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Lembit Oll vs Mikhail Gurevich
Tallinn (1987), Tallinn URS, rd 5, Apr-11
Pirc Defense: Austrian Attack. Dragon Formation (B09)  ·  0-1



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Mar-05-03  siimens: Well, that's the most remarkable game from Keres memorial '87, the turning point of the tournament. Gurevich won it, Oll 3rd from behind +0. A lot of (especially soviet russian)commentators have been under the influence of the result but Oll actually had a real chance
Mar-05-03  drukenknight: what do the commentators say about this game? Did Oll have a chance near the end?
Mar-07-03  siimens: ..For example
"Comparing to 6.dc5 or 6.e5 white doesnt achive anything with that check" (Uhlmann)<-? 9... Kd8
"It's not a first time Gurevich surprises us with original and very strong moves" (Lyssenko) <-?
12... h5!?
everyone agree on that remark(!?)about Seyrawan's idea(usually 12...Bxd4 13Qxd4 Nc6 or 12...Qh5 is played) 15...Rf8!
<-only that move is a novelty
both Oll& Gurevich agree that 0-0 was more peaceful 18...h4!
(against g2-g4)
(white will try a manouver Nc3-e4-c5-e6)
good move again
white will try a new plan c2-c4-c5
totally logical, Yrjola gives "?!" for some reason
(J.Randviir's analyses)
TO b cont-ed..
Mar-07-03  drukenknight: thanks for comments. 12...Rc8 might be a stronger way to play.

I thought at the end he was going to play 34 Nf4

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  tamar: 25 Bf6 looked like a shot which neutralized Black's Q and B battery, but might have been the error that kept Oll from victory

By defending b2 with the rook, he could have kept his central edge, and Black is surprisingly helpless even though he has the choice of whether to take the bishop on h4 or the knight on f4.

After 25 Rd2

25...Nxh4 26 Nd5 Nf5 27 Ng5 Rff8 28 Nf3 Qg3 (the queen is nearly trapped, and White only has to find the sequence to play Re1-e4-g4 to win it) 29 Qe4 e6 30 Nf4 Rfe8 31 Re1 Kc7 32 Ne6+ Kb8 33 Ree2 Bh8 34 Qd5 Ne7 35 Qd3 Bf6 36 Re4

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36...d5 37 cxd5 Qd6 the Queen is rescued, but Black's game is hopeless.

Or 25...Qxf4 26 Bf2 Kc7 27 g3 Qe5 (or 27...Nxg3 28 Bxg3 Qf3 29 Re1 staying a piece ahead) 28 Re1 Qa5 29 g4

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The knight cannot move without giving up e7 with check

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