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Andre Voisin vs Karel Skalicka
Folkestone Olympiad (1933), Folkestone ENG, rd 13, Jun-21
Semi-Slav Defense: General (D43)  ·  1-0



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1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 Be7 6.e3 O-O 7.Bd3 Nbd7 8.O-O dxc4 9.Bxc4 Nd5 10.Bxe7 Qxe7 11.Qc2 Rd8 12.e4

<In Maroczy vs Alapin, 1905 12.Rad1 happened first, but I think 12.Be2 is in the contest for being the most sound move here.>

12...Nxc3 13.Qxc3

<Certainly, 13.bxc3 gives a very different game.>

13...b6 14.Rad1 Bb7 15.Rfe1 Rac8 16.Qb3 h6 17.Re3 Re8 18.Rde1 Qd8 19.Qd3 Qc7?!

<19...b5 20.Qb3 a6 21.a4 Nb6 22.axb5 Nxc4 23.Qxc4 cxb5 is very playable.>


<The minority attack with 20.b4 is not bad at all.>

20...c5 21.Qe2 c4?!

<21...cxd4 22.Nxd4 Qe5 with a decent position for Black.>

22.Ba4 a6 23.Bxd7 Qxd7 24.Rd1 Qe7 25.Ne5

<Blasting wide the center with 25.d5 leads to complicated matters: 25...Red8 26.Nd4 b5 27.f4 b4 28.a3 (or even 28.f5 e5 29.f6 Qxf6 30.Rf1 Qb6 31.Nf5) 28...Bxd5 29.exd5 Rxd5 30.Nc2 Rxd1+ 31.Qxd1 b3 is a long analysis, and probably a wrong analysis.>

25...b5 26.Rg3 Kh7 27.Qf3 Rf8 28. Qg4 Rg8

<28...Qg5 is also possible, because after 29.Qxg5?! the bishop will gain significant activity.>


<I think 29.h4 makes no difference here.>


<The digital monster suggests 29...Bc6 30.b3 Be8 31.bxc4 f6 32.Ng6 Qb4 33.Rf1 Rxc4 34.Qxe6 Bxg6 35.Rxg6 Rxd4 with equality, but the text move is not bad, either.>


<No, no, no! 30.Rf3 Rgf8 31.Rg3 is equal, and if 31...Qg5 is seen, 32.Qd1 keeps the balance.>


<Panic, I guess. There was no problem with 30...Rxd4 31.Nxf7 Rf8 32.Qe5 Qf6 33.Rf3 Qxe5 34.Nxe5 Rfd8, where Black is visibly better.>


<Makes little sense. 31.Ng4 with ideas of Rh3 and maybe putting the other rook to g3 seem to be viable. White suddenly has a certain pull, but Black's resources are far from being exhausted.>


<A severe tactical blunder, that ultimately cost the game. I think 31...Qc7 or 31...Qb4 are Black's main options to hold the equality, or even an immediate 31...a5 with unclear consequences.>

32.Qxf6 gxf6 33.Nd7 Rg6??

<Madness. Black's position was terrible, anyway. The b7 bishop is next to useless, it cannot participate in the defense.>

34.Nxf8+ 1-0

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