxb4 axb4 leaving Black four connected dangerous pawns and a knight.

Black has four connected pawns and a knight and White has a rook and no pawns so, of course, that gives Black great advantage because the four connected pawns are unstoppable.

Jan-19-08  SuperPatzer77: Addition to my analysis: <SuperPatzer77> below:

After 73. Qb7 (only move) c3+!, 74. Kb3 (not 74. Kb5? Qc4#) Qc4+!, 75. Kc2 Nd4+!, 76. Kc1 Ne2+, 77. Kc2 Qe4+!, 78. Kd1 (not 78. Kb3 Qb1+ winning the White Queen) c2+, 79. Ke1 c1=Q+, 80. Kf2 Qg1# 0-1

Instead of 75. Kc2, 75. Ka3 Qb4+!, 76. Qxb4 axb4+, 77. Kb3 Nd4+!, 78. Kxb4 c2, 79. Rd8+ Kc7!!, 80. Rxd5 c1=Q, 81. Rc5+ Nc6+!

Nov-10-08  Karpova: The regrouping 14...Qg8 15...Qh7 reminds a bit of Janowski vs Rubinstein, 1907 where Black played 29...Qd8 30...Qb8 31...Qa7.
Feb-18-09  WeakSquare: Fantasy manoeuvre h6, Kd7, Qg8, Qh7...
Feb-18-09  Riverbeast: Excellent game by Yusupov
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  Everett: Would a game like this be possible without Petrosian showing us the way? Kudos to both players for making this game a beautiful one.
Dec-19-15  Mehem: 57.Qb7+? was one move too soon. White should have played 57.Bc1 or 57.Ka2 with an idea of the killing blow Ba3+ if Black King moves to d6. If Black would have immediately tried to promote his pawn with 57... Qf1 then 58.Rxe7+! Kxe7 59.Qxc6 g1Q 60.Qc7+

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and White finds the salvation in perpetual check.

May-10-16  kamagong24: if i recall correctly, i think i've seen an interview with him saying this is his favorite game
Feb-13-17  paavoh: How come I was not aware of this interesting game earlier?? Well, better late than never.

White never got anything going on the King side, and I tend to think 12.Rh4 was too early.

Feb-13-17  Howard: Yes, it was an interesting game. Too bad though that Yusopov wasn't able to win the match.

The Candidates "super-final" between Sokolov and Karpov, by the way, was 30 years ago next month I believe.

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  offramp: White's losing move may have been as late as move 70.

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He played
70.Rf8, but
70.Rf2! may have held out.

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