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Ratmir Kholmov vs Milan Matulovic
Belgrade (1963)
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  0-1



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  Domdaniel: A beautiful game that deserves to be better known. Not particularly flashy, but an exemplary Black win against the French/King's Indian Attack. The black setup looks a bit old-fashioned now -- Morozevich, in the same position after 8.0-0, has played 8...f6! rather than ...b6. But this game still demonstrates what Black can do with it.

Matulovic emerges from the opening with a slight advantage -- Kholmov, among the best attacking players in the world at the time, is always left a tempo or two behind. He was already in trouble when he accepted Black's pawn sacrifice with 20...Ne3+! 21.Bxe3 (21.Kg1 Re8 is safer, though Black has a large advantage for free) -- and once Black has freed d4 to use as a Knight outpost, it's really all over.

26.Kg2 would have been better than 26.Ng2, which loses quickly.

26...Ne2 wins the White Queen -- if 27.Qd2 Qxh2 and the Queen must go anyway to prevent mate.

Matulovic finishes up neatly, chasing the white rook out of play before occupying the a8/h1 diagonal with his queen and moving in for the kill on f3.

Apr-19-07  mack: God yes, Matulovic makes it look like beating the KIA is the easiest thing in the world.

Bd2/Qc1 looks a bit naff. I wonder if 12.d4 might have been better.

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