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Ratmir Kholmov vs Miroslav Filip
"Filip Flop" (game of the day Dec-02-2009)
Bucharest (1954), Bucharest ROU, rd 9, Mar-11
Gruenfeld Defense: Makogonov Variation (D94)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: 20.Qxc4 looks like an oversight at first glance but in fact it was well calculated deep trap in which black fall. 20...Nd5 or 20...Rcb8 would have been better.
Jun-13-07  Resignation Trap: Also note that if 30.Rxh2?? Rxa2+! and White gets mated.
Sep-20-07  Jesspatrick: Wow. White had to calculate that he wouldn't get mated by the Q + N on the K side. This is a great game.
Dec-02-09  mike1: but why not 22... Qh1+ ?
23.Ke2 Qxg2 and white is in trouble.
Dec-02-09  Starf1re: Rybka 2.2 suggests 28)...h3 with an evaluation of 0 at 19 ply.

mikel: Rybka prefers 22...Qh4 as played, after 24)Qf4 in your line evaluation is +.3. Without the Rybka analysis 23)qxg2 looks bad from the standpoint of opening up black's kingside to white's rooks. (24...xg7 25)Rg1)

Dec-02-09  JoshOvi: <mike1> but why not 22... Qh1+ ? 23.Ke2 Qxg2 and white is in trouble.

What do you play after 24.Qf4 in your line?

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  kevin86: white avoids a mate-ends a piece ahead!
Dec-02-09  kingfu: Kholmov never made it to the top level in Soviet chess. He never beat Tal or Botvinnik. However, he had a nice plus with Petrosian. He had a plus with Keres. He beat Fischer. Spassky had Kholmov's number. Check out the Philidor game with Spassky. Amazing.
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  eternaloptimist: Kholmov had to be 1 of the most underestimated chess players of all time. Keene & Divinsky put Kholmov in their excellent book "Warriors of the Mind" (1989), which included the top 64 players of all time (in their opinion).
Dec-02-09  WhiteRook48: Failed attack
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  ajk68: I spent a bit figuring out why not 33. Bc4

It appears after 33...Rxa2 34. Ke1 Qc5 white is in trouble.

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